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CGN Group to launch The Bridge 99FM in Jamaica this July

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Caribbean Global Network (CGN) Group, operators of the New York-based IRIE Jam Radio, will launch The Bridge 99FM in Jamaica this July.

The Bridge will simulcast to the sister station IRIE Jam Radio, 93.5 FM – WVIP, connecting Jamaica to the Jamaican diaspora in the New York tri-state area.

CGN Group notes that The Bridge will provide community news, information, entertainment, and lifestyle media coverage, and the station’s HD video format will stream globally. “We are excited to introduce The Bridge to Jamaica and global audiences this month. By taking advantage of the vast listenership that IRIE Jam has in the tri-state area, we have created the perfect conduit for information sharing between Jamaica and its extensive diaspora of over two million people in the tri-state area. The diaspora has always been an invaluable source of support for Jamaicans at home. We are simply seeking to amplify that relationship to help build communities and the economy,” said Robert ‘Bobby’ Clarke, director of the CGN Group.

The Bridge was born out of the IRIE Jam Media Group, which was founded 28 years ago by Clarke, its chairman. IRIE Jam broadcasts daily on WVIP 93.5FM. CGN Group acquired Music 99FM, which was a part of the Independent Radio Company, a member of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.

Music 99FM switched off its over-the-air transmission at midnight on April 15, 2021. The station was sold to satisfy one of the conditions of the Broadcasting Commission- Jamaica’s acceptance of the amalgamation of RJR Communications Group and The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited in 2016.