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BY ERIKA ENGLE

Sunday, December 2, 2001



New arrival
news at KGMB



Word of a new arrival-to-be is making the rounds in the media industry.

Anchor Kim Gennaula and weathercaster husband Guy Hagi have quietly let it be known that they're "in a family way," with their first child expected around late June.

Others haven't been so quiet -- like the Makaha Sons. Moon, John and Jerome interrupted a set to announce the couple's great expectations when they walked into Kincaid's last weekend.

Gennaula's laughing about it, "I'd rather have people know so they won't say 'Oh my God Kim's getting fat.' "

"This is the first grandchild on my side of the family," she said, (parents Chuck and Mary live in Arizona), "so my mother is doing backflips right now."

Such activity would not be acceptable for a mom-to-be, but Gennaula said, "We're ecstatic."

Second tour of duty

Brooks Baehr rejoins the Channel 9 ohana tomorrow as a reporter. He was a KGMB 9 News reporter from 1987 to 1991 covering general assignments, City Hall and sports before he left for stints with the state Department of Transportation, Oceanic Cable and a four-year gig at News 8.

He parted company with them in July and said due to the past four months of freelance work and R-and-R, "My handicap is so much better now.

"I am excited about returning to KGMB," he said, "I have lots of good friends there -- and they've got people with good news sense there."

What may be Baehr's last sports broadcasting assignment "for awhile," was with former KHON Sports Director Bob Hogue, calling Friday night's state championship football game between Kahuku and St. Louis high schools. The game will be broadcast today at 2 p.m. on KFVE.

The game is a production of Hawaii Sports Network, which also produces a radio show featuring Baehr and sportscaster Scott Culbertson. It airs from noon to 1 p.m. the last Friday of every month on KCCN AM.

Meanwhile off the air ...

Business Development dude Bernie Armstrong returns from his vacation to an expanded role as director of marketing. His dog-eared Trout and Ries books on marketing have long been de rigeur in his office.

While in the sales and management side of the broadcasting business in recent years, Armstrong's broadcast career has included on-air stints on the mainland and Honolulu.

He and colleagues, including now-ex-pat-PR-man Scott Shirai, were once promoted in commercials as "The Breakfast Club." They did the morning show on KGU AM (760) in the 1980s.





Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached
at: eengle@starbulletin.com




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