Phantom Missile Alert in Hawaii

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So what’s up with the missile attack warning that was sounded early this morning at the 8 o clock hour? Many Hawaii residents statewide got cell phone text messages that read:


Several of my friends got the message by cell phone text alert. I did not.

The first I heard about this was a text that I got from my friend Daniel which read: “Did you just get an emergency text????” I answered in the negative. No text message for me. He followed up, “I am not joking.” He attached the screen shot from his phone as shown below:

Emergency Text Message
The emergency text that came to many cell phone early this morning (Jan. 13).

A few moments later, my friend Lisa called. She was in a state of panic. It was aggravating to her since she is also down and out with a viral strain of influenza. She also got the emergency text message.

Talking to her on the phone, I told her that it was probably a false alarm, but also to listen to the radio. I began to think it was a false alarm even if I was worried for a few minutes after the initial call.

What prompted me to this was the fact that when I turned the radio to KSSK AM & FM (where they have in the past did outstanding broadcasts of local emergencies) there was nothing to be found except for a re-run of a previous Perry & Price radio program.

Nothing there. This is likely a false alarm.

While talking to Lisa on my landline phone, I called Daniel on the cell phone. He told me his wife Emma had called the 911 emergency number who told her that it was, indeed a false alarm.

Just to make doubly sure, I called 911 after I got off the phone with Daniel. By then everyone else was probably in a panic as the 911 number was busy. Pity the poor soul who had to call if it was an actual emergency. Goes to show that in a massive alert scenario, that calling 911 will likely yield a busy signal unless you get in early.

Soon I took to Facebook where my friends and others were commenting on the situation. In about a half hour it was agreed and known among many that the emergency texts were a false  alarm.

Surely someone at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has to take responsibility for this major false alarm. A breaking news article published at the Honolulu Star Advertiser website stated that an “employee pushed the wrong button,” during a shift change.

An investigation is likely pending. Governor David Ige had a few words to say at this press conference today (KHON TV video):

Vern T. Miyagi, Administrator for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says they are investigating the incident and procedures. He did not or was not able to answer questions as to who specifically pressed the button at the agency and why not all cell phone users got the emergency text message.

The Governor and  agency have stated that they will not let this type of false alarm happen again.

There likely will be further news, discussion and legislative hearings on this in the coming days and weeks.

Hawaii can rest assured, that despite the dire warning and short term panic, that today’s “missile attack” was not the real thing. Perhaps it is a wake-up call to bring this issue to the forefront and help us be prepared for the next time.





KCCN & KINE Radio’s Top 10
Albums for August 1997

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Starting with this post we start to dig through the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive pages to fish out some old images and present them on this blog for the first time.

First up, is KCCN who back in 1997 broadcast on both the AM and FM dial. AM 1420 played a traditional / contemporary Hawaiian music format with University of Hawaii sports, while FM 100 played the island reggae music format it still has today. Back then both stations were owned by the same company along with KINE 105.1 FM.

The AM and FM stations were separated through a series of ownership changes where today only FM 100 still carry the KCCN call letters. 1420 AM is now ESPN1420 Sports Talk radio with the call sign of KKEA. KINE is still airing a contemporary Hawaiian music format.

Here are the charts from 1997:

Front cover KCCN

Cecilio & Kapono‘s concert at the Waikiki Shell was being promoted for August 29, 1997. Bruddah Israel Kamakawiwo’ole‘s “N Dis Life” album dominated the top charts on all of KCCN’s stations that month. It was only on June 26, 1997 that Bruddah Iz had passed away, so this album as well as his “Facing Future”, and “E Ala E” albums were also listed. The chart also put in a plug for University of Hawaii Football which was to be broadcast on August 30.

KCCN 3 panel 1997 chart
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Larry Price Ends 33-Year Run on KSSK Radio


Larry Price, one half of the Perry & Price radio team on KSSK recently announced his retirement from the morning airwaves after 33 years. Starting on Monday (May 16), Michael W. Perry will be hosting the highly rated “Perry & Price” morning show by himself. Price meanwhile will be hosting a new, weekly sports show on KSSK’s sister station, Fox Sports 990 AM with KHVH talk show host Rick Hamada.

According to the KSSK website Price stated, “I decided the time is right and appropriate to make this change. I am grateful for the support of our loyal listeners and for all the great years on KSSK. And, I am excited about the opportunity to talk sports with Rick on our new FOX Sports 990 station.”

The team of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price started on KSSK’s airwaves back in 1983 shortly after the death of longtime KSSK / KGMB radio morning show host Hal “J. Akuhead Pupule” Lewis. At the time the duo took over, the major change to the morning show format was retirement of the big band and pop standards music that Aku played in favor of an adult contemporary mix that has continued to this day. The change was met with some resistance in the beginning.

