While at KOMO I made three trips to the beautiful country of Jamaica to do daily broadcasts, for a week each. Why? It started in February 1989 when the Jamaican Tourist Board wanted to convince Americans that Hurricane Gilbert had not the destroyed the island. A lot of the news coverage made it looked like whole country had been flattened. So radio hosts from stations across the U.S. were invited down to see for themselves and to broadcast back home that things were delightful in the Caribbean country. I saw no damage and as far as I could tell all that was missing were a few bananas.
The Jamaicans were so happy with results of these ’89 broadcasts they invited us, and other big city stations, back in 1990 and 1991. Below is a medley of video clips from all three trips. I left out all the touristy footage and just included video of the broadcasts, some on-air guests and KOMO broadcast team members Michael Bettelli (Program Director), Judy Day (Promotion Director) and Ashley Fosberg (Afternoon Producer).