John T Hodgson

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INDUCTEE 2021

John T Hodgson

RIDE THE RADIO W.A.V.S WITH JOHN T.

John Tyrell Hodgson p/n/a John T. was born in the Parish of Trelawney, Jamaica; he is the 15th of 18 children from his father’s two marriages - producing 9 sisters and 8 brothers.  John T. attended William Knibb Memorial High School.

One of south Florida’s most popular professional radio personalities is the terrific John T. of W.A.V.S. 1170 a.m. Morning Ride Show.  He refreshes you every morning – Monday to Friday from 7: a.m. to 10: a.m. Tune in your day for a bubbling start with the Morning Ride.  No matter where you are, you can enjoy the Jamaican -T from your personal cup on the worldwide web www.wavs1170.com.  John T. has been one of, if not the longest, morning show radio host in South Florida - Thirty years strong and still counting.  His audience and popularity has grown by leaps and bounds. His show is rated highly in listenership in the Arbitron survey for morning shows on radio stations in south Florida`s tri-county area.

John says “the concept of my show is to inform, educate and entertain.  Some of the main features are news and commentary from Winston Barnes, sports report by Jeff Barnes, weather and traffic report by Shawn-T, all in the midst of popular oldies and new releases of Reggae, Soca/Calypso and for good measure, occasional sips of R&B and Hip Hop. All are delivered with quality and consistency by the inimitable presenter. On Tuesdays, there is the friendly musical clash, from 8:26 a.m., with two competing artists which involve call in listeners voting participation; and on Wednesdays, is the oldies feature from 9:05 a.m. and Friday mornings at 9 a.m. the popular ‘Spotlight’ segment is a 15 minutes interview feature that focuses on artists from different genres of music including legends such as Candy Station, Jerry Butler and The Manhattans.  In addition, some of the dignitaries John T. has interviewed are: Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Professor Rex Nettleford, Charles Hyatt and Leonie Forbes, among others.

In 1984, John T travelled to New York, Texas, England and Canada before he finally settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with then wife Diane.  While living in Florida he pursued a new career in marketing and sales as an insurance agent for one year. offer and was trained by Tino Geddes and other senior broadcasters at that station. After six months I went to work with L.Q.Y Radio Station for three months before moving  on to W.A.V.S. 1170 A.M.

John T. is the proud father of five children, three girls and two boys. He is an avid sports lover and a cricket critic.