IF your stereos weren't tuned to Love FM last Friday evening, then you would have missed out on something big.
It was the 101st live broadcast of the popular youth show Engage on Love FM.
The show started off with a musically mixed track which made way for main presenter Kalando Wilmot.
"I'm ready to kick start your weekend! One hundred and one episodes... and counting!"
These words already were the push start to a great hour.
The story of how Engage grew from a concept to a successful youth radio programme is a study in collaboration and connection with roots in radio, youth media and new technologies.
Heard on Friday evenings, the hour-long youth radio show provides an entertainment platform where young Christians between the ages of 13 and 35 can discuss issues that affect them, connecting them with the music, lifestyle and entertainment that interest them.
As producer for the show Shane Bennett puts it, "the show is filled with high energy, high impact and crazy fun with real substance. It is like MTV meets Jesus and then put on radio".
Since the show started in November 2010, it has featured the latest in the Caribbean gospel music industry — from breaking news to album launches, tours, events, plays, movies, album reviews, new releases and world premieres. Last Friday evening was no different, as Engage premiered the new single Cover Me, by 20-year-old Shyane Stewartson, who goes by the stage name 'Iam ChurchBoy'.
Other highlights throughout the hour were Engage e-Updates by Shane; and Engage Preview which featured South African 'musicianary' Trevor Sampson and representative of the Jamaica Gospel Music Network Gareth Hamm.
The bubbly segment Overdrive followed. This featured youth advocate Daniel Thomas; communications practitioner Vanessa Clarke; attorney-at-law Shauna Carter; Claudius 'Supa' England; one of gospel's darlings Deneese Wright; and Lubert Livi and his talented offsprings and winners of the 2012 JCDC Gospel Competition, Levy's Heritage. They shed some light on what they think our country needs and what they were willing to do in their respective areas to help.
Love FM has certainly given us two great years of Engage — with a team made up of Omar Trowers (technical operator), Shane Bennett (producer), and presenter Wilmot and his wife host of two of Television Jamaica's popular shows All Together Sing and Smile Jamaica, Sanique Wilmoth (executive producer).
TEENage would like to congratulate the team behind Engage on their 101st episode.