Monday, April 29, 2013

VI Gov. de Jongh Guest on WUVI 1090 AM

WUVI Radio Hosts (left) Deborah Reese and Linda Ritter, UVI communication majors,
interview Virgin Islands Gov. John P. de Jongh, Jr. on WUVI 1090 AM.
Virgin Islands Gov. John P. de Jongh, Jr. made his first appearance on WUVI 1090AM, the University of the Virgin Islands’ student-run radio station. He was interviewed by UVI communication majors Linda Ritter, Marisha Jno-Lewis and Deborah Reese on April 29,  on the “UVI Insider” radio show.

Gov. de Jongh congratulated the students on the radio station. “This is impressive,” he said. “My compliments to all of you. This just adds to everything that we are trying to do in the Virgin Islands.”

The focus of the conversation centered on Carnival 2013. “Overall I think it was a tremendous time,” Gov. de Jongh said. “I think each year we get a little bit better.”
WUVI Radio Hosts (left) Linda Ritter and Deborah Reese, UVI communication majors,
interview Virgin Islands Gov. John P. de Jongh, Jr. on WUVI 1090 AM. WUVI Station
Manager April Fale-Knight (right) operates on air broadcast mixer.

Gov. de Jongh spoke about the fun associated with carnival and the violence that occurred throughout the carnival season.

He said he was particularly concerned by the increased number of firefights and gunshots that occurred.

“It has never happened with such frequency the way it did particularly during the week of Carnival,” said Gov. de Jongh. “It was just a continuous round of activity that I think causes us to have a discussion and at the same time to begin to look at what we do to prepare for St. John and St. Croix. We have to continue to address this situation.”

Ritter also commented on the violence.  She mentioned the Anti-Violence Initiative started by UVI President Dr. David Hall’s in the name of UVI former graduate student David Payne, Jr., who was killed by gun violence in his Anna’s Retreat home.

The student hosts were joined by UVI Interim Provost Dr. Camille McKayle and Vice President of Administration and Finance Shirley Lake-King. Chief of Staff Pamela Richards Samuel was also present in the studio.

WUVI can be accessed at 1090 AM on the radio dial or online at The call-in in number is (340) 643-1090.