martedì 28 settembre 2010

New on RNZI - Hawaii Calls KGMB & KORL

Media Release
Radio Heritage Foundation

RNZI Airs New Radio Heritage
Hawaii Calls KGMB & KORL

Join us from Monday, October 4 2010 as we bring you the story of Hawaii Calls in our new radio heritage documentary broadcast on the Mailbox program from Radio New Zealand International.

Yes, you'll hear about Johnny Noble's Moana Hotel Orchestra live from the studios at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, but you'll also hear the sounds of two famous Hawaii Calls, KGMB and KORL.

You can listen directly via shortwave or audio on demand [for the following month] with full details of current broadcast frequencies and times possible for your area as well as audio downloads at

Since the 1920's, Hawaiian radio stations and music have reached across the Pacific, and we've found two special recordings we'll share with you in this program.

You'll hear the famous 'On the Coconut Wireless' theme music for the news bulletins from KGMB Honolulu, music, a station ID jingle and a radio commercial for Sizzlers Family Restaurants when the featured plate cost just 69 cents.

What's a little unusual is that the recording was made off the air more than 7000km away from Honolulu, and 50 years after the original KDYX call sign changed to KGMB in 1930.

Then we're joining evening host Sean Lynch from KORL 65 in Honolulu and enjoying his choice of music from the period when KORL was still one of the top AM radio stations in the state.

Again, the recording is made live off the air from over 7000km away, and demonstrates how powerful the AM signals from Hawaii could be some 30 years ago. They could truly say they covered the Pacific.

You'll hear how station manager Hal Davis encouraged KORL DJ's to build station ratings to reach levels that AM station managers in the state can only dream about today.

In those days the big stations were KORL, KKUA, KGU, KIKI, KAHU and KLEI as far as station power went, and although KGMB, KORL, KKUA, KPOI and many other local favorites are now silent, their memories remain.

Join us from Monday October 4 2010 as we hear again the DJ's, the jingles and the music and memories from two great Hawaii Calls, KGMB and KORL, on the Mailbox program from Radio New Zealand International.

Listen direct via shortwave in your area or online streaming from where you can also download the program as audio on demand for the following month.

You can also enjoy more Hawaiian radio memories at our permanent on-line exhibition, the Art of Radio Hawaii, at Many great Hawaii Calls are featured with colorfully illustrated logos and artwork.

The Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization connecting popular culture, nostalgia and radio heritage across the Pacific. Our global website is