Algernon “Serpent” Watts
Serpent has been with OBSERVER Radio since its inception in 2001. From day one, he was the host of Snake Pit – a provocative show on hot-button issues of the day. He also hosts Healthy Habits and Klassic Kaiso Korner (KKK), both of which are on Saturdays. The Snake is also the voice leading all voices on OBSERVER Radio’s signature weekday talk show, The Voice of the People, a position he took over permanently from June 2014. He is, however, well within his level of comfort, as he on many occasions, was co-opted for stand-in duties when past hosts, including Observer Media Group’s late co-Founder Winston Derrick, were unavailable for one reason or another.
Brianne is one of the two Barnes sisters hosting Weekend Shift. She graduated Christ the King High School in 2008, and has since been working to achieve her goals. In 2011 she moved to New York to live with her sister and worked for an organization called Academy of Excellence for Autism, a non-profit dedicated to teaching the autisitc necessary skills to lead more independent lives. In 2014, she became a Sync Pro Manager with Project Sync Inc., another non-profit organization. Project Sync raises funds for different causes.
Brianne co-manages Privé Social, a mobile friendly directory on entertainment and nightlife in Antigua.
Brittany J Barnes
Weekend Shift is part hosted by Brittany who graduated from the Roy H. Park School of Communications, at Ithaca College, with a B. Sc in Communications Management & Design.
She lived in New York City for four years and worked at the Cooke Center, a school committed to assisting students with special needs. Outside of Cooke, Brittany spent her time assisting Harlem’s Fashion Row with their communications, PR & coordinating their annual show for New York’s Fall Fashion Week.
In 2013, she spent her time between Toronto & NYC, coordinating special events, assisting production on an independent film (The Teacher) and interning at BizBash magazine. In June of 2014, she founded Privé Social hoping to create a mobile friendly directory on entertainment and nightlife in Antigua.
Carl hosts OBSERVER RADIO 91.1 FM’s flagship talk show ‘Voice of the People’ weekdays from 11am to 2pm. He joined the OBSERVER Media Group in 2013 as a co-host for the popular sports show ‘Good Morning Jojo’ took on the challenge when presented with the opportunity to host Voice of the People.
Up to 2014, the former national swimmer and national head coach was serving as the Antigua Barbuda Swim Federation Vice President responsible for open water swimming and as the coach/trainer for the Marlin Swim Club. His interests lie not only with swimming, though, as he brings his analytical style to the business of sports, news and current affairs. The host has showed his versatility anchoring coverage of the 2014 Antigua/Barbuda General Elections, along with filling in as host of the popular Observer AM and Voice of the People programmes.
Carl finished Baruch College in Manhattan in 2004, graduating with honors and a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems. Before that though, he swam on scholarship for the Baruch Bearcats.
Daren Matthew Ward
Darren hosts Observer AM and is a keen observer of local, regional and extra-regional political and economic developments and serves as a consultant and presenter on Observer AM. He has been and continues to serve as an insurance advisor – his primary function since 1995. He has taken various courses of study in business and insurance with Mohawk College in Canada through the UWI School of Continuing Studies in Antigua and The American College among others.
Healthy Living co-host, James Luke, has transformed the lives of thousands through his teaching of health, healing and restoration. His presentations integrate the teachings of the Bible, Inspiration and Good Science that delivers a message of healing which James believes is, by far, the most advanced and balanced in the teaching of health reform. James travels from country to country to make this message of healing available to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. He says thousands across the world have been empowered to reverse diabetes, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, rid their bodies of tumors and enjoy more vibrant health through the application of the Eight Laws of Health and Natural Remedies that are the cornerstone of the message.
The principles of healing espoused by this message are simple, straightforward and accessible to all. During his career, James has also taught at the College of Health Evangelism, where he helped to start the Advancement Department at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital in Georgia. James has recruited and trained many individuals and entities in Health Education, including doctors, nurses, dieticians and several Church Conferences.
Among his titles are ND Candidate, Health Educator, Certified Personal Fitness Chef, President – HHES Online, Inc. and Natural Healing Through the Laws of Health Institute
Rex co-hosts Healthy Living Wednesdays 8-10pm. He brings to the programme wide experience and education spanning his days at Gracehill Primary School in 1955 to present. Along the way, he’s added several facets to his expertise including stints at Olympic Training Centre- Mexico 1980; Health and Wellness USA; Sports Management and Administration Atlanta USA.
He’s also earned a diplomas and certificates in Fitness and Nutrition; Health and Wellness; Fitness for Life; Stress Management; Healthy Lifestyle Coaching; Physical Education and Sports Exercise; Physiology; Aerobics and more. He’s even a swimming instructor.
Rx also co designed a program in HEALTH AND WELLNESS for the workplace, called “Developing a culture of wellness at the workplace” and coordinated a Nutrition Education Program for the Pan American Health Organization and Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) from 1989 to 2001 called “ Project Lifestyle.” This program was featured on CNN twice – 1991 and again in 1995. It also won an award for sustainability from CFNI.
Rex’s motto is “ Helping people achieve a better quality of life.”
Richard D. Apparicio
Richard is the man steering the conversation on Cultural Outlook. Being born just as the 1950s closed this Trinidadian/Antiguan’s early years were immersed in the culture that is undoubtedly Caribbean. His professional experience has exposed him to first- hand knowledge of the entertainment industry and his appointment as Chairperson – Adjudicators Sub-Committee during Antigua’s Carnival (1993 and 1994) only showed the confidence others placed in his devotion and capabilities in relation to culture.
That confidence has, over a quarter of a century, be demonstrated again and again as Richard was called as an adjudicator in Calypso Competitions within CARICOM. He has also in that time been called on to transfer his knowledge. Along that line, he has facilitated numerous Calypso Adjudicators Workshops within the OECS in the past fifteen (15) years up to 2014. He has also been a staple hosted and participant in various panel discussions on cultural arts in Antigua & Barbuda for numerous years.
Richard is constantly researching on the overall development of our cultural arts, and holds as a lifelong dream to see calypso/soca given its acceptance and due recognition as a musical art/genre, on the world stage.