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Remembering IRIE FM and ZIP 103’s founder, Karl Young

by June 10th, 2022

Today, (June 10) marks 12-years since the passing of IRIE FM’s founder, Karl Young.

Mr. Young, who was loved and respected for his genius, wisdom, happy nature, and infectious wit, also created ZIP 103 FM.

His career as a reggae pioneer has been characterized by innovation dating back to his days as owner and operator of the Kon Tiki Restaurant in St. Ann’s Bay in the 1960’s, and ‘Boonoonoonoos Nights’ in the 1970’s.

During the 80’s, when all-inclusive hotels began to dominate Jamaica’s tourism scene, Mr. Young ventured into music production with Grove Music, which recorded the movie soundtrack for ‘The Little Mermaid’, along with Grammy-winning albums, such as ‘Calling Rastafari’ by Burning Spear.

On August 1, 1990, Karl Young launched the all-reggae station, IRIE FM, which revolutionized the Jamaican music landscape and pushed reggae to higher heights on the world stage.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in 2002.

In 2016, Karl Young was awarded a posthumous prize by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) for his contribution to the reggae industry.

Mr. Young died on June 10, 2010.

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