World-renowned Dancehall promoters Irish and Chin have done it again, this time landing a weekly 6-hour block of airtime on radio, canvassing the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Together, with streaming live on their website http://www.irishandchin.com and other affiliates, Sound Chat Radio reaches thousands of listeners every Monday between 7-10pm EST and Tuesday from 5-8pm EST.
Sound Chat Radio went live in August 2011 and is the initiative of Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne, one half of the company’s dynamic promotions duo — the other being Gilbert Murchison. Hosted by ‘Chin’, the shows thus far have scored prominent, exclusive guests, including major sound system players, legends and influential figures such as Bass Odyssey, Kilimanjaro, Black Kat, David Rodigan, Geefus, Tony Matterhorn, Downbeat, Fire Links, Black Scorpio, Jazzy T, King Jammy’s among others.
Meanwhile, top music personalities such as Cham, Lady Saw, Tifa, Elephant Man, Romain Virgo, I-Octane, Chris Martin, Lady G, Konshens, among others, have been hosted within the shows’ special interview feature called Chat Release. Other features of the shows include Singles Spotlight and Riddim Review, where newly released Dancehall/Reggae songs and rhythms as well as albums are highlighted, giving an opportunity to established as well as upcoming singers, deejays, producers to share their projects with Sound Chat Radio’s growing global audience.
Critical and controversial discussions are also a main feature of the shows’ objective such as those concerning the present state of the music. The opinions and overall experiences of Reggae/Dancehall’s industry stalwarts Donovan Germaine and Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne have been among the guests that continue to ensure that its programming is lively, constructive and valuable.
Sound Chat Radio has already become one of the top Caribbean programme on stations such as Red Hot and Road Block Radio. According to ‘Chin’, “It only made sense for us to further develop our media presence in order to truly capture and capitalize on what was already a huge fan following and still growing demand for the company via our branded events and promotions. So, extending to radio was a no brainer.”
Irishandchin.com has over 70 thousand registered users, earning the promoters an enviable database reach. Adding to this is their other major promotion of bringing top rated Jamaican plays to the Tri-State’s Jamaican Diaspora. Their next venture is “The Politician”, starring ‘Delcita’, ‘Shebada’, Michael ‘Stringbean’ Nicholson and Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, written by Paul O. Beale, which is set for May 26th and 27th in Hartford, Connecticut and Queens, New York respectively.
The Irish and Chin brand is this year celebrating 15 years, during most of which they garnered respect for their heavily branded World Clash global sound system competition, as well as management of the Japanese sound system Mighty Crown who to date stands as the only sound system to have had major corporate contracts with multi-million dollar brands such as 5 sold out Nike shoe endorsements, 1 limited edition signature sneaker deal with Clae, a high end luxury footwear line based in California, and their latest being a partnership with the hugely popular Clarks.