Wine & Jazz Under the Stars at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, one of the events featured in the Star 106 Hits celebrations for its 10th anniversary, is set for tonight.
The event will feature music by Jazz Etcetera with Adrian D’Aguilar and the showing of “Quantum of Solace”, a James Bond movie released at the same time that Star hit the airwaves.
The evening commences at 5:30 p.m., with music by Jazz Etcetera and D’Aguilar. The movie will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m.
It’s expected to be a lovely evening, according to Greg Lampkin, operations, Star 106 Hits.
“Jazz is catching on in this country, and I have to give a lot of the credit to Adrian D’Aguilar when it comes to jazz. They’re such a relaxed group of musicians and they play so well together,” said Lampkin.
With the $25 ticket comes a glass of wine and gourmet popcorn by Taylormade Treats. Graycliff Restaurant will offer snack foods for sale — pizzas, fritters and conch salad shots — and wine.
“It will be a fun night,” said Lampkin.
Part proceeds from the evening under the stars will go to Sister Sister (Breast) Cancer Support Group.
“Sister Sister is a support for everyone — male and female — so we’re doing our little part to assist them,” he said. “Someone very close to me is fighting cancer, and cancer has touched so many lives … probably every family in this country has had someone who has fought the disease.”
Lampkin said Star has grown over its first decade.
“I have to give it to Tony — he’s programming and he has been keeping up with the changes in music. In order to be competitive, we have to change. While I love the rhythm and soul and Tony loves the rhythm and soul, and you as well, we had to evolve into Star Hits, so we’re not going back as far with our classics. We’re trying to ‘young it up a bit’, so to speak,” he said.
“We were told we wouldn’t last six months, so I think we’ve done really well. And we thank our sponsors and supporters.”
The month-long celebrations in May included a cocktail reception held at Sapodilla for ad agencies and premier clients who have been with Star since its first day — the people who believed in them, and began the journey that spanned a decade with them.
It was these corporate clients from whom giveaways happened throughout May, and, in some cases, will continue later into the year. These giveaways have included gas vouchers from Esso and Sol, Bahamasair, the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Comfort Suites and Bahamas Ferries.
A free concert in The Nassau Guardian’s parking lot was also a part of the celebrations, the day after Bahamas Carnival wrapped up, with Dyson Knight, Wendi, Patrice Murrell, Nehemiah and Bodine taking to the stage; even Isaiah Taylor stopped by to say hello, to show his appreciation for where Star came from and where it is today.
As Star 106 Hits celebrates a decade of star power on-air and looks ahead to the next 10-plus years, Buena Wright, station general manager, said she feels good about their growth.
“For the last five years, there’s been a new station opening up since we started, but we put our heads together and do what needs to be done, because we feel no one can beat us — because we have the best team, the best talent and we will beat you with ideas. If anyone knows me, failure is not an option. It inspires me more when someone says ‘I can’t’. I will show them that I can.”
Heading into the next decade she said it’s one year at a time.
Tony Williams, Star 106 Hits programming director, said celebrating a 10th anniversary was an accomplishment that he was proud of.
“We’ve held our own. The Star name is recognized,” he said.
Star hit the waves in 2008 with a majority old school format. As the listenership started to change and advertisers sought to target a younger generation, being the forward thinkers they are, Star personnel kept pace with the evolving market, targeting a younger generation and remaining relevant.
“We didn’t totally change the music, but we brought it up a decade or two, to play more of what the 25s and up were grooving to, which meant music from the 90s when they were in their teens. We rebranded somewhat and Star 106 Hits came about, and we added new talent in Sawyer Boy (featured on “Da Fix with Tessa and Sawyer Boy” weekdays at 9:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.), who’s been around about a year now, to attract that age group and demographic, and here we are.”
A Star 106 Hits weekday jumpstarts with Williams and Lampkin on “Good Morning Dis Morning” weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., before Tessa and Sawyer Boy step into the mix, followed by “Switching Lanes” with Brad Hanna, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nahaja Black takes over with “Hit Back” between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., followed by “Hits List” (Monday through Wednesdays), with Roscoe Dames from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; “Getting it Right”, with Kendal Wright at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays; and “Pillow Talk” with Dwaine, Monday through Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight.
“Star is one of the premier stations. We’re looking forward to being here another 10-plus years,” said Williams.