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April 22, 2004

So Where's Frankie B.?

Frank B. Shaner disappeared unceremoniously from the morning show on Hawaiian 105 KINE FM a couple of months ago. Many people asked, "Where's Frankie?"

Famous for his Hawaiian Falsetto Competition and for being the comic force behind Brickwood Galuteria's "straight man" on KINE, Shaner's absence has left a gaping hole in the morning drive time. Galuteria now often fumbles when yet another caller asks on-air, "So where's Frank?"

Erika Engle of the Star-Bulletin filed a column on the subject and station managment had this to say:

"We're restructuring the morning show," said Mike Kelly, vice president and general manager of KINE and its sister stations. "He wasn't terminated for cause or didn't do anything wrong," Kelly said.

Kelly said he would be working in the station's front office, while Brickwood Galuteria would continue, solo on-air for the morning slot.

Then Frank B. disappeared from the station's web site!

Now a grassroots effort has sprung up to address the seeming lack of concern for Uncle Frankie's well being. We need to get the word out. We need to locate Frank B. Shaner, or find out what happened to him!

You can do your part by displaying the "So Where's Frankie B.?" bumper sticker! Maybe together we can shame the culpable parties into confessing what they've done to Uncle Frank.

Uncle Frank, if you're out there, we're looking for you, man! Hang on!

Posted by ZZType at April 22, 2004 07:23 PM


Posted by Sin on April 22, 2004 7:47 PM:

this smells vaguely familiar of the "What happened to Bob Hogue?" deal down at KHON a while back. One minute Bob was Joe's left hand sports man for years, the next he was in exile and running for the state senate. Very interesting......

Posted by helen on April 22, 2004 7:51 PM:

Interesting and it being an election year too! Just hope Frankie B is okay.

Posted by Paula on April 23, 2004 3:38 AM:

Having lived on Oahu for 15 years I am very familiar with Frankie B. I recently visited family on Oahu last month. The first thing I did was turn on KINE for I was ono for my beloved Frankie B! It was like entering the twilight zone. All Brickwood...All morning! What happened??? Fortunately I had an old number for Frankie B and called it.I found him alive and well! I was instructed to park in an obscure parking lot in Chinatown. A man appeared from the shadows and asked if I would give him the secret password. I said "Mango Man". He apologized as he blindfolded me. This was for "security purposes" he said. I found this to be strangely exciting and dangerous, however, I would stop at nothing to find Frankie B. I was led through what appeared to be a small alley filled with strange aroma. We walked through a door and up a few stairs. The scent of Mango and acrylic paint hit me as I was seated on a very plush sofa. The man removed my blindfold and there he was. There were beautiful Hawaiian women positioned in various areas of the small room. Frankie B was sitting on a small stool. His back towards me, two wahines laying at his feet. Another wahine was slicing a mango and placing it on what appeared to be some sort of shrine. Frankie B turned to me and said "What took you so long? Did you not receive my message?" "No, I did not" I responded. "I sent it two months ago. It was attached to a mango I had thrown into the surf off Punaluu. I figured it would reach San Francisco and you would find it".
Okay. Now I am freaked!
Frankie B. continued to tell me the tale of Mango Man and how he ended up in his new world. I can not divulge all of the information shared or the actual whereabouts of Frankie B. as I was sworn to secrecy. I can, however, assure everyone that he will be back in a big way!
Next time any of you are in Chinatown, keep your eyes open for the man in the shadows. I gave you the only information I can. Mango Man.

Posted by Linkmeister on April 24, 2004 4:29 PM:

Damn. Was he in DC in 1973?

Posted by ZZ Type on April 24, 2004 4:35 PM:

UPDATE! I've now created the "Where's Frankie?" web site--a central repository for information on Uncle Frank's disappearance.

It's online at zztype.com/wheresfrankie.

Mahalo for your support. Together, we can find Frank!

Posted by mel on April 24, 2004 11:24 PM:

And where are the rest of Hawaii's favorite old-time DJs?

Answers can be found here:

Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Message Board

It's kind of funny that Frank is not listed at 440 Satisfaction.

Posted by tuna on April 25, 2004 6:20 AM:

The truth behind the mysterious disappearance of FB, is that management sent him off with a 7 month severance package. Frankie was paid to LEAVE according to Bricky. Rumors of a OC16 television show in the near future. In closing, my summation is that Frankie B. wore on the people in charge. The question should be Where can Frankie B go after 7 months severance is over?

Posted by haynkikaida on April 26, 2004 10:24 AM:

>>Tuna wrote: "Rumors of a OC16 television show in the near future.">>

Ah yes. Exactly as I had predicted on the HRTV.com boards way back when uncle Frankie first departed the airwaves.

