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Richard C. "Chuck" Bergson
President and CEO

CHUCK BERGSON, age 45, is currently serving as Director, President and CEO of Pacific Radio Group, Inc. (PRG) and has done so since March of 1990. PRG currently owns and operates 14 radio stations. KPOA FM, KLHI FM, KNUI AM/FM and KMVI AM/FM on Maui, and 4 stations in Hilo and 4 in Kona Hawaii. Bergson also serves as Director and President of Island Airwaves, Inc. Island Airwaves principle business is the development of communications sites commonly known as “antenna farms”, where telecommunications companies lease space to hang their antennas and house their transmitting equipment.

Chuck began his career in broadcasting with The American Broadcasting Company (ABC-TV), New York, NY. in 1983 as an Associate Account Executive in Affiliate Relations. In 1985 he accepted a position as an Account Executive with Retlaw Broadcasting, KMST-TV a CBS affiliate, Monterey, California. In 1987, he was awarded the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) “Entrepreneur” of the Year Award and was promoted to Sales Manager where he remained until his move to Maui in March of 1990.

Chuck, an active member of the Maui Community currently serves as a Past President for the Rotary Club of Lahaina, Director for the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Director for Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Director for the Pacific Cancer Foundation and Trustee for the Maui Preparatory Academy and as an advisor to numerous other community groups.

Chuck is married to Gail and has 2 children Danielle (6) and Rachel (4).

L E "Eddie" Johnson Jr.
Chairman of the Board and CFO

Eddie received his B.S. in Business Administration from Fresno State University in 1968. He was voted outstanding student in the field of Insurance. Eddie passed his NASD broker dealer exam in 1969 to become a registered representative while also passing the Property and Casualty and life insurance exams. In 1970 Eddie formed an independent investment group to form Monterey Bay Area Media, Inc of which he was President. He also put KLRB-FM on the air for Monterey Peninsula and operated profitably for over six year until it sold in 1977 earning a 500%+ return on investment for the original investors.

In 1977 Eddie formed Carmel Food and Beverage, Inc., and became President in 1981. It has operated profitably for 24 years and now has a second restaurant (Club Jalapeno) in addition to the original “The Fabulous Toots Lagoon”.

In 1983 Eddie headed an investment group which acquired Lahaina Broadcasting Co. which was vying for a new FM license for Lahaina, Maui. This group successfully put KPOA-FM on air in 1984, acquired KLHI-FM in 1994, and then acquired KMVI-AM/FM and KNUI-AM/FM from Maui Radio Group creating a dominant broadcasting company in the Maui Market. Lahaina Broadcasting Co. then changed its name to Pacific Radio Group.

In 1996 he formed Island Airwaves Corporation with Robert Van Dine and Chuck Bergson to lease land on Ulupalakua and secure permits to construct a premier tower facility for the Maui market which operates profitably with several tenants.

Robert "Bob" Van Dine

Robert Van Dine is Chairman of Black Rock International, a company which provides marketing and business consultation and management services, primarily to closely held companies. He currently serves a Vice Chairman and Director of Pacific Radio Group. He is a principal in Island Airwaves, which is engaged in ownership, operations and development of wireless broadcasting communication sites in the Hawaiian Islands.

Mr. Van Dine co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of St. Ives Laboratories Corporation from 1982 to 1987. After the company went public, he became Vice-Chairman of the Board. He was a founder and Chairman of Malaga Bank (1985-1990); co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mill Creek Natural Products (1977-82).

Mr. Van Dine serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. He is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; a Knight Commander with Star in the Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulcher; a member of the Order of St. Hubertus and the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.

Among his many civic and community responsibilities, he has served as Honorary Consul-General of Singapore for California from 1999 to 2004; a Trustee for the Archbishop's Education Foundation; and was appointed by George H. Bush to serve on the President's Senior Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).

He is married to his wife, Mary Beth of 38 years; they have two children and four grandchildren. They reside in California, Hawaii and Colorado.