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Walk good, Tony Young

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM


Once again, Jamaica has lost another radio broadcast icon, with the passing of Tony “TY” Young.

Back in the ‘80S, while he hosted “The Tony Young Show”, on JBC radio, I won a radio call-in prize. On the day I went to the JBC, then, located at South Odeon Avenue, to collect my prize, I was led into the studio to meet Tony and to receive my prize. He, immediately, put me at ease, with his warm smile, easy-going, calm, disarming, friendly and humorous personality. From that point on, whenever I heard his voice on the radio, while channel surfing, whether I was driving or at home, I would, immediately leave it on that station and listen to him.

On Friday last, upon reading the newspaper about TY’s untimely death, along with his brother-in-law’s poignant account of their last meeting together, and of the illness he had been battling for some time, I was left in shock. The Saturday prior, I had listened to a portion of Tony’s afternoon programme on KLAS and, as usual, was the better for having done so.

Jamaica has lost a national treasure, with the passing of Tony “TY” Young. May his soul rest in peace.

Patrick Gallimore