Magazine Contents | November - December 2012


G98.7 FM

In a world seemingly so often filled with despair, it is always a welcome oasis to encounter stories of triumph over adversity. For Toronto’s Black community, that arrived in the form of G98.7 FM as championed by its Founder, President, CEO & Station Manager, Fitzroy Gordon. For 10 years Gordon sought general radio licensing from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), but to no avail. A less determined man would have given up long ago – Fitzroy Gordon did not. Fast forward to the birth of one man’s dream and all that it means for those who eagerly listen to the station, and you will find the man who had a dream,
smiling whenever you see him.

It is not enough to dream, it is not enough to work hard; to achieve success beyond the ordinary, it is necessary to persevere. This is the mettle from which leaders are created. It is fitting therefore that this Jamaican born visionary now living in Canada, should host Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller during her first official visit to Canada – she was joined by Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

With over 300,000 Jamaicans living in Canada and the two Commonwealth nations celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations simultaneously with Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of independence, no media coverage would have been complete without the inclusion of Gordon’s station.

Fitzroy Gordon’s tenacity is a blazing light letting us know that all things are possible. This God-fearing man, who plucked weeds from the Hope Botanical Gardens in Jamaica with his grandmother and at one point wore one black suit every day as an adult, now stands between Heads of States as their host. The fulfilment of Gordon’s passion is only the beginning of his work, but it inspires us all to dare and achieve.

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