Experiencing diverse cultures present all around the world is what tourists dream of doing on their travels. People often throng the culturally rich parts of the world the moment they get vacations, and no one can blame them. The reason different cultures pull people around the world towards them is their uniqueness and capability to sustain modernity. The most interesting fact about the cultures is that they are preserved and practiced over centuries and accompany humans as signs of their identity.
Frederick A. Morton, Jr. is a person who never shied away from being proud of his Caribbean identity. In fact, he wore it as a badge of honor when he moved from St. Croix to New Jersey to pursue higher studies. In St. Croix, he saw a beautiful amalgamation of Caribbean cultures. Comprised of various nations, the region is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. His father was quite a man of culture himself and instilled a strong Caribbean values in his children.
Like father, like son – as they say, and this was perfectly true with Frederick and his father. He proudly carried the Caribbean values instilled in him by his diligent parents and set on a course to make his motherland proud.
He did so by passing a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate in Law from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University with flying colors. After that, when he started working as an Attorney and Senior Corporate Counsel for prestigious New York law firms like Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, Johnson & Johnson and Viacom, he never stopped triumphing everywhere.
Immersed in the love for his homeland, there was one responsibility Frederick felt he needed to fulfill. As rich as the Caribbean islands were in culture, arts and a skillful populace, they lacked a rich presence on TV screens. Not a single channel focused exclusively on the Caribbean lifestyle, and it had been the dream of every islander, including Frederick, to have a dedicated media network that would only promote all things Caribbean.
Hence, when Frederick stepped into MTV as Senior Vice President and Head of the Litigation Department, he upped his efforts to strike a deal with MTV management to acquire a Caribbean-specific channel. At first, he shared the idea with Tom Freston, one of the founders of MTV, and then consistently strived for two years to get it approved by the upper management.
Eventually, he got the nod in 2005 and TEMPO Networks was launched in a major event at the South Street Seaport in New York. Since then, the Network has exponentially promoted the Caribbean vibes in the US and across the Caribbean peninsula with a magnificent audience of five million and millions on its social media and digital platforms. After the launch of TEMPO Networks, regional and international travel also observed a major boost. A number of local artists, now international celebrities, were launched from TEMPO’s stage. All in all, the Network took the world by storm and catapulted the Caribbean into the international limelight.
The towering achievements bagged by TEMPO made Frederick A. Morton, Jr. a proud son of the Caribbean. He is a glaring example of William Arthur’s words in which he had said “if you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it!”