Producer / Host, Caribbean Connection, CHIN FM 100.7 Radio, Toronto, ON. Born: Trinidad & Tobago.
Jai Ojah-Maharaj (JOM) has been known as “the voice of the Caribbean” on CHIN Radio/TV International since 1979. His Caribbean Connection and Dateline programs are the source of news, information and music from this region to people of Caribbean origin living in Toronto and throughout Southern Ontario.
Known for his standards of excellence and commitment to integrity in broadcasting, JOM has also trained and mentored many who were launching careers in this field.
Highlights: Host, South Asian Newsweek, CFMT, Channel 47 (1993-98); Guest Commentator and Columnist for a variety of radio and newspaper outlets in Canada, Trinidad and New York; Technical Producer, evening programming, CHIN Radio AM & FM; judge, Juno Awards, calypso and reggae categories (1985-90).
Honours: Several, including Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Award (2005); National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award, “for long and meritorious service to the Caribbean community in Canada” (2004); Council of Canada Award “for long and meritorious service to the Caribbean community in Canada” (2004).
Education: Radio Broadcasting diploma, Humber College.