Gene Schiller joined HPR in September, 1993 as a board operator. His first break came when he was asked to fill in for Music Director, Alan Bunin. Six months later he became the new host of Evening Concert, a program that runs on KHPR /KKUA /KANO from 6 to 8 p.m. on weeknights.
In 1996, Gene was invited to take over the Sunday morning classical program, Sunday Brunch, which at the time was scheduled from 10 to noon. "About three years later, I turned it into a request program," he recalls, "and soon after that it was expanded to run from 9 to noon, still in the request format."
Schiller, who continues on Sunday Brunch, now hosts Morning Cafe and Morning Concert every morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and Masterworks Hour every afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. All three are regularly scheduled local classical programs heard on KHPR, KKUA and KANO. He also hosts the occasional "Live from the Atherton" broadcasts usually scheduled for Friday afternoons.
After Alan Bunin's untimely death in March of 2001, HPR's current President and General Manager Michael Titterton named Gene to the post of Music Director.
He was born in Los Angeles, and his family moved to Hawaii in 1959 just as he entered the third grade. He's lived here ever since, attending St. Louis and then Kaimuki High School. Schiller has been in radio for 18 years. He originally joined KORL as a host for a big band show. "I come from a family of musicians," he recalls, "and I am the only member who isn't a musician, doesn't read music or play an instrument - but I've always been a good listener."