Erika Engle

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Movers, shakers
and those who
stay very still

Freedom didn't last long for Hawaii advertising and event planning guru Alan Yamamoto.

Sought out by others in the radio and entertainment industries, he has landed at Maverick Media of Hawaii as national sales manager after leaving New Wave Broadcasting LP last month. His departure followed a 16-year, repeat tour of duty with KQMQ-FM and its sister stations. Yamamoto started in radio at KQMQ in 1976 and between stints also served at Oceanic Cable, the old KKUA-AM 690 (now KORL) and KCCN-AM 1420 (now KKEA).

"Sixteen years ago when I went back to KQMQ we were still on Amana Street," home of Maverick's KUMU-AM 1500/KUMU-FM 94.7 and KAHA-FM 105.9.

Yamamoto is also president of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists and will continue his activities booking talent, planning, producing and promoting events.

Maverick has also named veteran broadcaster Ed Kanoi program director and afternoon drive host at KAHA-FM 105.9 radio, owned by Connecticut-based Maverick Media LLC. He fills the vacancy left by Marc Young's departure for the mainland earlier this year.

Kanoi started his broadcast career in 1972 in the same Amana Street building as Yamamoto and long-time-General Manager Jeff Coelho. Kanoi left Oahu in 1988 and has served in various capacities at radio stations on Kauai and more recently, at the Big Island stations Maverick is selling to Maui-based Pacific Radio Group Inc.

The live jock lineup at 105.9 "The Big Kahuna" is now Rich West and Beau Hodge 6-10 a.m., Dave Lawrence until 2 p.m., Kanoi till 5 p.m. and Ken "The Hutch" Hutchinson until 8 p.m.

House of Claus

A TV show reminiscent of the Star-Bulletin feature "Hawaii At Work" will profile Claus Hansen, co-owner of The Affordable Casket Co. LLC.

Called "Take This Job," the show is to air at 7 and 11 p.m. on A&E, Oceanic Cable channels 33 and 547 and Craig Wireless channel 37 Wed. Aug. 27 and Sun. Aug. 31.

The weekly series is shot in a fly-on-the-wall style and "gives viewers an unusually intimate look at the way some people use ambition, goals, personality and sheer diligence to transform a 'job' into a way of life," according to

A synopsis for the show at predicts interest in the episode, noting the popularity of the HBO funeral-home-drama "Six Feet Under" and its 16 Emmy nominations.

The episode "lifts the lid on the mortuary business," and "Like the HBO series, there are touches of dark humor here."

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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:


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