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A Surprise for Our Board Chair


Where Everyone Knows Your Name: A Surprise for Our Board Chair

Left: PBS Hawai‘i outgoing Board Chair Robbie Alm and PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox. Right: The newly named Robbie Alm Board Room

 

It’s not my practice to keep secrets from my outgoing Board Chair, Robbie Alm. I’m doing it this once, because it’s a one-of-a-kind secret that really should be a surprise.

 

By the time you read this, the cat will be out of the bag and Robbie will have retired from the Board following a long and successful tenure. Among his many achievements as leader: diversifying our revenues, investing in revolutionary tech advancements, founding the nation’s first statewide student news network, and building a new $30 million home on time and on budget.

 

Even before he was a Board member, Robbie was a champion of public broadcasting. He’s been involved in supporting this station, in one way or another, for more than 30 years.

 

So, of course, Board and Staff are having a party for him. We’ll give him lei and an engraved keepsake, and there’ll be a special song from former Board member, Hoku Award-winning performer/composer Kawika Kahiapo. Robbie also will have to endure a few speeches.

 

And – here’s our secret. PBS Hawai‘i’s handsome Board Room, which doubles as a second TV/video studio and has a view of our large studio below, will be named after him.

 

Robbie displayed both battle-hardened confidence and quiet humility in getting our new home built. He likes the results so much, that he’s known to stop by when he could simply make a phone call. He enjoys the natural light, the openness of the floor plan, the cheerful colors, the way the space accommodates work flow.

 

And now his name will be on the room where he presided over high-level governance decisions. We hope he continues to stop by and enjoy – without any worry.

 

In next month’s guide, I’ll write about PBS Hawai‘i’s incoming Board Chair. We’re proud to have our first ever Chair from a Neighbor Island: Jason Fujimoto of Hilo, an accomplished executive whose family-founded, employee-owned business is nearly a century old.

 

A hui hou – until next time,
Leslie signature

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Have Yourself Some Moonshine

 

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning. The restaurant’s mixologist works moonshine into several new drinks while the restaurant staff struggle through the holiday party season. They end the season with a party of their own at Ben and Vivian’s new house with AppleJack Moonshine Cocktails making a guest appearance.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Party of One

 

Since statehood, Hawai‘i Republicans have won major races, though the victories have been few and far between. In 58 years, there have been two governors, one U.S. Senator and two U.S. Representatives. Democrats have clearly dominated, but Republicans kept it competitive, at least in certain elections for specific races – until now.

 

Currently, the State Legislature is made up of 70 Democrats and six Republicans, with one Republican seriously considering switching parties. Nationally, the majority of governors are Republican, the GOP has momentum across the country and Republicans are in charge in Washington, D.C.

 

Why does our local Republican Party seem to be disappearing? Have Hawai‘i politics become a “Party of One”?

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

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President Obama’s Farewell Address

 

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his farewell address to the nation on Monday, January 9 at 4:00 pm. The President will deliver his speech from his hometown of Chicago, marking the first time that a President has returned to his hometown to deliver such a speech.

 

Through his address, the President will thank his supporters, celebrate the ways we have changed this country for the better these past eight years, and offer his vision on where we all go from here.

 

In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. Over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.

 

(Source: whitehouse.gov)

 

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

 

THE CONTENDERS – 16 for ’16
Bush/Obama – The Master Strategists

 

This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

 

Bush/Obama – The Master Strategists
Examine the campaign strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Both beat out serious big-ticket contenders with pitch-perfect messaging and careful and calculated campaign strategy.

 

THE CONTENDERS – 16 for 16
Ferraro/Palin – The Trailblazers

 

This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

 

Ferraro/Palin – The Trailblazers
Trace the paths of two women who challenged the notion of what makes a strong vice president: Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 was the first woman on a major party presidential ticket; Sarah Palin added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign in 2008.

 

THE CONTENDERS – 16 for 16
Perot/Nader – The Independents

THE CONTENDERS - 16 for 16: Perot/Nader - The Independents

 

This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

 

Perot/Nader – The Independents
Follow the third-party campaigns of billionaire H. Ross Perot in 1992 and consumer advocate Ralph Nader in 2000.

 

THE CONTENDERS – 16 for 16
Goldwater/Reagan – The Conservatives

 

This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

 

Goldwater/Reagan – The Conservatives
Follow the political career of Barry Goldwater, who lost his presidential bid in ’64, but whose conservatism sowed the seeds of Ronald Reagan’s entry into politics.

 

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
Downton Abbey, Season 6, Part 9 of 9

 

The highest-rated drama in PBS history, this Emmy and Golden Globe award- winning hit drama’s sixth and final season features intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate.

 

Part 9 of 9
After six passionate and poignant seasons, the curtain comes down on Downton Abbey. How will fate resolve the stories of Edith, Mary, Thomas, Anna, Robert, Cora, Daisy, Carson, Violet, Isobel and all the other occupants of this unforgettable house?

 

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