In anticipation of the full slate of activities that will abound in 2012 as Jamaicans in the Diaspora celebrate our nation’s 50th anniversary since independence, Dave Rodney, Media Marketer of IMAGES Media LLC said his company will re-brand the company’s syndicated radio series – The NYC E-Report – which is currently heard on stations in Ontario, Canada, South Florida and New Jersey with a new name for 2012. The series will also be picked up in markets that are not currently served.
“2012 will be an extremely important year for Jamaicans in the Diaspora as we focus on the achievements of our people and country” Rodney said.
“With this is mind, we decided to change the name of the radio series to ‘Jamaica 50 – the E-Report’ to pay homage to the 50th anniversary of Jamaica. We added WWWE 1100 AM, Island Blend Radio, the loudest voice to Caribbean nationals in Atlanta. With the expansion of Caribbean programming on WWWE to six days per week, it made sense to have them on board.”
The series will also be syndicated on Touch 106.1 FM in Boston, Massachusetts and Music of Class (MOC) Radio Urban Network – the Internet’s premiere choice in urban culture. For over five years, MOC Radio has reigned as an alternative to conventional programming featuring an array of ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Old School, Slow Jamz, House, Gospel, and Underground music.
“We have also expanded the feature on ‘The Saturday Show’ on WAVS, 1170 AM in Florida from 5 – 20 minutes. This will give us time to conduct interviews and address happenings at home and in the Diaspora for the year long Jamaica 50 celebrations in 2012” Rodney said.
The new season kicked off at the start of Black History Month on Saturday, February 4th and will continue for the remainder of 2012. The full slate of participating stations to carry the feature includes Sound 100.3 FM, Twin-cities, Ontario, Canada (Mondays, DJ Cool); WAVS, 1170 AM, South Florida (Tuesdays, Mikey B); HOT 102 FM, Jamaica (Fridays, Richie B); WWWE Radio, 1100 AM, Atlanta (Saturdays, Lou Brown); Rewind Radio, New Jersey (Saturdays, Garfied); WAVS, 1170 AM, South Florida (Saturdays, Captain Kirk); Touch 106.1 FM, Boston (Saturdays, Sandy Daley) and the MOC radio urban network (www.mocradio.com) on Saturdays.
The ‘Jamaica 50 – E-Report’ will be presented by award winning ‘entertainment guru’ Anthony Turner, who brings to the table over 20 years expertise in the entertainment arena. Anthony recently won the ‘Journalist of the Year Award’ in New York for 2011. He was honored with a proclamation by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano during Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2011 and was the recipient of a ‘Community Service Award’ by the Ardenne Alumni Association, NY chapter for his efforts to promote Jamaica and it’s culture in the Diaspora. Since 1997, he has hosted a syndicated entertainment feature on radio stations in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Florida, North Carolina, Toronto & Jamaica. He is an entertainment consultant and a regular contributor to the Weekly Gleaner & Star publications in North America.
“I am extremely excited about the new season which will kick off soon” Turner disclosed.
“We are taking a fresh approach to the radio feature in an attempt to provide an exciting platform for the pride and euphoria that will explode as Jamaicans in the Diaspora celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and beyond” he said.