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Television's launch in isles came with a few hitches

By A.J. McWhorter

~~<p>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 &mdash; KGMB and KONA (now KHON) &mdash; came to be.</p>
<p>During the early 1950s, the number of television stations on the mainland exploded at a rapid pace. Many radio stations jumped on the bandwagon and applied for TV station licenses. Originally, Honolulu was assigned five commercial VHF channels: 2, 4, 9, 11 and 13, with 7 reserved for noncommercial educational use, according to a July 7, 1952, article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.</p>
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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.

During the early 1950s, the number of television stations on the mainland exploded at a rapid pace. Many radio stations jumped on the bandwagon and applied for TV station licenses. Originally, Honolulu was assigned five commercial VHF channels: 2, 4, 9, 11 and 13, with 7 reserved for noncommercial educational use, according to a July 7, 1952, article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Login for more...



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