Every picture is worth a thousand words. And for each photograph hung on his office wall, Rick Blangiardi has a story to tell.
“I don’t have room for all my pictures,” he said as he motions toward the black-and-white photographs of his coaching days for the University of Hawaii football team.
A man with a thousand stories to tell, Blangiardi has helped tell some of Hawaii’s biggest and most important stories over his 41 years in broadcasting and television. As the general manager of Hawaii News Now, Blangiardi has overseen the station’s transition into the digital landscape to become a leader in breaking news throughout the state.
And now, Blangiardi’s years of commitment to Hawaii has earned him a spot in the 36th class of the Hawaii Sports Circle of Honor.
Blangiardi explained how he had a gameplan to transition into the world of 21st century storytelling, how he strategizes with other leaders in the newsroom to make Hawaii News Now the state’s source for what’s happening now.
Those leadership qualities didn’t just come to Blangiardi as a television executive, however.
A former player and assistant coach for the Rainbow Warriors in the 60s and 70s, Blangiardi’s wealth of leadership experience has trained him to be a leading figure - whether he was on the sidelines or in the conference room.
Blangiardi was a two-year letterman for the Rainbow Warrior football team (1965-66) and went on to coach under head coaches Dave Holmes and Larry Price from 1972-76. Blangiardi was the associate head coach under Price in addition to his duties as defensive coordinator.
After stepping away from the sidelines and into the world of broadcasting, Blangiardi has left his mark on the way Hawaii news and sports has evolved and thrived in the digital landscape.
Blangiardi began his broadcast career in 1977 and went on to rebrand the KIKU television station into KHNL. Now the general manager of Hawaii News Now, He said that forming this digital presence on television and online is one of the proudest moments of his life.
The Class of 2018 will be officially enshrined during Homecoming weekend on Sept. 22 when the Warriors take on Duquesne and at the second annual Green & White Celebration, Sept. 23 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
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