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US proclamation for broadcaster Richie B

Four top selectors presented with EME Peer Awards

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2022 | 12:06 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer
Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess
Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess
Richie B (left) and Glamour Wayne, at the EME Peer Awards and birthday celebration at Mingles Ultra Lounge in the Bronx.
Richie B (left) and Glamour Wayne, at the EME Peer Awards and birthday celebration at Mingles Ultra Lounge in the Bronx.


Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess, a veteran broadcaster with almost 30 years of experience, was over the weekend presented with a proclamation from Brooklyn Assemblyman Brian Cunningham, who serves the 43rd District in New York, USA.

The US citation, which came as a pleasant surprise to Burgess, was made at his EME Peer Awards and birthday celebration at Mingles Ultra Lounge in the Bronx.

“I’m extremely surprised, honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious proclamation,” Burgess said, as he accepted the award from selector Beauregard ‘Killa Boo’ Thompson.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I envisage this recognition for my work in radio, music and entertainment. This award means so much to me and clearly demonstrates that the focus I have placed on the Jamaican diaspora, through the years, has not gone unnoticed and was not in vain.”

He thanked his family for their continued encouragement, and his fans for their sustained loyalty.

Community leader and Managing Director at Caribbean Immigrant Services Inc, Irwine Clare Sr. who helped to facilitate the special citation, welcomed Burgess to New York Citystating, “As he celebrates his ‘earthstrong’ and impact on the diaspora, he is truly considered the ‘Big Unit’ as he continues to blaze the trail, whilst ‘career-pathing’ for many in the music and broadcast business.”

Burgess, regarded as a pioneer in broadcasting, has helped to connect Jamaican radio audiences within the diaspora and vice versa. He has hosted numerous festivals in the Tri-State area, including Groovin in the Park (Queens, NY); IRIE Jamboree; Martin’s International Reggae and World Music Awards at The Apollo Theater; Hartford Splash & Connecticut Jamboree; Reggae Fever and the Newark Reggae Showdown in New Jersey. He has covered the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, which attracts over a million revellers each year. He is very keen on political and social matters that are of concern to Jamaican nationals in the diaspora and promote the achievements of individuals of Jamaican descent. This has led to him interviewing many diaspora leaders, including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; former Councilwoman Una Clarke; Assemblyman Nick Perry (now US ambassador to Jamaica); Jamaica’s consul Generals in New York, as well as political influencers Rev Al Sharpton and former US presidential candidate Rev Jesse Jackson.

Prior to receiving his proclamation, Burgess presented four New York area selectors – Original Richie Poo, DJ Roy, Glamour Wayne and Dub Master Chris – with EME Peer Awards for their contribution to the music and entertainment industry.

The glitzy event ended with live performances from 2005 Digicel Rising Stars runner-up Noddy Virtue and R&B singer Disney Amyka, while dynamic New York City-based R&B/pop singer and songwriter Nyasia Chane’l added flavour as patrons enjoyed a night to remember.