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Former KITV sports anchor covered big-league baseball

By A.J. McWhorter
Former KITV sports anchor Greg Lucas has written a book about a sport he loves and is very familiar with: baseball.

Kaiser's Oahu community had private sewer system

By A.J. McWhorter
Last month Henry J. Kaiser's initial years in the islands were covered. The next decade in Hawaii for Kaiser would bring many accomplishments for the man, some of which we still see today.

Henry Kaiser was a go-getter long before coming to Hawaii

By A.J. McWhorter
Henry J. Kaiser was influential to the growth of many things we have come to know in Hawaii. This month we look back on Kaiser's early beginnings as an entrepreneur on the mainland and in Hawaii.

Mossman balanced careers as police officer, entertainer

By A.J. McWhorter
Sterling Mossman was one of Hawaii's most popular entertainers during the 1950s and 1960s. He also served with the Hono­lulu Police Department. This month we look back at Mossman, the cop who moonlighted as an entertainer.

Remembering Jack Lord

By A.J. McWhorter
Thirty-five years ago this month the original "Hawaii Five-O" said aloha after 12 seasons on CBS. We look back at actor Jack Lord, who played Steve McGarrett during its run.

Learning to play ukulele led Godfrey to love Hawaii

By A.J. McWhorter
During the 1950s Arthur Godfrey was one of the most popular personalities on both radio and television.

TV anchor Sams won kudos for work in isles, Arkansas

By A.J. McWhorter
When you watched the news in Hono­lulu during the 1970s, three familiar faces would be seen on our television screens: Bob Sevey at KGMB, Don Rockwell at KITV and BJ Sams at KHON.

Hawaii's pro tennis team boasted some big stars

By A.J. McWhorter
During the 1970s, tennis had a surge in popularity. Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King squared off in a "Battle of the Sexes" match on national television, and Hawaii had its own professional tennis team, the Hawaii Leis. This month we look back on the Leis franchise.

Edwards aired 'Hawaii Calls' but also reported on attack

By A.J. McWhorter
The popular radio program "Hawaii Calls" will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year. Webley Edwards, the creator, producer and longtime host of "Hawaii Calls," was an important media figure on both the national and local level. This month we look back on Edwards and his career.

Stint in Hawaii preceded storied career in Guam

By A.J. McWhorter
Jon Anderson's contributions to the radio, television and newspaper business on Guam have made him a media icon. This month we look back at Anderson's career, which included several years in Hawaii during the 1960s.

Former CNN anchorwoman holds Hawaii dear to heart

By A.J. McWhorter
During the 1980s and '90s, network news was predominantly covered by male anchors Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. Ted Turner's Cable News Network was launched in 1980, followed by CNN2 in 1982, which became CNN Headline News.

Piecemeal Hawaiians squad lost in WFL's final matchup

By A.J. McWhorter
Last month we looked back at the Hawaiians' inaugural football season of 1974, and several readers wrote to tell me of their fondness for the team and the mementos they still have to this day.

Hawaii's pro football team held its own while it lasted

By A.J. McWhorter
Football season is nearly upon us, and 40 years ago, the World Football League was launched with 12 franchises, including one right here in Honolulu. The team was dubbed The Hawaiians.

'Most gratifying' assignment was the Apollo 11 broadcast

By A.J. McWhorter
On July 20, 1969, the late President John F. Kennedy's quest for Americans to land on the moon before the decade ended was complete. Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but Hawaii ended up being an important final piece to the mission.

McWilliams brought Hawaii news of RFK's assassination

By A.J. McWhorter
At 9:15 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on June 4, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Kennedy had just given his victory speech after winning the California Democratic primary.

Imi Loa helped lead change in local weather segments

By A.J. McWhorter
Covering the weather in TV news has changed greatly since the 1970s. Instead of news anchorpersons doing brief one-minute weather segments, there are now several weather forecasters at each news station.

KITV, by any other name, has broadcast for 60 years

By A.J. McWhorter
This week KITV turns 60 years old. The station has had three call letter changes over the years, but always remained an ABC affiliate. This month, we look back at the history of the station.

