|Branding||KHON 2 (general)
KHON 2 News (news)
Hawaii's CW (DT2)
|Slogan||Hawaii's News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
2.2 The CW
The CW (DT2)
(LIN License Company, LLC)
|First air date||December 15, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||HONolulu|
|Former callsigns||KONA-TV (1952-1965)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1952-2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC (1952-1996)
UPN (secondary, shared with KGMB; 2002-2004)
|Transmitter power||7.2 kW|
KHON-TV, channel 2, is a Fox-affiliated television station in Honolulu, Hawaii that is owned by LIN Media. The station maintains studios on Piikoi Street in Honolulu. Its main transmitter is also located in the city, just northwest of the Hawaii Convention Center.
KHON also has repeater stations on all the major Hawaiian Islands to rebroadcast programs outside of metropolitan Honolulu: KHAW-TV channel 11 in Hilo; KAII-TV channel 7 in Wailuku; and low-power K55DZ channel 55 in Lihue. KHON can also be seen statewide on Oceanic Time Warner Cable analog channel 3.
KHON signed on the air on December 15, 1952 as KONA-TV, an NBC affiliate owned by Herbert Richards. The Honolulu Advertiser purchased the station in 1954, and in 1956 the station was sold to Pacific and Southern Broadcasting, the forerunner of Combined Communications. In 1965, the call letters were changed to the current KHON-TV. In 1973, Pacific and Southern Broadcasting had to spin off KHON to the company's president Arthur H. McCoy in order for the company to be officially merged into Combined Communications (which would itself be merged into the Gannett Company six years later) because the merged company was over the legal ownership limit at the time. In 1979, KHON and its Maui satellite station KAII-TV were sold to Western-Sun Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Cowles Communications; the Hilo satellite KHAW-TV was sold to Simpson Communications but leased back to Cowles/Western Sun. In 1985, KHON and KAII were sold to Burnham Broadcasting as part of the Cowles family's liquidation of most of its media assets; Burnham would acquire KHAW outright the next year, reuniting the stations.
In 1994 Burnham sold KHON, along with sister stations WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama, WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and WVUE in New Orleans, to SF Broadcasting, which was a joint venture of Savoy Pictures and the Fox Broadcasting Company, a division of the News Corporation. As part of the deal, all four stations became Fox affiliates. Fox was slated to control the voting stock in the venture, but before the sale closed in 1995, it was determined that Fox would still hold an interest in SF although it opted not to have voting stock in the company. Savoy Pictures controlled the day-to-day operations of the four stations.
On January 1, 1996, KHON-TV switched to Fox and called itself Fox 2, and Hawaii's NBC affiliation moved to former Fox affiliate KHNL (channel 13). Unlike the New World-owned Fox affiliates which had joined the network during the previous 18-month span, KHON ran Fox Kids programming on weekdays (until 2001, when it was reduced to 10 a.m. on weekdays) and Saturday mornings (until November 2008, when 4Kids Entertainment ceased programming Fox's children's block, with the network completely discontinuing its children's programming altogether). KHON also expanded its local news programming on weekdays, seeing an increase in newscast ratings with the affiliation switch. KHON currently has the distinction of having the highest rated local news programming of any Fox affiliate nationwide, and also declares itself as "America's No. 1 Fox affiliate", though Miami's WSVN makes this claim as well. Neither station mentions Fox in its logo or branding. When KHON was rebranded to KHON 2 in 2004, it became the first Fox station to ditch the network's station standardization styling.
In 1997, Savoy Pictures and Fox ended their partnership by selling their stations, including KHON-TV, to the USA Networks division Silver King Broadcasting. Silver King, which later became known as USA Broadcasting, owned several stations on the United States mainland that were affiliated with the Home Shopping Network, also owned by USA Networks. In 1999, USA sold all four of its Fox stations to Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications. A year later, Emmis purchased CBS affiliate KGMB, thus bringing Hawaii's two oldest television stations under common ownership, though the two stations retained separate operations.
From 2002 to 2004, KHON carried select programs from UPN via a secondary affiliation shared with KGMB; each station aired programs the other one did not air. KFVE, which had served as Honolulu's UPN affiliate since the network's 1995 inception, decided to drop UPN in September 2002 and switch its primary affiliation to The WB (whose programming aired on KFVE as a secondary affiliation from 1998 until that point). KIKU, an independent station specializing in Japanese programming, became a secondary UPN affiliate in November 2004 and remained so until the network shut down in September 2006.
