ESPN Hawaii Goes Silent Rather Than Repoint Satellites

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 requi...[Read More]

Native-FM Hilo Flips To CHR

Pacific Media Group Hawaiian “Native-FM” 95.9 KPVS Hilo/93.9 KLUA Kailua Kona HI has flipped to CHR with a splash of local Reggae. Retaining the “Native-FM” branding, the new format is being positioned as “The Beat of The Islands”. The station describes its format as a mix of pop artists such as Bruno Mars, Drake, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Arianna Grande and Island Reggae from JBoog, Common Kings, The Green, and Sammy J. The existing on-air lineup remains in-tact. After years of broadcasting popular mainstream and local reggae island music, Pacific Media Group’s Native FM (95.9 KPVS-FM Hilo, 93.9 KLUA-FM Kailua-Kona) is changing its format to CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio). The format for the new Native FM – “The BEAT of the Islands” – includes today?s...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/6: A Signal Upgrade For Bubba

The Beach To Debut In Hilo

Resonate Hawaii LLC Alternative “102.7 The Beach” KTBH-FM Kurtistown/Hilo will debut on July 4 at 12pm. The launch comes as the former AC on 102.1 completes its signal upgrade to a Class C3 with 21kW horizontal from Mauna Kea giving the station coverage over most of the island of Hawaii. The new format will be branded as “True Alternative” with what the station calls a “unique blend of beach music, island rock/reggae and alternative rock from the late-80s to today”. The station will be programmed by Matt Stone, Operations/Programming Manager for Resonate Hawaii. Resonate launched Hot AC “The Wave @ 92FM” 92.1 KHWI Holualoa/92.7 KHBC-FM Hilo last October.

The Wave To Debut In Hilo

Resonate Hawaii will launch “The Wave @ 92FM” on Monday, October 15 at 5:00pm. The new format will be heard on what was “KONA-FM” 92.1 KHWI Holualoa which covers the western side of the Hawaiian Big Island and 92.7 KHBC Hilo which serves the east side beginning on October 22. Both stations had been running unique AC formats before going dark as the stations were sold out of bankruptcy from Chaparral Broadcasting to Resonate Hawaii. Resonate acquired the two stations and 1060 KIPA Hilo for $500,000 in May. The Press Release announcing the launch of The Wave follows: On Monday, October 15th at 5:00PM, HST, Hawaii Island listeners will be introduced to RESONATE HAWAII’s newest radio station, The Wave @ 92FM. Featuring “Today’s Fresh Mix” of top hits, The Wave @ 92FM wi...[Read More]

KPUA Hilo & WBEC Pittsfield Drop Rush Limbaugh

Update 8:20pm: And then there were two. Vox Radio Group’s 1420 WBEC Pittsfield, MA has dropped Limbaugh as well. WBEC GM Peter Barry told New England Public Radio, “The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far.” Original Report 5:11pm: As the advertiser backlash from Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke continues, we have the first affiliate to drop his show: New West Broadcasting’s 670 KPUA Hilo, HI. The following statement was made by Chris Leonard, President and General Manager of New West: “We have always encouraged spirited discussion about national and local issues on KPUA and from time to time those discussions may be deemed by ...[Read More]