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August 29, 2001

Phase 1 Summer Arbitrends Released

The latest radio ratings trend shows KINE surging back to the #2 position, and KRTR FM falling to #4 while still maintaining their Spring numbers. As usual KSSK FM is number one. Select this link for the latest Arbitrends.



August 27, 2001

Emmis To Split Radio & TV Divisions

Emmis Communications Corporation is proposing to split its radio and television holdings into 2 separate companies. Emmis are the current owners of Honolulu TV stations KHON Channel 2 (Fox) and KGMB Channel 9 (CBS). They operate both stations under a waiver from the FCC regarding ownership of major network properties in the same market.

Emmis is projecting a completion of this split by February of next year. It remains unknown whether or not Emmis will retain both Honolulu television stations.

Details at this link.



August 23, 2001

Big Island to Host Two "Reality" TV Shows

The Big Island will be the location of two reality type TV shows that start taping there next month. ABC-TV will shoot a pilot episode of its new reality series "Last Resort" in September at the Kona Village Resort. The syndicated series "Blind Date" will shoot for 5 days on the Big Island and 5 days on Maui in October.

Both shows are part of the latest genre in television programming.. the "reality" game show series, pioneered by MTV's "Real World" and last year's CBS hit, "Survivor." The ABC pilot could be picked up for a series later next season.

More details at this link.

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Baywatch Financing, Hagi to KGMB,
Da Bomb fundraiser and more

The "Baywatch Blast" movie recently announced and set to begin filming on Oahu in October, still needs to be funded according to a report released today. Producers are looking for corporate sponsors Hawaiian Airlines, the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort and the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau to help with the TV movie's cost

Guy Hagi will be moving to KGMB-TV to do weather, taking over the slot vacated by Kuualoha Taylor after she left the station. Hagi will start September 11 and will be doing weather duties for the Channel 9 News at 5, 6 and 10. He and wife Kim Gennaula will be sharing the anchor desk at 5 and 10. More details at this link.

New Wave's "Da Bomb" (KDDB 102.7 FM) is running a campaign to help fund a bronze portrait sculpture of one of Hawaii's most beloved musicians, the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Donations by the public are being taken at the McCully Shopping Center and elsewhere in town. As of early this morning the station reached $5,140 toward its $37,000 goal. Station personality "Blunt" is camping out at the McCully Shopping Center until the goal is met.

Concerns about cancer has prompted a University of Hawaii professor to ask UH officials to investigate whether or not the KTUH broadcast tower and other antennas atop the campus' social science building is to blame. KTUH FM increased their broadcast power to 3,000 watts last week.

Jeff Kino and Lois Miyashiro at the Q Morning Zoo radio program (KQMQ 93.1 FM) are giving away free 15 second promo spots to businesses and organizations on their Wednesday morning show.

KHNL's Barbara Wallace announced her resignation from News 8 after three months of medical leave.



August 20, 2001

Proposed Radio Tower Concern Ewa Beach Residents

A proposed radio station on the AM dial may be cause for concern for Ewa Beach residents. KM Communications Inc., a small firm that operates several radio and TV stations on the mainland is proposing to build a 192 ft. high broadcast tower on a parcel near three Ewa Beach schools. The proposal has drawn the attention of area residents and will be the subject of the next Ewa Beach Neighborhood Board meeting on September 13. Residents are concerned about possible health hazards such a tower may impose on the community.

KM Communications plan to broadcast at 1320 on the AM dial. They also plan to build another broadcast tower in Makaha and a low powered TV station on Kauai.

More information at these links:

  • Honolulu Advertiser
  • KM Communications Engineering Report



    August 19, 2001

    "Baywatch" Returns for TV Movie

    A TV movie based on the recently cancelled TV series "Baywatch Hawaii" will start filming on Oahu in October. The movie which will star several of the series regular cast over the years including David Hasselhoff will cost about $5.5 million and be filmed in Hawaii and Los Angeles. The new production will be titled "Baywatch Blast" and will air on the Fox network during the February network sweeps next year.

    "Baywatch Hawaii" was cancelled in February after spending 2 years in Hawaii and 9 years before that in Los Angeles. More details at this link.



    August 18, 2001

    Poll Results: Ban The Trouble Makers;
    New Poll Asks About Emmis Ownership

    "Ban the troublemakers" was the collective call for the majority of readers who answered our online poll regarding the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide message board. With only a small sample taken between August 11 and 17th, the results showed that banning message board troublemakers was the most popular answer to the question "What changes do you want for the message board?" The second most popular answer was to turn the message board into a members-only service.