Sale to Montecito
In 2005, Emmis decided to get out of television, and sold KHON to Montecito Broadcast Group (formerly SJL Broadcast Group); the sale closed on January 27, 2006. The sale was controversial due to Montecito's plan to replace 35 of KHON's 111 employees with automation. KHON employees first learned of the plan on January 12, when general manager Rick Blangiardi notified the staff of his intent to resign once the sale was finalized. At a station-wide meeting that afternoon, SJL announced the layoffs, which would take place in two phases over the next two months. Joe Moore announced the plan at the end of that evening's 6:00 p.m. newscast, and stated that he was concerned that the change would impact the station's ability to serve its viewers. Montecito responded on January 15, assuring the public that no reporters or anchors would be affected, and the 6:00 p.m. newscast would be largely unchanged from the viewer's perspective.
The purchase of KHON was scheduled to close January 26; however, Montecito was unable to complete the purchase of KHON that day, due to a mix-up in paperwork. As a result, Emmis announced that no employees would be fired as a result of the sale until at least March 31, and that Emmis would pay additional benefits to the affected employees. Moore used the last minutes of the 6:00 p.m. newscast, the final newscast under Emmis' ownership, to bid farewell to Blangiardi (who continues to manage KHON's former sister station, KGMB) and to criticize Montecito. Among other charges, he claimed that the layoffs were tantamount to "the butchering of an already lean work force" and accused Montecito of being a "virtual company" with no physical offices. Montecito's chief operating officer, Sandy Benton, disputed the charges, saying that "what was said last night was not the truth."
Since the purchase, KHON's new general manager, Joe MacNamara, changed the scope of the terminations: instead of a number of people to fire, a salary goal was given. Eight of KHON's nine managers resigned over three days, each stating that they could not support Montecito's decision to terminate employees (only the chief engineer remained). The managers involved, including Blangiardi, denied that they had planned the mass exodus. Montecito continued to stand by the plan to move to automation, pointing out that most of the markets it has entered have seen ratings increases as a result of Montecito management.
On June 28, 2006, Moore appeared to take another on-air dig at Montecito's automation plan. For two weeks, a noticeable echo could be heard during the newscast. At the start of that night's 10 p.m. newscast, it prompted Moore to stop and ask the technical crew if the problem could be fixed. A visibly disgusted Moore then blamed the new automated system, said "We're going to go to commercial. We're going to get this straightened out because I'm fed up with this crap." When the newscast returned, the problem was fixed, and Moore resumed as normal. Moore, who was rumored to be considering leaving KHON as a result of the sale, decided to remain as the station's chief anchor. In a February 6 e-mail sent to staff members, Moore wrote, "How could I possibly work for owners I do not respect? After much deliberation, I reached this conclusion ... the owners are not KHON-2. We, the people who work here are KHON-2. I would not be working for the owners. I would be working for our viewers, and with fellow employees I deeply respect. I have decided not to let our owners drive me out of KHON-2."
Sale to New Vision Television, then LIN Media
On July 24, 2007, Montecito announced the sale of all of its stations (KHON, along with KOIN in Portland, KSNW in Wichita and its satellites, and KSNT in Topeka) to New Vision Television. On November 1 of that year, New Vision officially took over ownership of the stations.
On May 7, 2012, LIN Media announced its acquisition of New Vision's stations for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. The FCC approved the sale to LIN on October 2, and the group deal was consummated on October 12, 2012, reuniting KHON-TV and its Oregon and Kansas sister stations with several former Emmis-owned stations which had been purchased by LIN seven years earlier, such as Albuquerque, New Mexico's KRQE, Mobile, Alabama's WALA-TV, and Green Bay, Wisconsin's WLUK-TV.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||KHON-HD||Main KHON-TV programming / Fox|
After Hawaii's analog to digital television transition on January 15, 2009, KHON-TV moved from channel 2 to channel 8, using PSIP to display KHON's virtual channel as 2, while KHAW-TV and KAII-TV returned to channels 11 and 7. K55DZ currently broadcasts in analog only, though it has applied with the FCC to move to a digital signal on channel 28.
On October 23, 2006, KHON-TV announced that the station would become the Honolulu affiliate for The CW Television Network, carrying the network on its second digital subchannel. Since March 2006, The CW had struggled to find an affiliate for the network in the Honolulu market after Honolulu's then-WB affiliate KFVE, which was seen by many as the strongest possible station in the area to carry The CW, signed with the competing network MyNetworkTV, and former UPN affiliate KIKU (which aired the network's programming in the afternoons) declined to take the CW affiliation.
