ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Veteran Caribbean broadcaster and journalist, Julian Rogers said he’s happy with the recent appointment as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014. However, he indicated he’s more “overwhelmed” by the reaction of his friends, family, colleagues and other well-wishers.
“I’m overwhelmed by the reaction to the award. Family, friends, work colleagues are very, very happy and I’m happy. I’ve been fielding calls and interviews from all over the world,” Rogers said yesterday.
Asked what the award represents to him, Rogers told OBSERVER media, “Overall I think it really represents what people regard as a particular standard of broadcasting over the years and I’ve been truly grateful for the good guidance and training from several people across the region over the time I’ve been in broadcast.”
Rogers’ career in media started in 1964.
“This award has set me off thinking about all the key people who have contributed to my 50 years in broadcasting and particularly the John Oxley who, in 1963 asked me if I had an interest in radio. At the time he was Sales Manager of Barbados Re-diffusion,” Rogers said.
He added that he told Oxley he wanted to attend university first because he was just 16 years old. However, due to circumstances beyond his control, Rogers found himself auditioning for the job two months later, and on March 1, 1964, he was hired.
Over the years, he has worked as a media practitioner and consultant in Montserrat, Jamaica, Anguilla, Trinidad, St Kitts, and Antigua & Barbuda.
He worked with OBSERVER Publications as general manager for several years under the chairmanship of the late Winston Derrick.