JA$1 million Lignum Vitae Writing Awards launched to encourage New Jamaican Writers

“We are building on the solid foundation laid down by the National Book Development Council. The Una Marson and Vic Reid Awards have been won by esteemed Jamaican writers such as Professor Mervyn Morris, Pam Mordecai, Garfield Ellis and Kei Miller,”

JaWS (Jamaican Writers Society) President Tanya Batson-Savage at the St Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston on Tuesday February 10th, 2015 during the launch of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards

Finally, my prayers have been partially answered; Jamaica now has a Writing Competition that actually pays Digicel Rising Stars level money as I’ve long opined (Deer, 2014 May 18) called the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards.

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The Competition, named after the Jamaican national flower that also happens to be a potential cure (Deer, 2014, August 16) for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) being developed by Dr. Henry Lowe of Medicanja fame, was launched with the intention to be the panacea for the ailing literary community. Yes folks, increased prize money can do that, Digicel Rising Star’s style!

Launched at the St Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston on Tuesday February 10th, 2015, the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards combines (Karin, 2015) the following three (3) awards into one:

  • Jean D’Costa Award for children’s fiction
  • Una Marson Award for adult literature
  • Vic Reid Award for young adult fiction

The Vic Reid Award and the Una Marson Award are long established awards. The Jean D’Costa Award is brand new and is being launched this year as well.

You can check out the newly created The Lignum Vitae Writing Award Facebok page as well as The Jamaica Writer’s Society Website and The Jamaica Writer’s Society Facebook Page, both of which barely have traffic, thanks to having no prior advertising…as I didn’t even knew they existed!

Writing in Jamaica is dead due to lack of Financial Compensation

In Jamaica, the financial compensation for Writers is lacking. For this reason, many have turned to blogging or self-publishing, with full-time writing being reduced to a mere part-time hobby, as writing cannot put food on the table.

Thus for this reason, very few Caribbean authors outside of those already published have emerged.

So it’s good to hear that even the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce wants to have writers earn a living purely from writing to quote Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Sandra Ffolkes Abrahams: “What we want to do is make it an industry [so that writers can] get the money you should have been getting for many years and making a living off your talent”.

Lignum Vitae Writing Awards – By their Power Combined, Awards for Starving Jamaican Writers

Apparently, like Captain Planet, with their powers combined, they’ve joined forces to offer a total of JA$1,000,000 (Cooke, 2015) as follows:

  • JA$500,000.00 if you win the Una Marson Award for adult literature
  • JA$250,000.00 if you win the Vic Reid Award for young adult fiction
  • JA$250,000.00 if you win the Jean D’Costa Award for children’s fiction

JAMCOPY Chairman Mark Thomas hinted at the possibility that the prize money may double, possibly if Corporate Jamaica pitch in an extra JA$2 million more to make it a cool JA$3 million with JAMCOPY standing to benefit, quote: “It is not a lot of money, but it is an important start. We hope that as JAMCOPY’s collections grow, we can offer even larger prizes to writers”.

How’s about a cool US$1 million instead!? Just a thought……

The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards is open to all Jamaican writers of all ages, both locally and internationally (Jamaican Writers Society, 2015), as well as Foreigners who’ve been in a Jamaica and overstayed their visitor’s VISA and settled down as Naturalized Jamaicans. Entries can be Novels, collections of short stories and creative non-fiction works including essay collections.

Interestingly, there is an entry fee of JA$4000 for the Una Marson Award for adult literature and a JA$2000 entry fee for both the Vic Reid Award for young adult fiction as well as the Jean D’Costa Award for children’s fiction. I guess you have to be VERY serious about entering and is really a measure to keep spammers from sending in pointless entries.

The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards accepts manuscripts only and they must be submitted anonymously i.e. don’t use your real name, merely a pen-name and include a contact email (not spelt in your name!), phone number and an address so that when you’re selected, they can contact you…..also anonymously.

Your anonymous manuscript will be judged by a panel consisting of some very old people who’ve been writing or lecturing or criticizing written work for long enough to know when something is worth publishing. Hence by not including your name, not only is it keeping with a well established literary tradition, but it also protects you from Writer’s bias.

