A new year has brought some changes to local television.
> The past Friday was Mike Cherry’s last day as the head sports guy at Hawaii News Now. He joins KITV’s morning show, with his first appearance set for the end of this month. It appears rising star Mark Carpenter will be handling all of HNN’s sports segments until another sports person is hired.
> Kanoa Leahey will be spending the next several Wednesdays on the mainland as play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s telecasts of Pac-12 games. His assignment is expected to put the critically acclaimed “Leahey & Leahey” show, which airs Wednesday nights on PBS, on hiatus for at least a few weeks.