Photo above: The KTUH remote booth was a popular sight in the early ’70s, broadcasting music and talk from on-campus and off-campus events. 90.5 was KTUH’s original broadcasting frequency, followed by 90.3 and now 90.1.

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KTUH Hawaiʻi Hall air studio, early 70's

KTUH Hawaiʻi Hall air studio, early 70’s

50 Years Ago at KTUH . . .

KTUH has been on Honolulu’s FM airwaves since 1969, but do you know that KTUH operated as an AM “carrier current” low power operation from 1966 until 1969? The original staff got the old Hawaiʻi Hall audio gear running, built several low power AM transmitters that attached to the electrical panels (the dorm building wiring served as the antennas) and operated a limited on air schedule to show that they could successfully staff and operate a radio station. A humble beginning for the 7,000 watt, 24/7 operation of today’s KTUH FM.

Where Are They Now?

Dave and Kenny Wild

Dave and Kenny Wild

Dave Wild hosted the Tuesday evening jazz show on KTUH-FM in the early 70s. His brother, Kenny, took over the Tuesday hosting duties when Dave moved on. Dave and Kenny were more than knowledgeable djs, however  – both were (and are) accomplished jazz musicians – Dave on piano and Kenny on both standup and electric bass. The Dave Wild Trio played gigs at UH and other venues.

Dave writes . . .

“I think I started with KTUH in 1969; the old schedules would confirm that.  I vaguely remember getting a 3rd class broadcasters license, somehow, in ’68 or ‘69.  The show was the Wild World of Jazz, I think on Tuesday nights?  Ken came in with his own edition of the show (probably in 1970), on Thursday night I think.  I think my career ended when I started working with Linda Ryan at the old Cavalier Restaurant, probably in the summer of 1970.  Ken and I both had the same problem: gigs on the nights we had to broadcast.  I left for the Army in August 1970 but I think Ken kept on broadcasting for a while.  He went out on the road with Seawind in the summer of 1972, just before I came back in August.  I know I wanted to start up the jazz show again but my fulltime gig with Jimmy Borges (fall of 1972) interfered with that.  Somewhere in that period Ken also did several Live From KTUH shows with elements of Seawind, probably even before it existed (as Ox). ”

Dave ended up in central Texas, where he plays piano, writes and has a web site (about jazz) at Dave picked up a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies – Arranging/Composing along the way. There is a lot more to Dave than this, but you’ll need to ask him to tell you more.

Kenny Wild was a founding member of Seawind (1972) and left UH before graduating to go on the road with the band. Ken and Seawind were on the road for several years (including a famous stay at the Fancy Moose Inn in Anchorage Alaska) before winding up in LA in 1975.  Seawind recorded four albums during that period.  Seawind played on KTUH’s Pakalolo Patch (now Monday Night Live) as Limp Jelly Beans before the band left on tour. Kenny has been a studio musician in Los Angeles for quite a while, and has backed many singers, from Natalie Cole (touring band) to Gloria Estefan to Neil Young.

Dave says “I don’t know if and when we’ll be back to play in southern Cal.  There may be something next summer, but I’m not yet sure.  We’d also both love to go back to Honolulu again but that’s a much more elusive goal…”

26 Signs You Were a College DJ


JT Morse spinning the tunes, circa 1970.

KTUH’s General Manager, Jay-me Morita, sent this url around in an email and it really applies to KTUH’s alumni: . Thanks, Jay-me.


KTUH Alumni Reunions

2010 Reunion Photo

KTUH staff from the ’70s: Fred Barbaria, Gene Davis, Ken Kuniyuki and James Tomitagawa, Jr.

KTUH alumni have held two reunions so far. The first, in summer, 2011, was held on campus on the makai Hemenway patio, with about 75 alumni and guests attending. We celebrated 45 years of KTUH being on the air (starting with the carrier-current operation in 1966).

The second reunion, celebrating 45 years of FM operation, was held in June, 2014. A wide spectrum of ages and years at KTUH was evident.

Reunion 2014

What’s next? Hopefully a big “50th”celebration for the KTUH alumni, staff and listeners in 2019. Stay tuned!

We Remember the KTUH Staff That Are No longer With Us . . .

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