JAWS and JAMCOPY taking action to jumpstart Writing Industry in Jamaica

Basically, it’s JAWS and JAMCOPY’s VC (Venture Capital) time being offered by Uptown people, as apparently Writing is on the decline to the point that this drastic intervention was necessary.

Now the prizes are combined to create a Digicel-like Competition for Writers seems like the prescription for the Writing Industry that the Doctor Bird, our other National Symbol, ordered!

Even the Government of Jamaica is getting in on the act, with Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Sandra Ffolkes Abrahams talking about Writing as the next Usain Bolt Moment, quote: “Writing awards are an important way to celebrate great writing and bring it to public attention. Jamaican writing is currently enjoying an amazing level of international attention and it is important that we at home also honour and celebrate our writers”.

Albeit not much, if your manuscript wins, you can use it to self-publish your Book (La Font, 2014) on your own Website or Blog, with the money used to advertise and draw traffic to your Website or Blog.

If you don’t, the publicity surrounding your entry will be enough to drive traffic to any blog or Website you can set up to promote your blog. Either way, it’s a win-win for the entrant, as your success in Writing comes down to how you promote yourself using Traditional and Social Media post Lignum Vitae Writing Awards……just like Rising Stars!

Just remember to register and copyright your as-yet-to-be-published work via a Poor Man’s Copyright (Deer, 2013, November 13) and register it with JIPO and JAMCOPY.

But hurry, the deadline is Tuesday June 30th 2015 to submit your manuscripts with the winner being chosen in October 2015. Email Scarlett Beharie (sdbeharie@gmail.com) and she’ll send you a boatload of details!

Here’s the link:

Background on the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards

The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Facebook Pages

The Jamaica Writer’s Society Website

The Jamaica Writer’s Society Facebook Page




  1. Karin (2015, February 22). JAMAICAN WRITING TO BLOSSOM FROM THE LIGNUM VITAE WRITING AWARDS. Retrieved from http://www.yardedge.net/books/jamaican-writing-to-blossom-from-the-lignum-vitae-writing-awards
  2. Cooke, M. (2015, February 15). Lignum Vitae Awards To Offer $1m In Writing Prizes. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20150215/ent/ent6.html
  3. Deer, L. (2014, August 16). Dr. Lowe develops HIV Cure from Lignum Vitae Extract – Lignum Vitae Equivalent of Mellitin in Bee Venom may be the Tree of Life for AIDS Treatment. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/08/dr-lowe-develops-hiv-cure-from-lignum.html
  4. Jamaican Writers Society. (2015). The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards 2015. Retrieved from https://jamaicanwriterssociety.wordpress.com/the-lignum-vitae-writing-awards/
  5. La Font, C. (2014, June 1). Building Loyalty With Self-Publishing. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140601/arts/arts2.html
  6. Deer, L. (2014, May 18). Blogging Competition as Digicel Teams up with The Jamaica Observer to celebrate World Telecommunications Day – Digicel Rising Stars Level Prizes and Digicel Ambassador Post to attract Bloggers. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/05/blogging-competition-as-digicel-teams.html
  7. Deer, L. (2013, November 13). @JIPOOnline, Protectors of Jamaican Intellectual Property Rights – How Jamaican Dancehall and Reggae Artiste, Inventors and Design Engineers protect their Intellectual Property from The Book Thief. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/11/jipo-protectors-of-jamaican.html

How to stream 50,000 Free Songs from your Google Play Music Locker to your smartphone

Is your smartphone’s MicroSD Card running out of space to store those hundreds of thousands songs that you listen to on your daily commute? Are you also a little tired of what’s on streaming Radio Stations (Deer, 2015), especially here in Jamaica.

If like many people you have more than 20,000 Songs, perhaps what you need is a Cloud Drive that allows you to store and stream up to 50,000 of (Mitroff, 2015) your own songs.

50K Locker Launch Image

Yes indeed, your own music, folks, thanks to Google Play Music, Google’s answer to Spotify and Rdio Music Streaming.

