Legends of the airwaves
July 2, 2012
I want to pay tribute a segment of people that should not to be forgotten. These are our radio disc jockeys who have made a significant mark in our daily lives. People like David Lopes and his milkman serenade portion of his programme, before the invention of the internet, the results of American baseball (and never forgetting to mention his beloved Atlanta Braves) scores was given to us by Mr Lopes. Many generations past and present tuned in to start their day with his country music and especially his children during Christmas season telling stories. Still going strong! How could we speak about DJs without mentioning the legendary man himself Lee Harvey! He came on first change to carry us through the midday. What a cool soothing voice. His calypso hour during the middle to late 70s and into the early years of the 80s are, to a degree still missed by those who enjoy that music genres up until this day. His Marathon Sunday work shirt was a pleasure to listen to. With the ever so present Mahogany song, recorded and performed by Diana Ross, always being a favourite of his and many who tuned in. Another one who coined a phrase that lasted the test of time, and Im back! Truly a local legend!
Others of note who have ventured overseas to broaden their horizons are Elroy RC Smith, Sturgis Griffin Jr and Chuck Welch. Mr Smith has reached heights like no other before him, and will take some doing to achieve his accomplishments or exceed it. Attaining the cherished position of Programme Director (PD) in the radio business industry. First in Dallas, then in Chicago and now in Philadelphia where hes now employed by Radio One. Another first was acclaimed worldwide by Mr Smith when world renowned R&B singer Alicia Keys gave him a shoutout at the Grammys Music Awards Show that was shown around the world. Thanking him for playing her music when others didnt. Mr Griffin worked locally here for ZFB Radio before venturing to New York where he worked for WABC Radio from 1979 to 1981. While there, Mr Griffin was part of a staff roster that included sports talk New York City legend Art Rust Jr. Not much is known of the success of Mr Welch since he left. I had a brief moment to speak with him in a cameo on air when he returned home briefly.
Now to one of my all-time favourites, the princess of the airwaves! Her selection of local artists and ensuring that Bermudians are never forgotten is admirable compared to other stations. Always promoting and encouraging locals whether it is story telling or listening to poetry. Many have complimented her for the timely selection of a particular song, a gift that she has all alone. Her on air laugh endears her to her audience, the only one that compared to that was the late Maria Benn Ible (RIP). To add to the laugh she express the joyous words as I love it, I love it! Mr Editor this is none other than Shirley Dill. All these locally born and bred Bermudians have one thing in common, they are still with us. Lets honour them with a radio broadcasting Hall of Fame recognition and show them our appreciation for the contribution they have and continue to make.
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