Announcer at 96.1 WE FM Kimberly Mitchell-Scott has died. Mitchell-Scott had been ailing for some time.
She was diabetic and had battled multiple health crises in the past, including problems with her kidneys.
She recently developed kidney failure and then contracted a series of infections, the last being pneumonia.
She died on Wednesday evening.
Station owner Tony Chow Lin On posted a tribute to Mitchell-Scott on his social media saying in part, “Dear Kimberly, time will not erase the special bond that we created, the moments we shared, the work done, the things we built together, the happy ‘scandals’ you created daily. I will forever be grateful for the privilege of having you in our lives, your bravery, strength and courage will continue to inspire. There is no end, fly with the angels, rest in eternal peace, we will always love you.”
Within his tribute was a reference to “The Mid-Morning Scandal” the programme Mitchell-Scott co-hosted with Kevin “Tommy” James and Clyde “The Outlaw” Jemmott.
Williams-Scott was a popular voice on the radio station.
Shurland Glasgow, programme director at Trinidad & Tobago Radio Network (TTRN) said, “She loved broadcasting, she loved media, she loved interacting with people, and she was one of the best female broadcasters of the new era.”
She joined 96.1WE FM about 10 years ago. The company held a talent search to find new talent, and she won the competition
“She always displayed an amazing mix of youthful innovation with classic, old-school broadcast talent. Raw talent,” said former programme director at TTRN Paul Richards. He said he recognised her as a leader from since then.
He described her as having a very enthusiastic spirit and said that she managed to keep her bright outlook despite dealing with several health crises over the last two years. Something he attributed to her being supported by her loving husband and two daughters.
Richards said a few weeks ago, he got together with a few of her friends to purchase a wheelchair for Mrs. Mitchell-Scott, to aid with her mobility. And even then, she retained her bright outlook. He said her death is really hard to take, “but I guess she is in a better place”.
Before landing on radio, Williams-Scott broke ground as the selector for the first and only all-female Sound System, Nubian Sound.
The mic-woman for the sound system, Guardian journalist Bobie-Lee Dixon, described her as one of the “baddest” female disc-jockeys ever and said if Nubian Sound was still together, Kimberly would have been a musical force to reckon with.
Before she became a radio announcer herself, Mitchell-Scott would sit in Dixon’s shifts on Red96.7 to learn the ropes.
Speaking of her friend, Dixon said, “Kimberly wasn’t a fearful person, even with her illness she was upbeat.”
She continued, “during our last conversation, she was encouraging me to get back out there (on the radio).”
Mitchell-Scott leaves to mourn her husband Javier Scott, and their two young daughters.