Today, I was very happy to once again hear the radio programme, At Your Service, on Nationwide Radio - a signal that Nationwide Radio is returning to common-sense programming.
I say common sense, as Nationwide seems to have forgotten who its core audience is... people who want to listen to unbiased radio commentary, and who aren't necessarily turned on by adult material (in a time slot for children), on radio.
(At Your Service is hosted by Vernon Derby and is aired at 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
It allows Jamaicans to air grouses they have with utility companies and also air other community concerns, whilst allowing relevant government agencies to address these concerns).
Nationwide has been forced to reorganize its programming with the exodus of the infamous Dr. Kingsley "Ragashanti" Stewart, who was last month booted from the airwaves by the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica.
The Commission acceded to pleas by listeners to change Ragashanti's time slot (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m), since his programme was considered unfit for airplay at a time-slot when children would most likely tune in.
Nationwide initially resisted, after complaining that they weren't given enough notice to re-organize themselves without Ragashanti, but eventually had to give in to the Broadcasting Commission's demands.
Layers of Soul, a cabaret-like Musical programme that will feature famous Jamaican artistes, made its debut on Television Jamaica last night, with Queen Ifrica.
It was great to see and listen to 1.5 hours of real Roots Rock Reggae on Jamaican television:
So often we are bombarded with the jarring sounds of the negative aspects of Dancehall music, that seem to get preferred air play....
...It was refreshing to hear the soothing sounds of Queen Ifrica's songs from her 3 albums.
Just what was needed to help create great entertainment on Jamaican television.
1) Nationwide Radio's "At Your Service", April 11,2011, 11:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2) Television Jamaica's "Layers of Soul", April 10,2011, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
3) Article,"Nationwide hits back against Ragashanti ban", via JamaicaObserver.com, March 17,2011
4) Article, "Ragashanti kicked off Radio; 18 Strikes against Nationwide",via ChattyChatty.com, March 14,2011