If this holds true, hopefully the production level and execution of this "TV show" will be TOP-NOTCH, which is what the fans expect from uncle Frankie. Likely something involving comedy? Music?

Brickwood is one of my favorite of local personalities in ANY media. Still, he truly sounds only "half-hearted" on the radio show by himself. It would be like him hosting Hawaii's Kitchen without a chef to cook with... know what I mean?

Brick' NEEDS someone to co-host the radio show who has the same level (or higher) of intellect, wit and local humor that embodied Frankie B.

Posted by ZZ Type on April 27, 2004 2:53 PM:


Holy smokes! Talk about a conspiracy: At 1:10 p.m., this afternoon, I got an email from CafePress.com stating:

"It has recently come to our attention that one or more banners used in your CafePress.com store(s) may contain images which do not comply with section 4.3 of our User Agreement and/or our Intellectual Property Right Policy."

The "banner" in reference included all items in the "Where's Frankie" CafePress store. Right now the shop shows no images and no items for sale.

Looks like I have three of the only "Where's Frankie?" bumper stickers in existence. I received them in the mail yesterday. (They're very nice, and very funny!)

An immediate call to CafePress yielded more information than the email announcing the shop's deletion.

Turns out someone at 105 FM had sent CafePress an email claiming ownership of Frank B. Shaner's "name, likeness and persona" for all marketing purposes!

Holy smokes! Not only do they want him gone, but they want him BURIED, too!!! This is NUTS!

I admit, I put the station's request line phone number on the bumper sticker, and a link to a nonexistent page on their web site, but sheesh!

Doesn't Frank own his own picture? His own name? What does one put on a "missing persons" poster?

"MISSING: Some guy, caucasian, 5'9", 180lbs, brown hair, glasses, slightly balding on top, ex-radio station personality. No photo, no name. If you've seen this person, call Crimestoppers at ..."

Or can we not even utter, "Leimomi" any more? That's one of Frank's "personae," eh?

Sick part is, they didn't even have to prove that they owned all of Frank's identity, just claimed it in an email and CafePress was forced to pull the shop.

Now how will we ever find Frank?

Posted by Sin on April 27, 2004 4:24 PM:

that might be the most disturbing thing i've ever heard...how can you not own your own name?

Posted by ZZ Type on April 27, 2004 8:24 PM:

UPDATE: OK, after several phone calls and much furious email, here's the scoop:

Kimo Akane of Cox Radio, KINE, emailed CafePress and demanded they remove the "Where's Frankie" material from the site because:

> The following item lists the phone number to my radio station.
> > We have not given permission for the following use.
> > http://www.cafeshops.com/wheresfrankie.10863719

Couple of emails ensued where I pointed out that it does not violate copyright law to publish someone's phone number. You cannot copyright a phone number.

Akane subsequently said that my infraction was in claiming the phone number belonged to the "Missing On-Air Talent Hotline."

I have since revised the sticker and submitted it to Akane for his approval. The new sticker makes no funny about some "hotline."

Now it states, "So Where's Frankie B.?" lists the station's phone number and suggests that you "Call the radio station and ask them." Then I supply Kimo Akane's email address and suggest that listeners can email their concerns to him.

Now we wait.

Oh, did I mention that that he threatened to sic the multi-billion dollar Cox Broadcasting Corporation legal team on me? Heh. For a silly joke bumper sticker. :(

Posted by Ryan on April 28, 2004 12:18 PM:

Insane. That station isn't earning a lot of good will lately.

If you've been in touch with Frankie B., I'd say he has the most unassailable rights to his name and image. Tell him how badly this wholly non-infringing parody was handled, and he might very well "authorize" all sorts of uses that would make the folks at KINE realize how ridiculous they were to escalate things so quickly.

Posted by tuna on April 28, 2004 5:20 PM:

Kimo Akane is an idiot

Posted by LikaNui on April 29, 2004 10:40 AM:

See John Berger's column on today's Star-Bulletin website!

Posted by Ryan on April 29, 2004 11:45 AM:

Here's the link:

Shaner fans miss his voice

Posted by Sin on April 29, 2004 3:15 PM:

Man the broadcast industry in this town sucks, I don't care if you're talking about tv or radio...not that I hear it's any different anywhere else. Good luck Frankie...

Posted by Jen on April 29, 2004 4:16 PM:

What stinks to me is that they haven't replaced Frank yet; Brickwood gets his own show. I hope hope I'm wrong, but I get very Brickwood-as-a-diva vibes from the whole thing. I wonder if he didn't have Frank pushed out.

