Merged Stations Prepare to Debut Newscasts

By Andrew Gauthier 

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The smiling, hopeful faces of 25 on-air newsroom personnel pictured here are the survivors of a difficult era for three Honolulu television stations.

Those pictured have employment with Alabama-based Raycom Media Inc., which has done its best to keep an iron grip on any information about the stations’ combining of news and other operations since its shared services agreement with the Virginia-based private equity firm that owns KGMB was announced Aug. 18.


The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing a legal objection filed by Media Council Hawaii and responses by the station owners but has not taken action.

The stations’ new newscasts, online presence, branding elements and all that has been under wraps will be revealed tomorrow.

Rick Blangiardi, vice president and general manager of KGMB-TV and KHNL-TV under the agreement, as well as News Director Chris Archer and Marketing Director Candace Hirleman, were enthusiastic about the new lineup and the possibilities the change will bring More…