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KIKI-FM
Kiki logo.jpg
Branding "Hot 93.9"
Slogan "Hawaii's Hottest Hip Hop, Hits, and Everything Now"
Frequency 93.9 (MHz)
First air date 1979
Format Rhythmic Contemporary
ERP 100,000 watts
Class C
Callsign meaning A play on the word KeIKI, which is Hawaiian for child
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Website Hot 93.9's homepage

KIKI-FM, also known as "Hot 93.9", is a Rhythmic Top 40 outlet based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The station, whose slogan is "Hawaii's Hottest Hip Hop, Hits, and Everything Now," broadcasts at 93.9 FM and operates at 100 kW, is owned by Clear Channel Communications. It is currently one of six Rhythmic Top 40 outlets in Hawaii, and one of three Rhythmic Top 40 outlets in the Honolulu market, the competition being KDDB 102.7 Da Bomb and KPHW Power 104.3.

KIKI offers a mix of current-based R&B/Hip-Hop, Rhythmic Pop, and Dance music cuts.

It also features locally home grown and Hawaii-based R&B/Hip-Hop fare, all catering to a core base of young adults (18-34s) and an Asian-American demographic.

History

KIKI-FM, which signed on in January 1979 as KPIG (a disco station) and later became album oriented rock-formatted KMAI, has been a Rhythmic Top 40 since 1986. The station was known as "I-94" until 2003.

The KIKI calls and Top 40 music format date back to the early 1970s, when KIKI 830 AM changed to Top 40 (as "Gold Key Radio") from a middle of the road format. The Top 40/CHR format moved to the FM dial as rhythmic-leaning I-94 in 1986 as the AM station went to an oldies format; the AM station is now KHVH.

KIKI was locally famous in the 1980s for its "Brown Bags to Stardom" contest which gave up-and-coming local Hawaii artists a chance at stardom. Some notable winners of the contest have included the female vocal trio Na Leo Pilimehana (1984) and Glenn Medeiros (1986), who would go on to national prominence with hits such as "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" and "She Ain't Worth It."

KIKI HD2

In September 2006, KIKI added an HD2 subchannel that offers an Old School R&B format (Originally it was supposed to have offered Trancid, an Electronica/Dance format, but changed those plans at the last minute). It would be replaced in 2008 by the teen-targeted Top 40/Dance channel "KiWi Radio."

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