Posted by ZZ Type on April 29, 2004 11:02 PM:

OK, people, here's an update.

Over the past few days, I've been going around and around with Cafe Press and with Kimo Akane about the Where's Frankie bumper stickers.

I've revised the sticker artwork a couple of times and sent it around to see if I addressed their concerns. I removed their phone number. I removed the url to their station's web site (missing Frankie page).

Thus far, he refuses to approve of anything to do with Frankie. Akane is adamant in that he just wishes I would drop the subject and go away.


I don't understand what the problem is. I'm just a station listener and fan who is trying to mount a (humorous, light-hearted) effort to support an on-air guy that I used to enjoy listening to. I'm trying to rally others who feel as I do to let the station involved know that we think about the station's personnel moves.

I'd like to believe that they'd be interested in hearing what station listeners think. But that doesn't appear to be the case.

Do I believe they'll hire him back? Really? No, not really.

But I hope the station management gets the message that not everything they cook up in their weekly meetings sits right with their customers--their listeners.

Hopefully someone with some guts, intelligence and a sense of humor will hire Frank and put him back on the air, where he belongs.

I will then listen to THAT radio station, instead of the humorless, corporate "Multi-Billion Dollar Cox Broadcasting Network" and their boring, let's-not-make-waves brand of radio.

For now, I'll continue to maintain the "Where's Frankie" web site. I'll keep links back to this thread, to Mel Ah Ching's Hawaii Radio & TV thread on the topic and links to newspaper articles and Frankie sightings.

If anyone can find one of those bumper stickers, (I gave them all away) I encourage you to make copies of it, give it away to all your friends, redesign it to suit your own taste, make a new design. Just spread the word.

Hang in there, Frank, wherever you are, Grip Your Shorts™


Posted by Linkmeister on April 30, 2004 11:25 AM:

I'm starting to see parallels to what NPR did to Bob Edwards in this situation.

Posted by Sin on April 30, 2004 3:46 PM:

You go blaine...create as many headaches for those corporate fools as you can...Cox sucks!!! (No pun intended)

Posted by Sin on April 30, 2004 3:46 PM:

On another note I sure miss that pirate radio station...sigh...

Posted by Burt Lum on April 30, 2004 10:25 PM:

I had a clandestine chat on Yahoo instant messenger with Kamasami Kong and Frankie B. Kong did most of the chatting but every so often Frankie would chime in with a question. He is definitely cooking something up and a TV show might be in the works. I got the strong impression though that finding a place to live was foremost on Frankie's mind. I don't blame him. Once the severance pay runs out paying the rent is the biggest expense. They were joking about looking at blue tarps and sizing up grocery carts but behind the laughter there was a hint of serious concern. So it kinda struck me that before any project from Frankie is to emerge, he has to address some basic life necessities. I'll admit that makes it hard to be creative. Maybe with a friend like Kong they will figure it out. Frank is one creative genius. Maybe we should organize a Save Frank B. Shaner fundraiser concert or something. What do you think?

Posted by ZZ Type on May 1, 2004 7:49 PM:

Where's Frankie posters, anyone?


Now featuring the new "Where's Frankie?" poster, free downloads... print them yourself! Put them on your cubicle. Tape them up in the parking garage. Ask your neighborhood liquor store if you can stick one in the window (or a dozen)! Tape 'um to the back of your car! Use your imagination!

Get iron-on inkjet paper and print one on that. Iron it on your own Tshirt! The possibilities are endless.

Hang in there, Frankie. Grip Your Shorts™!

To borrow a sig from my good friend Alan:

"You don't stop playing because you get old.
  You get old because you stop playing."

Posted by Kozu on May 2, 2004 12:59 AM:

Where's Frankie B? I saw him at the Cazimero May Day Concert tonight!

Posted by ZZ Type on May 3, 2004 8:39 PM:

Listen up: People are starting to post very mean-spirited, personal attacks on this thread. I haven't attacked anyone personally during this thread.

Frank is not involved. I didn't know him or ask him before starting this thread. I didn't check with him before I made the bumper sticker or anything else.

My whole thread was founded on a joke gone crazy. It's supposed to be funny, while sending the subtle message to broadcasters that at least one guy wants Frank back on the air. The intent was to have some fun and as a side, show some support for a radio personality that I liked.

I'm not really trying to "find" Shaner. I only hope he shows up on the air again, soon, so I can enjoy his antics. I like his comedy. He's a funny, entertaining guy.

It wasn't intended to piss off the radio station. I didn't do it to make money. I don't work in the radio industry.

