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Thursday, April 17, 2014         

Looking Back Premium

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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