Call said in his 17 years there was one serious incident. “We had a DJ murder one of the dancers. It was 10 years ago. The dancer was kind to him and let him move in.”
Call co-hosted the Sunday night Adventures in Paradise show, which aired on Sunday nights on 91X from 1983-85. “We were the first ones to do eclectic radio since the old KPRI underground days of the ’60s and ’70s. There’s very little radio I listen to now. I listen to KPOP because they don’t play the same songs over and over.”
A few years ago Call played classic lounge music at the Hanalei. “That ended when they remodeled.”
The big wooden record bins in the Pure Platinum DJ booth are empty — turntables and 12-inch vinyl discs were phased out by CD players starting in 1993. A mini-disc player was brought in two years ago.
“I have to pay for all my CDs. This is not a cheap job.”
“Do you know any of the dancers from ’83?”
“Yes. One of them does my taxes.”
“After 17 years is the thrill still there?”
“You mean does it affect me as a red-blooded male? Sometimes, sure.”
James Call works Sunday through Tuesday at Pure Platinum, 2431 Pacific Highway.