Icing on the cake
Broadcaster Julian Rogers receives MBE
Leading Barbadian and regional broadcaster Julian Rogers has been formally accepted as a Member Of The British Empire (MBE) after 50 years of outstanding service in journalism.
Today, Rogers, accompanied by his son John Rogers, daughter Claire Haynes and mother-in-law Elaine Brathwaite, had the honour conferred on him by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave at Government House on Government Hill.
Speaking to a team from Barbados TODAY following the brief ceremony, Rogers gave a brief account of his 50-year career which took him to such sister territories as Montserrat, St Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua.
“I left school on a Friday and went to work at Rediffusion on Monday morning. My career really started at Rediffusion, thanks to a gentleman called John Oxley, who discovered me when I visited the station to buy some advertising back in 1963. By March 1, 1964, I was hired as a radio announcer, but started out as a scriptwriter and I have been in the business ever since,” he recalled.
His regional work began in Montserrat at Radio Antilles back in 1970. By the end of that year, he was in Antigua setting up ZDK radio station.
Between 1972 and 1982, Rogers travelled to and worked in Montserrat before returning to his native Barbados to work at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Voice Of Barbados (VOB).
“Eventually I left Barbados in 1993 for Trinidad and Tobago [and] I was there until 1998 when there was a big storm about my work permit. I returned to Trinidad in 2005 to assist the government in setting up three radio stations and a television operation, which is the largest broadcasting corporation in the Caribbean. Since 2009 I have been back in Antigua,” he said.
On Sunday he will enter a new venture, Launching his own radio station –– Rogers Radio Caribbean.
Rogers said that the MBE was the “icing on the cake” of his 50 years of service to broadcasting in the region.
“I hope I have been an inspiration but more so a guide and maybe a mentor. There are a number of people who have said I have been their mentor over a number of years, and I am always happy to hear that because it is said by people who are striving for excellence in the media and broadcasting field,” he told Barbados TODAY.