The idea for KHJ Radio came about in 1994 when Larry Fuss (now President of South Seas Broadcasting, Inc., the parent company of 93KHJ) was looking out the window of his radio station in Mississippi following a big ice storm. The streets were littered with fallen trees, broken branches and tons of ice, and the electricity had been out for over a week. Fuss thought to himself, “wouldn’t it be nice to have a radio station on a tropical island in the South Pacific?” On somewhat of a whim, Fuss immediately began researching the possibility and ran across an available frequency for a new FM Radio Station in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The FCC application was filed on November 20, 1995, and finally granted on February 13, 1998.
Fuss and his Mississippi partner, Kirk Harnack, joined with a Samoan partner, Smitty Lutu, and 93KHJ was born. The transmitting facility atop Mount Alava was constructed in November, 1999, and the station began test broadcasts at that time. On May 1, 2000, the station moved into new studio and office facilities in Pago Plaza, an office and shopping complex in downtown Pago Pago, and 93KHJ began regular programming. With it’s “American-style” pop music format, the station was an instant hit.
Occasionally, we’re asked “wasn’t there a radio station in Los Angeles named 93KHJ?” Yes, indeed there was. During the mid to late-60s and early-70s heyday of Top 40 Radio, 93KHJ (KHJ-AM 930) was the leading Top 40 station in Southern California. We choose to call our new station in Pago Pago “93KHJ” in honor of the legendary Top 40 giant.