    Final results from the poll are posted at this link.

    The newest poll question asks whether or not Emmis should continue ownership and operation of Hawaii TV stations KHON and KGMB. Currently Emmis owns and operates both stations under a waiver from the FCC regarding one firm owning 2 or more major network affiliates in the same market. Emmis faces an October deadline to either sell one of the stations or ask for a waiver extension.

    Rumour has it that if Emmis were allowed to keep both stations, that the network affiliates could flip-flop between them (KHON to CBS, KGMB to Fox) and news operations consolidated. Recent weeks have seen a departure of several KGMB TV news personnel.

    The latest poll question will run for 2 weeks and end on September 2. Keep in mind that any polls taken at this site are unscientific and are not subject to verification.



    August 16, 2001

    KTUH Radio Active Again

    With 3,000 watts of power, the University of Hawaii's KTUH radio at 90.3 on the FM dial returned to the air this morning. The station was shut down on July 31st for an installation of a new transmitter, increasing their power from 100 watts to 3,000 watts. The non-commercial radio station is now pulling in a strong signal in my concrete condo in the Ala Moana area. A disscussion thread at the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide message board has been started to see how far KTUH's signal goes. Click here for that discussion and click here to view KTUH's website.



    August 14, 2001

    More Changes On Air; KTUH Coming Back Soon

    KGMB TV's weekend weather person, Paul Drewes is leaving the anchor desk for a new morning news position at Hawaii News 8, KHNL. Drewes departure from KGMB is the latest in a number of personnel changes at the CBS affiliate. Details on Drewes' departure at this link.

    Meanwhile Emmis Communications, owners of KHON and KGMB TV have an October 1st deadline to dispose of one of their stations or ask the FCC for a waiver which would grant them the right to own and operate both of them. Rumour has it that if Emmis gets to keep both stations, news operations may be consolidated and Channel 2 may become the CBS affiliate with KGMB becoming Fox.

    Finally the University of Hawaii's radio station, KTUH is on track to be radioactive again by this weekend. The Honolulu Advertiser did a feature piece on KTUH's "Tower of Power" and the station's efforts to tighten their presentation yet still keep their alternative music format blocks on-air.



    August 12, 2001

    Local Broadcast News Scramble For Ratings

    Today's Honolulu Advertiser has a front page article on the current state of local TV broadcast news. The ratings war for marketplace dominance have seen the turnover of 3 news directors, several reporters and anchors and re-imaging of some station newscasts in the last 12 months. Despite all of this, KHON Channel 2 still tops the ratings race for prime time news. You can read Dan Nakaso's report at this link.



    August 11, 2001

    Kathy Muneno to Return to KITV

    Former KITV reporter Kathy Muneno will be returning to Channel 4 as that station's new broadcast weatherperson. Muneno was one of Channel 4's morning co-anchors before moving to Cleveland, Ohio's WEWS-TV. Details on this appeared in Erika Engle's "The Buzz" at StarBulletin.com.

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    "Hello Hi-Tech" on KCCN 1420 AM

    "Hello Hi-Tech", a new local radio talk show made its debut on KCCN 1420 AM August 1st. The weekly program airs live Wednesday nights at 8:PM and repeats on Sundays at 7pm. Show hosts are Alan Lam, president and consultant of Q-Communications and David Kobashigawa of the Pacific Hawaii Computer Expo shows. The live call-in line is at 296-1420. The program also has its own website at http://www.hellohitech.com/.



    August 4, 2001

    Michael T. New Program Director at KGU

    Salem Media of Hawaii appointed Michael T. Shishido as Program Director for KGU-AM 760 replacing Mike Buck. A recent press release stated that Buck left the station "to pursue other opportunities." Buck was also morning drive talk show host on KGU.

    In commenting on Shishido, station General Manager Doug Campbell said, "Michael's appointment provides the leadership and energy to take KGU to the next level. His wide experience and deep understanding uniquely qualify him to sharpen the station's edge in what is one the most fiercely competitive radio markets in the U.S."

