Meet Our Hosts
On Air: Humble Lion
Norman Lawrence, also known as Humble Lion, is a radio personality and advertising consultant with a career spanning over 30 years. He hails from the cool hills of Mandeville, Jamaica.
Lawrence’s first opportunity on the radio was on WNWK 105.9FM in New York. His radio experience also includes hosting Conscious Party on WPEB 88.1FM in Philadelphia. There he received the name Humble Lion from the community, which describes his two distinct natures. He is always very quiet and unassuming, but as they say, “Don’t wake the sleeping lion.”
Lawrence also philosophized this as the two natures of Christ. He came humbly as a lamb to the slaughter when he was crucified, but he promises to return as the conquering lion.
Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia where he graduated with honors and was the valedictorian. Before graduating, he produced and co-hosted the TV show, International Television on Pax Communications in Philly, where he interviewed entertainers like Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Everton Blender, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Tony Rebel, Yasus Afari, Determine and more.
He is an account executive and program director at Whiz Communications / WAVS1170 AM and the general manager and program director at The Voice of the Caribbean.
Listen to Humble Lion on the Midday Meditation Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On Air: DJ Undisputed
DJ Undisputed, fondly known as Dispute, is a radio personality and professional DJ and host for the Island Mix show on WZPP/WZOP.
Born in Kingston/St. Andrew, Jamaica, DJ undisputed moved to the U.S. in 1992, settled in South Florida, and completed his education. Undisputed has always had a love for all genres of music from a young age, so it was no surprise that after high school, he started gigging. He played at house parties, college parties, and major clubs throughout South Florida, locations like the Hard Rock, Las Olas, and South Beach.
He loves going to the movies and watching basketball as much as he loves spreading joy to his audience through his musical entertainment. He believes like the late great Bob Marley: ‘When music hits, you feel no pain.” He has been in the music business now for more than 20 years.
He says “I continue to learn and grow and will continue to DJ and hit the people with the best music I can.”
Listen to the Island Mix with DJ Undisputed & Ms. Sophia Nicholson, Monday – Friday from 2 – 5 p.m.
On Air: Ms. Sophia Nicholson
Sophia Nicholson is a freelance emcee, an actor, elocutionist, and radio show host.
Nicholson’s first job after graduating high school was for a leading Jamaican North Coast hotel as an entertainment coordinator and later as an executive sales manager for the Jamaican Daily Gleaner.
When she moved to the U.S. in 1995, she set her sights on radio and enrolled in the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Nicholson earned a certificate, and shortly after enjoyed a stint on a radio station, doing the traffic report. She also worked for Air Jamaica Airlines hosting the information program on PAX TV and doing commercials in print and audio.
Nicholson continues to voice videos and host prominent and charitable events across South Florida. She believes in giving back and sits on the planning committee for a Jamaican medical mission, Mind Body and Soul, and is active in the drama ministry at her church.
Nicholson is a co-star in the movie “The Heart of Summer,” produced by PAR Pictures of Miami. She also lends her talent to a local community theater group, DejaVu. She is currently part of the newsroom and the administrative team for The Voice of the Caribbean.
Nicholson has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in Leadership from Nova South Eastern University.
Listen to the Island Mix with DJ Undisputed & Ms. Sophia Nicholson, Monday – Friday from 2 – 5 p.m.
On Air: Mikey Mike
Mikey Mike, host of The Morning Drive, started playing sounds system and performing at nightclubs, at the tender age of 15, his passion for radio and music was his driving force. His father was a DJ and his mother is a gospel singer. As a young entrepreneur and owner of a sound system, Mikey seized every opportunity presented to him and was able to hold down many gigs simultaneously, to name two, one at WAVS radio and the other at WSRS radio.
Mikey has been involved and worked in every aspect of the music industry for over 30 years. He has been steadfast and has honed his craft with skill and precision. Mikey continues to serve the community and the Caribbean Diaspora at large through his media platform.
Mikey hails from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where, before migrating to the U.S., he attempted to make a name for himself by spinning at house parties and nightclubs. Mikey is also an avid soccer fan and is a superfan of his island’s soccer team “The Reggae Boyz” Mikey uses his platform to promote the sport, lending his support anywhere possible to bring recognition of the sport here in America.
WZPP/WZOP, aptly called “The Voice of the Caribbean” has the biggest champion Mikey Mike who has the loudest voice for this community.
Listen to DJ Mikey Mike & Miss Chin on The Morning Drive, Monday – Friday from 7 – 11 a.m.
On Air: Ms. Chin
Ms. Chin is a co-host on The Morning Drive. During her free time, she enjoys playing netball and dominoes, listening to music, and spending time with her daughter.
Ms. Chin has a diploma in nursing from the Doncaster School of Nursing in Jamaica and a certificate in supervisor management from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Her professional background includes clerical work, marketing, and promotions, and she has worked in the corporate business field for several years. She is currently a nurse and the administration manager at The Voice of the Caribbean.
Back in Jamaica, Ms. Chin played her part in the community on the National Stadium Police Youth Club, Excelsior High School Event Committee, and the Excelsior High School Parent Track & Field group. She considers herself a team player and a hard-worker who lives by the motto, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Listen to DJ Mikey Mike & Ms. Chin on The Morning Drive, Monday – Friday from 7 – 11 a.m.
On Air: DJ Mekka Rose
Mekka Rose is a professional open format DJ and radio personality out of Miami specializing in soca, dancehall, R&B, hip-hop, Afrobeats and Azonto, just to name a few. She hails out of Atlanta and is of Barbadian parentage. She started her professional DJ career in 2012 and got her first start on radio in 2013. Mekka Rose went to a performance arts high school for musically inclined children. She plays the acoustic guitar at an intermediate level and plays the African drums professionally. Mekka Rose has always had a deep, passionate love for music which translates into her work as a DJ today. She travels nationwide and internationally as a DJ. So far she has performed in London, New York, Boston, Texas, Atlanta, Ohio, U.S. Virgin Islands,Trinidad and Bahamas as well as the many local events she DJs at in the city of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. For bookings, she can be reached at email@example.com
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Listen to DJ Mekka Rose on The Bajan Invasion, Friday & Saturday at 8 – 10 p.m.
On Air: DJ Lion Starr
Marvin Malcolm is a reggae artist, auto mechanic and DJ from Kingston, Jamaica. As a child Malcom was very active and enjoyed playing sports.
Drawing from his inspiration from world famous sound systems like Stone Love, Silver Hawk, Killamanjaro and prolific artists Bob Marley, Capleton and Sizzla, Malcom adapted his own monarch as Lion Starr.
Malcolm opened his own sound recording studio Lion Starr Recording in 2013. Since then, Lion has been recording and writing music. He is a host and DJ on The Voice of the Caribbean.
Listen to DJ Lion on the Lion Heart Show, Monday & Tuesday 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
On Air: G Cole
Gregory Cole is a singer, songwriter, podcaster broadcaster, who has written for artists such as; Singing Melody, Selena Serrano, Sheyla Downing, J Will and more.
His debut album “This Music Vol 1. Return to Vintage” was released in 2007. In 2013, he returned with his sophomore album “Ocho Rios.” He has shared the stage with artists such as Ziggy, Stephen, and Damian Marley, Gentleman, Sizzla, Capleton, Etana, Jill Scott, Diana Ross, Billy Ocean, Hugh Masekela along with “The Wraps and Kush Band.”
In 2017, Cole took a break from the stage to pursue podcasting. He launched the podcast “Homegrown With G Cole,” which draws a community of lovers of Reggae culture. This platform has afforded him the opportunity to dialog with some of his musical inspirations, like Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Bobby Digital Dixon, Pat Chin, Nadine Sutherland and many more.
Listen to Homegrown with G Cole on Wednesdays from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
On Air: Abhi EarthQuake and DJ Obstruction
Abhi EarthQuake describes himself as a DJ and the mission of EarthQuake Int’l. Sound is “Music is Our Culture.”
He teamed up with DJ Obstruction to make a musical impact in Florida. Abhi grew up around his father’s vinyl collection of disco, soca and reggae, but his music interest and knowledge were shaped around his upbringing in Trinidad and then later in New York and South Florida.
A very active member of his community, Abhi is no stranger to the local and international music scene. DJ Obstruction has a strong musical background, growing up in the Caribbean community in New York and South Florida. Both Abhi EarthQuake and DJ Obstruction have their unique ways of playing music, but when they join their forces together it is nothing short of a mini-concert.
Although Abhi EarthQuake and DJ Obstruction love playing in nightclubs, concerts, and special events, their talent and love for music shows when they do their live radio shows on the Voice of the Caribbean. For more information and social media information, please log on to www.EarthQuakeInternational.com.
Listen to Abhi Earthquake & DJ Obstruction on Jus’ Juggle, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dr. Claudette O’Brien
On Air: Pastor Claudette O’Brien
Dr. Claudette O’Brien is a business entrepreneur, senior pastor and founder of the Pinnacle of Faith Ministries. She hails from Ocho Rios in Jamaica and her passion for service and charitable giving is her hallmark. She is a former vice president of St. Mary Chamber of Commerce, where she served her community selflessly.
Pastor O’Brien says she has been around music all her life and has developed a fondness for it. She has been singing from a tender age and still does, but now has included writing gospel songs to her repertoire. She loves the lord and her current involvement in radio ministries spans years.
Dr. O’Brien is the mother of radio personality and co-founder of WZOP Radio, Michael Downer.
She hosts a gospel show on The Voice FM “Gospel and Inspiration” a program that offers a kind word and encouragement to needy souls.
Dr. O’Brien has a doctorate in theology and a degree in accounting.
Listen to Gospel & Inspirations with Pastor Claudette O’Brien, Saturdays and Sundays, from 6 – 9.a.m.
Apostle Stedroy Williams
Apostle Stedroy Williams, a Montserrat national, founded Victory Christian World Ministries in 2002. He gave his life to the Lord in 1984 at 26 years old. Three months later, he answered the call to minister. Williams studied and served for seven and a half years at Zoe Word Ministries.
He is now the senior pastor of Victory Christian World Ministries. Since the inception of this ministry, Williams has expanded to reach the nations through television and radio broadcasts.
Apostle Williams, a man of integrity, has been anointed to preach the Word of God with signs and wonders in a strong prophetic and deliverance ministry for over 30 years in South Florida and around the world.
Listen to Apostle Stedroy Williams & TT on Saturday 11am – 12p & Sunday 9am – 12pm
Opal P. Lee
On Air: DJ Lee
Opal P. Lee is a licensed attorney in Florida and Jamaica. Lee is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Broward County Women Lawyers Association. She is a principal attorney of FloJam Legal, a law firm with offices in Florida and Jamaica. One of the firm’s primary areas of practice is immigration law, and so, Lee can be heard on The Voice of the Caribbean discussing all things immigration, while she skillfully maneuvers the turntables providing soul-stirring entertainment on OXYGEN, the Legal Mix.
Listen to DJ Lee on Oxygen, Saturday from 6 – 7 p.m.
Brandon Mudie & Gary Enforcement
On Air: DJ Brandon & and Gary Enforcement
DJ and Sound Owner Brandon Mudie, also known as DJ Brandon and Enforcement Jr., can be counted as one of the youngest and most popular Caribbean deejays in South Florida.
Brandon was born in Florida’s most popular city, Miami. Brandon’s music scene started back in 2007. At the age of 3, he played music at an 80th birthday party running the ones and threes with his father Gary Enforcement. At the age of 6, he started wiring up the sound system, continuously watching his father step-by-step.
Throughout the years, Brandon was hitting up every kid’s birthday party, house party, and even adult parties or as they would say “Big People Party.” Next, Brandon played for his first Miami Junior Caribbean Carnival, hyping up all the kids and getting them ready for the stage. From there on, Brandon has been playing music, which leads him to become a sound system engineer.
Brandon now plays with father on The Voice of the Caribbean with their program, “D” 2-6 Mix Show.
Listen to Gary Enforcement on Groovy Sunday from 12 – 4 p.m.
Listen to The Mix Show with DJ Brandon from 3-6 p.m. on on Saturday.
On Air: Balanse
“Balanse” was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, in a community known as Olympic Gardens/Water House.The hardship and subtleties of this community have helped Balanse to be strong, patient and aggressive. These characteristics propelled him to out of what is considered poverty, to a place of living well.
Balanse’s career goes far back to the ’80s when he sang in the group, Magic Essence. Balanse bought himself a camera with money from the group and then became the renowned photographer that serves his community near and far.
King Jammy’s Recording Studio used his service to photograph reggae greats such as Half Pint, Junior Delgado, Junior Reid, Cocoa Tea and Echo Minot. He was also the photographer for King Jammy, Mr. Lloyd James, and his wife Mama Iris’s Wedding.
Balanse launched a photo studio, Picture Tekiin’ in Jamaica and another in the U.S. in the mid-90s. Balanse had the honor of being the photographer for Bob Marley’s 60th birthday event in Ethiopia (Africa Unite) in 2005.
He lives in the awareness that individuals who derived from slavery and want to be free must remove all branding, ideology, philosophy, and programs from the individual mindset and makeup. In this way, one can truly be free from imperialism and the devastating effects that it has on the human soul.
Balanse has two children, Christopher and Kudzaishe. He still sings today, solo. His latest remixed single, “Give Thanks by Balanse,” can be found on Youtube. His album, “Creation” is in the making.
Listen to Fada Mogul & Balanse on Inner Sense Connection, Sunday 4 – 7 p.m.
On Air: Fada Mogul
Ralph Mason is a writer, producer, co-sponsor and co-host of Inna Senz Connection, He is a man who answers to many names; Fada Ralph (in the entertainment arena), Ralpie, Indian, Apachie or General.
Born in Jamaica of modest beginnings, Ralphie moved his family to the U.S. in the early ‘80s. A self-educated man with many ideals and principles. He earned the title of General and says if one doesn’t have a good head, they are considered done. He believes you can only truly obtain freedom when you emancipate yourself from mental slavery and refers to his newfound zeitgeist as a time of no shackles and chains.
A radical in his own rights, who says he refuses to conform to societal norms and is not afraid of labels. Fada Mogul says his struggles have humbled him, and he is now a staunch defender of his fellow man.
Fada Ralph considers himself a humanitarian activist. He serves his community by leading people to access low-income housing and provides fresh and healthy foods.
Listen to Fada Mogul & Balanse on Inner Sense Connection, Sunday 4 – 7 p.m.
On Air: KStar
Kevin “KStar” Phanord has been in and around radio broadcasting since 1997. Beginning as a surprise analyst, he co-hosted Haiti Antennes Plus before moving on to host his own daily program. He now is part of the great team at WZOP as advertising traffic coordinator.
Malachi Smith is an award-winning Jamaican poet, playwright, actor, and retired police officer. He is a fellow of the University of Miami’s Mitchner Caribbean Writer’s Institute, a board member of the Caribbean Education Foundation, and the Honorable Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council.
He won over a dozen awards for his work and has been nominated for several others. Smith was one of the founding members of Poets in Unity, a critically acclaimed ensemble that brought dub-poetry to the forefront of reggae music in the late 1970s, and carried it forward for a decade.
Smith has a master’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and an associate’s degree in art from Miami-Dade College.
Smith is the host of Strictly Roots & Dub Poetry and more on The Voice of the Caribbean. His prior radio experience includes hosting Music Lessons on WKAT 1490 AM Radio in the late 1980s and Strictly Roots on Jamaicans.com.
Listen to Malachi on Strictly Roots & Dub Poetry, Sunday at 7 – 10 p.m.
David Annakie is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping Caribbean and other multicultural individuals live better lives. Within the last 3 decades as a radio broadcaster and business owner, he has built successful businesses under The LinkUp Media Group of Companies, in industries ranging from entertainment to wellness and marketing to finance. He presently seeks to educate minority communities on a variety of topics on his renowned radio show, LinkUp Radio on 93.5FM NY WVIP.
Although Annakie was born in Jamaica, he immigrated to the Bronx at a very young age. Growing up, he was keenly aware of the lack of education and resources available to the immigrant community he was a part of. Basic education on matters of nutrition and exercise were not easily accessible. Access to financial and real estate advice was even harder to come by. For immigrant families, attaining the “American Dream” is difficult, if not impossible. Annakie experienced these hurdles first hand, but persevered nonetheless. This determination contributed to a successful career in leadership roles at companies like IBM, Nestle, Kraft General Foods, and Pepsi-Cola.
By the mid-’90s Annakie had become weary of the corporate world. He had had a lifelong dream of being on the radio, so he approached 93.5FM WVIP, a New York Radio station and began acquiring air time. His charisma and innate ability soon established him as one of the station’s top Broadcasters and within a few years, he had begun landing brand deals. This was his foray into the world of Entrepreneurship, hence The. LinkUp Media Group. A company. dedicated to creating companies to fill a void within African-American and Caribbean communities. Drawing upon years of experience in the corporate world, executing big ideas, and managing teams, Annakie has helped countless business owners succeed. Within this venture, he discovered his passion for helping minority communities Become healthier, grow their businesses and achieve financial freedom. Armed with a desire to reach a broader audience, he developed coined “LinkUp Radio” intending to empower his listeners. The show covers a wide range of topics, educating listeners. with hosts on personal injury law, immigration, credit, debt management, real estate, health and wellness, and entrepreneurship.
Whether he is leading a team or hosting a radio show providing poignant insights to his listeners, David Annakie remains singularly dedicated in his mission to help others. According to Annakie, “I feel empowered by the universal force. I believe that we are all connected by one energy and that we are one human family. For this reason, I believe that we need to help one another.”
Kevin Crown, hailing from New York City, checks all those boxes. Born on October 27 and coined as the “Natural Born Club Killa” for his unique ability to keep the crowd engaged and mesmerized by delivering an authentic, yet nostalgic, performance that leaves his audience in awe days after an event has ended. Kevin Crown is naturally talented and appears to be 100% in sync with all genre of music, all club or event settings, and prides himself on his desire simply to be the best.
A man of many talents, Kevin also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has choreographed moves for some of dancehall’s top reggae artist, such as Elephant Man, Bogle, Bruk Up, and Ding Dong. Your audience will not just get a dj, but a talented entertainer that transfers his energy to the crowd! With his rock star image, he has been called a trendsetter, showstopper, and a trailblazer. He dares to be different by bringing his energy, fashion, style, and comical positive attitude to anything he does, and when he does something, he does it big!
For Bookings and more information, visit Kevin Crown’s Bio.
Choosing his profession wasn’t that hard. Zenmar started in sales at the age of eight – from raising chickens to later renting and selling DVDs, to selling candy in high school. He migrated to the United States in 2007 at the age of 15 and was no longer in the care of his mother, so he had to do a lot more by himself. It was really hard to get a job, but Zenmar got one at Golden Krust (Bakery) for two years. He also worked security just to help fund college.
In 2011, Zenmar’s cousin told him about a call centre owned and operated by David ‘Squeeze’ Annakie, the head of Linkup Media Group of Companies. He was brought in for an interview and started working the same day. He had only one suit, which he recycled three times a week and dressed down three days. He stayed over late to catch up on product knowledge and took a leadership approach in educating new employees. After working there for a year, Zenmar was brought in to see Mr. Annakie.
He asked Zenmar questions about the products that one of his companies provided and Zenmar answered without hesitation. After this, he told Zenmar that he was now called centre manager. After three years, Zenmar was promoted to vice president of sales for the entire Linkup Media Group of Companies. So, honestly, he never really chose his profession; he just did what he was good at to the best of his ability. He applied himself with diligence and persistence and always strives for excellence.
Today, Zenmar is the president of the fastest-growing Caribbean Media Company and multifaceted organization.
On Air: Real Life with KC
Kadene Chambers (KC), one of WZOP/WZPP’s newest presenters, has led an impressive career that fuses Media Sales & Marketing, Event Management, and Psychology in her 20 plus years working in the media industry. Hailing from Jamaica, she has worked at the Jamaica Observer and CVM Group, then went on to the RJR Group where she stayed for more than 13 years before leaving to lead a start-up media company. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. KC is the founder of Bia Productions (www.biaproductions.com), a company that creates and manages/produces events and discussion shows, aimed at helping people live ‘More Whole’ lives through contributing to patrons and viewers becoming more purposeful and fulfilled. She enjoys public speaking, listening to music, having deep meaningful conversations, and is an avid reader.
KC’s show, Real Life, sees her having discussions with various guests and sharing information about all the things that impact us, including those relating to relationships (personal and professional), politics, and the sociocultural realm.
Real Life airs Mondays to Fridays 2 pm – 3 pm.
Debbie-Ann Myers B.Ed MBA
Operation & Production Manager
Debbie-Ann is a radio broadcaster, producer and marketer with almost a decade experience in media practice. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, “Debs” as she is affectionately called has conducted over 100 interviews with local government ministers and business leaders. She writes and produces on-air content and firmly believes that broadcast material must be designed in the best interest of the public.