By Diane Ako
I've just started a new role as a radio show host for Ohana Broadcast Company. "Hawaii Matters" addresses topics and issues affecting our community. The 30-minute radio show airs on Sundays from 6:30 am to 7:00 am on all Ohana Broadcast Company radio stations: 931 Da Pa’ina (KQMQ-FM), 947 KUMU (KUMU-FM), 1027 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM) and ALT 1059 (KPOI-FM).
Each radio show will address a single topic or issue, and features a question-and-answer format interview with a local expert in the field. It's not a new show, but I took over as the host at the turn of 2015.
Previous topics and issues have included disaster preparedness by American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter; early detection of diabetes and living with diabetes by American Diabetes Assocation; ebola education by Kaiser Permanente; and interviews with the 2014 gubernatorial candidates.
I'm excited to work with the good people at Ohana Broadcast, including Vice President & General Manager Terry Gillingham and Marketing Director Christine Yasuma. I've found everyone welcoming and hospitable, and look forward to getting to know them all better!
What is most attractive to me, though, is the chance to delve deeper into a news topic. On the news, I get two minutes to interview a morning show guest. If I file a report for the late news, the average story time is 75 seconds.
Just as I get warmed up, it's time to wrap. I always feel there's so much more to the story that can and should be told - information that people can benefit from. It's a privilege to be the conduit for information that can help shape or affect people's lives.
Plus, I've long loved news radio - NPR and PRI are my favorites - so to do something of a "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" kind of a show tickles me.
I tape Hawaii Matters in my off-hours from KHON; this doesn't affect my job at the TV station - a job near and dear to my heart. I'm honored to have this expanded reach and hope you'll listen in on the weekends!