    Shishido is currently the Program Director for KAIM-FM, with a contemporary Christian music format, and KHNR-AM, Hawaii News Radio. He is a veteran of 22-years in Honolulu radio, including an eight-year stint as Program Director at KSSK-FM. He joined KAIM-FM as Program Director in June 1998 and holds a BA degree in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Salem Media of Hawaii also announced the reorganization of the Sales and Marketing team. With the reorganization General Manager Doug Campbell has assumed the additional responsibility of General Sales Manager. "The reorganization is consistent with our philosophy of partnership," Campbell said. "The marketing component, along with sales, customer service, and promotion, formalizes our commitment to strong, long-term relationships with marketing partners."

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    Taxpayers Foot Bill For Mayor's TV Show

    A 30-minute promotional video featuring Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris (also a candidate for Governor) inviting Oahu residents to an island-wide Visioning Team meeting cost the taxpayers at least $21,000 according to a report in the Honolulu Advertiser.

    The "infomercial" for the Visioning Team meeting (held today in the Hawaii Convention Center) aired this past week during the prime-time access hours of 6:30 pm on KITV and KHNL and at 9:PM on KHON TV.

    Robbie Dingeman's report did not break down the costs for producing the video nor the cost (if any) of airing the video on the local network affiliates.

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    Quick Links: The public's access to Olelo's Public Access TV channels may be in peril. There has been an ongoing saga and a one man crusade regarding access to Olelo's facilities and airspace. Read more at Hawaii Public Access Media and the link off this P-R webpage.

    The Honolulu Weekly newspaper has done a feature piece on KTUH radio, which is off the air until August 13 to boost their transmitting power.



    August 2, 2001.

    Wally Zimmerman out from KITV

    Longtime news director of KITV 4 News, Wally Zimmerman was let go on Monday from the state's #2 local newscast. Zimmerman had been with Channel 4 since 1988. His last day at the helm will be August 10. Zimmerman is credited for breaking in the careers of several local TV newscasters including Pamela Young of KITV's "Mixed Plate" series. He was also news director of KHON Channel 2 from 1981 to 1987.

    More details about Zimmerman's departure is at the Honolulu Star Bulletin's website via Erika Engle's "The Buzz" column.

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    "Turmoil" at News 8 KHNL

    A fax from an anonymous source circulated in the media stating that "KHNL news department being turned into a wasteland" was reported by Robert Rees in this week's edition of the Honolulu Weekly newspaper. Rees' report states that news director Seth Feldmen who was recently brought in from an NBC affiliate in Aruba was criticized for being "disorganized, impulsive, inconsistent and unfamiliar with the nature of Hawaii's news." The reports recent departures of newsroom personnel, and manipulation of news content in favor of sensationalist shots and effects.

    It's an interesting read. The article is not online, but free copies of Honolulu Weekly are available at stands located throughout Honolulu. Rees once hosted the public affairs interview program "Island Issues" on KHNL's sister station, KFVE TV.



    August 1, 2001

    KSSK-FM Spring Ratings Champ

    The latest Arbitron Ratings book was released yesterday. After the dust settled, the numbers show that Clear Channel's KSSK 92.3 FM maintained their strong hold in the Honolulu marketplace with a 10.1 share and the #1 overall rating. Coming in rather strong, but still falling significantly short of the top, is number 2 KRTR 96.3 FM, a Cox Radio property. They gained .5 points to move from a 6.9 to 7.4 share, enough to push it up to #2 all by itself. The top 2 stations in the Honolulu marketplace are clearly Adult Contemporary format leaders. No one comes close except for #3 KINE FM, which has a 6.9 share and plays the local version of A/C, Contemporary Hawaiian music. Following it are the two island music/rhythm stations, KCCN FM and KDNN FM at #4 and #5. Cox owns KINE and KCCN, while Clear Channel owns KDNN.

    Emerald City's soft rock station, KUMU FM lost some of their audience share, but still managed to hold on to their #6 spot.

    The battle for king of the CHR/Rhythmic stations continues. Cox's Xtreme Radio (KXME 104.3 FM) has pulled in a 5.2 share, up from 4.4 to move from #9 to #7. New Wave's Da Bomb (KDDB FM) while maintaining their numbers slipped to #10. Sandwiched between them is New Wave's KQMQ FM with their 80s CHR format. The station has shown steady growth in marketshare since adopting the format.

    Rounding out the Top 10 is KGMZ FM 107.9 Oldies at #9. A complete list of the latest ratings can be read at this Radio & Records link.

