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The A-Train Rolls Out of K-Rock

March 21, 2012 - Trisha Smith
H. Hawai'i Media recently terminated its finest asset, on and off the air. John Absalom, aka Johnny A, was let go from his position as marketing professional and on-air personality with their K-Rock 97.3Fm station.

I'll be posting a link after midnight tonight to my new editorial regarding Johnny A and the canceling of his hit show, "The A-Train." He asked my dear friend and wordsmith sista, Anu Yagi of Maui Time, and I to sit down with him the day following this wretched news. Discover what happened from my editorial in this week's Maui Weekly. (NOW UP! Please visit first link on this page.) And also check out Anu's feature this Thursday.

Unfortunately, I was premature when I directed my editor Deb to print in my recent editorial that I would have a blog up pertaining to the hit show's legacy and Johnny's charismatic and creative business ethics, and honest attitude. He's much more than just Johnny A, your cool Friday afternoon cruise conductor, but also, just Johnny, a great guy to know and love as a friend.

Yet, due to my poor planning and crazy schedule at the moment, and deadline tomorrow afternoon for a story that's printing Friday, I will not be able to post as I wanted to this evening. I apologize...

I owe Johnny much more than just a rushed blog, and a 400-word editorial on his recent termination.

So, please stayed tuned to this ongoing blog for Johnny A and his rockin' ways. I'll be posting a variety of photos from action moments across the last few years, and recap some special moments and individuals from this special radio show family that rocked the isle. I've called the show home on Friday afternoons since my segments started a few years ago, and it's going to be sadly missed in my routine. The A-Train was such a wonderful experience for me: the people whom shaped some of my fondest Maui memories; the deep talks on the lanai; reporting news stories that shaped our community; cruising with a selection of cool music and rock talk story; the times we cruised airwaves with bands that make Maui rock; the ferris wheel of guests that added appeal and all the silly moments that made me laugh aloud. An end of an era...

K-Rock's dial, 97.3FM, used to be my main stop for a long time, and they have lost me more and more as I live here. (See my editorial link from October 2011 regarding H. Hawai'i Media's first bonehead move.) Now, with Johnny's removal, and the fact the entire radio group only features ONE live, on-air show on Maui's airwaves, I'll be tuning in elsewhere, more often.

I love you, Johnny! Sorry you got a raw deal, and I feel for your fans and listeners as they've lost a force of nature on the air every Friday. Looking forward to hearing you elsewhere one day in the future. I'm one of your biggest fans... Thanks for everything you've taught me, regarding radio and just life, in general. You've really been a brother to me, and being so far away from my real brothers, it's guidance I need and appreciate greatly.

Enjoy your time off and life!

Stayed tuned, Maui...

Rock on, Trish da Dish


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One of Maui's last radio pirates, Johnny A. (Photo: Jessica Pearl Photography)


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