OHA expands its broadcast reach -- to Las Vegas
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs radio program, "Na 'Oiwi 'Olino," will expand tomorrow -- to Maui, the Big Island and beyond.
Hosted by Brickwood Galuteria and Kimo Kahoano, the show focuses on issues relevant to the native Hawaiian community and airs from 6:30 to 9 a.m. weekdays on KKNE-AM 940 in Honolulu. It also is streamed at www.am940hawaii.com.
The show will be simulcast on KNUI-AM 900 on Maui, KHLO-AM 850 in Hilo and KKON-AM 790 in Kona. Maui-based Pacific Radio Group Inc.
owns the stations and also will run a one-hour version on three of its FMs on Sundays.
On the Big Island it will air at 6 a.m. on KAPA-FM 100.3 in Hilo and KAGB-FM 99.1 in Waimea. At 9 a.m. it will air on Maui's KPOA-FM 93.5.
As of next month, KLAV-AM 1230 in Las Vegas will air the hourlong show at 8 a.m. Saturdays.
"Extending the reach to beneficiaries and the public is important to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs," said administrator Clyde Namuo, in a statement. "The radio show is just one venue for us to disseminate information and receive feedback."
Kauai is not in the lineup as Pacific Radio Group owns no stations there.
"We haven't forgotten about Kauai," said Crystal Kua, OHA director of communications and former Star-Bulletin reporter.
KKNE owner Cox Radio Inc. is its main broadcast partner and it "orchestrated the network," but OHA is entertaining proposals to get the show to Kauai.
One potential wrinkle for broadcasters airing Galuteria is that he has announced plans to run for state Senate.
He has not filed papers so on that count he is not officially a candidate.
Once he is, stations carrying the show would have to offer opponents equal time.
The latter fact is found in "The Public and Broadcasting -- How to Get the Most Service from Your Local Station," just updated by the Federal Communications Commission.
Stations must make the booklet available free to consumers, but the guide is also online.
Lest an opponent commence to drooling over airtime, Galuteria's aspirations have been addressed at OHA.
"He's offered to step down from hosting effective July 1st ... (and) will stay on his hiatus until the end of the campaign," Kua said.
With the radio expansion in place, OHA will seek an interim co-host.
"That's one of the next things," she said.
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