Erika Engle

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Local show ‘Dis-N-Dat’
to get airtime in
Hawaii’s ninth island

LOCAL radio and nightclub DJ-turned-TV producer Kutmaster Spaz will start the year newly syndicated in Las Vegas -- thanks to an ex-pat who has walked the same path.

"Dis-N-Dat," the year-old weekly show Spaz created, will air on KYRK-TV Vegas 35 in the neon capital of the United States every Sunday at 5 p. m. starting Jan. 2.

Vegas viewers will get a double-shot of the program, with a new second-season episode followed by a half-hour from the show's first season.

Here at home, "Dis-N-Dat" airs ten times a week on OC16, the local-programming channel operated by Oceanic Time Warner Cable. The show is geared toward youth ages 12 to 25 and is popular for family viewing, Spaz said. Hosted by Spaz and Amber Stone, the variety show includes segments on music, trends and comedy sketches, among other features.

Spaz's connection to Hawaii's so-called ninth island of Las Vegas is another DJ named Shakin' Melodies, who is originally from Maui, has a record label and works as an event promoter.

Melodies' Vizzun Entertainment company has purchased blocks of time on Vegas 35 to serve the area's large Hawaii ex-pat community.

When the show is aired in Vegas, it will include the same commercials shown in Hawaii, a freebie for the advertisers. The move will cost any extra revenue that would have come from fresh commercials in Vegas.

"We took a little less on the money end, so I could keep the local businesses' commercials intact," Spaz said. "I'm blessed to be syndicated in Vegas and I wanted to give the opportunity for local businesses to be seen," by transplanted locals.

Perception? Reality?

Nurses are rated highest by people when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. That is the public's perception in an annual Gallup poll.

Nearly eight in 10 Americans rate nurses as "high" or "very high" for honesty and ethical standards.

Except for a temporary displacement by firefighters in 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks, nurses have topped the survey each year since it added the job category in 1999.

Elementary school teachers, pharmacists, military officers and medical doctors complete the top five. Police officers, clergy, judges, day-care providers and bankers rounded out the top 10.

In yet another slap in the face of journalists, they ranked below auto mechanics, local officeholders, nursing-home operators and state officeholders for trustworthiness.

If we are to take any solace, it is in the fact that at least the public finds us more honest and ethical than business executives, members of congress, lawyers, advertising practitioners and car salesmen, which have ranked dead last in three of the last four years.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

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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