Tagged: publicradio

‘This American Life’ Visits Niihau

“The Forbidden Isle” will be featured in an upcoming episode of “This American Life.” Titled “I Don’t Make the Rules,” episode #611 of the popular radio program will visit the island of Niihau, which is privately held and nearly impossible to visit.

HPR Fall Pledge Drive Gets a Head Start

Hawaii Public Radio kicks off its fall pledge drive tomorrow. Thanks to record levels of early giving and a rising number of “sustaining members,” the fundraising goal is 15 percent lower. But HPR still needs 100 percent of the community’s support to wrap things up quickly. HPR, like many of its mainland...

Hawaii Public Radio Floats ‘$5 Friday’

Hawaii Public Radio, for which I have served as a volunteer talk show host with Burt Lum for seven years as of this week, is trying something new tomorrow with “$5-a-Month Friday.” Public radio pledge drives have been the medium’s signature fundraising method for nearly 40 years. As public broadcasting budgets relied...

‘Hawaiian Home Companion’ Brings Skits, Songs to Kakaako

‘Hawaiian Home Companion’ Brings Skits, Songs to Kakaako

Stories of modern life in Honolulu will be told in the folksy midwestern style of classic radio on Sunday, when Hawaii Public Radio takes over Agora in Kakaako. The event is a celebration of both Agora’s first birthday as well as the 40th anniversary of “A Prarie Home Companion,” a popular program of...

Drone Tech, Policy Evolving Quickly

Education, certification, legislation. They are the three probable paths ahead as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly but controversially called drones, continue to grow in popularity. Quadcopters were a very popular Christmas gift this year… for better or worse. Since it had been almost exactly a year since drones were the topic of...

The Year Ahead in Hawaii Tech

The year 2014 was a good one local geeks, with Hawaii electing a geeky governor (Gov. David Ige has an engineering and tech startup background) and the University of Hawaii naming a geeky president (David Lassner). So this week’s episode of Bytemarks Cafe was a fun one, as we looked back at the past...

Fiddling with Newsfeeds

Fiddling with Newsfeeds

A little over a week ago, I complained about Twitter on Twitter, annoyed that the company was starting to insert stuff into users’ newsfeeds that users didn’t ask for. While the appearance of ads and other content designed to “increase engagement” was inevitable, it was still disappointing to see on...

Happy Birthday, HPR

Happy Birthday, HPR

On November 13, 1981, a switch was flipped in a makeshift studio in the University of Hawaii quarry and a Mahler opera burst onto the airwaves. The now twin stations have had a long and colorful history, beginning 27 years ago with egg-carton sound dampeners, a move in 1987, online...

MMA on Hawaii Public Radio

MMA on Hawaii Public Radio

When worlds collide. With the inaugural Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts Sports & Fitness Expo landing in Honolulu this weekend, Hawaii Public Radio is going to take a serious look at a serious phenomenon that, nevertheless, falls far outside of the usual public radio comfort zone. Tonight on “Town Square,” airing...

Bytemarks Cafe is Coming

Bytemarks Cafe is Coming

Renown “digital wonderer” Burt Lum will soon be returning to the airwaves with “Bytemarks Cafe,” a radio show about technology and the web coming in July on Hawaii Public Radio (KIPO-FM 89.3). “It’ll be a magazine format with news bytes, interviews, cool websites and an audio pick of the week,”...