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BARRY G: THE KING OF THE JAMAICAN AIRWAVES!

By Richard Johnson—-

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“The consummate professional.” That is how Dennis Howard, general manager for radio services at the RJR Communications Group describes broadcaster, “Barry G”.

For Howard, Barry G remains at the forefront of Jamaican consciousness due to a professional attitude to his job.

“Barry has managed to remain where he is due to his understanding of radio and the Jamaican culture. He has remained consistent, not deviating from good, sound broadcasting practices, and just by being a professional. Young people who want to enter into the business and those already in broadcasting can take a page from Barry’s book on how to be at the top of your game and for years, by being professional,” said Howard.

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Barry G

Barrington “Barry G” Gordon, started his career in 1975 at the now-defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. He graduated from producing vox pop features to hosting the evening program, Turntable Time. His popularity grew even further and saw him take on the coveted afternoon slot. By 1987, Barry G was at the top of his game. In one of the greatest radio-land coups, RJR lured him and secured his services.

It was at RJR that his infectious nature and popularity peaked, and he secured the enviable status of having one million listeners.

Since RJR, he has done stints at Power 106, Hot 102 and Klas FM. He now sits firmly in the afternoon slot on Mello FM, a Montego Bay-based radio station.

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He maintains a number of the features and jingles from 30 years ago, and still has faithful listeners.

Barry G’s appeal in the early years was his ability to engage audiences with popular music of the day. What became known as dancehall music owes a debt of gratitude to him.

For his services to broadcasting, Barry G was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer in 2010. In a post-ceremony interview, he said he hoped his success would motivate those yet to be discovered.

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