The network premiered on the main Channel 2 on October 24 and 25 with airings of the regular CW schedule before moving to digital channel 2.2 on October 30; this was possible due to Fox's 2006 World Series coverage airing live at 2 p.m. Honolulu time, freeing up prime time. On December 11, 2006, Oceanic Time Warner Cable began offering KHON-TV's CW feed on digital cable channel 93 for those who do not have a digital television sets or over-the-air converters, and until the fall of 2011, the subchannel used this cable channel position for its branding. The channel is currently cable-only on Kauai, since KHON's Lihue translator only carries an analog signal.
KHON-DT2 presently clears The CW's entire schedule, including its daytime and Saturday morning blocks. However, the subchannel had aired The CW's Sunday night lineup an hour off-schedule, from 5-10 p.m. until the Sunday lineup was dropped and the hours given to its affiliates in September 2009. Syndicated programming on the subchannel includes Frasier, Steven and Chris, [] and Maury, along with repeats of some KHON-TV programming. The subchannel is also available on local DirecTV and Dish Network systems; the '93' in the subchannel's branding was removed in for this reason, as its channel numbers are different on those providers. On August 20, 2007, Hawaii's CW began airing the nationally syndicated morning news show The Daily Buzz. The show's former carrier in the Honolulu market, KGMB, dropped the show the preceding Friday (August 17) in favor of a local morning newscast titled Sunrise on KGMB9, which launched on September 17. Unlike KGMB, which only aired the first two hours of The Daily Buzz every weekday morning, Hawaii's CW airs the show in its three-hour entirety every Monday through Friday from 5-8 a.m.
Incidentally, KHON was a secondary affiliate of one of The CW's predecessor networks, UPN, from 2002 to 2004 – at a time when secondary affiliations were more common and the advent of digital subchannels was not as widespread as it is today. Hawaii's CW does not have its own website; the only mentions of the subchannel on KHON's website is in the station's programming schedule and a link to The CW's website.
These stations rebroadcast KHON-TV's signal throughout Hawaii:
|Station||City of license||Channel||First air date||Call letters’
|ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|KHAW-TV||Hilo||11 (VHF)||November 27, 1961||HAWaii||3.35 kW||30.5 m||4146|
|KAII-TV||Wailuku||7 (VHF)||November 19581||HawAII||3.69 kW||753 m||4145|
- 1. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KAII-TV signed on November 17, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on November 19.
KHON clears the entire Fox network schedule (nightly primetime, Saturday late night, and Fox Sports programming, along with the network's Saturday morning infomerical block, Weekend Marketplace and the political talk show Fox News Sunday). However, the station presently airs Fox's Sunday night programming an hour late, from 7-10 p.m. Hawaii Time, and the Saturday late night lineup airs a half-hour later than on most affiliates airing at 10:30 p.m., due to its nightly 10 p.m. newscast.
KHON's CW subchannel aired weekly CFL broadcasts for the 2007 season after former University of Hawaii star quarterback Timmy Chang earned a backup spot with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the pre-season.
For several years, both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune aired on KHON. Jeopardy! has since moved to KGMB, this made Honolulu one of the few markets where Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune aired on separate stations. Other syndicated shows airing on KHON includes Live! with Kelly and Michael, The People's Court, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, Ugly Betty and According To Jim.
KHON-TV presently broadcasts 29 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). KHON is the only news-producing Fox affiliate in the United States – and the only Fox station that runs any local news programming – that does not air a primetime newscast. In Hawaii, the major networks' primetime programming ends at 10 p.m., using the same scheduling as the Central and Mountain time zones in the continental U.S.; this means that Fox stations would generally air their late evening newscasts at 9 p.m., instead KHON airs its late newscast at 10 p.m., competing against KITV, KGMB and KHNL instead of only competing with KFVE. The 9 p.m. hour generally consists of second-run syndicated programs.
Initially after the switch to Fox, the station was branded as Fox 2: Hawaii's News Channel, but today the station brands itself as KHON 2: Hawaii's News Leader. It has been the highest-rated news station in Hawaii for almost 30 years. The station's news operation is so well respected that even after it called itself "Fox 2", it still called its newscasts "Channel 2 News". For this reason, KHON-TV's newscasts are not identified as "Fox 2 News" or "The Ten O'Clock News" like other Fox stations are.
