News and Other Media Staff Play Musical Jobs

Just when you think you’ve got a bunch of great “friends” in the morning to wake you up and tell you what’s going on in the World, they leave. KHON Channel 2 seems to have had quite the revolving door in recent months. In reality, it feels that way to me because it’s the only station I watch in the morning… well, the only station I listen to in the morning. They moved Tanya Joaquin to the evening news. Which, was okay, I guess. It’s probably good for her so that’s a good thing. Kirk Matthews is still there and he’s the rock in the morning.

Ron Mizutani from the evening news has decided to change jobs completely. Watching the KHON video farewell (the link has expired, sorry) and doing the math, I’m guessing that Mr. Mizutani is close to my age and he’s probably tired of deadlines and late nights. I’m tired too. It catches up to you after a while. In a perfect world you can watch the news from your couch rather than scramble out of bed to get to work now, right Ron? Well, I’m with Joe Moore, I have a feeling that the seasoned Ron Mizutani will miss it too much and do the boomerang thing before too awfully long and be back in the limelight.

In that same video Leslie Wilcox let drop that we would be seeing Mizutani in his business suit on Bishop Street. But… Hawaiian Telcom? (Thank you to Honolulu Advertiser’s entertainment writer, Wayne Harada, for that tidbit.) From television station to telephone company? Less stress? Perhaps. But, in a business suit? Uh, not unless you’re an attorney on your way to court or a businessman in from the mainland who doesn’t know any better. Nice slacks and a collared aloha shirt. Done. Leslie Wilcox left the station for PBS, so she can’t talk. But, she has been leaning toward the non-profit sector for some time now anyway. The Lokahi Giving Project was her baby. Good luck, Leslie! PBS is lucky to have you.

While things do leave through that revolving door, they come sneaking in too. Here’s a relatively new addition that flew in from one of the radio stations, KQMQ-FM 93.1 to be specific, back in April. Since I rarely have time for the radio these days, how was I to know where Justin Cruz came from? Thank you, Google. Since he was added to KHON’s evening shift, I missed it altogether until just recently when they pulled him in to help cover things in the morning. Thank you to the vacation and maternity-leave gang for that one!

Here’s a look at weatherman, Justin Cruz. (This link will only get you the most recent morning weather report, sorry.) It’s just nice to have someone talk to you rather than at you, someone who talks to you like you have a brain, and someone who sounds educated in the process. Mr. Cruz is a great addition to the KHON News team!

Howard Dicus Doing News Story

It’s hard to buffer the jarring loss of Howard Dicus who checked in from Pacific Business News for the “How Hawaii Works” segment every morning. Man! Howard always filled us in on all of the business gossip! His delivery was so straightforward, down to earth and touched with his sense of humor.

My condolences go out to PBN for losing Mr. Dicus and to KHON for having to cut that tie. Howard has moved on to competitor KGMB Channel 9 at this point and he is seen above talking to a staff member from Bank of Hawaii about the mortgage market and the sub-prime lender fiasco going on here and across the nation.

I guess I’ll have to figure out how to flip between channels in the morning. Or, maybe I can record one and watch the other. Oh, nuts! Will you media people please just sit still?!?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Aug 19, 2007 at 4:52 am

    Sounds like lots of moving going on there. Is it amazing how quickly some newscasters become an extended “part of your family”? We watch WRAL here and really enjoy the personalities. They are professional, but down to earth enough that you really learn to like them. Plus they like to joke and cut up with each other. I hope things settle down with your news folks soon.

  • 2 Evelyn // Aug 19, 2007 at 8:13 am

    I think they will settle down soon, Sheila. The station ownership moved around too so I’m sure that didn’t help. But, the other media people have been moving too. Restless summer? Thanks for stopping by and sharing my peculiar take on things. 🙂

  • 3 Hal // Jan 30, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Looks like Ron Mizutani boomeranged out of Hawaiian Telcom. But the business climate has changed dramatically in the last few months, so high profile jobs are tight for a soft landing.

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Hi Hal, thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I heard about that yesterday and didn’t know whether to laugh or be concerned. He’s certainly a great hire but I can’t help but think he must have seen some handwriting on the wall at the phone company.

    You’re right, it would be nice for him to be able to have a soft landing. I just walked by as he was talking with KHON2 the other day (the day they announced the release of all those employees). He looked okay — he was smiling. Maybe he’s going home to KHON! That would be cool. 🙂

  • 5 KHON Catches the Mizutani Boomerang! // Mar 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    […] Honolulu Advertiser shares this story. Back in August I talked about the local media personnel moving all over the place and we talked about how we thought Ron Mizutani would eventually miss the news too much and find […]

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