Tributes are pouring in for veteran broadcaster, Francois St. Juste, who died this morning.

The well-known co-host of Radio Jamaica’s morning programme ‘Sunny Side Up’ died sometime after 7:00 at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

He was reportedly ailing for some time.

Our first report looks back at his time in media.

Robian Williams reports:

Up to the time of his death, Francois was a co-host of the morning show with Paula-Ann Porter Jones.

The news of his passing has rocked the Radio Jamaica team, the wider media fraternity and many Jamaicans.

Francois had been a broadcaster for over three decades.

He joined the team at Radio Jamaica, formerly RJR, in 1984 while completing a degree in Physics.

His mother, Marguerite St Juste, worked in media, and his father, Chappy, was an iconic film and video producer and director of photography. 

François was invited to join the FAME 95FM team by Don Topping, Norma Brown-Bell, and Hol Plummer and quickly made a name for himself as one of the bright young stars of the FAME 95FM family. 

His ascension was swift. 

In 1987 he became supervisor of the FAME 95FM staff. 

Then in 1991, he was promoted to Assistant Programmes Manager, and in 1996, he rose to the position of Manager-Executive Producer of FAME 95FM. 

In 2007, he stepped up even more, becoming the General Manager of Radio (RJR, FAME, and HITZ). 

In 2012, he began hosting the Saturday morning show on Radio Jamaica, a prelude to his current position of host of Sunny Side Up, the weekday morning show.

St Juste also served his community and was a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston where he acted as President in 2014.

Here’s the veteran radio broadcaster and administrator, weighing in on whether ‘on demand’ media platforms such as Youtube and Instagram are killing the radio industry back in October 2020.

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