I did post yesterday for folks to listen in to Luther Brown’s show, Caribbean Crucible on CHRY 105.5fm to show some support for a man who has had 26 years on radio, playing reggae music each and every Sunday, yet based on certain decisions or moves, the station has changed its programming to cut all shows from 3 hours to 2 hours.
Coming in at the back end of a situation, all I heard was that Luther’s show has been cut from 3 to 2 hours and for a fan or lay person, I felt the need to immediately defend a man who has sacrificed and volunteered his life to playing reggae music for us appreciative fans.
Through further conversation with Carrie Mullings and other members of the CHRY team, it has come to my attention that these moves are 4 (four) years in the making and that all shows have been cut down from form 3 to 2 hours and that veterans such as Luther’s show is now seeing these changes coming into effect.
While searching for some “truth” I have found that since these changes started, the shows being cut have increased the amount of reggae programming on the station as more shows have been added and that the listenership has increased from 300,000 to about 1.3 million listeners.
As fans, we tend to blindly support who we like, love or follow and in my case I am no different. I felt the need to ‘protect’ reggae music hence to ‘protect’ Luther Brown based on his length of service and for the upstanding individual that he is and has portrayed for many years hence I request many of you to listen in and to show that support.
It is not my intention to disrespect the hard working people at CHRY 105.5fm who have brought Luther and several reggae shows as well as hundreds of hours of reggae programming through other worthy volunteers such as Natty B and Bigga, Richard Banton, Carrie Mullings, the late Delroy Sterling, Sir B and many other reggae programs as well as the diversity of other cultures, spoken word, alternative programming that is unique to community radio that many of us miss CKLN 88.1fm to this very day.
We are never aware of how fleeting a thing can be until it is gone.
I do not know the entire story or the politics involved. I am a fan of reggae music, Luther Brown as well as CHRY 105.5fm as well as the format of community radio and one of the best run community radio stations in Ontario. I intend to continue my support for the station as well as for Mr. Luther Brown...