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Radio Pioneer And Promoter Tom Moffatt Dies

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CelebrityAccess) — Hawaiian disc jockey and concert promoter Tom Moffatt died on December 14th at the age of 85.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Barb Saito, operations manager and vice president of Tom Moffatt Productions, confirmed Moffatt's death after several months of poor health.

A Detroit native, Moffatt moved to Hawaii in 1950 and enrolled in the University of Hawaii, before landing a career in radio.

While working at jazz station KIKI, Moffatt became the first broadcast DJ to focus on the new sound of rock n' roll, helping to define what would become top 40 radio.

Moffatt also became involved in concert promotion, starting with musical reviews and moving on to major concerts by artists such as the Eagles and Michael Jackson.

As well, Moffatt played a key role in the Hawaiian recording industry, helping to lead two record labels — Paradise and Bluewater — which recorded artists such as the Kasuals, The Krush, and Ledward Kaapana.

Moffatt stayed active well into his 80s and continued to broadcast with a Nostalgia-oriented Saturday morning show on Kool Gold 107.

Moffatt is survived by his wife, Esther, his son Troy and a brother and sister, the Star-Advertiser said. – Staff Writer