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May 21, 2004

Tony Taylor Says Aloha From China!

Aloha from China...

Tony "The Tiger" Taylor here with just a few lines to let everyone know where I'm at and what I've been doing.

Hawai'i shall remain in a fabulously warm and breezy place in my heart. I think about it often, especially on those days that things just don't go right and I long for things found only in the land of Aloha!

I lived in Hawaii from 1978 to 1984 and those were the most wonderful years of my life. Most of what I've seen on your site is accurate. I was P.D. at KIKI after Austin Vali was uncermoniously asked to leave by a very grumpy and pissed-off owner, Jim Gabert, because Jim's big idea of taking the PIG Disco just didn't work on radio. Auz got the shaft big time and I was very sorry to see him go. You've heard the saying 'when one door closes, another one opens'. Well, I inherited the job of PD from Auz and immediately was given the green light by Gabert and GM Jeff Cohello to change the formats on both KIKI and KPIG. After the next ARB ratings came out, KIKI was # 1 overall and KPIG has strong numbers as well.

Unfortunately, Jeff lost confidence in me, courtesy of a few back-stabbing sons of...Hawaii, so I was asked to leave as well. Maybe it was a good thing. Auz resurfaced at KKUA and KQMQ and hired me to do the morining show. After some tweaking of the schedule and Kimo Akane's adept massaging of the music, we eventually took over the # 1 spot for quite some time, from what I remember. If anyone has a better recollection of these events, please write back and add your thoughts.

In 1984 I was offered the PD position at ICRT, an English language radio network in Taiwan, by Craig Quick, former afternoon newsman at KIKI and Hawaii franchise owner of the Columbia School of Broadcasting. He supplied quite a few personnel to the station and when the GM decided it was time for a change, he offered the job to Craig and he, in turn, called me.

It turned out to be the biggest adventure of my life and one that continues today, even after 20 years. I met my beautiful and talented wife of 19 years, who just recently was given the title of First Lady of Taiwan Theater. She performs here on Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shang-hai and is a much sought-after director and playwrite. She has also performed on the stages of NYC, L.A. and San Francisco.

After retiring from ICRT in 1999 and returning for a short stint as programming consultant, I have been involved with various environmental endeavors. I currently work with a California-based diesel emmisions reduction company called AiResource Technologies. We hoipe to begin manufacturing in a short while which will mean that I'll be moving to the San Diego area. Closer to Hawaii than Taiwan, for sure.

I'll close with this. Should the opportunity present itself where I could return to the airwaves in Hawaii, I would have to give it considerable thought..maybe over a Mai-tai at the Royal Hawaiian....hmmm...


Tony "The Tiger" Taylor

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