Edison Zeferino Claudino Stanislaus Coleman, a Radio Belize legend
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Edison Zeferino Claudino Stanislaus Coleman, a Radio Belize legend (1931 - 1994)

Belize Best Radio Personel and DJ, played the latest music, and loved all music. One of the great Belizeans that kept our nation happy back in the days when there was no television. Hats off the this great gentleman. His wife was Panchita. He used to speak of his Panchita and her 44-44-44 measurements.

He would wake us up tapping on the desk, mawning, Good mawning and you could hear the rooster in the background. I remember him saying "Belize in the Caribbean Basin/ La Palangana Caribeña". Or "Belize the Caribbean beat in the heart of Central America". Seferino was the Only person, in or outside of the public service who could have dissed George Price, tek it mek joke and joke pan tappa it and nothing happened to he. Sefe was in a class by himself. "Halloo! Wake up you sleepy heads. Buenos Dias! Buite Binafe! Chan Chan - Shalome! Mawnin' Belize! Cockadoodledoo! Break in - Jenny Crack Corn...and I don't care. Wake up and work!" His show played one hour daily of Spanish songs on the radio. "Eddie Seferino Cloudino Coleman from the beautiful island of Benque Viejo del Carmen." He emceed Miss Belize 1990.

The Legendary "Denberg, Edison, Claudino, Fistularis, Mincos, Tobias, Constanlines, Lazaros Coleman. Hijo de Dona Rosa y Don Danton de la Isla de. Benque Viejo del Carmen."

Nancy R. Koerner: Edison "Seferino" Coleman may have been the first person to refer to Belize as "The Jewel of the Caribbean" ("La Joya de la Caribena"). Don't know if someone had used the nickname beforehand, but the first time I heard it was in 1976, listening to was one-of-a-kind entertainer, comedian, and broadcaster extraordinaire, Edison "Seferino" Coleman, originally from Benque Viejo. Every morning he would light up our world with his enthusiastic greetings, usually done in five or six languages in addition to Spanish and English, including Hebrew, Chinese, and German. You just couldn't have a bad day when the first thing you heard was: "GOOD MAWNIN' BELIZE! To all my friends and countrymen. This is Radio Belize. Esto es Radio Belice. La voce de la Caribena. La voce de la amistad. And how are ALL of you dis mawnin' in dis BEAUTIFUL LITTLE JEWEL OF OURS?"

Who remembers our legendary "Seferino - Sefe - Coleman"

Courtesy Capital News Post:

On February 6, 1994 Belize lost a legend in Denburg Edison Clifford Coleman, a radio pioneer, comedian and journalist. He worked primarily with Radio Belize and is recognized as having brought that station to a position of prominence in the small Central American nation.

Coleman was born in Benque Viejo del Carmen on January 8, 1931 to descendants of Honduran immigrants from Isla Roatan. Having attended primary school in Benque Viejo and high school in Belize City, he became involved in the nationalist movement on the labour front, working with George Price and the General Workers' Union in the 1950s. He had also gotten a part-time job with Radio Belize as a temporary announcer, at first working only in Spanish because the bosses thought he did not have the right accent for delivering an English-language newscast. He received a certificate and a job as Labor Inspector but was fired a few months later after an altercation with a fellow employee. He fell back on his job at Radio Belize and within a decade had risen to become the voice of Belize, with a sometimes risque repartee of jokes and witticisms and a ready supply of listener approved music. About this time he married childhood sweetheart Carmen "Panchita" Aguallo; they had one son, current broadcaster with Positive Vibes FM Gerard Coleman. He also had a step granddaughter, Susan Hernandez, whom he loved very much like his own blood granddaughter. He often let her speak over the radio and pick songs for the playlist. Coleman also frequently performed at the former Bliss Institute, now Center for the Performing Arts. He died in 1994, at Radio Belize's ebb in Belize City, Belize, prior to the station's demise in 1998.

Coleman was termed a perfectionist by some of his coworkers. But he always kept them- and listeners- on edge with his own brand of humor, much of it focused on unseen companion "Panchita", which many listeners thought represented his wife, though this was not the case. Among several bad habits was his lack of judgement with regard to time, some mornings barely making it to studios in downtown Belize City; and his rampant alcoholism, which only after several scares was repudiated in the late 1970s. Coleman succeeded because he represented the resiliency of Belizeans in the face of the many disasters affecting the nation as it struggled toward independence.

Here's a snapshot of the life of outstanding Belizean entertainer, broadcaster, and comedian, Edison Seferino Coleman. Report by Steve Lovell.

The life of an outstanding Belizean entertainer, broadcaster, and comedian, Edison Seferino Coleman. Report by Steve Lovell.

This was Seferino Cloudino Coleman's playground. This is now the BTL building downtown.

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