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WVCG-AM Changes Format, Retains Caribbean Programs – Miami, Florida 01/05/06

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WVCG-AM 1080 is launching a new format on January 30 as ”The People’s Station,” part of Radio One’s black news and talk network that’s debuting on a dozen stations around the country. The station will keep its Caribbean brokers who have been a mainstay of the station for over 22 years.

“We are delighted to be a part of this new thrust,” says Eddy Edwards, producer and host of Caribbean Riddims which is aired on Saturdays from 3-6 pm. “Kudos to Radio One for retaining the Caribbean programs and realizing its value to our community.”

The station airs a solid Saturday line-up of Caribbean programs which starts at 8 a.m. with newcomer Lorna Owens hosting And The Women Gather. The hour-long program features advice to women on various topics.

Don Daly’s Conscious Rhythm is aired at 9 am and is packed with news and sports from around the Caribbean plus a bit of gospel and oldies music. Weekly guests include Ronnie Graham on Jamaica Link-up, reporting on the latest developments from Jamaica. There is always a top Caribbean businessperson on hand to analyze the latest business developments in the region.

The Caribbean Connection, hosted by Mike Andrews is aired at noon and features the best of Calypso and Soca. The beat of Carnivals wherever they are can be heard with up to date information on Caribbean Entertainment and other cultural tidbits. A weekly synopsis of news around the Caribbean is one of the popular features of the show. The program was once voted Best Caribbean program by The New Times.

Edwards’ program, Caribbean Riddims has been on the station the longest, – twenty-two years – his high-energy reggae intensive program is the place to hear the newest releases and get the latest entertainment news. An array of Guests including entertainers, community activists, entrepreneurs and government officials provide information on various topics. Features include Election Watch with attorney Marlon Hill, urging listeners to vote as well as providing updates on upcoming elections.

There is no debate about Caribbean peoples’ love of cricket. But ask who should be on the team and a hot debate ensues. These and other burning sport issues are discussed on South Florida Caribbean SportsLine, aired at 7 pm., and hosted by Leon Francis, Everad Carter and Oliver Solomon. This sports program provides in-depth analysis on Caribbean favorites such as Cricket and Track & Field. Local and International sports celebrities appear as guests. Listeners call in to debate the hosts and air their opinions.

Kervin L. Clenance, a native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, is the new vice president and general manager of WVCG, popular South Florida radio personality James Thomas, better known as James T., is the program director and will serve as the station’s local morning anchor. Ian Hamilton, a Jamaican and former sales representative from WHQT-FM 105 has been appointed general sales manager.

Contact – Eddy Edwards of Caribbean Riddims at 305-891-1242 or Don Daly of CRI Communications at 305-255-9990

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