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Wilmot Perkins is dead

Friday, February 10, 2012 | 6:00 AM    

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VETERAN journalist Wilmot ‘Motty’ Perkins died peacefully at his home shortly after 1 o’clock this morning, Power 106 radio reported a short while ago.

Perkins, who had been ailing for a short while, hosted his own talk show — Perkins On Line — on the station since April 2002.

Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most incisive journalists, Perkins started his career in journalism as a reporter at The Gleaner.

In the early 1960's few years later he took a short break from the airwaves and went into farming.

He returned to radio in the 1970s, hosting the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation’s (JBC’s) popular call-in programme Public Eye. He later hosted Hot Line on RJR and then Straight Talk on KLAS FM 89, before hosting Perkins On Line on Hot 102 FM.

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