Honolulu FM radio pioneer dies
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.