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Big Island radio personality "Mynah Bird" dies at 72

Melvin "Mynah Bird" Medeiros Melvin "Mynah Bird" Medeiros
Melvin "Mynah Bird" Medeiros (botom right) Melvin "Mynah Bird" Medeiros (botom right)
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Melvin "Mynah Bird" Medeiros was the iconic voice of Big Island radio for more than 50 years.

He died Thursday in California of a pulmonary illness.

Medeiros' "talk story" style of mixing news and commentary made him a fixture on KHBC, KPUA & KIPA.

Medeiros spent much of his career as the morning drive personality at KPUA.

His career took a controversial turn in 1990 when he pleaded no contest to attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old boy. He outraged many by returning to the airwaves after serving only one month of a one-year sentence.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Medeiros was 72.

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