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Honolulu FM radio pioneer dies


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POSTED: Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Honolulu FM radio pioneer and longtime broadcaster and teacher Harvey Weinstein died of cancer Saturday at home. He was 65.

“;He touched so many peoples' lives and taught so many people and influenced the industry so much over his life,”; said his daughter, Davin Anderson.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Weinstein came to Hawaii “;around 1967 or '68,”; she recalled.

Her first job was at the radio station where he worked, performing call-out research.

Weinstein and Steve Nicolet were responsible for early broadcasts of KPOI-FM 97.5, recalled Dick Wainwright, of KSSK-AM 590.

“;They really started the FM station.”;

Wainwright, John Parker and others “;would help Harvey put the music together,”; he said, but everyone deferred to Weinstein's knowledge of the bands.

“;He was a great historian. He knew everything about everybody,”; in the days before one could easily use Google to find a wealth of information.

Weinstein's record collection is legendary among his contemporaries.

In a small home in Punchbowl, every room was covered with albums, “;wall to wall, floor to ceiling,”; Wainwright said.

Tom Moffatt was in charge at the time of KPOI-AM 1380, then the top station in Honolulu playing the popular, “;squeaky clean”; rock 'n' roll of the day.

“;The FM didn't play that stuff,”; said Dale Machado, director of engineering for Clear Channel Hawaii.

Weinstein and others played “;the San Francisco sound”; of bands including Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steppenwolf, and Santana, said Machado. He listened to KPOI-FM in 1970, when he was in college, and it inspired him to get into radio.

At the time it was “;underground, but it became classic rock,”; Machado said.

Weinstein's collection fueled his eponymous show, “;Harvey's Corner,”; which in turn earned the nickname “;Harvey S. Corner.”;

He became operations manager for KNDI-AM 1270 in 1991 and hosted a Saturday evening blues show.

“;Harvey was a loyal and dedicated radio personality who was a great asset to our radio station,”; said Leona Jona, president and general manager. “;We will miss him deeply.”;

He stopped working right before Christmas, said his daughter.

Weinstein worked on the air and served as music director at many other stations, including KPOI-AM, “;K-108”; (formerly KIOE-AM); KIKI-AM; KULA-FM; KTUH-FM; and KIVM-AM, Lihue. Additionally, he nurtured aspiring broadcasters as a teacher and counselor at Columbia School of Broadcasting from 1983 to 2007.

He is survived by wife Gemma; sons Samuel, 13, and Leevi, 9; adult son Eric Walters; adult daughter Anderson; and a grandson, Seth Anderson, age 3.

Services are pending.