Glendon Langaigne, Chief Executive Officer of Power 95 FM, describes as “challenging’’, the 12 months the station has been on the airwaves in Grenada. But, he says Power 95 remains true to its mission – “to help people enjoy life’’ – as it begins year 2 of operations.
“Year 1 was a challenging year. Like any business plan, some things went well, very well; other things, not so well. But we are here,’’ Mr. Langaigne said in addressing a cocktail reception, at the Grenadian By Rex Resorts, in commemoration of Power 95 FM’s first anniversary.
“We are about to start walking, after a year of crawling around the media landscape,’’ Mr. Langaigne told guests that included radio station staff, government minister Gregory Bowen, and Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCIC) President, Ruel Edwards.
“We are here as Power 95, with a group of talented persons, brought together to make a powerful team. It’s amazing how people move from good to great, to incredible, when put together in the right atmosphere. We have more to come, this is just the beginning.’’
Power 95 is owned and operated by Media One Inc., a registered company run by Mr. Langaigne and his wife, Denise.
The station, whose tagline is, “Where Music Lives’’, is located in the NIS Annex Building in St. George’s.
“We see ourselves as more than just a radio station. We see ourselves as an engagement platform of which radio is at its core,’’ CEO Langaigne said.
“Our clients are businesses, who are interested in getting their message to our listeners. This can be via audio, or visual, content and via any form of technology available today, or in the future.’’
MP Bowen, Minister of Communications and Works, expressed confidence in the ability of the station’s owners to make the venture a success.
“I have no doubt, Mr. and Mrs. Langaigne, that your contents and the service that you would provide to the consumers in Grenada will ensure that our culture and our environment prevail in this war in the competitive and technological world,’’ said Mr. Bowen, who also is the minister responsible for Information and Communications Technology.
Minister Bowen encouraged the station’s operators to consider applying for assistance under the World Bank-funded CARCIP, which is designed to help businesses in Grenada and other CARICOM states.
CARCIP – the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program – seeks to increase access to broadband networks and advance the development of ICT-enabled service industries. A successful CARCIP applicant, with an ICT-related business, could receive up to EC$150,000 in grant.
According to Mr. Bowen, if small businesses – including Power 95 FM – apply and receive a CARCIP grant and hire three or four workers, it would help further reduce unemployment in Grenada.
“The project finishes in November 2017. So, we have nearly one year to apply and get it,’’ the minister said.
Mr. Edwards, in congratulating Power 95, noted that the station is only at its beginning.
“We look forward to you not taking timid steps but to really go out there and let your presence be felt; let them feel the weight of where music lives,’’ said the GCIC President, a former manager at Grenada Broadcasting Network.
He said GCIC always values Grenada businesses taking “the bold step where you’ve used your own hard-earned investment, your own capital, and you’ve invested as a family business; you’ve taken the risk to go into business.’’
The chamber will continue to support and, “where it’s necessary, to ensure that you can be successful and that you can continue to grow’’, Mr. Edwards promised Power 95 on behalf of GCIC.
Mr. Langaigne said the radio station remains committed to its mission and vision.
“We remain steadfast in delivering content that is on the lighter side, foremost filled with entertainment value for the Y to Z generations, and delivered to all corners of the world. We do not apologize for our vision and mission, in a world filled with so much of the opposite,’’ he said.