Sly J quits ZDK after 4 dacades
Veteran radio personality James ‘Sly J’ Simon has resigned from ZDK Liberty Radio after several decades of service at the media establishment.
A source said the ‘Chief Rocker’, who singlehandedly controlled the national airwaves in the morning from Grenville Radio Limited’s Ottos location, will begin a new job on WTP FM 93.5 , the country’s newest radio station.
This was confirmed by a jingle making the rounds on WhatsApp in which Simon invites the public to tune in to his new morning show.
His first day at WTP FM next Monday coincides with his birthday, 7th February, 2022.
In the jingle, Simon said the morning show will never be the same again.
Last week, ‘Sly J’ told listeners on his Breakfast Show/Your View programme that he would be taking vacation. However, his departure from the company, a closely guarded secret, leaked into the public domain, although many people remain oblivious to the news.
The resignation of ZDK Radio’s principal on-air personality will likely shake the station to its core. With a dominant presence in the country exceeding fifty years, the popularity of ZDK has waned in recent years.
The radio station’s decline seems set to continue as there are reports that addditional on-air personalities will likely leave the company which is the brainchild of Ivor G. T. Bird.
These days, it is Mr. Bird’s son, Sean, who has taken control of the day-to-day operations of the radio station.
Sean Bird will contest the coming elections as the United Progressive Party’s candidate in St. John’s Rural East.
It is unclear whether Bird’s affiliation with the opposition party has any bearing on Sly J’s departure and the resignations that are to come.
Up until Tuesday morning, Sly J hosted his morning show, however, yesterday, another personality was seated behind the console.