We won't be afraid to be bold
The next generation yearns to do local, regional television better.
“We are told this is our world; this is our future; and that we should go make our mark,” Leah Phillip said with some excitement about the coming of the new regional television Channel WPG10.
Philip is already well-known around the region, as her alter ego Kimberly G on the popular weekly one-hour regional
entertainment show Caribbean Soundtrack. Kimberly G has been seen for the last two years on some of the leading regional stations, including One Caribbean TV, Tempo and Caribvision.
She brings that show and more entertainment vibe to WPG 10, which launched on cable networks throughout the region this May, and which will be seen locally on Flow Cable on Channel 10.
“I got on TV by accident. I was thrown into the deep and told to swim. And today I am still afloat,” she said.
The story of those behind WPG10 is the story of boldness; and the story of daring. There is a chapter on belief somewhere, and there is a whole dose of the adrenaline that comes with seeking to break new ground.
“We won’t reinvent the wheel, but we will use the foundation, to push this further,’ says Linda Braveboy, now a well known local Grenadian face. Like Leah, she was made to “swim” — and she has been floating still.
Linda Braveboy has been a prime-time news presenter for the Grenada Broadcasting Network
and the now defunct CC6. She did not start out as such. Braveboy first entered the media in administration, and then on a whim of a friend, told to go before the camera. The rest is history.
She soon became GBN’s main anchor.
Kimberly G was asked to be a stand-in host for Caribbean Soundtrack, because the producers were caught stranded in the British Virgin Islands and the host stuck in Grenada. She never did television before. She walked in front of the camera as Leah, but the producers quickly christened her Kimberly G – Kimberly her middle name; G as in Griffith, the surname of one of her parents. She loved the camera. The camera loved her back. She was funky. And then quirky. A mischievous smile exploding as the lights went on. When the lights were turned off; she was told she had the job as the presenter. For good!
Tahira Burke never thought she could have done anything in front of the camera.All of her media life has been behind it — and behind every scene. As writer. As Coordinator. As producer. She was dared to get in front of the camera.
“Boy I can’t do that,’ was her first response.
“Well, let’s try and see,” her manager challenged her.
West Park Global Media was starting a new syndicate show Rhythm and Buzz — and they needed some on-camera entertainment reporters. St Lucia carnival came calling — and as a cost-cutting measure, WPG desired someone that can write, produce and then go before the camera.
When the first scenes hit TV, a former colleague at a former media house exclaimed on Facebook:’ At last!”
He added: “I don’t know why you have been keeping yourself back for. I always knew you can do this.”
Burke was told to go swim. She too has been floating still.
Braveboy has been the host of Rhythm & Buzz, seen around the Caribbean — and watched by an estimated 120,000 people nightly, in 17 different markets including some cities in North America.
Burke is not just the producer and writer but also shares presentation duties. Rhythm and Buzz, like Caribbean Soundtrack, already familiar to local viewers, comes to WPG 10 on Flow Cable this May.
Phillip, Burke, Braveboy have one thing in common.They stood up to a challenge. They dared to be bold. They are swimming in a bigger pond. And they are turning heads too.