October 14, 2012
Resonate Hawaii will premier a new radio station on Hawaii Island on Monday, October 15, starting at 5 p.m. The WAVE is at 92.1 FM on the West side of Hawaii Island. The WAVE will be at 92.7 FM on the East side of the island, and will go over the air on Monday, October 22. It is also available for online listening at www.hawaiiswave.com.
The station will offer what it calls "Today's Fresh Mix" of top hits. The station will debut with the the broadcast of 9,200 songs in a row from artists such as Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Daughtry, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Train, Beyonce, Matchbox 20, Usher, Bruno Mars, and Adele along with many others.
Matt Stone, programming director, says that complementing the station will be an array of events and concerts, an extensive online destination with local events, blogs, music videos, photo galleries, celebrity gossip reports, and an embeddable and multi-functional streaming player. Fans of the station can also stay connected through instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites, as well as via texting.
"After a very long road, we are very excited to be launching Hawaii's first contemporary hit radio station," said Dan Deeb, Market Manger, Resonate Hawaii. "Sales and samples have said Hawaii Island loves today's hit music. For too long the fans of this music have had nowhere to turn here on The Big Island. We are proud to be that outlet by playing "Today's Fresh Mix."
Deeb is the managing member for Resonate Hawaii, LLC. The company got permission from the FCC to acquire two Hilo-based stations, KHBC (92.7 FM) and KIPA (1020 AM) and Kona-based KHwI (92.1) from Jerrold T. Lundquist's Chaparral Broadcasting, of Jackson, Wyoming, for $500,000 last May. The stations were not actively broadcasting at the time.
The FCC filing indicates Deeb owns 49 percent of Resonate Hawaii's assets, with U. S. citizen/Australian resident Carla Maria Morris holding 30%; Australian group Guns of Seneca Pty Ltd. As Trustee for El Gordo Trust, with Sally Dobson as Principal, holding 20%; and Deanna Stenman of Arizona owning 1%.
Deeb is also general manager of Mahalo Broadcasting LLC, which operates Hawaii Island FM stations KBGX (LAVA 105.3 FM , KKOA (KOA County 107.7 FM), and AM station KHNU (620 AM). Deeb says they've had some equipment problems that have resulted in outages for LAVA 105.3 FM and KKOA 107.7 FM over the last week, but those problems should be resolved soon and the stations will resume being able to be heard islandwide. He reinforced the company's commitment to continuing its islandwide country and rock stations.
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