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Aloha Patrick,
Thought you would find the following from yesterday's Honolulu Star-Bulletin
to be of interest and perhaps worthy of passing along. One of these days
perhaps I'll find time and situation for DX.
Doug Lamerson


                                     Friday, November 30, 2001 

                                    Christian light
                                       to go dark

     It's almost unheard of in the radio business, but KAIM 870 AM will go
dark, or permanently sign off the air, at
     the end of this year and the frequency will no longer be used in
Hawaii. It first signed on in 1952 and was joined
     the following year by KAIM 95.5 FM, which plays contemporary Christian

     The stations, owned by California-based Salem Communications Corp., are
operated by Salem Media of Hawaii
     Inc., which also runs KGU 760 AM and KHNR 650 AM. 

     "In order to facilitate a good transition for KAIM AM on Dec. 1," said
KGU, KHNR and KAIM FM Program
     Director Michael Shishido, "we're taking all that programming and
putting it on KGU AM 760. That causes a
     chain reaction, where KGU's (talk radio) programming gets merged into
(all-news) KHNR."

     Then as of Jan. 1, KAIM AM will go off the air and KGU's slogan will
become "First in Ministry." It is a play on
     the fact that KGU in April 1922 was the first radio station licensed in
the Territory of Hawaii. It signed on in May
     and was followed hours later by KDYX AM (590, now known as KSSK).

     The decision to pull the plug was made for economic and other corporate
reasons, according to Doug Campbell,
     general manager of Salem Media of Hawaii Inc. Employees will be
"reallocated," he said, but there will be no staff
     reductions as a result of the plan.

     Operating its 50,000 watt transmitter on Molokai costs $12,000 to
$13,000 a month for electricity, Campbell
     said, and for technical reasons, "most of Honolulu from Hawaii Kai to
Pearl Harbor doesn't hear the station or
     hears it poorly."

     Conversely, electricity for KGU's 10,000 watt transmitter in Oahu's
Kewalo basin area costs roughly $1,000 a
     month and it provides "stronger service to the main population base."

     With 870 inactive as an AM frequency in Hawaii, Salem can boost KRLA
870 AM in Los Angeles from 5,000
     to 50,000 watts with no concerns about interference from this side of
the Pacific, Campbell said.

     The transmitter site on Molokai is owned by the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association, which sold KAIM AM
     and FM to Salem in October 1999. 

     "The transmitter and processors are ours," Campbell said, but the
transmitter building and antenna array must be
     addressed by the association.

     The transmitter site and radio frequency interference with new
residential developments around it became the
     topic of controversy for the Maui County Planning Commission in recent

     After public hearings, the commission granted Salem an extension of its
special use permit for the transmitter site,
     "pending resolution of the (interference) issues and concerns of the
community," Campbell said.

     Those issues will now become moot.

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