In fact, Uncle Barry, as his younger listeners call him, has been back for quite a while. And although he says he is no longer the "Boogie Man", he has gradually taken hold of afternoon radio, just as he did in the days when the Boogie Man was synonymous with radio.
Listeners are hearing a more mature Barry G, who, having recovered from a stroke in 2007, is extremely health conscious. He talks and walks the health road -- belly fat, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, the need for exercise -- all come under his microscope. He talks relationships and he also talks sex. And, of course, he plays games -- mind games, head games, text games and win-phone-credit games. It's called the "Brainstorm".
Source: Real Time Magazine
It’s amazing! After 37 years in radio broadcasting, Barry Gordon (Barry G) is still ahead in afternoon radio in Jamaica.
As soon as Mello FM (a Montego Bay-based radio station) went islandwide in 2011, the news spread like the proverbial wildfire that Barry G was back. Dials were soon tuned to 88.5 as his legions of followers from the 70s savoured the good news.
The only serious contenders that Barry G has in the afternoon are Richard “Richie B” Burgess of Hot 102 FM and Khadine Hylton the self-styled “Fluffy Diva” who goes by the name Miss Kitty on RJR 94 FM.
INTERNATIONAL REGGAE DAY TO HONOR BARRY G, DAVID RODIGAN AND DERMONT HUSSEY!
By Mel Cooke—-
It has been six years since International Reggae Day (IRD), produced by Jamaica Arts Holdings (JAH), has ventured outdoors for a large-scale event, to complement the standard 24-hour worldwide media festival. In 2006, the celebration of Jamaican popular music was held at the Cable and Wireless Golf Academy in New Kingston (“It was a huge production, but low turnout,” says JAH’s Andrea Davis) and two years previously, there was a celebration at Hope Gardens.
Montego Bay: “Any reference to me as the Boogieman is not only trivial, it’s empty, as my new mission is a spiritual and earthy one, giving me the opportunity to connect with humanity on a totally different level.”
Those are the words of Barrington Gordon, known to all as Barry G, who at the pinnacle of his career in the 80s as ‘godfather of the Jamaica airwaves’, ‘afternoon jock’, ‘king of afternoon radio’ and a myriad of other lofty references was using his radio show to command over 2-million listeners; almost all of Jamaica’s population of 2.3-million at the time.
The 'Boogie Man' all for good health
Jamaica Gleaner: published: Friday | May 11, 2007
Krista Henry, Staff Reporter
While on the road to recovery, ex-radio disc jockey, Barrington 'Barry G' Gordon, is steadfast in being a pioneer for health care.
As previously reported by The Gleaner, Barry G, dubbed 'The Boogie Man', suffered a severe stroke in April and was hospitalised in Florida, United States.
According to the report, Barry G had been unable to walk upright, had been stuttering and had constant hiccups.
The stroke occurred while driving back and forth from Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, to Mandeville, Manchester.
While in Savanna-la-Mar, Gordon sought help from a doctor there who proved very unhelpful, causing Barry G to eventually go to Florida for treatment. He was there since, until his recent return to Jamaica for 'cultural therapy'.
At the 'Barry G 'Back To Life' press conference, held in the El Dorado Room, of the Terra Nova Hotel, Waterloo Road, St. Andrew, yesterday morning, the radio pioneer was looking fit and healthy.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
published: Thursday | April 26, 2007
Krista Henry, Staff Reporter
Radio pioneer Barrington 'Barry G' Gordon has recently suffered a severe stroke and is at present hospitalised in Florida.
In a telephone interview with The Gleaner, a very shaky-sounding Barry G told how happy he was to be alive. "I was on a flight from Montego Bay to Florida; when I was airborne I wanted to use the bathroom and when I got up I felt like I was stumbling - my wife had to assist me. Since then it has been downhill, I had to be wheelchaired off the plane and taken straight to the hospital," he said.
According to Barry G, the incident occurred within the last two weeks and he has since been undergoing many different treatments, including food therapy and constant exercise.
He elaborated that the doctors have been doing every test possible and still have not pinpointed where in his body the stroke originated.
Since the stroke the ex-talk host has not been able to walk upright, has been stuttering and has constant hiccups. However, despite the effects, Barry G says the doctors are surprised that he has been doing so well.