WHUR-FM’s John Blake Honored For 44 Years Of “The Caribbean Experience”

Pictured from left to right: Assistant producer of "The Caribbean Experience" Lisa Hollomand, Host of "The Caribbean Experience" John Blake. "Taking It To The Streets" o "The Steve Harvey Morning Show", Bobby Gayles.

Pictured from left to right: Assistant producer of “The Caribbean Experience” Lisa Hollomand, Host of “The Caribbean Experience” John Blake. “Taking It To The Streets” on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, Bobby Gailes.

On April 2nd, 2016 I was honored at a prestigious event at the Andrews Air Force Base by The Caribbean Council of Prince George’s County and The Coalition of Multicultural Communities. The honor was in recognition of 44 years of bridging cultures and generations as host of “The Caribbean Experience” on WHUR-FM at an exquisite Red Dress Ball.

The event was well-attended and to my surprise one of the emcees was my station colleague, Bobby Gailes. I truly experienced being honored especially as the members of the honoring organizations were from my Caribbean community and the diaspora. It is always special when one is honored by his peers and friends. I want to take the opportunity to thank both organizations for their thoughtfulness and the honor, and look forward to continuing to serve the community in this way in the future.

John Blake


Very few radio shows are popular enough to be on the air for 38 years. But John Blake’s is. Since Howard University Radio came on the air 38 years ago, John Blake has been sharing The Caribbean Experience with his listeners. The show continues to attract a Caribbean and non-Caribbean audience, bridging cultures and generations through music, news, interviews and other special features. Born Ruthven John Blake in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, he grew up, attended school and started a job with the government in his home country. In 1970, John migrated to the U.S., switched to a career in broadcasting, took to the airwaves and hasn’t looked back.

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