Reggae Sumfest 2018

Jamaican-born broadcaster Conroy Allison celebrates 35 years in radio

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The radio landscape has changed drastically with the advent of Internet and brokered radio stations in the Diaspora. This has led to an erosion in the quality of many of the presenters. In the 80's it was a much different situation when it was about creativity and quality presentation.

"If you ask me, New York's best Caribbean radio was presented in the 80's and 90's" said Jamaican born, NY broadcaster Conroy Allison, who is celebrating 35 years the industry.

Allison began his stint on radio in 1973 at Fordham University's WVUV-FM.

"WFUV was a great learning experience, lots of fun. I then moved on to WLIB-AM, which would become the Caribbean's first powerhouse station in New York," he said of his upward mobility in radio.

"All of my 22 years at WLIB and WBLS-FM were spent in the marketing department. I enjoyed the challenge of advertising sales and apparently, did it very well." said Allison.

Allison's voice has not just connected with Jamaicans but has reached Trinidadians, Barbadians, Guyanese, Antiguans, and African Americans. With marketing in his blood, Allison combined his love of both worlds - radio and promotions. He threw a party in Brooklyn in 1981 with star attraction Winston 'Merritone' Blake. The event was a resounding success. This started a business relationship between Allison and Blake that lasted until his passing this year.

Reflecting on the relationship with Blake, Allison said, "Over time, I developed a healthy respect for Winston's ability to entertain, his work ethic and his absolute commitment to his craft. While his passing leaves a void impossible to fill, the Merritone Fun Day will continue; I'll be working closely with his brothers, Monte and Trevor."

Prior to the 2016 Merritone Family Fun Day, Allison will celebrate his 35th anniversary on radio.

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