Hawaii Public Radio

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Hawaiʻi Public Radio
TypePublic Radio Network
Country
United States
First air date
1981
Broadcast area
Hawaii
OwnerHawaiʻi Public Radio
Affiliation(s)National Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official website
Official website

Hawaiʻi Public Radio (HPR), is a network of non-commercial, listener-supported stations broadcasting two streams on fifteen frequencies across the state of Hawaii. It is the statewide member of National Public Radio (NPR). The stations originate from the studios of The Hawaii Public Radio Plaza on Kaheka Street, near the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu.

History/programming[edit]

The network's original station, KHPR 88.1 FM, signed on the air in Honolulu on November 13, 1981. It originally operated with a staff of two people—general manager Cliff Eblen and music director Bob Miller. Originally operating from rented space at the University of Hawaii, it moved to its current studios in July 1987. A year later, HPR became a true statewide network with the sign-on of a station in Maui, reaching listeners on Maui and Hawaii Island.

HPR's programming choice increased in October 1989, the second program stream, KIPO 89.3 FM, began broadcasting jazz and folk music. In August 2000, expansion continued with the addition of KANO 91.1 (Hilo), broadcasting KHPR classical music and news program stream to East Hawaiʻi Island. In 2010, two new boosters are installed on Mt. Kaʻala on Oʻahu's North Shore, and beam both KHPR 88.1 and KIPO 89.3 at the terrain-shielded North Shore, as well as at the south and east shores of Kauaʻi (June). The following year, expansion of the KIPO signal to Maui was implemented and KIPM 89.7 went on the air in the spring; KIPH 88.3 serving Hāna, Maui began service shortly after.[1]

With these infrastructure additions, statewide coverage of two streams became possible, and in the spring of 2012, the two HPR program streams were rebranded as HPR-1 and HPR-2.[1]

On February 13, 2013, KHPH 88.7 (Kailua-Kona) brought HPR programs to the many terrain-shielded pockets along West Hawaiʻi, including Waimea. That same year, KIPL 89.9 (Līhuʻe) went on the air, making available HPR-2ʻs news, talk, and international music available to the majority the remaining areas of Kauaʻi island.[1]

HPR-1 offers news, talk, entertainment, and a variety of music programming, including NPR's weekday news shows Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as HPR's own weekday news and current affairs program The Conversation. Weeknights feature Evening Jazz and Bridging the Gap, an eclectic music program; both music shows produced in-house. Saturday programming includes This American Life, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and Radiolab, as well as locally produced Brazilian Experience, showcasing Brazilian music. Sundays feature a mix of spirituality programming (On Being and New Dimensions), ideas (TED Radio Hour) as well as music shows include Kanakapila Sunday, showcasing Hawaiian music, and American Routes. The station also broadcasts the BBC World Service overnight after midnight.[2]

HPR-2 ("your home for classical music") is Hawaii's only dedicated classical music station, offering a mix of national and locally produced shows. Local shows include Morning Cafe/Morning Concert, Classical Pacific, Howard's Day Off, and The Early Muse. The station also broadcasts symphony performances from Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Francisco, and others. Select performances of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Youth Symphony are also broadcast.[3]

Stations[edit]

HPR operates as two distinct services. "HPR-1," based on KHPR, originally focused on classical music and fine arts programming. "HPR-2," based on KIPO, originally aired NPR news and talk, along with jazz and blues music at night. On February 14, 2017 Hawaii Public Radio realigned its two program services — HPR-1 now carries news and talk and jazz, while HPR-2 switched to classical music. From the very beginning, HPR intended to offer two distinct programming services when it acquired the resources and transmitters to do so.[4] Both services have been streamed live on the Internet since 2001.

In addition to the main signals, there are six low-power translator stations that fill in gaps in coverage.[5] Also, HPR-1 and HPR-2 may also transmits on Charter Spectrum digital channels 864 and 865 or Hawaiian Telcom TV digital channels 661 and 662 for the entire state of Hawaii.[6]

Until September 2008, the signal of KIPO was limited to 3,000 watts to avoid interference with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) monitoring stations in Pearl City. This effectively limited its coverage to the south shore of Oahu. A new 26,000 watt transmitter for KIPO went on the air on September 20, 2008, enabling the signal of KIPO to reach all areas of Oahu. Plans are in the works to expand the HPR-2 stream to the other islands as well. In April 2011 KIPM in Wailuku signed as KIPO's satellite outlet.[7] Two more HPR-2 satellites signed on over the next three years, enabling Hawaii Public Radio to realign its services into a true two-channel network.

