A Grand Cayman
broadcaster is celebrating its fifth birthday.
dms Broadcasting Ltd, commenced operations on
April 11, 2005 with the simultaneous launch of HOT104.1, 106.1KISSFM and
K107.1. The organisation was named after founder Don Marvin Seymour, who had
dreamt of being in the radio business as a child after he participated in a programme called
Children’s Roundabout on Radio Cayman.
He subsequently had a career in the financial
services industry but returned to his first love to establish the radio
stations so familiar on the dial of Caymanian listeners.
“I knew from the time I was
afforded an opportunity to experience radio firsthand, I wanted to be a part of
its creative process.
“I simply wanted to provide Cayman
with world-class radio stations, and I hope that over the past five years we
have delivered that to our listeners and clients alike,” said Mr. Seymour.
The company has thrown itself into
partnerships with many events on-island including the Jazz Festival, Flowers Sea
Swim, Cayman Marathon, Cayman Islands Triathlon and the Legends Tennis Tournament.
It has also created its own community-related events, such as the annual Yeah
Baby Family Expo and What’s in the BOX?, the company said in a press release.
“dms Broadcasting strives to ensure
the local community is able to experience quality events and activities.
“Over the years dms Broadcasting
has capitalized on the opportunities to partner with international promoters to
bring some of the biggest names in the industry to Cayman, such as Shaggy and
Sean Kingston. dms Broadcasting has also done its part to reward loyal
listeners by sending them to world-famous concerts including Akon and Rhianna
in Toronto and Van Halen in Chicago,” the release stated.
Central to the company philosophy
has been corporate responsibility and it has supported numerous charities and
non-profit organisations over the years.
Examples of this commitment are its
support of Hospice Care’s Flag Day four years in a row, the annual Motorcycle
Toy Run, Movember as well as the Breast Cancer Gala and many similar initiatives,
all benefiting the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Big Brothers & Big
Sisters’ annual Souper Bowl and numerous Rotary initiatives.
Similarly, responding to impromptu
calls for goodwill and assistance in times of need, dms Broadcasting has done
its part to show support for relief efforts such as those for Haiti and the Philippines, as well as several
Blue Iguana initiatives.
Mr. Seymour said that a key component
has been investment in Caymanian youth and the professional development of
locals in the radio industry, such as Dane Ramoon of X107.1.
The radio boss also said that dms
Broadcasting further extends support for Caymanians by celebrating local acts
and heightening awareness through ‘artist of the month’ dedications, committed
to promoting talent that exists locally.
The company added 96.5 CAYROCK to
its stable in 2006 and are looking to remain an established part of the
soundscape, said Mr. Seymour.
“While I can’t predict the future,
I can assure this – dms Broadcasting looks forward to continuing to be an
integral part in the lives of those who call Cayman home. And I can promise you
the next five years will be even more exciting than the
last five,” he said.