Shifty exec zapped hopes for isles to host pro football

By A.J. McWhorter
During the mid-1940s, the Pacific Coast Professional Football League had one of the best teams in the country right here in Hawaii — the Hawaiian Warriors. But it all came crashing down when several players were involved in gambling and eventually the league folded after the 1948 season.

'Captain Grief' plied the airlong before 'Lost' or 'Five-0'

By A.J. McWhorter
On Feb. 15, 1957, the first television series shot on location in Hawaii made its debut on island television. The series was called "Captain David Grief." This month we look back on the series and get some behind-the-scenes information on the show.

Girl who grew up on KGMB joined station as grown-up

By A.J. McWhorter
During the 1990s, Sandra Sagisi Moser reported and anchored the news at KGMB. This month, we look back on her career and catch up with her.

Television's launch in isles came with a few hitches

By A.J. McWhorter
For over 60 years, television in the islands has been an important source for news, entertainment, sports and a variety of programs. This month we look back at how the first two TV stations in Hawaii — KGMB and KONA (now KHON) — came to be.

Kennedy assassination tested local TV news in low-tech times

By A.J. McWhorter
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago this month in Dallas, there were only four local television stations broadcasting news in Hawaii: KONA, KHVH, KGMB and KTRG.

Arthur and Kathryn Murray found the good life in isles

By A.J. McWhorter
If Arthur and Kathryn Murray were alive today, they probably would be the most sought-after judges for "Dancing with the Stars." The celebrity couple were stars themselves, teaching a nation of dancing novices how to waltz and tango in ballroom settings.

Ex-deejay and TV newsman now works far from spotlight

By A.J. McWhorter
During the 1970s and '80s, Courtney Harrington was a familiar name and face on island radio and television. His shows on KGU and KHON were No. 1 in their time slots. This month we look back on Harrington's career and catch up with him.

Broadcaster with role on old 'Five-0' wants new one

By A.J. McWhorter
"The Golden Voice" of Bill Baist is still going strong after nearly 60 years of broadcasting. This month we look back at Baist and a career that has taken him from radio and television to acting.

Bob Basso's fruitful career got its start in isle radio, TV

By A.J. McWhorter
Nearly 40 years have passed since Bob Basso anchored the KHON news with his unique style. Basso was the first local sports anchor to move to news and the first to start an investigative news team. This month we look back on the controversial Basso and catch up on what he has been up to.

Book reintroduces career, life work of Fortunato Teho

By A.J. McWhorter
Over the course of five decades, Fortunato Teho was the foremost expert on all things horticultural in the islands with his newspaper columns, radio shows and television programs. This month we look back on Teho and learn about an unfinished book he wrote that was able to come to life.

'Man on the Move' Al Allen blessed with nose for news

By A.J. McWhorter
It was 40 years ago this month when Honolulu newsman Al Allen was killed in a plane crash. This month we look back at Allen and his contributions to the news scene in Hawaii.

Martin's cooking, creativity put isle public TV on map

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 10, 2013
One of PBS Hawaii's more popular programs was "The International Kitchen," hosted by the late Nino J. Martin. This month we look back at Martin and his contributions to local television.

'Fiesta' showcased talent, culture, issues of Filipinos

By A.J. McWhorter
On Oct. 23, 1954, "Filipino Fiesta" made its debut on local television. Spanning nearly 33 years, it would go on to become the longest-running locally produced television show in the islands. This month we look back at longtime host Faustino Respicio and his "Filipino Fiesta" show.

Well-traveled sportscaster still calls the islands home

By A.J. McWhorter
Former Hawaii Islanders broadcaster and KHON sports anchor Ken Wilson called some of the biggest local and national sporting events. This month he looks back on his career.

Journalist follows up career with Vietnam recounting

By A.J. McWhorter
Rick Fredericksen reported, anchored and produced award-winning stories during his 40-plus years as a journalist. His most recent project is a subject close to his heart, the Vietnam War.

