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August 13, 2010
HOT 97.1 ain’t so HOT

Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Editor: Radio in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is very important. Political parties use radio as a medium to get out their policies. Sometimes I wonder if we are benefiting from these talk shows? Morning radio, it’s a big thing here. {{more}}It is being said Hot 97.1 FM is the number one in terms of morning radio. The host is Chris Jones (2 Kool). There’s no doubt that they have the listenership. Do they take their listenership for granted? Their format, it’s good, but their content is lacking; they discuss nothing of importance. All you can hear is, “What does get you vex?” Imagine Chris Jones keeps saying that his show is the number one. After listening to that show, there’s a lack of information. I guess this is because he lacks knowledge. Who should we blame, Mr. Jones or Luke Boyea?

Crime and criminal activity are problems here, but there’s no contribution from Hot 97.1 to help with this problem. No wonder Commissioner Miller thinks that some radio stations create problems in terms of crime. The worrying factor for me is the degree to which Mr. Jones allows callers to abuse authority and disrespect persons who have different views. Lack of education doesn’t mean lack of common sense!

Let me remind you that radio is about consciousness, and you need to demonstrate that you are in a leadership position. You have the responsibility to build and develop a modern society. Young people are listening for guidance from you. Come on, Chris. Rise up or get out and find something else to do. WE FM 99.9 in my opinion is not far from being number one morning radio in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. My problem with Mr. Cook is that he’s too inconsistent. The content is good, but sometimes he needs to be more forceful. Don’t let Mr. Wade Williams dictate how you should run your show. If for some reason you are looking for good radio, choose National Broadcasting Co-operation (NBC) and you will be satisfied. If you are looking for information and entertainment, tune in to 104.3 Cross Country Radio Thursday from 6:30 a.m-9:00 a.m and you will find yours truly.

Kingsley Defreitas