Tony Young leaves KLAS Radio after 10 years

Desmond Allen

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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VETERAN broadcaster Tony "TY" Young aired his last show on KLAS-Sports Radio Monday, after a decade-long stint, part of which he described as challenging, but insisted he loved working for the station.

Tony Young burst onto the airwaves in 1982 at JBC Radio North-east, now the acclaimed IRIE-FM, but gained national attention when he transferred to the main station, JBC Radio One at South Odeon Avenue in Kingston where he teamed with Marlene Stephenson-Dalley to warm up the morning radio slot.

"It was great working for KLAS and I did it for 10 years. But I have this irresistibly strong urge to pick up something which I love — radio production across a wider spectrum," Young said when reached by the Jamaica Observer. "I think now is the best time to do it."

Young said he wanted to spend a lot more time with his Tony Young Network, a production company turning out highly specialised feature programmes for radio. He said he was also considering some work in television.

Young joined the Mustard Seed-owned ROOTS-FM as founding general manager when JBC was sold in 1997 to the RJR Group. He moved to KLAS-FM in 2002 and worked as a freelance announcer before going full time in 2004 when the station changed emphasis to sports.

He signed off his last morning show — KLAS Lifestyle — last week Friday and said goodbye Monday to listeners to his Soul Force programme, an eclectic mix of gospel and love songs.

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