How to Stream 50,000 Songs via Google Play Music – Apple iTunes beaten by free Music Storage

To take advantage of the service, simply log into Google Play Music. Here’s a quick tutorial on Google Play Music.

Then grab your Music files and drag and drop them into Google Play Music, which has an interface similar to Google Drive and even comes with step by step (Etherington, 2015) instructions on via the Press Release on the Android Official Blog.

This involves either installing a Chrome app or using the Music Manager software to automate and streamline your Music Synching, making you wonder why you even had Apple iTunes. Once uploaded, you can then access your music using the Google Play Music web interface or the Google Play Music Chrome Desktop app.

Alternately, you can also download the Google Play Music App for your Android smartphone form the Google Play Store or if you have an Apple iPhone and you’re not feeling Apple iTunes anymore, you can opt for the Google Play Music App for your Apple iPhone from the Apple iTunes Store.

If you want step up your game, you can always purchase Google Play Music‘s US$10 per month Streaming Service and take advantage of Google’s 30-million strong library. Albeit not competitive to Apple iTunes’s US$24 per year streaming Service, the free song limit is higher than Apple’s Music Match Service, the rough approximate of Free Streaming, which maxes out at 25,000 songs.

So if you’re someone that binges on music and you have your own taste and you love bopping to your tunes while going about your business, why not create your own Radio Station today using Google Play Music with your collection of 50,000 songs!

Here’s the link:

Google Play Music

Google Play Music App for your Android smartphone

Google Play Music App for your Apple iPhone

Google Play Music Chrome Desktop app

Press Release on the Android Official Blog


  1. Deer, L. (2015, February 16). How to get Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/jamaican-radio-stations/
  2. Mitroff, S. (2015, February 25). Google Play Music now lets you add 50,000 of your own songs. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/google-play-music-50000-songs/
  3. Etherington, D. (2015, February 25). Google Play Music Increases Cloud Storage Limit To 50,000 Songs. Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/25/google-play-music-increases-cloud-storage-limit-to-50000-songs/

How Dropbox users and Bing Search users can get Free 100GB Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage

Yes, it’s official folks!

Microsoft has declared war on all Cloud Storage Services, including the mighty Google (Deer, 2014, June 24) and their free 15GB Google Drive as well as free 7GB Dropbox.

Especially Dropbox!

As of Thursday February 19th 2015, Microsoft is offering 100GB of Free Microsoft OneDrive Cloud storage (Warren, 2015) for one (1) year in a manner similar to the two (2) year offer to Bing users under Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program!

They had already rolled out 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage free (Deer, 2015 February 10) in exchange for signing up for Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program.

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So Folks on this Friday February 20th 2015, queue the song Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan.

Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program was really to entice Internet users to use Bing Search (Chacos, 2015) instead of Google Search. Now they’ve come back with a similar program for Dropbox Cloud drive users, in effect starting a Cloud Storage War! And it’s not even the Summer of 2015 as yet as Winter is still clinging to the cities up North!

So how do you take advantage of this offer?

100GB Microsoft OneDrive for Dropbox users – How 1 year free 100GB Microsoft OneDrive is a good thing

Ok, so now that I’ve gotten the announcement bits out of the way, how do you take advantage of this offer?

Like, Duh, first you have to have a Dropbox Account preferably with a synched folder on your computer, Laptop, Tablet or smartphone.

Then you’ll need to sign up for a Microsoft Outlook email Account.

Once you have a Microsoft Outlook Account, you’ll also automatically get a Free 15GB OneDrive Cloud (Deer, 2014 March 20).

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You can easily opt for Skype Calling in your Browser as well (Deer, 2014, November 24) but that a perk for another article.

Alternately, Dropbox owners, once logged in and while reading this article, can click on this link to get the extra 100GB Microsoft OneDrive Account:  https://preview.onedrive.com/bonus.

To summarize all the above (Hill, 2015), follow the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your Dropbox Account
  2. Go to Microsoft’s Promotion page
  3. Click “Verify and get my storage”
  4. Sign in to your Microsoft OneDrive Account
  5. Click the “Save to Dropbox button” for Microsoft to save a promotional pamphlet to your Dropbox Account
  6. Click the “Save” button
  7. You’ll then see the message “Your bonus storage was successfully applied!”

