KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has expressed regret at news of the death of veteran broadcaster François St Juste.
“François was a giant in Jamaican broadcasting, from his early days on FAME FM to his last assignment co-hosting Radio Jamaica’s Sunny Side Up,” said PAJ President George Davis. “For years, thousands of Jamaicans woke up to François’s signature call “Good Moooorning Jamaica!!!!” which sent them out into the world with a smile on their faces.”
St Juste passed away at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Monday after battling an undisclosed illness.
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"Although being an on-air personality was not François’s initial goal, he was a natural, and had the consummate radio voice. His deep baritone was synonymous with morning radio, and his reminder that “It’s Friiiiiiidddaaaaay!” signaled the start of the week-end," Davis continued.
Having started at FAME FM as a summer worker, St Juste eventually hosted programmes in the night and afternoon, before eventually landing in the coveted morning slot. He was also, at the same time, moving up the managerial ranks, becoming programmes manager at FAME FM.
As programmes manager he led the team that introduced programmes and initiatives such as the FAME Road Party, a popular islandwide party tour, FAME’s Island Party around the Caribbean and Full House Friday.
St Juste succeeded Radio Jamaica‘s Alan Magnus five years ago and was Paula-Anne Porter’s co-host on the re-named morning programme, Sunny Side Up.
"His partnership with her up to the time of his death was successful, making the programme one of the most popular Jamaican morning shows," said Radio Jamaica in a statement.
St Juste also held the post of general manager for Radio Services, overseeing the Group’s portfolio of radio stations.
“François was, quite simply, one of the best in the business. He was the consummate professional, and stamped his personality on every programme he hosted. We extend condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and listeners. He will be sorely missed,” said Davis.
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