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Pieces of TV history auctioned off at KGMB building

Nick Carter Nick Carter
Victor Amiel Victor Amiel

By Terry Hunter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The former home of KGMB on Kapiolani Boulevard opened its doors for an auction Saturday morning, and many people stopped by to see if they could buy a piece of history. For others, it was a chance to see former colleagues and friends.

It was "last call" for everything left inside the iconic building, but it was mostly memories the crowd came for. Old photographs sold especially well. Many saw the occasion as maybe their last chance to see inside the station they grew up with.

Nick Carter worked in production at the station for more than three decades. "The only thing sadder for me will be when the bulldozer hits the building," he said. "It's the end of an era. I walk around. I see a bunch of electronic typewriters on a rack and one of them is probably mine because I held onto them long after computers came in."

As a boy, Jim Manke sometimes hung out here after school. He liked watching the crews at work and being part of audience participation shows. Years later he became the station's news director. Today, he's going to have one last walk through. "Eighty percent of me is more curious about who shows up," Manke says, "because those were good times; those were good people who we worked with and I'm kind of looking forward to a mini reunion of sorts."

Nick Carter adds: "Right now I can walk through the crowd and see six, seven people who worked here and were proud of it and are happy to see each other once more. So KGMB will live on; it's not just the physical building, but this was my home for 35 years and just a lot of memories."

The best values of the auction were in office furniture, but most of it went unsold. This was a nostalgic rather than a practical minded crowd. It was fond memories not desks and shelving they were after.

And yet most see the changes as inevitable.

Victor Amiel worked at the station in the late 1950's when commercials were done live. "When you get to my age, your realize things are not going to stay the same," he says. "And when you stop and look at the properties on Kapiolani Boulevard, there's no reason for this to stay. This property's worth too much money to have a station on it."

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