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HAWAII WANTS TO GET IN THE GAME

ABC's affiliate in Honolulu is miffed that Regis Philbin can't make its viewers millionaires.

Philbin is host of ABC's new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," the prime-time quiz show that was one of the most popular television programs of this summer.

KITV General Manager Michael Rosenberg is upset that the show's producers limit prospective contestants to residents of the 48 contiguous states.

He said those who qualify are expected to be in New York the following day for the show's taping. The procedure leaves Hawaii and Alaska residents out in the cold.

"Around the station here, we referred to the show as 'You Can't Become a Millionaire,' " Rosenberg said Sunday.

Susan Sewell, the show's publicist, said that's just the way the show was set up.

"I think it's just an issue of trying to get people from Honolulu to New York in the time limit," Ms. Sewell said. "That's kind of a key thing there."

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