Melisa Uchida
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Friday - December 30, 2005

CHRISTMAS WISHES were full of kisses, love and the perfect gifts from Santa, delivered right on time. Last year, KHNL sports director Russell Yamanoha asked for a daughter. His wish came true. Baby Ryse is due next week, and the daddy-to-be could-n’t be happier. Russell and wife Tammy chose the name and unusual spelling based on their initials: “R” (Russell) “Y” (Yamanoha) “S” (Sumida, Tammy’s maiden name) and “E” to end it. Reece Witherspoon is probably the most famous Reece - other than the Pieces - but the name is actually an English boy’s name, meaning stream. Congratulations to Russell and Tammy. What a way to bring in the New Year ... Big changes are happening in 2006 for 93.1FM’s Hawaiian Ryan, shock jock Kid Leo (formerly of 104.3 XME) and Sam the Man. Their dreams of moving to a higher market happen Jan. 9 when the trio starts its new morning show on WIRED 96.5FM - in Philadelphia! Hawaiian Ryan is giving up his OC-16 show Love Stories for the four seasons, but Philly is the No. 6 market, and the three say that makes it worth leaving paradise. Their first day on the job is Howard Stern‘s last.

He’s currently No. 1 in the market, and these local boys are hoping to scoop up some of Stern’s loyal listeners. But one of their big competitors will be Steve Harvey of The King of Comedy, who also has a morning drive show with loyal fans. Comedian and former Da Bomb morning show host Paul Ogata along with Kid Leo originally got the deal together, but Paul backed out. So Leo recruited Hawaiian Ryan and Sam the Man to join him. Kid Leo is the new program director of the hip-hop station with 5 million listeners! They’ve got a three-year contract, so we’ll miss them for a while at least, but log onto after Jan. 9 for updates. Ryan spent Christmas painting his graffiti walls to their original white. Hundreds of birthday wishes for slam poet Kealoha and years of poetry written in magic marker were covered in a matter of strokes ... Mai Tai bartenders spent their Christmas at bartender John Wilken‘s home. The crew feasted on turkey, ham and local style barbecue. My favorite bartender, New Yorker Eddie Asso, arrived late, but still in time for the ono grinds and the gift exchange. Mai Tai was crazy-busy early in the week. “Monday and Tuesday were insane,” according to Eddie, but surprisingly the crowd dwindled later in the week. Maybe people were too busy with last-minute shopping to party… Hot 93.9FM’s Gregg Hammer and wife Shawnee admit to “spoiling” their children with tons of goodies, but the couple stuck with their “no gifts for each other” rule.

After all, they have everything they need! Not only does Gregg have a hot morning show with Rory Wild and Krey-Z Oshiro, but also he just signed on for another year of his “Flashback Show” at Dave & Buster’s. Drummer Reynson Au left the band though. His wife Judi is expecting and Reynson’s helping get ready for the baby. Also, watch for Shawnee, who’s making her media return as the host of Hawaii in Style TV in 2006 ... More excitement for the new year: Entertainer and voice instructor Kale Imua is opening Kale Imua’s Voicemaster Singing School. It’s located on the same property, but it’s been totally revamped ... Deborah Moskovitch, divorce consultant and author of the upcoming book The Smart Divorce, spent Christmas vacationing in Hawaii. She and her eldest son came all the way from Toronto, as they do every year. This single mother of three says divorce doesn’t have to be financially and emotionally draining if people are given the right tools. She leads workshops across Canada and the U.S. on how to manage divorce in a smarter way - by understanding the divorce process. Her own divorce propelled her to spend years interviewing the nation’s top divorce lawyers and judges, and has compiled her research in an easy-to-read book for the average “Joe.” Log onto ...

The Rock — not sexy enough?
The Rock — not sexy

Lacene Terri (formerly of former Rep. Galen Fox‘s office) is now the director of community relations at PBS Hawaii. Slack key guitarist Barry Flanagan stopped by the station to promote his new DVD Na Mele: Hapa Maui. Of course Hapa’s other half, Nathan Aweau, is on it, as is Charles Kaupu, and it’s hosted by Peter Fonda. The DVD is available only at PBS Hawaii. Also, former KHON producer Michael Harris is now the executive producer of PBS Hawaii, joining president and CEO Mike McCartney ... Before we close 2005, just know Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock wasn’t on People ‘s 2005 Sexist Man alive issue and people were upset. So the mag revoked its list to give The Rock an honorary mention ...

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