Hilo Hattie's name and fame came with lots of laughter

By A.J. McWhorter
She was born Clarissa Haili, but she will forever be known as "Hilo Hattie." Entertaining island residents and tourists for more than 40 years with her unique comedy style, this month we look back on "Hilo Hattie's" amazing career.

Now in Japan, newsman remembers isles fondly

By A.J. McWhorter
Though Ross Mihara enjoys his current job in Japan, he fondly remembers the KGMB newsroom where he got his start in covering sports. This month we look back on his work in the islands and catch up with him.

Indianapolis anchor keeps isle sports gig close to heart

By A.J. McWhorter
During the late 1980s, Scott Swan covered the sports beat for KITV news. Today he is anchoring the news in Indianapolis. This month we look back at Swan's time spent in Hawaii, a place he has never forgotten.

Isle broadcaster announced KHVH reporter's fatal crash

By A.J. McWhorter
Warren Moran worked in broadcasting for 40 years, spending more than a decade as a radio and television newsman in the islands. This month we look back at his career and see what he is up to today.

Isle TV, radio uplifted by the best of Luck

By A.J. McWhorter
One of the most beloved local entertainers on radio and television during the 1950s and 1960s was Lucky Luck. This month we look back at his popularity and talk to some people who knew him well.

Smyser and 'Conversation' were pioneers in television

By A.J. McWhorter
Sunday mornings for more than 20 years, the late Betty Smyser interviewed notable island guests, politicians and national celebrities on her "Conversation" talk show. This month we look back at Smyser and her talk show — the longest-running show of its kind in local television.

Former KITV reporter can’t stay away from isles

By A.J. McWhorter
Former KITV reporter Sandi Carney has lived overseas for over 25 years but still enjoys coming back to the islands. This month we look back on her years spent here and why she keeps returning to her “spiritual home” of Hawaii.

Former island broadcaster recounts career in new book

By A.J. McWhorter
Former KGMB sports anchorman Mel Proctor has never forgotten his years spent in Hawaii. He covers many of these moments in his new e-book, "I Love the Work, but I Hate the Business." This month we look back at Proctor and explore his current pursuits.

Bone marrow drive inspired former anchor's donation

By A.J. McWhorter
Former KGMB news anchor Kevin Walsh has written his second book, "Follow the Dog Home," released earlier this month. We look back at his time spent in Hawaii and find out what he's been up to since he left the islands.

Wrestling promoter helped broaden sport's appeal in isles

By A.J. McWhorter
In November we looked back at pro wrestling in the islands. Local fans who enjoyed watching their favorite wrestling stars in action can thank promoter Ed Francis for bringing these events into the arenas and our homes.

From a short stint in isles came a love for Hawaii

By A.J. McWhorter
Having a voice often described as "golden" by his teachers, colleagues, family and friends, Pat Wilkins spent the majority of his career working as both a radio and television news anchor and reporter in the state of Oregon.

Television inflated interest in wrestling and isle stars

By A.J. McWhorter
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.

Isle broadcaster departed to mainland but came back

By A.J. McWhorter
Former television reporter Roberta Wong Murray has come full circle. After living on the mainland for more than 30 years working in the public relations and communications sector, she decided to move back to the islands. This month we look back and see what she is up to today.

'Magnum, P.I.' star has fond memories of show, Hawaii

By A.J. McWhorter
More than 30 years have passed since we were first introduced to Orville "Rick" Wright on "Magnum, P.I." For eight seasons this likeable character who helped Thomas Magnum solve his cases was played by actor Larry Manetti. This month Manetti looks back on his career and the "Magnum, P.I." years, and lets us in on what he is up to today.

Broadcast years in Hawaii provided key experience

By A.J. McWhorter
Jim Scoutten has been reporting and hosting stories on the firearms industry for nearly 20 years. His popular "Shooting USA" series was named best outdoor program by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Former radio, TV reporter now works for firefighters

By A.J. McWhorter
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.

Former isle sports anchor recalls time spent with KHVH and KITV

By A.J. McWhorter
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.

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