Rather than repoint its satellite dishes as every other radio station that relied on network delivery had to do by the end of June, Pacific Media Group decided to take Sports “ESPN Hawaii” 850 KHLO Hilo/790 KKON Kealakekua HI silent.
Josh Pacheco, who hosted a local midday show, will remain with Pacific Media Group as News Director of its Hilo cluster and host a one hour show for sister “ESPN 1420” KKEA Honolulu from 12-1pm daily. KHLO/KKON carried UH-Hilo, UH-Manoa, Big Island Interscholastic Federation, and St. Louis Cardinals play-by-play.
A Silent STA filing confirmed the reasoning for the stations shutting down.
LICENSEE’S PROGRAMMING SOURCE HAS ALTERED ITS PROGRAMMING DELIVERY OPTIONS TO UTILIZE INCOMPATIBLE EQUIPMENT.
All satellite dishes had been required to be repointed by June 30 to receive the AMC-18 satellite as opposed to AMC-8 as the latter satellite was taken out of service.