THE GODFATHER

WEEKDAYS 6a.m – 10a.m

I am a BBC trained broadcaster with over 40 years in all facets of the radio and television industry. My career has spanned morning radio, drive time radio outside broadcasting, documentaries, production, sales, marketing, news and current affairs. 

In television I have anchored television news, outside broadcasts, special events, entertainment shows and current affairs for 22 years.

At age 29 I was appointed to manage CBC radio and a few years later took on the challenge of managing both radio and television.

While at the CBC, I conceptualised and implemented what was then the number 1 radio station in Barbados, Liberty 98.1FM

I also had responsibility for the implementation of what was at the time the only local cable television network system in Barbados.

I joined what was then Barbados Rediffusion Service Ltd in 1987 first as Deputy General Manager responsible for sales marketing and business development, in 1989 became General Manager and subsequently Managing Director and CEO I was later invited to join the parent board of the Nation Corporation.

During my tenure at the company we created three new radio stations and introduced DIRECTV to Barbados. We also repositioned the company and re_branded it as STARCOM Network Inc.  Part of that repositioning included the closure of Star Radio Cable which had been the lynchpin of the company since 1935. This included the removal of a network of over 600 miles of cable.

Our 4 radio stations at present occupied the top 4 positions in the Barbados market and have never relinquished the top two positions during my over 25 years as CEO.

During my tenure at STARCOM Network Inc the company moved from a dismal financial position to one of sustained growth and stability.

In 2006 our parent group the Nation Corporation merged with CCN Trinidad to create the Caribbean’s largest media company,One Caribbean Media Ltd, or OCM  and I was appointed as CEO of the OCM Network. 

In 2007 I created for our group the first pan Caribbean Network, OCM Network, operating and managing stations in seven different countries. In the process I created the first pan Caribbean radio station the CSS, Caribbean Super Station.

OTHER INTERESTS

I am the longest serving president of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the umbrella organisation for all radio and television stations in the Caribbean including the Dutch, French countries and Cuba. I was elected unopposed for 20 years.

I was the first chairman of the Caribbean Media Corporation, CMC, the commercial arm of the CBU.  

In August 2004 I was inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s Hall of Fame.

UNESCO consultant on broadcasting in the Caribbean 1991/92;

Member committee of experts of UN agency WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organisation, 1995 to present;

I was Chairman from 1994 until closure in 2000 of the state owned Barbados Tourism Investment Corporation, a highly successful state corporation. 

This corporation was subsequently broken up into four entities as follows;

First chairman Needhams Point Development Corporation which owns and operates the Hilton hotel.

First chairman Barbados Conference Services Ltd;

First Chairman Barbados Tourism Investment Inc;.

It was also my vision to redevelop a bankrupt Golf course which was part of the portfolio of the Barbados Tourism Investment Corporation. Today the course is a success and remains Barbados’ only public golf course. I am the chairman of this company.

Currently I write, produce and present the most listened to radio show in Barbados the Market Vendor and write a column for the Nation newspaper.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

I have been a Rotarian since 1985 and have held several positions in the Club, including Country Service Director, Club Service Director, Sargeant_At_Arms.

I was President in the year 2000.  My project for the year was a country wide educational project sensitising Barbadians to the importance of the Environment and recycling.  It involved use of mass media, the Ministry of Education and both primary and secondary schools.

In 2004 I was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club.

In September 2004 I conceptualized a Radiothon called “Help Grenada”.  This effort raised over BDS$1.3M for the people of Grenada.

I also did a similar thing when the earthquake devasted Haiti and raised $1.2 M B’dos  which was put into a Haiti relief fund run by the parent company, OCM.

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