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Note: If you already have a Microsoft Outlook Account, make sure that Cookies are enabled then sign in to your Dropbox Account (Tung, 2015) and then into your Microsoft Outlook Account.

When you access your Microsoft OneDrive Account, you’ll be given an offer for 100GB of Free Microsoft OneDrive space (LeCalir, 2015) listed as an Enthusiast bonus within the Microsoft OneDrive .

Dropbox users, simply read and accept all of the Terms and Conditions, one of which will require that they place a special Microsoft OneDrive brochure inside of the Dropbox folder to let Microsoft know that they are actually users of their Dropbox service.

Microsoft OneDrive competing against Dropbox – Google Drive may be their next target

That’s it!

Once you’ve done that, dear Dropbox user, you then your get 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive free for one (1) year date effective from the day you signed up, which is Thursday February 19th 2015. After one (1) year, which is February 19th 2016, you’ll have to start paying US$1.99 (£1.99/month) for 100GB without having to subscribe to Office 365 down.

It’s a little bit less than the two (2) years on offer for being a Bing search Loyalist under Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program, which by the way is still available until Saturday February 28th 2015.

But unlike Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program, this offer comes with fewer strings attached. Plus, it’s available to International, including Jamaicans.

Yes, you read that right, dear reader; Jamaicans! Not only is this offer for a free 100 GB Microsoft OneDrive, but it’s also available to ALL international Dropbox users, not just Americans. So no Proxy or VPN (Virtual Private Network) (Deer,2014 September 20) is required for you to get this. US$1.99 (£1.99/month) for 100GB is not a bad deal either after the free trial period is up.

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More importantly, aside from the capability of uploading 10GB files and folders (Deer,2014 September 15) and sharing links in a manner similar to Google Drive or even Dropbox, you can also up your game and get Microsoft Office 360 with 1TB of storage for Office 365 Personal (Deer, 2014, June 24) for just US$6.99/month (£5.99/month).

Also when you consider that this offer may improve in the future to 1TB or more and is roughly the size of a small portable external Hard-drive, you’ll realize that this isn’t so bad.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a Dropbox Account and a Microsoft Outlook Account and get your free 100GB Microsoft OneDrive Account.

Even better, sign up for BOTH the Enthusiast bonus as well as Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program and get a whopping total of 200GB free Microsoft OneDrive, VPN and Proxy still required of course!

Microsoft, you made my TGIF wonderful !

Here’s the link:


Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft OneDrive

Free Bing Rewards program

Enthusiast bonus


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  2. Deer, L. (2014, June 24). Microsoft rewards OneDrive users with 15GB Free Storage – How Office 365 users can get 1TB Free Storage as they Chase Google Drive. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/microsoft-rewards-onedrive-users-with.html
  3. Deer, L. (2014, March 20). Skype-ing from your Browser now possible as WhatsApp conspires to kill International Calling. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/skype-ing-from-your-browser-now-possible-as-whatsapp-conspires-to-kill-international-calling/
  4. Deer, L. (2014, November 24). Skype for Web Beta allows Skype Calling in Google Chrome – Skype for Business replaces Lync as Skype for Web Beta finally allows Chromebooks to use Skype. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/skype-for-web-beta-allows-skype-calling.html
  5. Deer, L. (2014, September 15). Microsoft OneDrive finally Breaks Free – 10GB Uploading and Sharing with drag-and-drop that’s great for Streaming larger files. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/microsoft-onedrive-finally-breaks-free.html
  6. Deer, L. (2014, September 20). Surfing the Internet Anonymously using VPN – How to use Streaming Set Top Boxes over VPN. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/surfing-internet-anonymously-using-vpn.html
  7. Deer, L. (2015, FEBRUARY 10). How to get 100 GB Free Microsoft OneDrive and win Gift Cards and Giveaways. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/how-to-get-free-100-gb-microsoft-onedrive/
  8. LeCalir, D. (2015, February 19). MICROSOFT TRIES TO WOO DROPBOX LOYALISTS WITH 100GB OF FREE STORAGE. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/look-out-dropbox-microsoft-offering-100gb-of-onedrive-storage-to-dropbox-users/
  9. Tung, L. (2015, February 20). Microsoft offers free 100GB OneDrive space to Dropbox users worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-offers-free-100gb-onedrive-space-to-dropbox-users-worldwide/
  10. Warren, T. (2015, february 19). Microsoft is giving away 100GB of OneDrive space to Dropbox users. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/19/8071263/100gb-free-onedrive-storage-for-dropbox-users
  11. Hill, B. (2015, February 20). Microsoft Offers Another 100GB Of Free OneDrive Storage If You Link A Dropbox Account. Retrieved from http://hothardware.com/news/microsoft-offers-another-100gb-of-free-onedrive-storage-if-you-link-a-dropbox-account

