January 11, 2001.|
From the Editor / Publisher
Happy New Year. As you may have noticed nothing much has been posted here as of late. Fact is I've had a very busy month in December and the early part of January with my real job and other commitments. However I am still committed to this website and will start posting updates again on a regular basis soon.
Please note that I still have plans on moving this site to its own domain. Technical problems are still being worked out, but as soon as my domain becomes active, I will list the URL here and on several other pages and make a transition to the new site.
In the meantime, do continue to monitor this page, the current homepage, message board and other areas of the guide. As usual if you have any suggestions as to what I can do to improve the site, send them to me. My email so far is still firstname.lastname@example.org, but that is slated to change soon. Stay tuned!
KGMB TV's Ray Mews Passes
Yes, this is somewhat old news by now, but distinguished news photographer Ray Mews who spent a lot of his later years as KGMB TV cameraman, passed away on January 2nd. He was 62. Mews was well known to KGMB TV viewers for 30 years as the person who got overnight news video on breaking stories.
More information at starbulletin.com
Art Bell To Return February 5
Art Bell will be returning to the airwaves on February 5. The Coast to Coast AM show will be welcoming Mr. Bell to the air after nearly a year of absence due to personal and family reasons. Coast to Coast AM airs in the Hawaii market on KAOI AM 1110 and KHVH AM 830 talk radio.
The Q Morning Zoo Increases Market Visibility
Jeff Kino and Lois Miyashiro's "Q Morning Zoo" program at 93.1FM (KQMQ) has launched itself with highly visible promotions in the recent weeks since the show's debut.
According to press releases from Jeff Kino, the zoo has been been selected as featured hosts of the Game Show Network's program "DJ GAMES" which airs locally on Oceanic 16.
Kino and Miyashiro are also supporting several charitable organizations with a variety of promotions. These charities include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hawaii, Hawaii Children's Cancer Fund and Student Educators Against AIDS. Their latest promotion involved the auctioning of their "dirty laundry".
Finally The Q Morning Zoo unveiled their new website at www.qmorningzoo.com.
KQMQ Changes Format to 70s & 80s Old School, Rock
Radio station KQMQ 93.1 FM is jammin' to a different tune... old school 80s, 70s dance and rock hits. The New Wave Broadcasting station is the latest in their line-up to announce a format change since the last Arbitron book.
The station broadcasts with a new personality line-up starting Monday morning (Dec. 18) at 5:AM with Jeff Kino and Lois Miyashiro hosting the "The New Q Morning Zoo". Justin Cruz will be doing mid-days from 10 a.m., with Lisa D. on the afternoons, 2 - 6 and Kool E doing the night show. KQMQ's "Love Jams" show expands from 9pm to 2am.
KQMQ's new monicker is "93.1 The Q".
Last month, New Wave's country station at 102.7 FM changed to an urban contemporary format calling itself "Da Bomb".
KTOH Brought Back on Kauai FM Dial;
A call sign from the 1960s and early 70s, KTOH has been brought back to the Kauai radio market. The new FM at 99.9 on the dial will be going full power in a couple of weeks according to spokesperson Jim Carroll. The new station is billing itself as "Hits 99" and is playing a mix of contemporary pop hits. Ed Kanoi, long associated with Kauai's "KONG" radio is program director and morning show host.
Another new Kauai FM, KITH at 98.9 is broadcasting a new "Travelhost Radio" format which is filled with visitor information and Hawaiian Music. It is closely tied in with Travelhost Magazine which will be launching in March 2001.
According to a press release "Travelhost Radio is a new concept, combining visitor information including dining, shopping, activities and real estate mized with Hawaiian Music." Travelhost will also be launching to other islands later.
Religious Broadcast Stations on the Air
Charles Boehnke reports that Haiku Maui's KUAU 1570 AM is on the air again with an irregular schedule. The station as he and others have reported, is now on the air with a religious format and is owned by the Assembly of God Church and operated by Latitude 21 Broadcasting.
Meanwhile out of Hilo Charles reports that KAWZ FM out of Twin Falls, Idaho is now operating a translator station in Hilo at 88.1 on the FM dial. The station is also broadcasting a religious format.
Oceanic Cable Raising Rates
It was announced this week that Oceanic Cable, a division of media giant Time-Warner will be raising their standard cable TV rates by 5%. For Oahu residents, this means a boost of $1.52 from the current rate of $30.47. The price of a cable box will also be increased. The new rates will take effect with the January 2001 billing cycle.
Reason for the increases are blamed on higher cost for programming services. Oceanic recently added KWBN Channel 44 and Fox Sports to its standard cable line-up.
For more information visit Oceanic Cable's website. Similar increases will also apply to Oceanic's neighbor island cable firms.
Former KPOI Jock in California
Jeff Blazey most recently with Honolulu's KPOI FM started a new morning show at Santa Rosa's KXFX-FM, a modern rock outlet. Blazey replaces Mark and Brian on that station.
