Vineyard Christian Fellowship buys permit to build Big Isle radio station
AS radio behemoth Clear Channel Communications Inc.
wends its way through a multibillion-dollar sale to private equity firms and unhappy shareholders state their objections, we are reminded that not all radio transactions are earthshattering. A Tennessee-based broadcaster has sold the construction permit for a yet-to-be-built radio station, KPHL-FM in Pahala on the Big Island, to Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Honolulu Inc. The price: a grand sum of $1,500.
Officials from the church, located across Dillingham Boulevard from Honolulu Community College, could not be reached.
T.J. Malievsky, listed as a director of the church in documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission, also could not be reached. Vineyard Christian Fellowship's plans for the Big Island station are unclear.
Malievsky is a familiar name in local broadcasting circles, most recently as the former general manager of a group of Honolulu stations owned by California-based Salem Communications Corp.
Malievsky has been active in real estate since his departure from Salem, as a Realtor associate with Gold Coast Real Estate Inc.
The seller of the station permit, Memphis-based Broadcasting for the Challenged Inc., has dozens of licenses and applications for noncommercial stations around the country and is run by George S. Flinn Jr., who separately owns and operates commercial stations on the mainland.
Fishes and boots
MEANWHILE, back at Salem's Honolulu cluster, the company has announced a new program director for "The Fish," KAIM-FM 95.5, and its country-music sister station, KHCM-AM 690.
Corry Reynolds, who lived in Hawaii briefly before her broadcast career, has worked with several radio formats, including Salem's "The Fish" format of contemporary Christian music in Portland, Ore. She most recently served as on-air talent and production director at an oldies station in Seattle.
Reynolds succeeds longtime Program Director Michael Shishido, who resigned last month.
Reynolds has not yet arrived in the islands. She will spend Thanksgiving with her family in the Pacific Northwest and begin her Hawaii gig next Tuesday, according to General Manager Steve Miller.
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