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Photo above: one of KTUH’s first DJs, J.T. Morse, in the FM pre-stereo days (first air studio board, with tubes inside).

Next KTUH Alumni Reunion Date Set: Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Posted Saturday, March 1st, 2014

All KTUH staff alumni – and current staff – are invited to our reunion to celebrate KTUH’s 45 years of FM KTUH FM 45 Years Tikibroadcasting. The reunion will be held at one of Honolulu’s new, hot clubs for an afternoon (2-5 pm) of music, pupus, drinks and, most importantly, a chance to get together and talk story. The event registration page is at and contains more details on the reunion event. The exact location will be disclosed after you register. You will also receive a discount code for a reunion T shirt (with the tiki logo) designed by Rick Moses.

KTUH founders and staff: Fred Barbaria, Gene Descalzi, Ken Kuniyuki and Jim Tomitagawa

Be sure to register early – attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants and you don’t want to miss this event – discounted early bird registration ends May 18th. Also, pass the word on to other KTUH alumni and be sure that you (and any alumni that you are in contact with) are on the alumni mailing list to receive any updates on the reunion event.

Photo right: KTUH founders and staff at the 2011 staff reunion: Fred Barbaria, Gene Descalzi, Ken Kuniyuki and Jim Tomitagawa

Late ’60s KTUH Traffic Director Passed Away

Posted Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Janet Baker (then Barbaria), KTUH-FM’s traffic director from 1969 to 1971, passed away in her home in Sunriver, Oregon the evening of February 19th, 2014.

Janet Baker (Barbaria)

After her time at KTUH, Janet did traffic for KPOI AM and FM while earning her bachelors degree at UH Manoa. She moved back to Sacramento, CA in 1974 and went to work for California Governor Brown’s Office of Planning and Research. She earned an MBA at CSU Sacramento and worked in local government for many years, finishing as the Sacramento County Director of Regional Parks before her retirement in 2011.

Photo right: Janet with her trusty IBM Selectric typewriter.


Wild Brothers Play Jazz

Posted Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Dave and Ken Wild, each a KTUH Tuesday night jazz show host in the early 1970s, performed two sets at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA on August 4, 2011 and again in late 2012. Brothers Dave (on piano) and Ken (on bass) were joined by Eric Marienthal on saxophones and Ray Brinker on drums in 2011. Here is a link to a YouTube video from that night. Dave promises that they both will attend the next KTUH staff reunion.

Shere’e Young: From KTUH to an Emmy

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Take a look at Ka Leo’s article on Shere’e Young, a KTUH alumna who went on to work at KITV4 and to win an Emmy for her newscasts there.

Here’s the link: Shere’e Young: from KTUH to an Emmy

We are super proud of you, Shere’e!

KTUH Staff Memorial

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2012

KTUH Alumni Memorial: Fred Shockey, Richard Greene, Brock Pemberton, Rick Hammond, Peter Rappa, Janet Kelsey

These KTUH staff members have passed away since the start of KTUH. If you know of any others, please send their name, position at KTUH, dates of birth and death, and a photo to the alumni email address. Mahalo