The Fernando Pacheco interview

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Aloha Fernando, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today,

You have been very busy latley, and we are excited to hear you every morning on Kpoi with your new show “the Walk of Shame”
Tell us a little bit about the concept behind the show, and what format can the listeners expect to hear?

FERN!

Music is the bottom line. “The Walk of Shame” isn’t about being some whacky over the top morning show. It’s not about me being a star. Listeners can expect the same variety of KPOI music with me to keep them company and help them get through the God forsaken hours we know as the morning.

Cool, have you always wanted an opportunity like this, or did it just happen organically?

My entire career in radio has been “right place, right time.” My cousin, Sam the Man on 102.7 Da Bomb has always been the radio guy in my family. I took a job in radio promotions in 2001 and since then, I am fortunate to have been discovered as an on-air talent and presented with opportunity after opportunity.

What are you planning to do, to stand out from the morning show landscape in Hawaii?

There are a few things that set me apart from other morning personalities on Honolulu’s rock stations. For one, I’m local – Hawaii born and raised. I will give a local perspective where others have failed. I also bring rock credibility to the station. I am a performing veteran of such festivals as the Vans Warped Tour and SXSW. I am also a 4-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee. Let’s just say that when I talk about music… I know what I’m talking about.

   

CHOCOLATE SQUIRREL, Jennifer Waihee, Fernando Pacheco, John Waihee IV.

Ferns Comedy Record, Available on Pass Out Records.

for those that might not know, you do Sketch, Improv, and have a solid stand up career working, with that being said, how has that training prepped you for this?

I can write under pressure. We have sessions at KPOI where we throw out ideas and come up with various radio copy. My experience in comedy writing gives me the confidence and knowhow to write in a room full of people and with microphones on. I can bang out a script anywhere.

of the three, which form of comedy, do you feel has helped you the most, as a radio dj?

Improv. It all starts with improv.

You are also an accomplished musician with your band pimpbot, and have toured literally around the world, do you feel that has informed or helped you in this new career path?

Yes, it’s given me a world perspective. Even though I’m a boy from Waianae. I can hold my own, whether it be speaking to randoms in Waikiki or in the streets of Tokyo or Prague. With all my experiences, I feel that I can relate to everyone on at least some type of level.

Did you grow up listening to radio? who were some of your influences on air?

I grew up listening whatever radio my mom had playing in the car. Mostly contemporary and Christian stations. In high school, I tried listening to a radio station that I identified with and ironically it was KPOI. Radio Free was a big part of my high school years too but it was more about the music than the DJs for me. Sound familiar?

Speaking of influences, there is more comedy, and music available now, than ever before, do you feel there are any comics, or comedy shows or even musical forces, that might influence the show?

I think the most talented radio personality out there right now is Mike Catherwood, host of Loveline. He has a history on KROQ, has paid his dues, has tons of talent, and it all shows.

There are a couple of other Dj’s signing on to KPOI as well, can you tell us a little bit about them?
I’m very fortunate to join these two men. Haz-Matt and O-Dogg are both KPOI alumni. I’m actually the new guy in this situation. O-Dogg is a… unique individual. This guy eats, breathes and shits radio. Plus he can ix a mean cocktail. Haz-Matt is a guy’s guy… if that guy is a nerd. He is all-knowing in the world of sci-fi, comic book based pop culture and the like. I love that guy.

Thanks so much Fernando!
is there anything you would like to leave the readers with?

Thanks for reading this. I owe you all 2 and a half minutes.

and how can we find you? and when should we tune in?

For all things Fernando, go to fernrocks.com and my radio show, “The Walk of Shame” is on every morning from 6am – 10am from Monday – Friday on 105.9 KPOI, the rock you live on!

A big Mahalo to Fernando Pacheco! and remember to tune in every weekday in the morning to KPOI for “The Walk of Shame!”

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