An Interview With Multimedia Veteran Broadcaster Boby Pascal, Part II

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Veteran broadcaster Boby Pascal (better known as Bobby X) has been blowing up for years. Whether as a solo broadcaster or as the partner of his collaborator Will, Pascal has been reining in the fans. He’s modest enough to admit that other broadcasters have been a source of inspiration to him. He’s constantly working at bettering his craft. While many admire him and his gifts as a broadcaster, he’s always pushing towards more…more finesse, more refinement, more professionalism. This is PART II of the interview with this multifaceted man of broadcasting.

Kreyolicious: What are some changes you’ve encountered in the field over the years? How have you kept up?
Boby Pascal: Since Marconi invented radio there have been major changes over the years. I still remember the days when your AM/FM would have statics if you lived too far from the radio station. The Internet and now Social Media have shifted the way broadcast operated and they have also shaped it into something that is particularly personal.

It used to be that I could just go to the radio, speak on a mic, and then go home. Now I must be more aware of the material since its reach is limitless, radio is no longer local, it has become inclusive, it’s crucial to produce a show that speaks to different cultures, different Social Media channels. Now if there is a tragedy or an event going on in the world, I have to touch on it because someone from that particular geographic area might be listening, it is so much more than playing music and interviewing artists.

My partner Wil and I research new trends, new tactics, new equipment and apply these changes so long as they fit in the direction we’re going. We joined Groov’Motion Radio Canada. It’s a powerful vehicle that encompasses what we stand for. Mario Aaron and Lousinio, the CEOs of that radio station believe that I, Boby X can contribute to the growth of Groov’Motion because I’m connected to the new generation……some Facebook groups like HKT (Haitian Kap Tchuip, Randez Vous Kreyol, Therapy and etc…) help me stay on top of things.
radio host and broascaster Boby Pascal

Kreyolicious: Where do you see broadcasting going?
Boby Pascal: It’s hard to predict, but I expect to see more developments in terms of technology (hardware and software), more legal regulations which are needed when boundaries are being pushed, more demands from the public to be more creative and consistent.

Kreyolicious: Some listeners get attached to hosts. Have you ever been stalked by a fan?
Boby Pascal: Being a public personality can have its share of downsides, fortunately, nothing of this nature has happened to me. Most who listen to me become friends or great colleagues of [mine], not fans. They enjoy the content and appreciate the uniqueness of what I do, and that’s all I can ask for.

Kreyolicious: Gratitude leads to more blessings. What are you most grateful for?
Boby Pascal: I’m most grateful to God and for God. I don’t know where I would be if He was not there ordering my steps and sheltering me with His Grace. I’m grateful for my wife. It’s hard to describe the love and support she bestows. The hurdles of life become lighter when you have a loving partner holding your hand every step of the way. It’s impossible to talk about gratitude and blessings and not mention my friends, some who have been there since the beginning. Others who have come along the way…colleagues who are gracious with their time and advice, and the public that inspires me to be and do better.

And I am grateful for Regine Lafontant who is always and was always ready to help me out. She was there at FAU on Espace Musical, and I took over after her on Kajou TV. I’m also grateful for Armanda LaPearl and Edna Edmond, both have been co-hosts of the show.
broadcaster Boby Pascal

Kreyolicious: What if you could only play thirteen songs and only thirteen songs for the rest of your life. What would they be?
Boby Pascal: One, Kery James “Lettre à la République. Two, BIC- “Alèkile”. Three, Jean Jean Roosevelt- “J’ai A Mon Coeur Map Planete” or “Ya Danger)”. Four, Admiral T “Music is Love”. Five, Marvin “Le coup de soleil”. Six, Kalash “Taken” or “KeBlack- Barzadée”. Seven, Sweet Micky – “Cocorico” or “Oulala”. Eight, “Confession” by T-Vice or “Moving On”. Nine, Kaysha “Bien plus fort que mes mots”. Ten, “Pitit Deyo” by Klass. Eleven, Nu-look “What About Tomorrow”. Twelve, Gabel- “Pa ka fè pitit”. Thirteen, Auguste Glardon “A Jésus je m’abandonne”.

Kreyolicious: Some listeners get attached to hosts. Have you ever been stalked by a fan?
Boby Pascal: Being a public personality can have its share of downsides. Fortunately, nothing of this nature has happened to me. Most who listen to me become friends or great colleagues of [mine], not fans. They enjoy the content and appreciate the uniqueness of what I do, and that’s all I can ask for.

Kreyolicious: Where do you see yourself three years from now?
Boby Pascal: Reaching more countries and creating exciting projects, building a solid real estate portfolio, traveling and exploring more.

CLICK HERE to listen to past episodes with multimedia personality and broadcaster Boby Pascal.

SPECIAL NOTE: Some time after this interview was conducted, Mr. Pascal passed away after being involved in a car accident. He was 36. My condolences to his wife, children, colleagues and to all who called him family and friend.

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