KHON's lead anchor, "Hawaii's most watched television newscaster" according to KHON, is Joe Moore, who in addition to his duties on KHON's 6 and 10 p.m. flagship newscasts, also anchors Hawaii's World Report at 5:30, a round-up of world and national news reports from CNN and Fox News. Moore is frequently the subject of controversy, but his popularity in the state usually prevents any attempts to rein him in.
As of 2012, KHON is the only major U.S. network-affiliated television station in Hawaii that has yet to make the upgrade to high definition or 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen local newscasts (KITV made the upgrade to widescreen news on that date), as well as one of two LIN TV properties that has yet to broadcasting its local programming in high definition or widescreen (the other being WLFI-TV). On March 23, 2012, KHON president and general manager Joe McNamara stated in an a New Vision Television press release that "in the coming months, additional changes will be taking place inside our (KHON) studios with state-of-the-art HD upgrades of cameras, lighting and newsroom systems that will enhance our on-air look tremendously."
- "The Evening News"/"The Night News" (1960s)
- "TV-2 Eyewitness News" (mid-late 1970s)
- "Channel 2 Action News" (1979-1982)
- "Channel 2 News" (1982-2003)
- "KHON 2 News" (2003-present)
- "Check The Big 2" (1965)
- "2 Belongs" (1979–1982)
- "Hawaii's Place To Be" (1985–1990)
- "Hawaii's 24-Hour News Channel" (1990–1996)
- "Hawaii's News Channel" (1996–2010)
- "Hawaii's News Leader" (2010–present)
- Justin Cruz - weeknights at 5 p.m.; also weeknight weather anchor
- Jai Cunningham - weekday mornings on Wake Up 2Day (4:30-5 a.m.); also reporter
- Olena Heu - weekday mornings on Wake Up 2Day (5-8 a.m.); also reporter
- Ron Mizutani - weekday mornings on Wake Up 2Day (5-8 a.m.); also reporter
- Kathy Muneno - weeknights at 5 p.m.
- Joe Moore - weeknights at 5:30 (Hawaii's World Report), 6 and 10 p.m.
- Marisa Yamane - weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.; also reporter
- KHON 2 Weather
- Justin Cruz - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Trini Kaopuiki - weather anchor; weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Kanoe Gibson - weather anchor; weekday mornings on Wake Up 2Day (5-8 a.m.)
- Sports team
- Kanoa Leahey - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Rob DeMello - sports anchor; weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Taizo Braden - general assignment reporter/video journalist, and weekday morning traffic reporter
- Gina Mangieri - general assignment reporter
- Kirk Matthews - general assignment reporter
- Manolo Morales - weekday morning reporter
- Tammy Mori - general assignment reporter
- Brianne Randle - general assignment reporter
- Vanessa Stewart - general assignment reporter
- Kristine Uyeno - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
Former on-air staff
- Bernadette Baraquio - weekday morning anchor/reporter
- Bob Hogue - sports director
- "General" Les Keiter - sports director (1971–1993, died April 14, 2009 at age 89)
- Barbara Marshall - reporter/anchor for Action Line (was a member of the Honolulu City Council, died February 22, 2009 at age 64)
- Tina Shelton - reporter (now Director of Public Relations, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii-Manoa)
- Courtney Harrington - Weekend/Morning News anchor/Producer (Now with SPAWAR, U.S. Navy)
- "Herwitz jumps on as New World spins to Fox" - Electronic Media 19 August 1996
- KHON to slash work force, The Star-Bulletin, Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- KHON-TV reporters, anchors will not be among the cuts, KPUA, January 15, 2006. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Sale of KHON complicated by neglected paperwork, The Star-Bulletin, Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- On-air criticism lands KHON’s Moore in hot water, The Star-Bulletin, Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Exodus takes shape at KHON, The Star-Bulletin, Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- 8 of 9 KHON managers resigning amid cuts, The Star-Bulletin, Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- New Vision Buys Montecito Stations, Broadcasting & Cable, July 24, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Malone, Michael (May 7, 2012). "LIN Acquiring New Vision Stations for $330 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- LIN Completes New Vision Stations, TVNewsCheck, October 12, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- FCC database record for K55DZ
- Joe Moore is Clearly Hawaii's Anchorman in the February 2012 Nielsen Ratings, New Vision Television, March 23, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Talent Profiles
- KHON2.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KHON-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KHAW-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KAII-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KHON-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KHAW-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAII-TV