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Downtown Planet Folds After 27 Years

A regular part of downtown Honolulu comes to an end today as the last issue of the Downtown Planet is published.

Downtown Planet Ends 27 Year Run

By Erika Engle

The Monday, July 24 edition of the Downtown Planet, a free weekly newspaper founded in 1979, will be its last, due to insufficient advertising revenue.

Its final issue hits the street as early as today.

Of all the little papers in our town, the Downtown Planet had improved the most in terms of look and overall presentation since it was acquired from its former owners in 2004.

Many of us have been regular readers of this publication since the 1980s. One of the early columns that I always looked forward to was the “Consumer Alert” and another one written about the happenings in Chinatown. Lately one of the most read columns “Political Steam,” written by Mano Pua was a regular editorial piece that poked at the local politicians and their doings.

Another feature that I always liked was the Downtown parking report which published the rates to all of the major public and private parking lots in the area. This last issue had the most extensive report with a map of downtown Honolulu going from Chinatown to the Capitol District. The map contained locator marks to all of the parking lots.

The photos had also improved and most of the time the “Planet Patrol” photo feature reminded the public and government officials of some spot in the area that needed improvement. “Planet Patrol” highlighted little problems like intersections that lacked ADA compliant curbing or of roadway potholes that needed immediate attention. These were the newer features that were added to the Downtown Planet in recent years.

The planet will be sorely missed by regulars of the Downtown area and Honolulu in general.

Here is the link to the Downtown Planet:

In time the site may go away. Be sure to look for the last issue on a newsstand near you or download the PDF file from their website to keep as a souvenir.

OHA Purchase of KGMB TV Would be Very Bad

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) entertained the possibility of buying TV station KGMB (Channel 9). The CBS affiliate has been on sale for more than a year by its current owner Emmis Communications. Recent meetings by an OHA committee set matters into motion to explore the possible purchase of the commercial TV station two days ago.

I firmly believe that government agencies should stay completely out of ownership of commercial media. The stated intention for OHA’s purchase of KGMB would have been to use it as a “medium of accurate and timely communication regarding Hawaiian affairs to the general public…” re: OHA run propaganda media machine. Surely, programming would be altered and the up and coming KGMB newscast would be seriously compromised, not to mention that this purchase would be a misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Emmis wants to sell the station for at least $40 million.

Late yesterday, the OHA Board of Trustees decided to nix the purchase idea at another meeting. Trustee Oswald Stender may still bring the issue up again.

This is not the first time that some branch of State Government has looked into the possibility of media ownership. Several years ago the State Legislature had a proposal before them to set up a traffic information radio station. Up until a few years ago, the State was actually subsidizing the operations of KHET Channel 11, Hawaii’s PBS station with taxpayer dollars. The State still funds operations at Olelo, the public access government and educational cable channels.

KGMB News Tops Channel 2 in 10:PM Timeslot

Joe Moore has been toppled at 10. In the fierce race for bragging rights of being #1, KGMB TV‘s Channel 9 News with Kim Gennaula and Keahi Tucker edged out the dominant KHON TV newscast at the 10pm slot for the May Nielsen ratings period. KHON TV still dominates the 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 pm news time slots, which are anchored by Joe Moore at 5:30 and 6 and Leslie Wilcox at 5. Their morning news gets 50 to 80 percent of the audience.

The top local network shows are “American Idol” on Fox/KHON TV, “CSI” on CBS/KGMB, “Desparate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC/KITV. ABC’s “Lost” has been beaten in the Wednesday night time slot by Fox’s “American Idol,” though it still remains a top 10 show.


Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Newslinks

One of the websites that I publish is the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide. It is a site that has been on the internet for more than 10 years now and is mainly a listings and links site to various radio and TV stations throughout Hawaii. I also offer news link headlines and an archive section.

After a long period of inactivity and maybe even negligence, I finally got around to bringing some of the news items up to date. I’ll probably start posting these news items from time to time here at Hawaii Metroblog too.

Here is the latest with links going to their news sources, websites and our message board.

  • PAUL UDELL LEAVES KITV CHANNEL 4: In what appears to be a bombshell announcement, Paul Udell veteran news anchor and reporter for Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV announced his resignation and retirement from the station effective at the end of his vacation period. More details: | Discussion Topic
  • FORMER ISLAND DJ FOUND DEAD: Steven B. Williams, a former island disc jockey and voice talent was recently found dead in the waters off a California Beach last month. Police detectives have ruled his cause of death to be a murder. Details on the killing are still under investigation with no suspect found. Williams was 59. While in Hawaii he was on radio stations KKUA, KIKI, KAHU, KULA, KQMQ and KDEO. More Details at the following links: Denver Post | | Discussion Topic


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