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April 15, 2016

CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS RELEASE: Goal was exceeded by nearly $3,000, not $4,000.
Hawaiʻi Public Radio Exceeds Fund Drive Goal on Tenth Day

(Honolulu, HI) Hawaiʻi Public Radio concluded its semi-annual fundraiser today at 4:59 p.m., exceeding its goal of $961,000, by nearly $3,000.  The independent, member-supported broadcaster received the first $122,000 of “Challenge 2016” before the campaign went on the air on April 5; the remainder was raised in nine and three-quarters days, the shortest pledge drive since the spring of 2014.

The drive briefly introduced HPR's next leader, José A. Fajardo, who, for several days, shared in the on-air pitching for the nonprofit. In the final days of the drive, current President and General Manager Michael Titterton, stepping down on June 30, received news that the Board of Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance has selected him as the 2016 Alfred Preis Honoree.
“I am so touched by the many paens I’ve received over the course of the last weeks,” said Titterton, “but truly, the credit goes to the amazing community of HPR supporters. They have built this statewide network dollar by hard-earned dollar and these stations are really a testament to their generosity. It is their gift to the citizens of these islands."

Ninety-three percent of the funds required to operate the HPR network are raised from within the state, with support from individuals and families making up 63% of those revenues. Challenge 2016 gathered a total of 2,757 individual gifts, and recruited 478 new monthly subscribers. These “Sustaining Members” now comprise more than a third of the station’s membership.

Of the gifts received, 505 were from Hawaiʻi Island, where construction on the last piece of HPR’s network, a transmitter on Kulani Cone above Hilo, began during the drive. This facility will soon provide to East Hawaiʻi an improved signal to HPR-1 (KANO 91.1) and for the first time HPR-2 (KAHU 91.7). Photos of the early stages of building may be viewed at

Titterton reflected, "I will miss being awash in that great wave of ringing phones in a fund driveʻs final moments, but will long remember that sound and picture always the community giving itself then a standing ovation for a job well done.”  
About Hawai‘i Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawai‘i Public Radio. In November 2015, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its fourth consecutive four-star rating for exceptional fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. HPR was named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Hawaii by Hawaii Business magazine and Best Places Group. The station has recently won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage of the 2014 Pāhoa lava flow.

HPR’s mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and K234AN 94.7 FM (Waimea)); Kauaʻi (K269GD 101.7 FM); and West Hawaiʻi (K239BV 95.7 FM). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); the newest station in south Hawai‘i (KAHU 91.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM). HPR is online and streaming at and; as well as on Facebook (FB/hawaiipublicradio), Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms (@WeAreHPR™). Free iOS and Android™ apps for “Hawaii Public Radio” are available for download from the App Store or Google Play™. HPR-1 and HPR-2 may also be heard via cable broadcasts from Oceanic Time Warner (channels 864 and 865) or Hawaiian Telcom TV (channels 661 and 662).
CONTACT:   Phyllis S.K. Look
                     HPR Director of Marketing
                     Direct: (808) 792-8220 / Mobile: (808) 492-8736

PIX attached: (high resolution versions available upon request)
  1. HPR President and General Manager Michael Titterton (l.) across the pitch table from his successor José A. Fajardo (r.); Dave Pellegrin in background.
  2. Kulani Tower, Hawaiʻi Island, where HPR's antennas for KANO and KAHU will be mounted.
Michael Titterton & José A. Fajardo
Kulani Tower
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