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The Weekly Dish

Radio show celebrates two years on KAOI.

August 9, 2012
Trisha Smith - Senior Contributing Writer ( , The Maui Weekly

I'm fascinated by talk radio, and the ride that accompanies it.

There's nothing like the rush of broadcasting live and clever commentary on the fly, or being able to share compelling stories and original music to a captivated audience.

You're never quite sure who's tuned in, but I've discovered plenty are and really listen. It's nice to realize I'm a trusted informant, or at least an early morning serving of entertainment and wit.

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Trisha Smith
Senior Contributing Writer

As I continue to grow as a journalist, whether in print, radio or online media, I hold dear the fact that I report responsibly, with passion and perseverance, and the courage to tell it like it is.

My working parents both drove long distances, and I remember news radio and music programs filling their transits and morning routines. On-air personalities became "friends" and reliable sources. I hope the time I spend on Maui's airwaves is valuable to you.

When first asked by KAOI Radio Group to create a radio program, I was elated and terrified. I had radio experience, but shaping an entire show from scratch was unfamiliar territory.

It's hard to believe there have been over 100 episodes of "The Weekly Dish" on KAOI 1110AM/96.7FM since the inaugural broadcast on Aug. 6, 2010. Mr. Groovy (co-host Shawn Michael) has joined me, Trish "da Dish," live each Friday morning since at 7 a.m., and I'm forever grateful for his dedication and insight.

Much love to KAOI and my kind engineer Garry Forsberg for keeping the flow, and to our bon-vi-vant Paul Janes-Brown for his arts and theatre features during "Let's Talk More... "

Thanks Maui Weekly for contributing a sensible platform, and for believing in this "little radio show that could." The award-winning publication not only provides a spectrum of entertainment, community and environmental news, it's also a dependable source for local businesses.

Additionally, The Weekly Dish's talk variety format offers an opportunity to reach consumers with fun and informative segments where owners and allies "keep it real" and personally appeal. Mahalo to the Stella Blues family for their loyalty since the beginning, and to longtime supporters including Ambrosia, Three's, Wailuku Coffee Company, and vivacious businesswoman Rachel Gonzalez, as well as the new and former members of our vibrant small business 'ohana.

And, of course, infinite thanks to our listeners that jumpstart their weekends with The Weekly Dish--a delightful recipe for Maui's community and entertainment news.

Listen live Friday mornings, or visit my blog at and for wrap-up and recordings. Follow us at, which includes online streaming.

So, dig in! We're proud to serve you.



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