Hawaiʻi Public Radio announces that its new Lanaʻi transmitter is now on the air, providing an improved signal for West Maui, Lānaʻi, and Molokaʻi. The frequency 103.1 FM, licensed to Kualapuʻu, Molokaʻi, went live on January 13. It broadcasts HPR-1 (news, talk, entertainment, and a variety of music) to areas previously within a terrain shield, wherein the West Maui mountains obstructed the signal broadcast from Haleakalā. The full HPR-1 program schedule can be viewed online.
In November, HPR announced that it had acquired the Lanaʻi transmitter. The new signal was assigned the call letters KJHF in honor of Dr. John Henry Felix, who was HPR's inaugural chair of the Board of Directors from 1979-1985.
This expansion is made possible thanks to the support and generosity of station members, underwriters, and other local organizations providing financial support to HPR. The vast majority of HPR's operating revenue comes from the community; only 5% of the budget is received from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the organization that disburses federal funds.