Apple iWorks for iCloud Beta now Free for Windows, Linux OS and Google Chrome OS

Want an alternative to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint even if it’s free (Deer, 2015), on smartphones and Tablets?

Then maybe you’ll like Apple iWork for iCloud, now free on Windows, Linux OS and Google Chrome OS (Tofel, 2015) users as of Friday February 13th 2015. Sorry Android, nothin’ is free in android land from Apple!


That’s right!

You no longer need to have an Apple product or be logging into Apple iWork for iCloud from an iMac or Macbook Pro via a Safari Browser. Apple now uses a valid email to create the much coveted Apple ID to identify you within iCloud and gives you an introductory 1GB Apple iCloud Account to boot. 

Apple iWork for iCloud – Shadows of the Fappening still darkens the skies for iCloud

If you already have an Apple ID, this is a great way to access your iWorks documents on non-Apple documents, all of which will be stored in the cloud.

This free gesture is a follow-on of their price drop on their Apple iCloud service back in September 2014 in a big to shake off the negative sentiments after the Fappening (Deer, 2014, September 22) where the iCloud Accounts of Celebrities were hacked.


If, however, this is your first time using an Apple product, then having the productive power of iWorks means that you can become a part of Apple’s world. Instead of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, you’ll instead get used to the aesthetically (McCormick, 2015) pleasing Apple iWorks Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

This free gesture is paltry in a world where Free Cloud Drives from competitors can be as much as 7GB in the Case of Dropbox, 15GB (Deer, 2013, May 16) in the case of Google Drive and 15GB in the case (Deer, 2014, June 24) of Microsoft OneDrive.

You see, albeit an expansion of Apple iWork for iCloud would boost their marketshare of the Cloud Based Word Processing Market with Microsoft Office 360 and Google Docs already having a huge lead.

It’s the Cloud Drive supporting it that many are interested in and it’s rather small size of 1GB is a bit of a turnoff. Apple needs to increase that as well, and give it capabilities similar to that of Google Drive or even Dropbox.

Still if you’re up for a free Word Processor on the Go, then Apple iWork for iCloud will work well for you as you take a Bite of the Apple!

Here’s the link

Apple iWork for iCloud


  1. Deer, L (2014, September 22). US$19.99 1TB Cloud thanks to Apple iCloud Price Drop – Apple iCloud for Windows out to counter Bad Press from Celebrity Hacking. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/us1999-1tb-cloud-thanks-to-apple-icloud.html
  2. Deer, L. (2013, May 16). Google Drive, the Dropbox clone, now upps the ante to 15GB of Free Storage during Google IO. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/google-drive-15gb-of-free-storage/
  3. Deer, L. (2014, June 24). Microsoft rewards OneDrive users with 15GB Free Storage – How Office 365 users can get 1TB Free Storage as they Chase Google Drive. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/microsoft-rewards-onedrive-users-with.html
  4. Deer, L. (2015, January 6). Microsoft gone #Freemium: How to edit Office files in #Dropbox on your smartphone or Tablet. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/microsoft-gone-freemium-office-files-in-dropbox-on-your-smartphone-or-tablet/
  5. Jones, B. (2015, February 17). Windows users can now access Apple’s iWorks for free. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-users-can-now-get-apples-iworks-free/
  6. McCormick, R. (2015, February 15). Apple makes iWork apps available to users without any Apple devices. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/15/8043569/iwork-apps-apple-now-available-android-windows
  7. Tofel, K.C. (2015, February 12). Apple makes iWork for iCloud beta free on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS. Retrieved from https://gigaom.com/2015/02/13/apple-makes-iwork-for-icloud-beta-free-on-windows-linux-chrome-os/



How to get Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations

Now that most Jamaicans seem to have a smartphone since the Great Smartphone Sale of 2014, particularly the Huawei Y330 from LIME (Deer, 2014, December 14) or one of the DLXXX Series from Digicel (Deer, 2014, December 13)  and we all know how to activate a 3G Prepaid Account, Streaming would seem the natural thing.

