Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - May 17, 2006
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Original POI Boys Rounds, Moffatt, West, Jacobs, and Lowrie toast the station’s number one ranking three months after it debuted
Original POI Boys Rounds, Moffatt, West, Jacobs,
and Lowrie toast the station’s number one
ranking three months after it debuted

THIS WEEK in 1959, the greatest radio station in Hawaii hit the airwaves. That’s right, K-POI (1380 AM) went live on May 18, 1959. It was the first radio station to broadcast that newfangled music called rock ‘n’ roll around the clock, and it was a music and promotion juggernaut that, to this day, has remained unmatched ...

The original POI Boys - Ron Jacobs, Tom Rounds, Bob “The Beard” Lowrie, “Jumping” George West and yours truly - together with notable POI Boys Donn Tyler, Dave “The Moose” Donnelly, Don Robbs, “Rotten” Jack Kellner, Steve Nicolet, Michael Gwynne, Bob Prescott, Mel “The Moneyman” Lawrence, Gene Davis, Dave Nelson, Kenny Wells, Loren “L.A. Freeway” Ayresman, Riley Cardwell, Mike “The Mighty Leader” Hamlin, Fred Kimmel, Jim Peters, K.C. Dennis, Jim Mitchell - and our affable engineer Coolidge Nakamura - staged some of Hawaii’s most memorable fundraisers, record stunts, and downright silly shenanigans to keep Hawaii listeners entertained ...

How many of you remember POI-sonality Radio? The Wake-A-Thon, Bowl-A-Thon, Cycle-A-Thon, Hang-A-Thon, Drum-A-Thon, Pool-A-Thon, Insult-A-Thon, Donkey Race or the Buried Golden Hibiscus? Did you attend a Miss K-POI Pageant? Did you have a piece of the world’s largest birthday cake, assembled in the station parking lot by Leonard’s Bakery? What side did you cheer for during “Wigs & Pies” at the Ala Wai Canal, when some of us ended up in the water? Did you stop by to watch us sail 45s across the canal in an attempt to hit the roof of Aloha Motors (now the site of the Hawaii Convention Center)? Were you one of the 80,000 people who trekked into Diamond Head crater to see the likes of Santana perform at our free Sunshine Festivals? Did you watch the K-POI Pounders go up against the Harlem Globetrotters? Where were you when we broadcast the world exclusive interview with Pvt. Elvis Presley from Germany? Ah, the memories ...

This week in 1959, the 15th Show of Stars was at the Civic featuring Johnny Maestro and the Crests, and Clyde McPhatter. The No. 1 record in Hawaii was A Fool Such As I by Elvis Presley.

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