* Photo supplied. New venture: Collie Buddz pictured with his brother Matthew yesterday. They say their proposed radio station Vibe 103 could be running within 6 months.
* Photo supplied. New venture: Collie Buddz pictured with his brother Matthew yesterday. They say their proposed radio station Vibe 103 could be running within 6 months.
Up to six jobs and a whole lot of opportunities for Bermudian artists could be on the cards if reggae star Collie Buddz and his brother Matthew Harper win the licence for their proposed radio station, Vibe 103.

Buddz told the Bermuda Sun that if the deal went ahead they pair would be looking for DJs, night operators and technical staff while artists would be actively encouraged and helped to produce quality music to feature on the show.

If approved, the 24-hour, mainly top 100, mixed genre station dedicating ten per cent of airtime to local artists, could be fully operational within 6 months of the hearing due on May 18.

Full potential

Buddz, whose real name is Colin Harper, promised he would work with local musicians and give them advice on how to reach their full potential in the industry and went as far to say that if an artist is good enough he might be able to move them up in their profession.

"This could be a big opportunity for some of the local artists who don't get played on the other stations. They can give me CDs and I can give them feedback as well. Then we might even find some local talent who we can work with and take them to the next level.

"We are looking to fill around five or six positions - we need people who can learn their way around the studio, who have experience with recording equipment and are enthusiastic about working in a radio station. There would be DJ positions as well. They'll have their own little mix shows - three or four different DJs. They'll be tested and if one is more popular we will keep them or if not perhaps move to another."

The brothers' company Harper Digital Entertainment Ltd submitted a proposal to the Telecommunications Commission this week. There would be more than 45 minutes of popular "hit music" every hour as well as a mix of reggae, rock, hip-hop and R&B. They will develop a website www.vibe103.com where the station can be streamed for free.

Buddz said the idea for the station came to the brothers around two and a half years ago when they were driving in their car flicking though the radio channels trying to find music they wanted to listen to.

"We weren't thoroughly impressed," he said.

"We had just come back from New York where they have some great stations - there is a great energy that's not here in Bermuda. If it goes ahead it's going to be a high energy, quality station. We could compare it to Hot 97 in New York, Kiss 102 in L.A. and Zip 103 in Jamaica.

Anything's possible

Anything is possible, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kings of Leon everything but it's got to be high energy.

"It's going to be in your face, music all day. We're really excited about this and I hope Bermuda is as well."

Matthew added: "This will boost the island's entertainment profile - there will be more of an emphasis on live DJs, the top 100 music that keeps you moving and current."