The Perry and Price morning team though proved to be successful, being a perennial ratings leader for the station nearly all that time.

Larry Price was once the football coach for the University of Hawaii, hence his nickname. Michael W. Perry arrived on Honolulu’s airwaves in 1972 when he hosted the drive time slot on the old KKUA AM 69 top 40 station. In 1978 Perry was hired by then KGMB radio which in time morphed into KSSK under several different owners.

Today KSSK is part of the nationwide iHeartRadio conglomerate and broadcasts on 92.3FM and 590 AM as well as on the internet.

Larry Price Ending 33-Year Run…. (KSSK radio)

• Larry Price to leave ‘Perry and Price’ radio show after 33 years (KHON TV)

Larry Price Exits KSSK/Honolulu’s Perry & Price Show (All Access Media)

• Larry Price ending 33-year run on KSSK (Pacific Business News)




“Who Da Guy” Ron Jacobs Passed Away


It is sad to note the passing of legendary radio disc jockey KPOI, KHJ, KKUA, and KDEO radio disc jockey Ron Jacobs. Much has been written about Mr. Jacobs in recent days and over the years.

Jacobs passed away at his home of “natural causes” on Tuesday, March 8. He was 78.

Ron Jacobs was born in Hawaii in 1937 and made a name for himself in the 1950s as one of Hawaii’s original “Poi Boys” on the old KPOI radio at 1380 on the AM dial. He and Tom Moffatt and others were radio personalities that promoted rock n roll music in the islands when it was still in its infancy.

In the 1960s Jacobs lived and worked mostly in California and created the highly successful KHJ 93 AM “Boss Radio” in Los Angeles. In 1970, he along with Tom Rounds and Casey Kasem created “American Top 40” for the Watermark network. That program which featured Kasem counting down the weekly Top 40 Billboard magazine hits was on the air from 1970 to the late 1980s with Kasem at the helm.

By 1976 Ron Jacobs returned to Hawaii and did the morning drive show on KKUA Radio AM 690 in Honolulu. While at KKUA Jacobs produced three “Homegrown” albums for the station to benefit Habilitat. The “Homegrown” albums were showcases for up and coming local musicians. Among the talents originally found on the “Homegrown” albums included Noelani Cypriano, Bart Bascone, and Marvin Franklin. The album was modeled after a similar series Jacobs did while on the mainland.

By 1980 Jacobs left KKUA and started KDEO “Country Radio” (AM 940), which billed itself as the western most country station in the U.S.A. While at KDEO Radio, Jacobs compiled a 4th Homegrown album featuring Hawaii based artists.

Jacobs retired in Hawaii and authored several books and maintained an online presence. Most recently he was posting stuff to his Facebook page. Last year he asked me to “friend” him on Facebook and so I did. Must have been something I posted there for him to “friend” me since we never met.

Here’s a video slideshow tribute to Ron Jacobs from Bob Meadows as posted to YouTube.




Throwback Thursday: What’s on the Radio Dial?

Oahu Radio Dial 9-1989
What was on Oahu Radio in Sept. of 1989.


For our Throwback Thursday feature we have this old radio dial list that I created in 1989. As you can see, while the format of the various Honolulu / Oahu Radio Stations were mostly the same as we have today, there were a lot fewer stations in the market then.

The top rated morning radio program at that time was the Perry & Price Show on KSSK, which is about the same as it is today. There were 3 top 40 stations in the market…. KQMQ FM, KQMQ AM and KIKI FM, an oldies station, KIKI AM and two adult contemporary music stations, KSSK AM / FM and KRTR 96 FM. Hawaiian music which at that time did not include reggae or “Jawaiian” was mostly played on the old KCCN 1420 AM station, which later moved to FM 100.3.

Hawaii Public Radio was on the air but simulcasting mostly classical music and “All Things Considered” on only two stations, KHPR at 88.1 FM and the Maui affiliate at KKUA 90.7 FM. Today Hawaii Public Radio has two distinct stations broadcasting statewide on several frequencies on all islands.

There were two Japanese language stations in the market… KOHO 1170 and KZOO 1210 on the AM dial. KOHO went off the air in 2000 and lives only in the memories of its listeners and a Frank DeLima comedy track. KZOO is still on the air at AM 1210 broadcasting mostly in the same format.

In 1989 none of the radio stations sent “streams” out over the internet, since that was only in the limited domain of the government and perhaps a handful of universities. The worldwide web and streaming audio were years down the line.

Compare this radio dial list to what we have today on the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Honolulu / Oahu Radio Dial page.

See also: Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive