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June 17, 2011
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Ragashanti returns ... with own Internet-based radio
PAULA GORDON and SADEKE BROOKS, STAR Writers

After being booted from the airwaves more than three months ago, radio talk-show host Dr Kingsley 'Ragashanti' Stewart is back with his own Internet-based radio station, Tambareen Radio.

In an interview with THE WEEKEND STAR on Wednesday, Ragashanti said that the online-based radio station is about high energy, music, talk and party.

He explained: "The idea is to reach the wired Jamaican comm-unity and the wired community that is affiliated with the Jamaican diaspora internationally."

Even though the radio station has not been launched officially, Ragashanti says the station racks up between 50,000 and 60,000 listeners on a daily basis.

"We have not had an official launch, I've just put it online to iron out some of the technical kinks," he said.

He told THE WEEKEND STAR that the station offers fearless, controversial and entertaining talk programmes such as Morning Rock with BJ the DJ, The Overdrive with DJ Chris Cross and Ricky Redz, Buss It Out with Ragashanti and the Mix Up Family and Seriously Speaking with Michelete and Randy. Other programmes include Anything Goes, Street Beatz and Outa Road, a mix-up programme centred on sex.

As it relates to his programme 'Bus it Out', Ragashanti says plans are being put in place for it to be aired on LIME TV. This he says will be launched on June 24.

"I am excited about Tambareen Radio and also Buss It Out being on LIME TV because it allows me to function in a space where I am less likely to find myself in confrontational scenarios with certain people and a certain entity," he reasoned.

In addition, he said that LIME TV will allow Jamaicans to continue to have access to entertainment from Ragashanti and the Mix Up Family.

In the meantime, he told THE WEEKEND STAR that since being ordered off the air by the Broadcasting Commission, his emails have been flooded by his fans who want him back on national radio.

"The people understand my form of entertainment, they know it's not a self-improvement class and they know Raga keep it real and they miss that," he remarked.

Despite that however, he said, "I love what I do, I am passionate about what I do, I really enjoy entertaining people and all this just prompted me to seize the opport-unity to do my own thing. Technology has truly been liberating in allowing diversity to be manifested in a manner that truly lowers the class discriminating field."

Tambareen Radio can be found on the website mixupyaad.com.

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