VSB To Cease Radio Broadcasting On Sunday

September 15, 2017

The DeFontes Broadcasting Company has announced that they will cease their radio broadcasting at 5.00pm on Sunday, September 17th.

The company announced the impending closure over the air today, saying, “Sadly, despite the support of listeners and advertisers, and the offering of the island’s best radio news programming, it has not been possible to achieve a viable commercial business with the ability to expand. ”

“The excess number of radio stations in Bermuda also made it difficult to attract the necessary advertising, consequently, VSB Radio will cease broadcasting at 5pm on Sunday, September 17.”

The station added that the “community should take this news as another wake up call about the increasing difficulty that print and broadcast media are having in remaining afloat in the face of the turn of advertising on social media.”

Citing financial losses, the company ceased broadcasting their television channel in August 2014, however kept their radio stations on air for the past three years.

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  1. Ok says:

    Get used to this Bermuda….more business closing soon…

  2. Stevie says:

    Such a shame to see Mix 106 go. Thank god I can get radio on line. The other stations here poor.

  3. Real Onion says:

    VSB lost their way,just like the rest of Bermuda.

  4. Beth says:

    Oh this is such a shame! The only station with a good variety of mudic; especially Saturday nights. So sorry to see 106 shut down.

  5. Jean Males says:

    This is such a shame. Thank you to Chris, Bryan, Peter and Ted and their supporters who kept supplying us with excellent coverage of local and overseas news and great music.

  6. The Kid says:

    What a fight you guys put up… thank you to all of you Chris, Bryan, Peter and Ted. You guys had the best format going…and we will never ever forget you…

  7. Mrs Brady says:

    Thank you VSB for all the great music and news. Sorry to see you go.

  8. Jonathan Land Evans says:

    Will another broadcaster be rebroadcasting the BBC World Servicer?

    • Stevie says:

      Go online. Search for audials on google. You will find radio stations from all over the world. Tap on UK stations. Scroll down to you find Bbc World Service.

      • Jonathan Land Evans says:

        Thanks, but I spend too much time on the computer as it is!

  9. Athena says:

    Such a shame that good news reporting, a talk show with the incomparable Mrs. Shirley Dill, and music you can actually identify as music rather than noise will be gone.

    Thank you to Chris, Bryan, Peter and Ted. It will be the community’s loss.

    • BermudaRat says:

      Thank you, Bryan Darby, for the really tremendous effort all these years. Also thanks to Kenny, Ted, Chris and Shirley for everything you have given to the community. You were always reliable with good journalists especially during storms, on weekends and with breaking news. You are going to be missed so much.

  10. Christopher Dunne (in USA) says:

    I live in USA and was wondering, similar to Jonathan above—will this affect AM 1160 & 1280 as well? Please let us know on this Comments page tomorrow evening. Thanks in advance.

  11. frank says:

    Radio stations in bermuda have no one that knows how to
    Run live radio.
    There are maybe 2 broadcasters on air the rest are djs
    That can not read And speak clearly
    And the music is either rap reggae or calypso
    It must be a sin to play good rnb

  12. Moonbeam says:

    I add my disappointment re the closing of VSB radio. I will miss my favourite station and it’s excellent broadcasters and staff. Other stations would be wise to take up your format which was varied with something for all.

  13. Radio says:

    Good night Edgardo – you ROCK Dude!

  14. Stevie says:

    Bermuda radio will never be the same again. Two companies who have no idea what the listening public want. Plp run stations the worst.

    • frank says:

      sad to see vsb go I just tuned in to the news could not stand the music but when they started mix 106 they were the first station
      broadcasting in digital zbm was not.
      what killed vsb was that they did not keep up
      zbm has invested in some new equipment in radio it is not top of the line but a step up but the on air presentation has remained the same.
      for radio stations to be successful in Bermuda they have to find a way for listeners to tune in and stay tuned in all day