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Friday, October 31, 2014         

Looking Back

With the passing of Curtis "Da Bull" Iaukea last year and "Handsome" Johnny Barend on Sept. 20, local wrestling fans lost a part of their childhood. Watching "50th State Wrestling" was an island staple during the 1960s and '70s.

Melanie Granfors came to the islands on a whim from the Midwest and landed a job at a local radio station. Within a few months she was a television reporter. Hawaii remains a special place to her; it was where she started her family and career.

Scott Shirai was known to island viewers as an investigative reporter during the 1970s. In addition to reporting he has also been a disc jockey, singer and author. We look back on his time in the islands when investigative reporting first took shape and see what he is up to today.

The Major League Baseball season is just under way, and the Houston Astros and 29 other teams have begun their chase for the World Series. It is also a time when former KHVH radio and KITV sports anchor Greg Lucas gears up for another season of baseball.

Through five decades in Honolulu broadcasting, Bob Miller was a familiar voice to island residents as a TV anchor, reporter and radio announcer. A series of strokes took his ability to speak away from him, but that has not stopped Miller from finding his voice in other forms of communication.

Former KHON reporter Pete Pepper has a gripping new documentary, "Killing Memories," about five Vietnam War veterans who revisit the battlefields they fought on and the men they fought against. The 85-minute film was written, produced and directed by Pepper.

We have been blessed to have local sports broadcasting legends grace the radio and TV airwaves over the years, from Les Keiter and Carlos Rivas to Chuck Leahey, but the dean of sports broadcasting to many of his colleagues was Frank Valenti.

Thirty years ago at this time we had just elected a new president, found out who shot J.R. and mourned the death of John Lennon. Earlier in the year, Jack Lord had said his final " Book 'em" as Steve McGarrett and a new show was making its national debut on CBS and filming on location in Hawaii: "Magnum, P.I."

During the decade of the 1970s, there were three news anchors who were the face and voices of their respective stations: Bob Sevey at KGMB, BJ Sams at KHON and Don Rockwell at KITV.

During the 1960s and into the 1980s, Hawaii Islanders baseball teams were a hit with the local fans. Radio broadcaster Marty Chase called the play-by-play for the ball club during its early years. Today, Chase looks back on his time in Honolulu where he worked in print, radio and television

It has been 30 years since Ed Evans left the islands to return to the Pacific Northwest. Today, he looks back on his time in Hawaii during the late 1970s as a reporter and anchor. His broadcasting career took him from radio to television and later into another form of communication with a higher call.

Jack Kellner may have retired a decade ago, but his friends and colleagues remember his solid work and contributions in a career that spanned four decades in island broadcasting.

Chris (formerly Bruce) Allen was an important voice of sports in Hawaii during the 1970's.

The Food Network and other cable stations provide cooking fans with a plethora of entertaining programs featuring some of the best chefs in the world sharing their talents. But back in the early 1970s, when there was no Food Network, the only chefs on television were Julia Child, Graham Kerr and Hawaii's Titus Chan.


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