Hawaii Public Radio, the statewide public radio station which broadcasts from Honolulu, completed their every-six-month pledge drive on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. They raised $886,000, the amount of money they need to operate the stations and provide improvements over the next six months.
HPR General Manager Michael Titterton and the Board of the nonprofit radio station had set an ambitious goal. The fund drives have traditionally been ten days. But the decision was made to set a goal of completing the drive in 8 days–and they met that. Titterton said there often seemed like there was a “sag” around day 5 or 6, so why not just shorten the drive?
Hawaii Public Radio operates two program streams, KHPR (aka HPR1), which offers the news programming “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” along with classical music as its five-day-a-week fare, with specialized programming on weekends, and KIPO/KIPM, (aka HPR2) which offers a variety of news and information programming. KHPR is available over the air in West Hawaii at 90.7 fm and in East Hawaii at 91.1 fm, with KIPO available over the air in West Hawaii at 89.7 fm. Both stations are available on Oceanic Cablevision–KHPR at Channel 864, and KIPO/KIPM at Channel 865.
On Hawaii Island, Mahalo Broadcasting and its stations of KKOA 107.7 fm and LAVA 105.3 fm provide support to Hawaii Public Radio by providing news reports from around the island reflecting Hawaii Island’s top topics. They generally provide news stories three to four days a week.
The photo shows Mahalo Broadcasting’s Sherry Bracken with Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine, helping with on-air work during the pledge drive.