Ed Kanoi is the new voice on 99.9 KISS-FM. The new show, called “The Morning Kiss”, made it’s debut recently after the departure of Dan Rivers. Ed says joining Charly Espina Takahama is actually a reunion for us. Ed and Charly shared a microphone many years ago in Honolulu. I think it showed in this first month together, Kanoi says, “it was very comfortable for us, so I think it’s going to be comfortable for our listeners.”
Before joining the Pacific Media Group here on Maui, Ed was the General Manager of a group of radio stations on Kauai. He also a Country music morning show and an afternoon Island music show.
KISS-FM marks a return for Ed to his favorite radio format, Adult contemporary radio. Ed was one of the pioneers of blending contemporary island music with contemporary hit radio.
Ed is a single dad and when not on the radio, he’s busy raising his two sons, Elijah (10) and Ezekiel (8). “The boys have already made some great friends since moving to Maui and attending Lihikai Elementary School”, according to Kanoi.
So whats is the new morning show going to be like with Ed Kanoi and Charly Espina Takahama? Ed says first and foremost it’s going to be fun! I want to start the day with a great cup of coffee, a nice morning stretch , a smile and then start a conversation with our listeners! After that you’ll just have to listen to hear what happens!
How did you get started in radio? I owe my career to Stu Kaufman, aka Rick O’Shea, now a DJ in Beijing, China! He hired me at Space Station KULA in Waipahu, Oahu, straight out of Wazzu (Washington State University) where I was also a DJ at KUGR Radio! Go Cougs!
If you weren’t working in Radio, what would you be doing?Traveling the world or just staying at home with my hubby
What are a few random facts about yourself that we should know? I played in the UH Marching Band (yup went to UH before transferring to Wazzu); I have 2 kids and 5 step kids.
Favorite quote? Consider yourself green and you’ll grow; Consider yourself ripe, and you’ll only get rotten.
What five albums would we find in your cd player? Bonnie Raitt; Il Divo; Harry Connick, Jr.; Norah Jones; Tim McGraw
What do you fear? Dying after my kids
Where are you from originally? Kalihi Valley…and Mililani
First album purchased? CCR
Last album purchased? Faith Hill
First concert? CCR
Favorite Food: Italian
Who were your celebrity crushes as a teenager? Mike Nesmith, Paul McCartney
Favorite movie of all time? The Sound of Music
Favorite TV shows? 24; Grey’s Anatomy; Prison Break; Brothers & Sisters