Tributes continue to flow at the passing of Starcom Network broadcaster Dennis Johnson.
Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw in a statement on behalf of Prime Minister Mottley, the government and people of Barbados noted that for nearly three decades Dennis was an integral part of Barbados’ broadcasting landscape.
She said his opinions as a talk show host and commentator were always laced with passion and conviction, whether or not people agreed with him, and his delivery was never tainted by disrespect.
Ms. Bradshaw added that Dennis was the consummate radio host who could slide from the passion-boiling seat of the commentator to the DJ’s station where, in a moment, he could soothe those same emotions with a tender voice and just the right music.
She described him as a Caribbean man, born in Grenada, schooled in Trinidad and Tobago and nurtured in Barbados who espoused the virtue and benefits of Caribbean people recognising, appreciating and living their oneness. The acting Prime Minister ended by saying: All Barbados will miss you, Dennis.
Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams, also expressed shock at Dennis’ passing and spoke of his great professionalism as a media practitioner.
Station Manager of the Starcom Network Anthony Greene speaking at the start of the Down to Brasstacks call-in program of which Dennis was senior producer and moderator, said that his passing was a very difficult time for the staff of the organisation and also his many fans.
Also speaking on the program Starcom’s Program Manager Ronnie Clarke, a close working colleague of Dennis shared his grief at the news. He recalled their last conversation just a few days ago and shared that despite being aware of Dennis’ health challenges his passing was a great shock.
Former Starcom Station Manager David Ellis who played a key role in Dennis’ entry into broadcasting also paid tribute.
Chairman of the Barbados Broadcasting Authority, Dr. Allyson Leacock spoke of being hit hard by news of Dennis’ passing.
Former Chief Executive officer of the Starcom Network Vic Fernandes spoke of Dennis’ many exemplary qualities.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Carol Roberts, a former broadcasting colleague of Dennis spoke of being lost for words at news of his passing.