The Bash Of The Year

In its 16th year, the KCCN Birthday Bash is an island phenomenon, attracting the best local acts, and fans from the Neighbor Islands and as far away as the Mainland

Yu Shing Ting
Friday - July 21, 2006
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From top, Lina Girl, Bruddah Bryan, Davey D, Pipi, Billy V and Shannon Scott
From top, Lina Girl,
Bruddah Bryan, Davey
D, Pipi, Billy V and
Shannon Scott

It will be Sweet 16 for KCCN FM100 as it celebrates with the annual Birthday Bash concert at the Waikiki Shell next weekend (Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29).

With the Island’s hottest performers on stage, it’s a party you won’t want to miss. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Natural Vibrations, Ho’onua, Kapena, Katchafire, Kekai Boyz, Koauka, Malino, Lahaina Grown, Fiji, B.E.T., ‘Ekolu, Brother Noland, One Groove, Next Generation, Kani Makou and an opening chant by Aaron J. Sala.

“For the first time, we’re bringing an act from outside Hawaii with no Hawaii ties, Katchafire,” says David Daniel’s (aka Davey D), program director/on-air personality. “The group is from New Zealand, and a lot of listeners said they wanted to see them.”


Since its first party in 1990, the KCCN FM100 Birthday Bash has become a popular Island tradition with sell-out crowds almost every year. Station officials say they have people from Neighbor Islands calling six months in advance of the date so they can start making travel arrangements. And fans from as far as Europe and the South Pacific make the long trek to attend the concert.

“We expect more than 8,000 people each night,” says William Van Osdol (aka Billy V). “In 1990, we did a first birthday party for the station just like you would throw a first birthday party for a child. We invited some of Hawaii’s biggest groups to perform, and it was so popular that before we knew it, it’s our 16th annual Birthday Bash. And in 2000 we went to two nights instead of one.

“Our biggest challenge every year is making it better than it was the year before. We just hope everybody enjoys it. It’s a great event for the family, from kids to adults.”

As the KCCN FM100 crew prepares for its big weekend, it is also busy adjusting to changes in the office.

If you’re a regular listener to KCCN FM100, you may have noticed that long-time radio personality Billy V is no longer on the Morning Jam with Lina Girl and Pipi.

Instead, starting next Monday, July 24, he will replace Brickwood Galuteria on Hawaiian 105 KINE.

“Brickwood has decided to pursue some personal interests,” explains Daniel’s. “And Billy V was the perfect person to take his place.”

And while you may have seen most, if not all, of KCCN’s radio personalities at various events throughout the island, here are some things you may not know about them:

Lina Girl

Name: Lina Langi Age: 34 Hometown: Waimanalo, now residing in Kaneohe

Family: “Happily” married to Bruddah Sam. As for kids, “we’re practicing and loving it.”

High school: Kamehameha Schools, class of 1990

Hobbies: Singing, swimming, spending time with family and working out.

Number of years at KCCN: Full time since 1997

On air: Monday through Saturday, 5-10 a.m.

What was your first job? Hawaiiana specialist at Shop Pacifica at Bishop Museum

Who is your radio mentor?

“Billy V and Randy Hudnall. Billy V brought me into radio, but Randy gave me my first break on Hawaiian 105 KINE.”

What is your proudest moment with KCCN?

“Marrying my listener. During my overnight shift, Sam was working at Kahuku Texaco and at 2:30 a.m. every night he would call me. One and a half years later we went out.”

What is your most embarrassing moment with KCCN?

“Marrying my listener. People won’t stop ragging me on that.”

Who is your favorite local entertainer?

“Vaihi. I’m sleeping with one of them.”

Pipi

Name: Jason K. Rezentes Age: 30 Hometown: Honokai Hale (near Campbell Industrial Park)

Family: wife Kaui, 3-year-old daughter Ava Isabel

High school: James Campbell High, class of 1994

Hobbies: working, providing for the family and fishing off Kona at least once a year

Number of years at KCCN: seven

On-air: Monday through Saturday, 5-10 a.m.

What was your first job?

“Ranger’s aide, aka maintenance at Boy Scout Camp Pupukea.”

Who is your radio mentor?

“Billy V and Charly Espina. They’re the ones who gave me the opportunity. I told them a joke on the phone and next thing I know I’m interning. It was a non-paid internship, so I was paying $6 a day for parking just to come. I don’t remember the joke I told them, but I can tell you another one.

What did one Hawaiian termite say to the other Hawaiian termite?

Eh, brah, we go eat my house.”


What is your proudest moment with KCCN?

“I’ve had many, but I would say it’s finally not having to pay to go to the biggest, baddest concert of the year - the Birthday Bash.”

What is your most embarrassing moment with KCCN?

“Passing out flowers on Valentine’s Day in a Depends diaper on the corner of Bishop and King streets. At the time I was about 295 pounds. Currently I’m 235 pounds.”

Who is your favorite local entertainer?

“Amy Hanaialii. Her voice just captures me and takes me to another world.”

Shannon Scott

Name: Shannon Scott Age: 33 Hometown: Mililani Family: wife Mandi, two daughters (5-year-old Tiani and 1-year-old Moanikeala)

High school: Mililani High, class of 1990

Hobbies: Spending time with family, working out and surfing

Number of years at KCCN: November makes 12

On-air: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What was your first job?

“Junior host for Castle & Cooke Homes”

Who are your radio mentors?

“Charly Espina. She got me my first internship. But Randy Hudnall and Billy V gave me my first break.”

What is your proudest moment with KCCN?

“Proposing to my wife on stage at the Birthday Bash in 1998 and she said yes.”

What is your most embarrassing moment with KCCN?

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