2 new neighbor island radio stations are heading for airwaves
TWO new radio stations are coming to Molokai and the Big Island. The stations, licensed to Kaunakakai and Kurtistown, should be signed on "before the end of the year," said John Detz, president of Maui-based Visionary Related Entertainment LLC.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved Visionary's requested call letters -- KMKK-FM at 102.3 on the dial for Molokai, and KTBH-FM at 102.1 on the Big Island.
The last three letters in KMKK "happen to be the code for Molokai Airport," Detz said. "It was also a call sign assigned to a World War II Coast Guard cutter," which Detz obtained permission to use.
"We're going to do some programming from Molokai," but the station's home base will be on Maui, he said. The station's signal will reach both islands.
The Kurtistown station's call letters are intended to evoke the future station's moniker, "The Beach," Detz said.
So will the music be all-Jan-and-Dean-all-the-time? "No, I don't think so," he laughed.
It is a cheerier concept than naming it for nearby Hilo's best-known weather. For anyone else west of the Mississippi who wants to name a radio station after Hilo's precipitation, the call letters KRAN, as in "The Rain," are available, according to a search on the FCC Web site.
Leaders' servant duty
It's time to start planning that mud-bog outing to besoil and begrime your Beemer, Benz or baby-on-board buggy. You might want to leave the Bugatti at home, however.
The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific is gearing up for its annual "Make Your Boss Wash Your Car" fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.
The event was conceived three years ago by MW Group Ltd., a Hawaii-based commercial and industrial real estate consulting company. It has always benefited a program at Rehab and this year will support the Rehab Stroke Club, which provides services for brain injury patients.
MW principals Steven Metter and Mike Wood, and company Managing Director Tom Ocasek, will be joined by Rehab executives including Stuart T.K. Ho, president and chief executive officer; Dr. Dennis Chong, senior vice president and chief medical executive; and Pauline Osborne, senior vice president and chief financial officer. Rehab Foundation President Ko Miyataki and senior corporati from companies including City Mill Co. Ltd., Nordic Construction Ltd. and T.M. Hogan Inc. will be sudsing and rinsing cars for $10, and trucks and SUVs for $15. No boats.
In the past two years, the bosses have gotten slammed with lots of cars during the morning hours, said Denise Nakano, MW's chief of staff and car wash coordinator. However, "afternoons are kind of dead." That leaves bosses time to stand around goldbricking and comparing tall golf tales.
Cruise your crusty coach to 226 N. Kuakini St. the day of the event, or purchase presale tickets from Merle at 566-3451 during business hours.
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