The internationally-syndicated Capsicum Show returns live to radio every Wednesday from 9:00 –10:00 pm Eastern time with Roger Meltzer, Founding CEO and Director of A&R for Capsicum Records serving as producer and emcee.
The show will be engineered and broadcast on www.sometroradio.com by Kenneth Rose, founder of the SoMetro Radio Network based in Dallas,Texas and will be simulcast on UFDV Radio 87.9-FM in Kingston Jamaica and www.ufdvradio.com.
They will be joined by 93.5-FM and www.IrieJamRadio.com and www.sweetriddim.com in New York Wazzup Radio, www.wzopradio.com WZPP 96.1-FM and WZOP 92.7-FM in South Florida, Flava 105.5-FM in Worcester, Massachusetts, www/globalvibezradio.com in Boston. oneradio.link in Atlanta, Georgia; www.caribbeanradioshow.com in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1620-AM and www.wrnradio.u-s in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 95.7-FM and www.omahareggaevibes.com in Omaha, Nebraska, TriniVibes Radio in Trinidad and Tobago, www.linkzradio.com in Toronto, Canada.
The show features the music of up-and-coming reggae artists like those recording for the Hartford, CT-based indie and the best of new releases from top-rated reggae producers like Sly and Robbie, Delmar “Della Danger” Drummond, Kemar “Flava” McGregor and “Compute Paul” Henton.
“Our audience knows I try to set the bar very high in terms of recording artists, writing and production. Only about a third of what I play on the show will be Capsicum product.” says Meltzer. “But the other records I play are so good, I wish they were on our label.”
Meltzer’s role as a reggae radio host first began in the summer of 2013 with ABN 1100-AM in Atlanta as a co-panelist via SKYPE on the Barry Douglas Show discussing copyrights and royalties and the inadequacies of international copyright enforcement and protection from infringement. Meltzer shared the mic that day with renowned Kampala, Uganda intellectual property lawyer and human rights activist Monique Wyatt.
Because the audience response to their comments and remarks on the phone and on Facebook was unexpectedly strong, Douglas got the idea the two should co-host a new show introducing up-and-coming artists (who often don’t understand “the business of the business.”) Later that week, Douglas suggested Meltzer host his own weekly show showcasing new artists -- and The Capsicum Show was born.
Barry Douglas of ABN
When the show outgrew the live technology and manpower available at 1100-AM in six weeks, it was moved to www.ufdvradiojamaica.com
in Kingston where long-time Capsicum friend and supporter, station owner Franklin DJ Pepper Brown offered to engineer the show and to keep it in the same Wednesday night time slot.
"People don't know this," says Meltzer, "but it really was Pepper who saved the show."
Within days, DJ Mikey Million at www.datzhitsradio.com in Greater Boston agreed to simulcast the show on his station, and within a month, Meltzer and Pepper had secured similar arrangements with Rose in Dallas and with Leo DJ Eclypse Roberts then at Blitz Radio in Manchester, U.K. (now broadcasting as www.crystalradio.com.uk); Denzel Ballentineat Trini Vibes Radio in Trinidad-Tobago joined the simulcasting team in January, 2015. After a year the show moved its home station to Datz Hits with co-owner Mikey Million serving as engineer.
At its peak, the show had some 80,000 loyal listeners tuning in every week, including scores of reggae DJs who often asked for .mp3s of the songs played on the show, giving its airplay choices a significant multiplier effect. In May, 2016, Meltzer felt the prep time increasingly required for the show was in conflict with his songwriting and studio production responsibilities at the label and reluctantly ended the show.
"Again and again, it was Pepper who pushed me to re-start the show. When Ken stepped up and offered to engineer and to be the home station, I just ran out of excuses."
With the addition of administrative staff at the label, Meltzer has agreed to begin broadcasting the show again. He is currently in conversation with at least a half dozen other stations about simulcasting the show, carrying it via delayed broadcast, or creating special editions for them.
“It’s funny. Every time I'd get in the shoutbox of an internet station that used to carry the show, listeners would ask when am I bringing back the Capsicum Show. Well, now I have an answer.
"My colleagues know I'm not a huge fan of technology," he confesses, "but I have to admit it has shrunk the world down into manageable bytes.
"I’ve always said I had a face for radio; and after giving so many interviews as a guest, now it looks like I'll be moving back to the other side of the mic” says Meltzer, a former staff writer-
producer-arranger at The Sound of Phladelphia/ Philadelphia International Records who won a JMGAward for excellence in record production in 2015 and received the Tropicalfete 2016 Award of Excellence
"It's always great when other people in our industry recognize our efforts," says Meltzer, who credits his outstanding co-producers, the label's multi-talented musician-producer-arranger-engineers, Osborne "Ifield"
Joseph and Joseph Everton "Reality" Weekes for the label's global acceptance and critical acclaim.
"I’m the guy who is usually writing the songs or out promoting our music, visiting stations to drop off our CD's and doing interviews with the great DJ's who give the public a chance to hear our unique Reggae-In-Fusion sound but first we have to make the product competitive and that would be impossible without their creative input. I've been so fortunate to work with great people who share the same passion and commitment to excellence, and also share my vision that reggae in fusion with other genres is spreading across the globe and on the charts to become the pop future of reggae.
WHY CAN'T E T. PHONE HOME?
HE CAN'T GET THROUGH. THEY'RE ALL LISTENING
TO THE CAPSICUM SHOW ON THEIR SMART PHONES.