Tulba to leave KQMQ, but not sister stations


POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2009

Local comedian and morning radio show host Augie Tulba will leave KQMQ-FM 93.1 “;The Zone”; after Tuesday after a little more than a year with the station.

Tulba posted, then deleted a message about the ending of his show on his Facebook page this week.

Tulba's show will still air on some neighbor island sister-stations that belong to Maui-based Visionary Related Entertainment LLC — he simply resigned from the Oahu position.

“;My contract was always with the neighbor island people,”; Tulba said.

He started his shows with VRE in July of 2007 and not having a morning show on a Honolulu station will give Tulba more freedom to promote his stand-up comedy gigs on stations that would previously not have given their competitor the time of day.

As for who will replace Tulba, “;We're looking at all the options,”; said KQMQ General Manager John Aeto.

The station will be ready to make an announcement within the next several days, he said.

On the neighbor islands, Tulba is “;going full-steam ahead, in fact, more than full-steam-ahead,”; said James McKeon, VRE vice president and partner.

Tulba's morning show will top KHEI-FM 107.5 in Kihei, when it signs on in the next couple of weeks. The station's debut “;is very imminent,”; McKeon said.

“;We're pretty excited about this.”;

KHEI will simulcast with KMKK-FM 102.3 in Kaunakakai and the format will be branded “;Radio Imua.”;

“;The simulcast will be much more contemporary (Hawaiian music) than KMKK is right now, while retaining the qualities Molokai has come to know and love.”;

Tulba's show also airs on KNUQ-FM 103.7 on Maui, KTBH-FM 102.1 in Hilo (technically Kurtistown) and KSRF-FM 95.9 on Kauai.

Separately, VRE is marking the 35th anniversary of KAOI-FM 95.1, where McKeon serves as morning show host. KAOI was the first FM station on the air outside of Honolulu, McKeon said, signing on in 1974.


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