MWAG Mourns The Passing Of Anthony “Jericho” “D Duke” Greenidge
The Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) would like to express deepest condolence to the family and friends of Anthony “Jericho” “D Duke” Greenidge, a member of the fraternity who passed on today, in New York.
The media fraternity has been aware of his illness for a while now and is saddened by his untimely passing.
Jericho’s’ passing will be seen as a big blow to a struggling profession, which is in dire need of persons of his caliber.
Jericho, as he is professionally and affectionately called, has been a popular media personality and has developed a wide listenership for his morning show on WEE FM.
‘D Duke’, as he sometimes referred to himself, has been an innovator and effective communicator on radio and among one of his most memorable creations is what we now know as the ‘informal news’ – a segment in his morning program on WEE FM.
At the time of his passing, he was the second vice president of the Media Workers Association and has been personally involved in training a number of potential and young media workers in the art of radio broadcast.
He has been an active participant in social activities organized by MWAG and still holds the title of 2nd runner up in the Media Extempo Kaiso Competition, held in June this year.
Call to cherish and embrace Jericho’s legacy
St. George’s, November 4, 2011 – Anthony “Jericho’’ Greenidge was at the heart of the community where he lived and has left a legacy of community and professional success, a senior government minister has said.
Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Peter David, who is also MP for the Town of St. George, joined in the public expression of grief at the death of Greenidge, whom he described as a “dear friend’’ who loved his community and country.
“Jericho, as a huge radio personality, belonged to the nation; but he also never lost touch with his immediate community in Four Roads,’’ said Mr. David, who is also Minister of Culture. “When anything was to be done in Four Roads – whether sporting or cultural – I know I could call on Jericho to assist. He was a dedicated and conscientious person, a hard worker and a dear friend of the nation and the Town of St. George.’’
MP David, who visited Greenidge’s sister Thursday evening to personally convey his sympathies, recalled his last conversation with the late WEE FM announcer who was also known as “De Duke.’’
“That conversation was about two months ago when Jericho was invited to be a representative of the Town of St. George on a delegation I was leading on a visit to China,’’ said Mr. David.
“Everything was arranged but he withdrew from the trip hours before we left because he said he wasn’t feeling well,’’ the MP disclosed. “But he was in good spirits and we had promised to reconnect on my return. However, by the time I returned from China, he had left for medical treatment in the United States.’’
Greenidge, a former national track and field athlete, and a graduate of the Grenada Boys Secondary School, died Thursday morning in New York.
A vice-president of the Media Workers Association of Grenada, Greenidge was also a popular calypsonian, calypso commentator and critic, Master of Ceremony and parang singer.
“His death is sad and heart wrenching. We all grieve for Jericho and sympathize with his family and friends,’’ said Minister David. “But Jericho has left a legacy in media and culture that we ought to recognize, cherish and embrace.’’
Senator Gill: Jericho made “indelible mark’’
St. George’s, November 4, 2011 – Senator Arley Gill, the Minister with responsibility for Culture, has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Anthony “Jericho’’ Greenidge, saying the former broadcaster, calypsonian, athlete and Master of Ceremony has left an “indelible mark’’ on the Grenadian cultural and media landscape.
Greenidge, who was born and raised in the Four Roads’ area of St. George’s, died Thursday in New York where he was receiving medical treatment.
As news of his death was made public, there was an outpouring of tribute from Grenadians at home and abroad to the former WEEFM announcer whose signature radio programming included the “Informal News.’’
Greenidge, who also called himself “De Duke,’’ was also a former secondary school and national athlete, and a staple of the cultural community. He not only sang calypso but was also a commentator at carnival calypso competitions, and served as the MC for panorama and children’s carnival.
“It is not a cliché to say that there will never be another Jericho,’’ said Sen. Gill, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture.
“In the pantheon of Grenadian culture,’’ Sen. Gill said, “Jericho has left an indelible mark. He was calypsonian and extempore artiste; calypso commentator and critic; Master of Ceremony; and a Parrandero who entertained us as a member of Men from the Mainland.’’
According to Sen. Gill, “the nation’s media and cultural communities have lost a giant. May Jericho rest in peace. I’m sure I speak on behalf of many in saying that he will be sorely missed, and in expressing heartfelt condolences to all his family members, including his children.’’
Carnival Committee Expresses Sympathy
ST. GEORGE, GRENADA, November 3, 2011 – The Grenada Carnival Committee wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Anthony Jerico Greenidge.
The news of the passing of this great Grenadian was received with a profound sense of sadness. His contributions to carnival and culture are very well documented and his leadership in embracing our unique traditions will never be forgotten.
This calysonian, parrang master, poet, pan lover extraordinaire and guardian of things Grenadian has left an indelible mark on our hearts.
Sing on Jerico. Play on our brother. May the fire you have lit on this side continue to burn brightly.
On the Passing of Anthony “Jericho” Greendige
Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage joins the nation in extending condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and fans of the late Anthony “Jericho” Greenidge, “Dey Duke”. A talented and creative individual, Jericho carved a niche for himself in broadcasting with the “Jericho brand”. His morning programme entertained, motivated, informed and educated the nation.
Citizens recalls with deep appreciation the support he lent to our cause No Buildings on the Lagoon Park when he and his band
performed at our concert in the car park on World Environment Day, June 5th , 2008 to bring attention to the issue. The audience was treated to entertaining, witty pieces with very pointed messages.
Jericho has passed on but he has left a legacy to be celebrated. May he rest in peace!
Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage
November 5th, 2011