Yi Gyum to the rescue

KBFD celebrates its 31st anniversary this Friday. Chairman and founder Mr. Kea Sung Chung, 83, started his venture in TV back in 1976 by leasing 30 minutes every Saturday morning on station KIKU now called KHNL, broadcasting KBS national news in black and white, providing the only news source from South Korea in Hawaii. KHNL was called KIKU prior to 1984.

It is not to be confused with KIKU channel today, which was called KHAI prior to 1993.

Locally owned and operated, KBFD started in 1986 under tremendous odds and we survived month to month. I felt like quitting so many times but my father kept the course, never swaying despite hardships. I started as a cameraman in 1986 while also acting as master control operator (playing videotapes on air) at nights. The most humbling experience was covering a news event at the governor’s office.

We couldn’t afford a broadcast camera which weighed 40-60 lbs. and was so heavy you needed a tripod and separate battery belt to power everything. I was the rookie in the room filled with reporters, cameramen, sound and lighting techs jockeying for the best angle. I was holding a consumer home video camera on my shoulder with an extra battery pack in my pocket.

Guys would look at me as if I didn’t belong there, holding inferior equipment, and subtly shoved me here and there. I stood my ground and took the news as my hand shook from holding the camera on my shoulder so long. I learned not to zoom in from a distance unless you have a tripod and vowed to bring KBFD to compete with local networks that day. It was the primary reason I pushed to transition KBFD to High Definition.

Upcoming episodes:

‘Perfect Bride’

Episodes 37 & 38

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Gab-dol gets ready to move out with Gab-soon. They inform their parents of their intention to move in together. Wanting to get back together with Jae-soon, Jeon tries to ruin Geum-shik and Jae-soon’s relationship.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Joong-nyun and Nae-shim are upset at seeing Gab-dol and Gab-soon’s new place. They decide to bless Gab-dol and Gab-soon’s marriage, and tell Ki-ja they will have them married. Jeon blames Jae-soon and Geum-shik for not raising Ddol right, and tells Jae-soon he’ll take custody of Ddol.

‘Innocent Defendant’

Episodes 10 & 11

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Joon-hyuk is confused at seeing Ha-yun on the surveillance video footage. Chul-shik informs Jung-woo of a way to pass the 7 gates in the prison. Yun-hee is visited by a detective named Jennifer Lee.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-woo plans to escape the hospital with Ha-yun and Sung-gyu. At the same time, Min-ho is madly searching for Jung-woo. Jung-woo, realizing it’d be hard for all three to escape together, tells Ha-yun and Sung-gyu to split up and meet at the parking lot.

‘Saimdang, Memoir of Colors’

Episodes 11 & 12

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Yi Gyum comes to the rescue when Saimdang is harassed by goons sent by Whieumdang. Saimdang is shocked when Pal-bong, a survivor of the Woonpyungsa incident, tells her the massacre was pre-meditated. Yi Gyum finds out King Joong-jong’s poem gave rise to the massacre.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Upon discovering what really happened in the past, Yi Gyum embraces Saimdang and apologizes while breaking down in tears. Using a sample paper left by her father, Saimdang embarks on producing the paper. Whieumdang hires Man-deuk to set up a trap to put Saimdang in trouble.

‘Happy Home’

Episode 40 & 41

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Hyun-ki regains consciousness. He asks Ji-gun how long he has to live. Sam-bong tells Hae-ryung and Ji-gun to get married within a month. Ho-jae confronts Man-ho, asking for his son.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Hae-ryung thanks Ji-gun for coming into her life. Sook-nyo tells Hyun-ki about Hae-ryung’s wedding. Hyun-ki promises to move out before then. Min-jung realizes she’s pregnant.


Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or jeffchung@kbfd.com.


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