- Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 04:42
- Written by Caricom News Network
Jamaica's HOT 102 FM Chief Executive Officer, legendary broadcaster Ken Williams, was recently recognized for his work when he received the ‘New York Legend Award’ at the Irie Jam Radio 20th Anniversary in April of this year.
Ken Williams is known as a Caribbean Pioneer Broadcaster in America where he introduced Caribbean programmes on the local airwaves in New York, with shows on WLIB 1190 AM – where he became the first Jamaica Programme Director and Sales Manager of a commercial Radio station in New York City.
He presented top-rated programmes on WNWK 105.9, N.Y., and introduced the Caribbean music concept on WRTN/VIP 93.5 FM, which is now a major provider of Caribbean programmes in New York.
Ken Williams gets credit for significant input in breaking and promoting Reggae Music in Metro New York, and for and bringing many well known broadcasters into radio.
Ken was the proprietor of the landmark Carib New York Dinner Theatre Nightclub in New Rochelle N.Y. – home to the Miss Jamaica US Beauty Pageant which he directed for several years. He also produced and presented ‘Caribbean Way’, ‘Carib TV’, ‘Reggae in Motion’ and ‘Music In Motion’, programmes which were seen on Cable Vision and Time Warner Systems, and UHF TV Channel 68.
A graduate of Knox College, Jamaica, Mr. Williams studied Drama at HB Studios in New York, and has a BA in Media, from Fordham University New York. He is now putting the finishing touches on his first book on the American Reggae Experience.
Ken is currently a director of CVM Television and has over 25 years of experience in the Media business spanning both Radio and Television in Jamaica and USA.
He is also the CEO of HOT 102 FM. HOT 102 FM is a member of the CVM Television Group that includes CVM Television and CVM Productions.
Having evolved in the electronic media in a place which is regarded as the most advanced media market in the world, Ken Williams is often asked what it’s like to operate in Jamaica? To which he always replies:”there are challenges and opportunities, but if you like what you do, then you really never work a day in your life”.