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Farewell, Alan

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I recently heard that Alan Magnus is retiring from morning radio. He will be dearly missed. Morning radio has become what it is in Jamaica today because of this trendsetter, this pioneer, Alan Magnus.

As a toddler at four or five years of age, I became acquainted with the distinct, charming voice of Alan Magnus because my mother, who worked in a government office, would already be awake at 5 a.m., preparing for work and me, for school. It was at this age that I was informally introduced to the personality, the charm, and the charisma of this radio announcer who, at the time, seemingly owned morning radio.

He mesmerised from that time in the morning when he shouted "Good morning, Jamaica!" to 'oldies but goodies' at 6:45 a.m. when he would entertain with a hit from the past. At 6:15, he would speak about albums that were certified gold or platinum in the international music fraternity. The part of the show you couldn't listen, at home, you would hear in the taxi to work or school.

He has managed to remain current despite his age and the changes that have come about since he first started in the business. He has stood the test of time, and now that he is retiring, for me, it is bittersweet in that I am happy that he is taking his leave, going to relax, but sad because someone and something significant will be missing from morning radio.

Gary Rowe