Friday, January 16, 2009

We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

It used to take a long time for the latest trends and technologies to reach Hawaii.

Not that long ago, the CBS Evening News was televised in New York at 6:00 p.m. eastern time and recorded simultaneously by the CBS station in Los Angeles. The tape was then hustled out to LAX and put on a plane for Honolulu so we could all watch Walter Cronkite at 10:00 p.m. Hawaii time. Most folks here just assumed it was "live" and were never the wiser.

That’s all changed, and Hawaii is now on the cutting edge of many things – new technologies, tropical fashion, regional cuisine … even the nurturing of presidents.

Yesterday, a month before the rest of the country, our television stations made the conversion to all-digital. This came, of course, after a good five or six months of constant reminders on radio and TV and in the print media.

Still, according to an AP story in this morning’s newspaper, “hundreds of Hawaii television viewers called for help Thursday …”

I guess these folks must all been out surfing. Hey ... first things first!


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