From 1999 – 2001, I ran underwire:: the 24 hour sound of Trinidad-Online.

Operating via Live365.com it was one of the first 24 hour online Trinidadian music stations. It was a joy for me as broadcast was a dream of mine from a very young age. Growing up my idols were local radio personalities such as Dave Elcock, Sharon Pitt, Denis McComie, Adrian Don Mora and Emmett Hennessy.

After watching Pump Up The Volume in the late 80’s and being hooked on 90’s basement-style public access shows like JBTV (Jerry Bryant Television where I first saw/ heard Suede & Liz Phair) and Noise Bazaar I was convinced that at some point I too would ‘rule the airwaves’! Praise technology for making this a practical and affordable reality for me in 1999.

Quality isn’t enough in an internet radio station though if no one knows you exist.

Fortunately this was not the case with underwire. By its second year, thanks to my marketing efforts, this Caribbean Internet radio station had been chosen as a Live365 Editor’s Pick, Sonicbox “Best of the Planet” and was featured in the “Rough Guide to Internet Radio”.

In 2001 Sonicbox approached me about licensing the station’s feed to their emerging satellite radio venture with Microsoft. As you can imagine I was extremely excited about this! Unfortunately it was not to be. The burst of the dot.com bubble, the events of 9/11 and growing record company charges and restrictions on on-air streaming all collided. Sonicbox disappeared without much mention (to this day I’m not sure what the story behind their demise was) and changes in Live365’s fee structure made underwire less practical for me to maintain.

By the end of 2001, I ceased all active maintenance of its feed.

Some kind soul, unknown to me, kept the final version of the Trinidad-Online.org site (including the Underwire site) alive for many years via renewing the domain and mirroring all of its contents. I don’t know your name (though I have some ideas who you could be) but either way, thanks so much for keeping this part of my life (and Trinidad’s Internet History) alive!

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