    The Top 10 Honolulu radio stations are listed below:

    1. KSSK FM
    2. KRTR FM
    3. KINE FM
    4. KCCN FM
    5. KDNN FM
    6. KUMU FM
    7. KXME FM
    8. KQMQ FM
    9. KGMZ FM
    10. KDDB FM

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    University of Hawaii's Coaches Show Moves

    The University of Hawaii's coaches sports shows are moving to KHET this year after more than 15 years on KFVE, which holds the local TV broadcast rights to University of Hawaii sports. The Honolulu Advertiser reports that Don Robbs will be the host of the coaches shows, replacing KFVE sports personality, Jim Leahey.

    Details at this link.

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    Definitive Word on Tom Dancer

    A few months ago a reader asked what happened to radio talk show host, Tom "Dynamite" Dancer. Dancer was a longtime fixture on local radio having gigs on KORL, KWAI and KISA radio from the 1970s to the early 1990s. He passed away in 1992. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran this "Whatever Happened To..." item on the late personality this past Saturday, July 28.



    July 27, 2001.

    KTUH To Increase Power Next Month

    The University of Hawaii's radio station, KTUH FM will finally be getting their power increase after the station temporarily shuts down for a 2 week period starting July 31st.

    According to a statement posted to their website, "KTUH will be going off-air starting midnight on July 31st. That's Monday night for you night-owls and Tuesday morning for you chronological sticklers."

    "All this is in preparation for our power increase, to 3,000 watts! This upgrade has been 25 years in the making, so be sure to listen to KTUH after this historic event."

    In a post made to the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Message Board, station GM Lori Ann Saeki added, "Construction should take approximately two weeks and we plan to return to the airwaves Monday, August 13th, at 3000 watts -- unless unforseen weather delays construction."

    According to a 1998 report, the estimated cost for a new tower and related facilities is $50,000. The funds were obtained through a $3 fee U.H.students pay to the campus broadcasting authority and through listener donations.

    KTUH started broadcasting in 1966 and features a variety of alternative music formats. Its current power output is around 100 watts which limits the station's reach to just beyond the Manoa Campus.

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    KGMB's Kuualoha Taylor To Leave Weather Desk

    Several changes on the local TV News dial are in the works. According to Erika Engle's "The Buzz" article appearing in yesterday's Star Bulletin, KGMB's Kuualoha Taylor will be leaving the station to move to a larger market. Her last day on KGMB will be August 17 after which she starts employment in San Diego on KFMB September 4.

    KGMB's weekend sports anchor and reporter Ross Shimabuku will also leave the newsroom and move to the mainland where he will locate to Phoenix Arizona's KTVK TV, an independent station.



    July 20, 2001.

    Dick Tomey Joins KFVE Sports Team

    Former University of Hawaii football coach Dick Tomey will be broadcast analyst for U.H. football games this season on KFVE TV's telecast. He will be teamed with longtime play-by-play announcer Jim Leahey. Tomey coached the University of Hawaii football team for several years in the 1970s and 80s before moving on to become coach of the University of Arizona football team until last year. Tomey replaces Larry Goeas who has been in the KFVE booth for 4 years.

    More details here: http://starbulletin.com/2001/07/19/sports/story2.html



    July 18, 2001.

    KSSK Radio Win National Awards

    Clear Channel's KSSK Radio, 92.3FM and 590 AM took national honors as three commericals produced by the station were finalists in the 16th Annual Silver Microphone Awards. Details can be found in Erika Engle's "Buzz" at the StarBulletin.com website.

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    Jazz Piano TV Series Extended

    The television series," Jazz Piano with G.F. Mlely", has been extended another 3 months beyond its previously scheduled cut-off date.ÊSubject to time-sensitive pre-emptions, the show will continue to air at its regular day and time, 6:00pm-6:30pm, Fridays, July 6, 2001 through September 28 on Olelo's Channel 52.

    The series of 15 minute segments paired into 1/2-hour shows on Olelo features the internationally-acclaimed pianist-composer discussing and demonstrating the art and craft of jazz piano. Additional information about G. F. Mlely can be found at his website: http://home1.gte.net/jazcraft.



    July 6, 2001

    Cox Radio Takes New Wave To Court

    A defamation lawsuit was filed in court by Cox Radio against New Wave Broadcasting over comments made by personalties at New Wave's "Da Bomb" (102.7 FM) over the cancellation of a rap music concert. The lawsuit alleges that "Bomb" personalties broadcast false and malicious statements concerning the cancellation of the concert connected with Cox's "Xtreme Radio" (104.3 FM). Details on this story can be found at the Star Bulletin's website:

    http://starbulletin.com/2001/07/06/business/story3.html


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