HPR-1 service[edit]

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID Class ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Transmitter coordinates
KANO 89.1 FM Hilo, Hawaii 26449 C2 18,000 219.8 m (721 ft) 19°31′14″N 155°17′58″W / 19.52056°N 155.29944°W / 19.52056; -155.29944 (KANO)
KHPH 88.7 FM Kailua, Hawaii 173751 C0 6,500 931.5 m (3,056 ft) 19°43′15″N 155°55′16″W / 19.72083°N 155.92111°W / 19.72083; -155.92111 (KHPH)
KHPR 88.1 FM Honolulu, Hawaii 26446 C0 39,000 514 m (1,686 ft) 21°20′0.5″N 157°48′53.1″W / 21.333472°N 157.814750°W / 21.333472; -157.814750 (KHPR)
KIPL 89.9 FM Lihue, Hawaii 174337 C2 1,000 537.4 m (1,763 ft) 21°58′24.3″N 159°29′44.6″W / 21.973417°N 159.495722°W / 21.973417; -159.495722 (KIPL)
KJHF 103.1 FM Kualapuu, Hawaii 198744 C2 3,400 511 m (1,677 ft) 20°50′41″N 156°54′4″W / 20.84472°N 156.90111°W / 20.84472; -156.90111 (KJHF)
KKUA 90.7 FM Wailuku, Hawaii 26437 C 14,500 1,752 m (5,748 ft) 20°42′22.5″N 156°15′38.8″W / 20.706250°N 156.260778°W / 20.706250; -156.260778 (KKUA)
Broadcast translators of HPR-1
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info Notes
K203EL 88.5 Haleiwa, Etc., Hawaii 26432 250 714 m (2,343 ft) D FCC Also serves Schofield Barracks
K235CN 94.9 Waimea, Hawaii 144118 10 92 m (302 ft) D FCC On the Big Island

HPR-2 service[edit]

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID Class ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Transmitter coordinates
KAHU 91.3 FM Pahala, Hawaii 173928 C2 18,000 219.8 m (721 ft) 19°31′14″N 155°17′58″W / 19.52056°N 155.29944°W / 19.52056; -155.29944 (KAHU)
KIPH 88.3 FM Hana, Hawaii 172436 A 250 −41.7 m (−137 ft) 20°45′3.5″N 156°0′17.1″W / 20.750972°N 156.004750°W / 20.750972; -156.004750 (KIPH)
KIPM 89.7 FM Waikapu, Hawaii 172438 C 14,500 1,752 m (5,748 ft) 20°42′22.5″N 156°15′38.8″W / 20.706250°N 156.260778°W / 20.706250; -156.260778 (KIPM)
KIPO 89.3 FM Honolulu, Hawaii 26440 C0 38,500 514 m (1,686 ft) 21°20′0.5″N 157°48′53.1″W / 21.333472°N 157.814750°W / 21.333472; -157.814750 (KIPO)
Broadcast translators of HPR-2
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info Notes
K239BV 95.7 Waimea, Hawaii 144121 110 870 m (2,850 ft) D FCC From Kawaihae to Captain Cook on the Big Island
K264BL 100.7 Honolulu, Hawaii 6902 10 656 m (2,152 ft) D FCC Serves East Oahu
K269GD 101.7 Moloaa, Hawaii 146273 80 75 m (246 ft) D FCC On Kauai
K283CR 104.5 Waimea, Hawaii 144125 100 91 m (299 ft) D FCC On the Big Island

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History of HPR". www.hawaiipublicradio.org. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  2. ^ "HPR-1 Schedule". www.hawaiipublicradio.org. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  3. ^ "HPR-2 Schedule". www.hawaiipublicradio.org. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  4. ^ "HPR Program Realignment - February 14, 2017". hawaiipublicradio.org. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ Where to Listen
  6. ^ Digital Cable Program Guide / Lineups Archived 2011-02-25 at the Wayback Machine - Oceanic Time Warner Cable (accessed March 20, 2011)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-10-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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