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Calypso Music in Brooklyn, NY


In June 1997, Trevor Wilkins started broadcasting his show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. By December 1997, he extended the show to 2 hours, and in 1998 the broadcast grew to 3 hours. Trevor then purchased a record collection of calypso vinyl records in 45s and 8s that dates back to 1920; music that still is relevant today.

He played the calypso music in Brooklyn, NY, during his Friday and Saturday night show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, Trevor played popular steelpan music. His Friday night show ran for 12 1/2 years, and he eventually ended the Sunday show, but he kept the Saturday broadcast.

Trevor was inspired to start the show because of the fact that no one else was playing calypso music. His goal was to show how this genre of music has changed society. Every week, he would have cinematic themes such as National Women's Month. During Black History Month, Trevor would play calypso songs about politics and humor. Additionally, he would play calypsos with educational themes that encouraged children to go to school and learn.