Is KHJZ the Revenge of Justin Cruz?

No, I’m kidding… sorta. Justin Cruz is a cool guy, but when I heard the “new” music format on 93.9, I was reminded of Justin’s time as a radio DJ (on 93.1 was it?). If I remember right, he played hits from the 80’s and 90’s, but now Justin’s making a name for himself on television and in social media circles, and 93.1 plays modern stuff. So why the change to 93.9 Jamz that plays “YOUR generation’s ol skool?”

In her Star Advertiser column, Erika Engle says it’s a:

move that will change the battleground for Honolulu’s youth-targeted radio stations.

Odd though, that the music format appears geared towards aging parents like myself and not today’s youth. I mean I heard pre-Whitney Bobby Brown at least 3 times on 93.9 already. Even odder is that 93.9 Jamz doesn’t have any DJs. It’s “jockless” according to Gregg Hammer who (was) moved to 98.5 awhile back.

@geewhy: Format switch… Check them out (jockless). We’ll still have to demolish them, although they are my brethren… Kane killed Able!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

So it’s like an infinite loop of oldies but goodies but minus the personalities. In fact, it seems too impersonal, and I’m not sure if I can dig that. Can’t I just fire up Pandora instead?

So what happened to the personalities? According to Flash from the morning show:

all on air talent was let go. i will be fine. i am more concerned about the people w wives & kids whose career’s are in radio than me.less than a minute ago via web

So what’s the shakeout now? Rory and Hammer are still on 98.5 (which is good for them), but I still miss their style. I doubt I can last listening to the impersonal 93.9, playing music from “The Revenge of Justin Cruz”. So more iPod action I suppose…



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