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KHON Announces Anchor Changes

dashefsky-yamaneHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON, has announced a few anchor changes in preparation for the launch of its 9:00 p.m. newscast, September 8.

Marisa Yamane will join Howard Dashefsky, as co-anchor of the weekday 5:00 & 9:00 p.m. news.

“I thank our viewers — our extended KHON2 ohana — for putting their trust in us to inform them about what’s happening across the state. It’s a privilege that I don’t take lightly,” said Yamane. “I am so excited and feel honored to work alongside my longtime friend Howard, who’s such a talented, experienced, and well-respected journalist.”

The station also announced the addition of Kelly Simek as the weekday morning weather anchor.

Replacing Yamane on weekends will be Kathy Muneno. Dashefsky recently re-joined KHON to anchor the 9:00 p.m. show.

In a statement,KHON GM Kristina Lockwood said, “We are thrilled about the exciting changes coming this fall at KHON2.”

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Howard Dashefsky Returns to KHON

howard dashefskyHonolulu Fox affiliate KHON is launching a 9 p.m. newscast with veteran anchor Howard Dashefsky this fall. The newscast will debut September 8.

“We look forward to offering Hawaii viewers a comprehensive late news option at 9 p.m. We have been wanting to add a 9 p.m. news for a while, and we think the time is right and Howard is the perfect addition to our news team,” general manager Kristina Lockwood said in a statement. “We are committed to serving the viewers of Hawaii and providing more local news content both on-air and online.”

Dashefsky left KHON in 2009. In the past five years, he has worked in communications consulting, as well as writing, producing and hosting “Sports People Hawaii” and working on-air for OC Sports.

“I‘m excited about coming back to KHON2,” Dashefsky said. “It’s certainly with some sadness that I step away from my work with OC16 and OC Sports, but I feel blessed that I‘ll still be able to do both as time permits. So it‘s really a win-win.”

KHON Announces Replacement for Olena Heu

ako khonHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON has announced Diane Ako will anchor its “Wake Up 2day” morning show.

She comes to KHON from Halekulani where she was the PR director. This is a return to TV News for Ako, who worked at KHNL from 1996 until 2009.

Ako begins co-anchoring alongside Ron Mizutani in two weeks. She replaces Olena Heu whose last day on set is next Friday.

On facebook, Heu said she was leaving the station to start her own social media consulting business.

Glitch Forces Some Baseball Fans to Watch ‘Bethenny’ Instead of World Series

mahalo_khonAfter being able to watch the first inning of yesterday’s game five of the World Series, some viewers of Honolulu FOX affiliate KHON were forced to watch the talk show “Bethenny” instead.

At the end of the first, the World Series signal cut out on Time Warner Cable and was replaced by the daytime talker.

“The problem was not our fault,” Kristina Lockwood, president and general manager of KHON, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Apparently the Time Warner fiber connection at Queen Street was lost. Time Warner fixed it immediately.”

The game was back by the bottom of the third inning and baseball fans got to watch the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 instead of an interview with Javon ‘Vawn’ Sims, talking about why men cheat. The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Hawaii’s KHON Debuts New HD Set, Graphics

khon hd logoHonolulu Fox affiliate KHON debuted a new look and HD newscasts this week, Newscast Studio reports.

The new look includes a new set and an upgrade to the infrastructure of the station. It also includes a new logo and animated graphics package. The entire project took about seven months.

“We wanted to have an on-air design that truly reflected the professional hardworking journalists in our newsroom and our commitment to the local community,” KHON general manager Kristina Lockwood said. “We wanted to share our multi-platform approach and make our viewers feel really connected to our team.”

WATCH: Hawaii Reporter Pronounces Hawaiian Woman’s Long Last Name

It took a battle for Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s to have the full 36 letters of her last name printed on her Hawaiian driver’s license.

It took KHON reporter Kanoe Gibson to correctly pronounce all 36 characters in a story the Honolulu FOX affiliate did about the State’s decision to include Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s full name on her license.

Gibson told TVSpy she grew up immersed in the culture. “Although I do not speak Hawaiian fluently, it is still considered the official language of the state (along with English), and many of us [have] grown up singing and speaking the language through the cultural practices (i.e. hula).” Read more

Ron Mizutani Returns to Honolulu’s KHON

Former KHON reporter and anchor Ron Mizutani is returning to the Honolulu Fox affiliate, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Mizutani left last year for a job in public relations. In a statement, he said reporting “has been a part of my professional life for nearly three decades and continues to be a passion.”

“It hit me hard on Dec. 17, the day Sen. Inouye died. I was overwhelmed with emotion and I felt this intense desire to tell Sen. Inouye’s life story,” Miztuani said in a statement. “It was on that day that I said to myself, ‘I tried something new and enjoyed my experience, but I’m a reporter. I need to follow my heart.’”

This is the second time Mizutani will return to the station after leaving for a public relations job. He has worked at KHON for nearly 28 years.

Kristina Lockwood Named GM at KHON

Kristina Lockwood has been named president and general manager of KHON, LIN Media’s Fox affiliate in Honolulu.

It is a return to KHON for Lockwood, who has previously served as the station’s national sales manager. In her new role, she will also be responsible for KHON-D2, Honolulu’s CW affiliate.

“We are excited to have Kristina back at KHON-TV. She is an outstanding broadcast executive with strong roots in Honolulu,” LIN Media Television EVP Scott Blumenthal said in announcing the hire. “Her unique blend of sales experience in both television and digital media, leadership skills and strong relationships make her an ideal candidate for this position and for advancing our key initiatives.”

Most recently, Lockwood was the director of sales statewide for Cox Media’s California division. She replaces Joe McNamara, who exited KHON last week.

General Manager Joe McNamara Out at KHON

KHON president and general manager Joe McNamara has parted ways with the Honolulu Fox affiliate, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

McNamara had been the station’s general manager since 2006. KHON, previously owned by New Vision Television, was purchased in May by LIN Media.

No successor was immediately named, but LIN Media will “be naming someone here very quickly,” EVP for television Scott Blumenthal told the Star-Advertiser.

LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

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