Radio's revolving doors rotate again
THE departure of morning man Brickwood Galuteria from KINE-FM 105.1 became official yesterday, as did the announcement of his replacement, Bill "Billy V" Van Osdol, the morning man on sister-station KCCN-FM 100.3.
The news had been leaked in Star-Bulletin columnist John Heckathorn's Sunday serving of "What the Heck."
Galuteria's hiatus from radio will begin Saturday, which will have KINE afternoon guy* "Bruddah Wade" doing early wake-ups until next month.
Galuteria thanked his ohana at Cox Radio Hawaii, owned by Atlanta-based Cox Radio Inc. "I truly feel our partnership has served our community and Hawaii well," he said in a statement.
Also a former state Democratic Party chairman, Galuteria has plans to pursue another path.
"Brickwood ... is far from disappearing from the public scope," said Van Osdol, his soon-to-be-successor. "He will turn up very quickly" in politics, consulting or public service, Van Osdol said.
Galuteria's radio career started on the old KCCN-AM in 1979, followed by a move to KINE.
He "has been an integral part of (KINE's) responsibility to the Hawaiian music culture," said Mike Kelly, vice president and general manager for both stations.
There were discussions of Galuteria's departure in late 2003, but former co-host Frank B. Shaner wound up leaving instead, in January 2004. Shaner is now heard on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island on KUMU-FM 94.7 and KAOI-FM 95.1, owned by Maui-based Visionary Related Entertainment LLC.
Van Osdol will leave KCCN on July 14 and will be on-air at KINE on July 24. He will still be involved with the FM 100 birthday bash July 28 and 29*.
The shift to KINE hasn't hit him yet, he said.
He has been at FM 100 before it went on the air May 14, 1990, and served as its first music director, alongside Program Director Jacqueline "Skylark" Rossetti. "I'm the only one left from the original crew," he said.
His new show for a slightly older demographic will begin Aug. 7, while Lina Girl and Pipi will stay put.
"Out of anybody, I'm scared of them the most," Van Osdol said. "It's already begun. I walked back into the studio and Pipi said, 'Eh, you're the competition now, eh?' and I looked at him and I said, 'I guess that means I no need buy your breakfast now,'" he laughed.
A great commute
Radio personality and stand-up comedian Augie Tulba
has a new radio home. His house.
Tulba's contract with Texas-based Clear Channel Communications Inc. to do mornings on KDNN-FM 98.5 in Honolulu expired June 30.
His new morning show started July 3 on KNUQ-FM 103.7 and 103.3 on Maui and the Big Island, belonging to Maui-based Visionary Related Entertainment LLC.
"I had (six) good years at Clear Channel and I'm very thankful for that opportunity," he said. "But it was time for me to leave the nest and get more creative, more independent and really work on my stand-up."
He does the weekday show live from home and can do it from the road via laptop and sound equipment while he pursues stand-up gigs and very soon, a dip into a film career.
"I'm leaving in two days for L.A.," he said yesterday. Tulba will work with Joel Moffett, an assistant professor at the UH Academy for Creative Media, who is directing a short film called "Horsepower."
Tulba preps for the show by reading neighbor island newspapers and gathering information from station staff.
He takes listener calls via a toll-free number, and has met many of his listeners during appearances. An "uncle" on the Big Island brings him pasteles, "I got Auntie Maggie on Maui who brings guri-guri (ice cakes) and all these Filipino aunties on Kauai who always bring Hanamaulu chicken for me," he said. Tulba has hosted a weekend show on Q103 for years, as well as an afternoon show on Kauai's KSRF-FM 95.9 and 103.9, said Visionary Maui's station manager, Greg Everett.
Tulba performed his 39th consecutive sold-out show at the Sheraton Waikiki last weekend and will take the show to the neighbor islands next year.
His upcoming Aug. 15 show at Farrington High School will be videotaped for a future DVD release that will include clips of local and mainland gigs -- and which will help fund Tulba's college scholarship foundation.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
» The program director for KINE-FM 105.1, KCCN-FM 100.3 and KKNE-AM 940 is David Daniels, not "Bruddah Wade" as reported on Page C1 last Tuesday. Additionally, Bill "Billy V" Van Osdol's last day on KCCN was Friday, and his first day on KINE will be this Monday, not Aug. 7, as stated by Van Osdol. He will still be involved in the July 28-29 KCCN Birthday Bash.
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