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Channel One Studio founder dies in New York

Friday, September 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Joseph "JoJo" Hoo Kim, patriarch of Kingston's famed Channel One Studio, died in New York Thursday from liver cancer at age 76.

Franklin Irving, a close family friend, confirmed his death.

Hoo Kim was the eldest of four brothers who operated Channel One at Maxfield Avenue. The studio was the hottest location in roots-reggae during the 1970s, releasing countless hit songs that are now regarded as classics.

Channel One opened in 1972 and through Hoo Kim's astute stewardship, quickly challenged established rivals such as Studio One and Federal Records.

Some of the hits from Channel One include I Need A Roof by the Mighty Diamonds, Ballistic Affair from Leroy Smart, and It's A Shame by Delroy Wilson.

Paul Hoo Kim, the third of the brothers, was killed in Greenwich Farm in 1977. Kenneth, the second eldest, died in 2013.

Ernest, youngest of the brothers, was chief engineer at Channel One.

Joseph is survived by his wife Joyce, several children and grandchildren.

Howard Campbell

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