I don't understand why it's degenerating to personal attacks on Frank. He had no part in it.


Posted by Burt Lum on May 3, 2004 9:52 PM:

I agree with Blaine. Let's keep this light. I don't think it is our place to pass judgement on anybody. Granted the Internet can make people feel a bit removed but it doesn't give us the right to abandon our manners.

Posted by Paula on May 4, 2004 4:53 AM:

Interesting to see the exchange in postings since my last fun post.

When one door closes, another opens. It happens to all of us.

Frank is doing very well. He is not looking for a place to live, a tarp is not in his future(blue is not his color anyway) and his creative juices are flowing just fine, Thank you!

Frank Shaner is a multi-talented entertainer and a dear friend. He is in a good place emotionally and professionally.

He will be back in a big way!

Grip Your Shorts Gang

Posted by Sin on May 4, 2004 4:07 PM:

yeah but blaine, i like pissing off big conglomerates...besides, they're the ones calling attention to themselves...they should fire their PR person instead of ripping on you.

Posted by ZZ Type on May 6, 2004 6:54 AM:

Shuffling along...

Erika Engle of the Star-Bulletin reports on the latest Arbitron ratings, KSSK reigns as other stations shuffle

The S-B's John Berger also reports, "If it ain't broke...: The new "Arbs" also show Hawaiian KINE 105 morning show lost a big chunk of its adult audience since longtime morning guy Frank B. Shaner was axed in January ..."

Posted by ZZ Type on May 6, 2004 10:16 AM:

Oh, yeah... and now Brickwood wants to be president. :^)

Posted by LikaNui on May 6, 2004 1:55 PM:

Check out Wayne Harada's column in today's Advertiser! The Frankie B story is getting legs!

Posted by ZZ Type on May 6, 2004 3:07 PM:

Here's the link to Wayne Harada's column.

SHOW BIZ: Radio personality gets boot, but why?

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer

RADIO WAVES: Frank B. Shaner, who pops up at community functions, is no longer part of the morning-drive show on KINE-FM 105. Ask folks why, and the buzz is he's still at the station in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Or they say, "no comment."

Posted by Marilyn on June 15, 2004 11:38 AM:

Oh, what a creative professional Frank must be to generate such a following of concerned listerners. Posters! Bumper stickers! Questions! Assumptions!

The poor man probably couldn't pee privately in a public place! (Did I say that?)

For that matter, if he did pee in a private place, it could become public!

For all you broken hearted people, here are some lyrics from a Beatles song.

"And when broken hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see
there will be an answer, let it be. Let it be. Let it be."

So folks,
Let him be, let him be
Let him pee, let him pee

Posted by suzie on January 3, 2005 1:23 PM:

The same thing happened with two of the top morning teams in Alabama. Both were on Cox owned stations. On the air one day, off the next with no warning! It happened to one of my friends. And, now she is on Clear Channel and has the top morming show!

Posted by denise on January 3, 2005 1:24 PM:

The same thing happened with two of the top morning teams in Alabama. Both were on Cox owned stations. On the air one day, off the next with no warning! It happened to one of my friends. And, now she is on Clear Channel and has the top morming show!

Posted by ZZ Type on January 3, 2005 1:32 PM:

Hmmm.... what are the odds that "Suzie" and "Denise" would post the same, identical message one minute apart? And why??

Who are the ex-Cox people? What are their names? What station is your friend on now?


Posted by rowena on January 4, 2005 1:35 AM:

Frankie B. is MISSING?? He is one of my favorites! Dammit, I have been missing out on a lot of stuff. And that is outrageous about the no-can-have bumper stickers. Forget that, I'm going to make a tshirt iron on with his mug on it....now I only need to find his photo image....

Posted by Kaleikaumaka on February 17, 2005 10:06 AM:

Hey, has anyone noticed that Brickwood goes missing periodically? I wonder how Brudda Wade knows when to show up in the morning. And more disturbing, I think they're recycling Brickwood's jokes, which weren't even funny the first time!

Posted by Diane on April 4, 2005 12:04 PM:

Has there been any more talk of when or where Frankie B. will perform? I would love to be able to hear him. I saw him a while back on the KHON morning news promoting an a capella(sp?) contest and totally LOVED him.

Posted by Kamakai Kipikoa on May 24, 2005 9:20 AM:


Where is FBS? Will the
Falsetto Contest be held
this year? When? Tell us he's
well and in good shape.



Posted by Kevin Richards on July 17, 2005 3:41 PM:

drop me a line so we can get caught up--lots of new stuff!
Kevin Richards

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