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Win Callender

In the 1960's as a student of the Boys' Foundation school in Barbados, Win started his voice training with choir master Llewin Jones. This training led him to the world of broadcasting. Win got his first "stint" on radio with Olga Lopes Seals, in an interview about the Foundation School Photographic Society, of which he was Vice President. He got his early professional on-air experience in 1972, with the multicultural Toronto based station CHIN-F.M. As a producer/presenter he specialized in Caribbean Music and News. An offer from CHWO A.M in Oakville, Ontario took him away from CHIN, and there he established himself as the leading exponent of Caribbean programming in Ontario, Canada. He later went on to work with CHIC A.M and CJMR F.M. Win also worked as a Freelance Broadcaster with CBC, Canada for the domestic and short wave services.

His journalistic skills also extended to the print media. He worked with the Toronto based Magazine, Spear as Music Editor, Columnist and photographer. He was invited to join the staff of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and in 1977, he returned to his homeland as "Morning Man" at CBC Radio 900. His trademark slogan "If You Are Not Listening To Win Callender, You Are Not Listening" was on the lips of every Bajan. His show was the Number One Morning show on the Island. He also had a brief stint as "Morning Man" with VOB (Voice of Barbados) 790 A.M between 1987 and 1988. He returned to CBC, Barbados in 1988, and was later appointed Programme Manager. He served as Programme Manager for Liberty 98.1 F.M, CBC Radio 900 A.M, and 100.7 F.M until he opted for "early retirement" in December 2003.

Win Callender, performing under the name Reporter, is the only Radio Personality in Barbados who has made it to the Finals of the National CropOver Calypso Competition; he has done so on two occasions. He is also a recording artist. Win is one of the few local acts to be recorded by International recording artist Eddie Grant.

Win has always had an interest in entertainment and public relations. He was Manager/Lead singer of the Foundation School based group, "The Meteors" which performed at school events. In later years, he performed either as Master of Ceremonies and or Calypsonian in New York, Toronto, Ottawa, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Barbados.

Win has served as Public Relations Officer for the Barbados Chapter of Prison Fellowship International, the Chancery Lane Neighbourhood Watch Association and a number of local Calypso Tents. He was a Founding Member/ Manager of the Battle Field Calypso Tent.

In 1990, Win completed a Certificate course in Broadcast General Management at Deutsche Welle, Cologne, Germany. He has completed programs in Marketing and Computer Application at the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity. He has also equipped himself in the area of photography, by successfully completing a number of Creative Photography Courses with the Nikon School of Photography in Toronto, Canada, and more recently a Non-linear Video editing program by CBC, Barbados.

Win Callender is the creator of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation's public relations initiative "The Festival Zone" and spearheaded the first ever "round the Island" bus outing for the CBC. He also initiated the "Liberty Fan Club."