KHNL's News 8 Favorite Among Poll Particpants
In this most unscientific of all polls, I gave visitors to the Hawaii Radio and Television Guide the opportunity to vote for their favorite local newscast. Once again, KHNL's Hawaii News 8 was voted by this site's visitors as the state's favorite local newscast. News 8 garnered 28% of the vote and recently went through an anchor change earlier this year with the arrival of Howard Dashefsky and Jodi Leong at the helm. Since signing on a few years ago as a new NBC affiliate, KHNL has trailed in the Neilsen ratings. However in this poll as well as polls past conducted at this website, KHNL has been named as the favorite.
KHON TV's Channel 2 News and KITV 4 News came in tied for 2nd with a 24% vote count. KGMB's Channel 9 News was third with 16%.
A graphical representation of the poll results are here. A total of 49 visitors participated in the poll.
KAHA 105.9 FM Going Soft Rock
Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reports that KAHA 105.9 FM will go with a soft rock format vs. the current hard rock hits the station has currently been featuring in a test mode. The report further states that the station will continue to be called "Lava Rock" and will include several well known island personalities in their DJ line-up. They include Dee Dee DeSoto and John Miro. Rowdy Sage Walker is slated to do the morning drive. The new format debuts tomorrow (Monday Nov. 20) at 6:AM.
More details can be found at this link.
New Wave Scraps Country, Goes to "Da Bomb"
As most country music fans know by now, New Wave Broadcasting's KKHN 102.7 FM left the airwaves last Sunday in a move that will change the station's format to Top 40 music. The call letters of KKHN will be changing to KKBM as the station will go by the monicker "Da Bomb". The on-air staff was let go to be replaced by new personalities including Kid Leo (formerly of Xtreme FM) and Paul Ogata (formerly of KRTR) doing the new morning drive. The new format officially gets underway starting at 3:PM tomorrow.
Since being sold to New Wave, 102.7 has undergone its third format and call letter change. The station previously featured an R&B format with the call sign KHUL, country with KKHN and now top 40 with KKBM. Prior to that it was country music's KDEO and Radio Free Hawaii under previous ownership.
Elsewhere in New Wave's corporate conglomerate, Jeff Blazey of KPOI recently left the station and rumours abound that KQMQ FM which currently plays top 40 music may be switching to disco or an all 80s format. Stay tuned.
New Wave currently owns and operates KQMQ AM & FM, KPOI FM, KORL FM and KKBM 102.7 FM.
KAHA FM Goes With "Lava Rock"
Classic rock, active rock, lava rock. Radio station KAHA at 105.9 FM in Honolulu will be playing a rock format according to station promos now being aired over the new FM. The station is billing itself as "Lava Rock" and from the mix that is currently playing, will be mostly new rock with a harder edge.
KAHA is owned by Emerald City Radio Partners, who also operate KUMU AM and FM in Honolulu.
New West Launches Online CD Store
New West Broadcasting Corporation in Hilo, Hawai'i announces the establishment of the website BuyHawaiianMusic.com at http://www.buyhawaiianmusic.com, an online retail outlet for Hawaiian music and Hawai'i based music artists.
"We're starting online with approximately 450 compact disc titles and our inventory is growing," New West Broadcasting General Manager Chris Leonard said. "Our titles cover the entire spectrum of Hawaiian music, including Keali'i Reichel, Na Leo, Gabby Pahinui, Willie K. and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, among others."
New West Broadcasting owns and operates three radio stations in Hilo, as well as www.kwxx.com, which has been streaming Hawaiian music online for over two years. "We are presenting Hawaiian music to a loyal and enthusiastic worldwide audience with www.kwxx.com, " Leonard said. "BuyHawaiianMusic.com allows us to further our goal of making Hawaiian music readily available to a worldwide market with a secure, user-friendly cyberstore."
Hawaiian music is rapidly gaining worldwide popularity. Several local acts have recently charted on the Billboard World Music chart, including Top Ten listings for Ten Feet, Three Plus and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Na Leo's latest release, "A Pocketful of Paradise" is currently at number nine.
Island Rhythmn 98.5 Tops the Ratings
Clear Channel's "Island Rhythmn 98.5 FM" (KDNN) is Honolulu's #1 radio station according to the latest Arbitron ratings released for the Summer of 2000. The station which made its debut with a more an island music format only last year has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 months to surpass former category leader KCCN FM 100 (Cox) as Honolulu's most listened to station. FM 100 placed 2nd in the overall ratings. Perennial A/C station KSSK 92.3 FM (Clear Channel) placed 3rd overall, but still dominate the morning drive ratings with the highly popular Michael W. Perry and Larry Price morning team.
Hawaiian / Island music dominate listener preferences as KDNN, KCCN FM and Cox's KINE FM captured 3 of the top 5 overall positions. The popularity of the island music formats come at the expense of top 40, urban and rock, which traditionally appeal to younger audiences. Meanwhile adult contemporary/soft rock hold their own as stations KSSK, KRTR (Cox), KUMU FM (Emerald City) remain constant top 10 properties.
On the news and talk station front, segment leader KHVH AM 830 (Clear Channel) continues to lead others despite losing some market share. All of the stations in this category have lost market share with the exception of Salem's KGU AM 760, which made a modest gain.
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