Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Jamaica Music Countdown Chart Wiz and Veteran Radio Broadcaster Joins Link Up Radio New York

#NIPnews: Veteran Radio Broadcaster Richie B, who is best known across the global Reggae music industry as the man whose responsible for compiling the Jamaica Music Countdown chart and  Radio host at Jamaica's Hot 102 FM in Kingston has officially joined the airwaves of Link Up Radio WVIP 93.5FM New York, where he will host the early morning show from 6a.m. - 10:ooam.  Read press release by Saige PR for Link Up Radio:-


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Veteran Broadcaster Richard “Richie B” Burgess to Join
The LinkUp Media Family through March 1st

New York, NY / February 15, 2013 - Iconic Jamaican broadcasterRichard “Richie B” Burgess will be joining the airwaves of LinkUp Radio WVIP 93.5FM starting Friday, February 15, 2013. He will be hosting the early morning show from 6:00am-10:00am Monday through Friday for the next two weeks.

Richie B is a longstanding broadcaster with over 25 years’ experience, who was once honored by the Reggae Music Achievement Awards as Canada's greatest reggae talents and ranks among the most popular radio hosts in Jamaica. Richie has made numerous appearances at major events such as Reggae Sumfest and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

Richie’s unique talent was discovered while he voiced commercials in the studio at RJR in Jamaica. Radio heads including Holford Plummer who heard the young Burgess perform, were noticeably impressed with the quality and resonance of his voice and formal training began immediately.

Richard’s first radio stint was hosting the Pre-Dawn Country Turn On at 1:00am-5:00am a.m. on Thursdays; he later got an additional show on Friday’s called Friday Frolic. His third year in radio saw him doing the High Energy Master Mix on a Saturday, where he was dubbed by then Program Director, Don Topping as ‘The Party Master.’ This became Ritchie B’s catapult, launching him in the limelight as a force to be reckoned with.

He started broadcasting during primetime afternoon slot in 1992, when RJR offered him a show ‘The Beat.”  Richie B used this platform to further solidify his spot in the world of radio both domestically and overseas.  He hosted his show on RJR until 2003 when he then joined the team over at Hot 102 FM. There, he created “The Hot Mix” where he remained until his departure from Hot 102 in early 2013. This show was rated as one of the top afternoon shows on Jamaican radio with a wide range of listeners.


David “Squeeze” Annakie, CEO of Linkup Media Group of Companies says, “This latest move is one in which, yet another person of Caribbean heritage will be able to impart and interact with the Caribbean-American audience the station caters to.” Mr. Annakie also stated, “The listeners always come first.”

The Linkup Media Group of Companies, a flagship corporation of powerful entertainment groups, premium health products and life improvement operations, own LlnkUp Radio. The company caters to multicultural communities globally, with headquarters located in the heart of the financial district in New York City.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Michael Dawkins - Moving Against the Odds

When Michael Dawkins formerly Mickey D, Reggae Recording artiste at independent label, Big Scope Recordsdecided to re-introduce himself to the Jamaican and Reggae music audience across the world, he could not decipher how his music would reach specific audiences with all the noise and wonderful digital tools that makes it difficult to get noticed.

Having taken a break to pursue other personal goals, Michael Dawkins had to contemplate a good strategy to relaunch himself in a fragmented market place where it's incredibly difficult to reach mass audience.  He aimed at creating a buzz in Jamaica that would hopefully spread across other regions. Two months into his campaign, Michael's 'He Ain't Heavy' single hit Jamaica's Irie FM, Hitz 92 FM, FAME FM, Hot 102 FM, ZIP 103 FM, Vybz FM, Roots FM and Linkz FM radios as well as spread across the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Italy, Sydney Australia, Kapala Uganda, Accra Ghana and Nirobi Kenya.  

Encouraged
The singer has never felt more reassured about the decision he took, "I never doubted my music or how it will be perceived but with the new digital tools and all that it takes to get noticed these days I had concerns."  New projects have also been generated from the campaign.  Soon, Michael will see a track he recorded on the Angel Wings riddim that features popular Reggae/Dancehall artistes Gyptian, Pressure, Junior Kelly, Natural Blacks, Ginja, Shaka Pow and Thugsy Malone, released on Jamaican radio, this track is called, 'Hope.' 

'He Ain't Heavy'  is a cover version of an original track entitled, He Ain't HeavyHe's My Brother, that was written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell and recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969 then re-recorded by the group, The Hollies back in the seventies and became a worldwide hit.  Michael Dawkins admit that he is, "inspired to do good solid music..," people can relate to positively.  He said one of his greatest aspiration is to contribute to world peace and give back to society from which his expectation is to see, "people take heed to the message and play their part in making this world a better place."

Personal Achievement and Motivation When asked what would have been his greatest achievement to date Michael's response was, "Some of my greatest achievements in the music business are topping the New York WLIB chart with my first release in 1988 titled, 'Don't Give Me No Crack.' The release of a song called Wisdom in 1994 that became a theme song on WHCR in New York that is still being played.  The release of yet another track titled, Hold Up Ya Hand that made the Top 40 chart in Bulgaria among Michael Jackson's, Madonna's, Mick Jagger's and Mary J. Blidge's strong presence on the chart and performing for the Civil Right organisation NAACP," he said.

Michael  Dawkins' He Aint Heavy single made Holland's Top 10 chart and recently won a play off competition on Roots FM Jamaica.  What motivates this artiste to move against the odds? "the children motivates me to help make this world a better place because they are the future," he said.

by: Sophia McKay


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