Exposing gospel artists
The former general manager of the People’s Cathedral-based CITA Radio and the person she said set up that gospel station, has applied for a licence to operate her own radio and television broadcast systems in Barbados.
Investigations by Barbados TODAY revealed that Dr. Carol P. Phillips met last Thursday with the Broadcast Authority on the matter and was now awaiting word of its decision.
Sources close to the authority said Phillips owned 51 per cent of a company — NBG Productions Inc, locked into another firm, NG Lewis Broadcast Network Inc — which would run the stations. When contacted, Philips confirmed that she had applied for a licence for a radio and television station.
She said the application was made by Nothing But God Productions Inc. with the aim of promoting local and Caribbean gospel music and musicians.
“Too many artists are not getting airplay; having set up CITA,” she said. “There would be some global material, but my vision is to find Caribbean people and expose them. We need to build the Caribbean. We can’t allow other people to represent us.”
“God blessed me with a tremendous team. We are already streaming on web radio at www.nbglive.com,” she added.
The company, located at Suite C, Ronald Tree House, #2, 10th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael, is also working with the various Government Information Services in the Caribbean.
“A few months ago we formed a partnership with film makers in the Caribbean. We are working with Marcia Weeks and Allison Saunders Franklin,” disclosed the management official.
She suggested that the region needed a distribution centre to facilitate film.
“It is too fractured,” noted Phillips.
She said her dream was to have a high level Caribbean centre for indigenous material, adding she was using IT to the fullest advantage, stating that she had worked with Operation Mobilisation in Barbados during one storm, as well as being part of the original Teen Challenge team. (EJ)