KHPH 88.7 Kailua-Kona To Go On-Air on Valentine's Day


Programming Will Reflect the HPR-2 Program Stream

    After an eight month capital campaign conducted entirely among the residents of West Hawaii to raise the $100,000 necessary to pay for a new station that will bring the HRP-2 stream to the terrain-shielded pockets of West Hawaii, including Waimea, KHPH 88.7 will finally go on the air on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013. The station will reflect the HPR-2 program stream, which carries news, information, local and national talk shows, and all kinds of music from jazz and blues to Brazilian and blue grass. The official sign-on will happen during The Conversation between 8 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 14th.

    “It’s appropriate that KHPH will go on-air on Valentine’s Day,” HPR President and General Manager Michael Titterton said, “The new station has been paid for completely by the Charter Members, and we have maintained HPR’s policy to remain debt-free. We are incredibly proud of West Hawaii’s enthusiasm for this transmitter project -- all 285 of them! It’s a Valentine gift that the public-radio-loving West Hawaii listeners have given themselves!”

    Among those cited for special support: McInerny Foundation’s $20,000 matching gift; KTA Stores’ $5,000 matching gift in memory of Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi, Founders of KTA Super Stores and K. Taniguchi, Ltd.; Kate Bell and Tom Blackburn, whose matching gift helped kick off the campaign last summer; plus the 285 KHPH 88.7 Charter Members, in particular the dedicated volunteers who spearheaded the drive: Julia Alos, Barb Sterne, Bill Cliff and Gabriella Cooper.

    The new transmitter is located on the slopes of Hualalai, and will provide a strong and dedicated signal to West Hawaii.

    The construction permit granted by the FCC stipulated that the station had to be on the air before April 14, 2013. The FCC has a “use it or lose it” policy, so it was extremely important that funding be in place and the station formally on the air before the April deadline.

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