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Living legends of radio celebrate 25 years together

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Kathy and Steven Ogata Kathy and Steven Ogata

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- You may have heard their distinct voices over the airwaves on Oahu's top-rated morning show.

KSSK radio's Michael W. Perry and Larry Price celebrated a milestone Saturday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

For 25 years now, they've stood side by side in the same spot.

"It's the very first thing we said on the air," Perry said. "It's the way we were standing. I was on the left, he was on the right."

From those first days together, Perry and Price have remained a favorite of Oahu's listeners.

"We try to give them what they want," Perry said. "If it's serious, we'll talk serious, if they want us to be silly, we'll do that."

"We like to it it fun, our audience is what makes us what we are," Price said. "They like to have fun, we like to have fun, it's a good marriage that way."

A marriage that's attracted many celebrities and leaders across the state to their 25th anniversary show. The show included appearances by Governor Linda Lingle, Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann, The Brothers Cazimero and Frank DeLima among others.

"Through it all, you have demonstrated strength of character and purpose while carrying yourselves with dignity and respect," Lingle said. "I didn't write that part."

Throughout the years, Perry and Price have endured the good and the bad that comes with the job.

"He's still talking to me and the people are still coming, it's all very surprising and grateful, most marriages don't last 25 years, so this is pretty remarkable I guess we'll do this every 25," Perry said.

Their loyal listeners don't seem to mind another 25 either.

"We've been to all of their events, if Perry and Price has an event, we're definitely there," Loyal listener Steven Ogata said. "In one of the vegas trips, they invited us to sit with them for breakfast and that was amazing, we thought that there's no way that just two listeners would be able to go backstage and have breakfast with them."

A special connection with listeners and the people they work with.

"I've been in the broadcasting business for almost 40 years and these two guys are the most professional, most dedicated team I've ever worked with, KSSK general manager Chuck Cotton said. "The thing about Mike and Larry is that they genuinely care about their listeners and their audience."

With a quarter of a century now behind them, both Perry and Price say don't be surprised if you see them still together at their 50th anniversary celebration.

"You can mark it on your calendar okay," Perry said. "25 years from now, we'll be here."

"Yeah, we're not going anywhere, we're going to renew our vows as a matter of fact," Price said.

With Perry on the left and Price on the right, some say Oahu's radio airwaves can't go wrong.

"This is what we do, as a matter of fact, he's actually multi-talented, I can't do anything else," Perry said.

Event coordinators estimated that a little more than 1,000 people attended the show.

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