New York: Jamaican born Eion’Dreadless Ras’ Saunders, founder of Brooklyn’s ZYNC TV/New York Linkz will be honored posthumously with the Media Achievement Award”at Irie Fashion Rave, slated for the posh Resort World Casino in Queens, New York on Sunday, April 28 starting at 6 pm.
The “Media Achievement Award” is presented annually to individuals for outstanding contribution to Caribbean media in the Diaspora and the advancement of Jamaica’s arts and culture internationally. IFR will also honor broadcaster Ken Williams and music producer Philip Smart at the same event.
Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio and co-producer of IFR who made the announcement said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the life and legacy of our dear friend Eion Saunders for his trailblazing and groundbreaking achievements in Caribbean media. Eion was a much respected and admired TV producer who went the extra mile to cover the story. He was also a devoted father and husband.”
As the producer, editor and host of Zync TV, Saunder’s covered Caribbean events for over a decade. He got his break in the industry after helping
Sean Walsh launch the popular tri-state area program Whatz Up TV on the CIN TV platform in 2004, before launching his own program ZYNC TV
on the CIN network. He moved to Tempo in 2011, producing a magazine type show called ZYNC TV/NEW YORK LINKZ. That show aired in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and throughout the Caribbean. Saunder’s also operated a successful Graphic Arts business, designing event fliers and business logos for New York’s Caribbean community.
“Eion was a staple at just about every event that Irie Jam was involved with so it is fitting that he be honored by us for his dedication and outstanding service to the community. He gave exposure and provided a platform for many Caribbean born candidates who launched a political campaign in this city” Clarke noted.
Eion passed away suddenly last December. He is survived by his wife Ceejay Saunders, four daughters, mother Lois Thompson, father Annon Saunders, sister Sandee and brother Courtney.