Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Alan Magnus Effect

by Jean Lowrie-Chin
Excerpt from Observer column - 3rd April 2017

Alan with his dear Kerry and friends at
farewell event

RJR Group CEO Gary Allen presents a cheque
to the phenomenal Alan Magnus
We waxed nostalgic at a farewell event last Friday for Jamaica’s undisputed King of Morning Radio, Alan “Teddy” Magnus.  Doraine Samuels recalled their antics on air and Paula Anne Porter registered her respect for this incomparable radio man.  RJR Group CEO Gary Allen noted the discipline of the man, a dependable early bird, and his brilliance, being the first announcer to start playing music digitally, even before his younger colleagues. 
Dorraine Samuels had fond
and funny memories of their
morning radio escapades!
Marie Garth flew in
looking as chic as ever!
We can relate to Minister Ruel Reid’s recollection that ‘Calypso Corner’ was his signal to have all in place to set out by 7am as a student, and the cheerful voice that gave him an upbeat start to each day.  It takes a generous heart to know that whatever the environment, people need to know that life does indeed have a bright side to strengthen their coping skills.  We are all in Alan Magnus’ debt for his gentle humour, a comfort zone in which we could prepare for whatever the day would bring. 

It was wonderful to get together with other radio legends Marie Garth, Radcliffe Butler, Don Topping, Norma Brown-Bell and Ralston Smith to honour Alan.  His voice remains ever young, and will still be heard.  We hope his daughter author Kellie Magnus will write his rich history.  Thank you for your over four decades of service Alan Magnus – have a wonderful retirement with your beloved wife Kerry and family!

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