One of Hawai‘i's rising talents, KITV's Rob DeMello, is being promoted to co-host of KUMU 1500 AM's morning show on Tuesdays and Thursdays, general manager John Aeto said.
DeMello, who also is a sports reporter/weekend anchor at KITV, will be paired with Russell Yamanoha.
DeMello replaces Bob Hogue, who will remain with the station as a roving host. Hogue has been busy as the Pac West Conference's commissioner.
Aeto praised DeMello's work ethic, enthusiasm and creativity. DeMello has worked the past year as producer of the Leahey & Leahey radio show.
Aeto said DeMello is a "new generation" sportscaster who grew up in the age of sports-talk radio.
"We wanted to give him his shot," Aeto said. "He prepares as hard as anybody we have on staff."
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With a week and a half left of instruction, the Warriors have been given the rest of the semester off to concentrate solely on school work.
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