KSSK-FM

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KSSK & KSSK-FM
KSSK-FM logo.png
City of license Honolulu, Hawaii (AM)
Waipahu, Hawaii (FM)
Broadcast area Honolulu, Hawaii
Branding "KSSK FM92.3 & AM590"
Slogan "Hawaii's Favorite"
Frequency 590 kHz
92.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
92.3 HD-2 for Smooth Jazz
First air date May 11, 1922 (AM)
December 30, 1976 (FM)
Format Adult Contemporary
Power 590: 7,500 watts fulltime
ERP 92.3: 100,000 watts
HAAT 594 meters
Class C (FM)
Transmitter coordinates 21°19′26″N 157°52′32″W / 21.32389°N 157.87556°W / 21.32389; -157.87556 (AM)
21°23′49″N 158°5′58″W / 21.39694°N 158.09944°W / 21.39694; -158.09944 (FM)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Webcast Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)
Website KSSK FM92.3 and AM590

KSSK-FM (92.3 FM) is an adult contemporary radio station licensed to Waipahu, Hawaii, serving the Honolulu, Hawaii market, and owned by Clear Channel Communications. It is simulcast on AM 590 (licensed to Honolulu). The station is home to the "Perry & Price" morning show. It is also transmitting on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel 867 for the entire state of Hawaii,[1] via the DishHD satellite TV service in Taiwan,[2] and also USEN's Sound Planet satellite radio service in Japan.[3]

The station uses as its slogan, "Hawaii's Favorite," and Arbitron consistently ranks KSSK as Honolulu's most listened-to radio station annually. Like other Clear Channel stations in many markets, KSSK continuously plays holiday music during the month leading up to Christmas, returning to its normal format on December 26.

History[edit]

The AM side of the stations first signed on the air on Friday, May 11, 1922 as KDYX. The then governor of Hawaii was the first to greet the audiences. Along with KDYX, KGU 760, signed on the same day.[4] KSSK's rise to the top in the Honolulu market (based on Arbitron) started when the station's call letters were KGMB. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, KGMB dispatched reports to CBS, which in turn were cited on-air by John Charles Daly, who anchored the network's coverage of that day's news. It was an AM station and home to Hal J. Akuhead Pupule Lewis, better known as Aku. Upon Aku's passing in 1983, the station (now known as KSSK) moved afternoon personality Michael W. Perry to the morning slot and paired him with morning show substitute (while Aku was ill), Larry Price, former National Football League player and head coach of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team. The pairing was known as "Perry & Price".

KSSK had a sister FM station, KULA. It was an automated radio station playing music provided by TM Programming. It's daily operations were run by one of its only two employees: Kawika Maszak, who programmed the automation computer to play commercial breaks. The format was light rock and positioned themselves in the market as "Light rock, less talk." Later in the late 1980s, KULA became KXPW (Power 92) under long time CHR programmer, Jay Stone (deceased). Power 92 became 92X with Brad Barrett as program director, then KXPW eventually became KSSK-FM and the radio station simulcast part of the day with KSSK, including the now #1 "Perry & Price" morning show.

KSSK's jingle melody was adapted from that of WPLJ in New York City (KSSK-AM-FM used WPLJ's jingle packages until TM Century created a jingle package for KSSK, entitled "Big Time Honolulu."

Current on-air staff[edit]

As of April 16, 2009, current staff who also have their own blogs on KSSK include:[5]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Some notables who have passed through KGMB/KSSK include:

  • Earl McDaniel (General Manager credited with putting the station on top)
  • Hal Aku Lewis (deceased)
  • George "Granny Goose" Groves
  • Don Lamons
  • Dave Lancaster
  • Susan Cruz (who was actually Noland Cruz though while on air as Susan Cruz, he was never a female impersonator. The only link to being female was his name that was given to him by the General Manager)
  • Ruth Ann "Hana Ogi" Ogata
  • Shawn Sweeny
  • Cliff Richards (deceased)[6]
  • Myk Prosatiowell
  • Mike Murray
  • Harvey Weinstein (deceased)[7]
  • Kimo Kahoano
  • Jim Peters
  • Jim Collins
  • Shawnee (Smith)
  • Noel Grey
  • Terry Rosati (News)
  • Terry Rosati
  • Alan Zukercorn
  • Wild Bill Logan
  • Steve Carpenter
  • Michael Shishido
  • Maxwell the night guy (kris sereno)
  • Erika Engle (news)
  • Dave Curtis (news)
  • Maureen Borromeo(Pescaia)-(news)
  • Jamie Hartnett, Director of Marketing and Promotions
  • Brad Barrett, Director of Programming
  • Dick Wainwright
  • Denny McPhee
  • Jim Erickson
  • Lisa D
  • Steve Kelly
  • Jim Parker
  • Skip Baszler

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