But that’s not quite the case in Jamaica, as the Mobile Internet speeds are way too slow for streaming video, according to Netflix’s ISP Index for the month of December 2014 (Deer, 2015, February 6). So clearly, we can’t stream Netflix quality Video.

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However, that doesn’t mean we can’t stream our Local Jamaican Radio Stations.  Most of them are available for Streaming using Third-Party Cloud Platforms (Deer, 2014, February 9) powered in the following formats:

Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – Websites for the Laptop and Desktop People 

So here’s the list. First, I’ll start with the embedded scripting hosted on the Radio Stations Website for the Desktop and Laptop people who listen to their Radio in the office:

Good to note some of these Radio Stations don’t even have their own website, resorting to Facebook in some cases. Also, almost all of them use a third-party website as their Streaming Platform.

Finally, and most frustratingly of all, some of them may not even have Streaming properly integrated into their Website, outdated Plugins to support Streaming or Scripting errors in how the Streaming was implemented by the Radio Station. 

Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations

To that end, my second list would be of greater interest, as in searching for the websites for these Radio stations, I bumped into two (2) main Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations onto one single page:

You just click on the icon representation the Radio Station that you want and it plays. Again, not all of them work, a fact true for both websites, again possibly due to outdated Plugins to support Streaming or Scripting errors in how the Streaming was implemented by the Radio Station.

Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – App on Google Play and Apple iTunes Stores

This finally brings me to the last option for those who can’t bother to open their Default Android Browser: Streaming Apps. A Few Radio Stations have invested in Streaming Apps, sensing that the Smartphone revolution was coming, as not all Millennials (ages 18 to 28) and Teenagers (ages 13 to 17) totin’s smartphones actually use the built in FM Radio.

Here’s the list of Jamaican Radio Stations that have Apps on the Google Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store:

Of course, like the Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations, there are also Apps on BOTH Google Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store that do the same thing. These are especially useful if you don’t want to clutter the homepage of your smartphone with Apps. 

Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – Can’t Stream Video, Stream Jamaican Radio Stations

It’s an exhaustively long list which I cannot list here, so simply searching for “Jamaican Radio Stations” will yield some good results and it up to you to try them out.

So the next time you thing there is no streaming in Jamaica, just peruse my Streaming list. We can’t quite stream video as yet, but if you have 1Mbps Internet Speed, you can certainly Stream Radio without much trouble.


  1. Deer, L. (2014, December 13). Retrieved from JA$6,950 DL750 and JA$8,250 DL800 on Sale at Digicel – Alcatel One Touch Pop C1 as ZTE Force Awakens and Alcatel’s Empire Strikes Back http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/12/ja6950-dl750-and-ja8250-dl800-on-sale.html
  2. Deer, L. (2014, December 14). JA$2999+GCT Huawei Ascend Y330 Sale at @limejamaica – Digicel DL750, DL800 Sale makes JA$6,907.92+GCT per month Samsung Galaxy Note 4 a Steal. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/12/ja2999gct-huawei-ascend-y330-sale-at.html
  3. Deer, L. (2014, February 9). Music Cloud Streaming set to rise in 2014 – Still no home-grown Jamaican or Caribbean Free Cloud Storage Services as we Ride Along on Foreign Cloud Services. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/02/music-cloud-streaming-set-to-rise-in.html
  4. Deer, L. (2015, February 6). Netflix says Digicel has slowest Broadband Internet – Why Digicel still slow after CLARO despite Apples and Oranges as 4G LTE beckons. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/02/netflix-says-digicel-has-slowest.html