Osbill “Marlon” Burrell was born in Kingston, Jamaica and relocated to the rural district of Fairburn, Clarendon during infancy. He began playing records from his grandparents’ collection at the age of four and entertained patrons at his grandfather’s store at night by spinning records from said collection. At age five he became an avid listener of Jamaican radio staying up to date on the latest musical developments. A neighbour who operated a sound system called Echo was also an influence and a contributing factor in his staying abreast of the latest music in Jamaica.
Marlon migrated to Bronx, New York in 1984 where his passion for reggae music blossomed. He played records from his father’s collection and tuned in to Caribbean radio programs to satisfy his musical desire. In 1986 at age eleven Marlon began to take an interest in becoming a radio presenter. He was inspired by listening to New York radio personalities such as Clinton Lindsay, Philip Smart, Karl Anthony, Clive Hudson, Donald Lawes, Ken Williams, and Jeff Barnes. He would practice by introducing records as he played them at home.
In 1993 Marlon began his radio experience at WHLC, the thirty-watt AM station on the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx. There he honed his skills by hosting music programs and covering the school’s baseball and softball teams. Most of the listenership was through closed circuit broadcasting to the campus bookstore, cafeteria, and gymnasium.
In 2002 he was given the opportunity by veteran broadcaster Clinton Lindsay to do a one hour broadcast on The Foundation radio program on WRTN 93.5 FM in New York.
Relocation to eastern Pennsylvania in 2003 lead to Marlon hosting a 2 hour program in Allentown, Pennsylvania at WMUH 91.7 FM until 2006. Marlon again relocated in 2007, this time to South Florida where he continued his radio career at LYNKS FM and WAVS 1170 AM. Marlon has been a diligent researcher of the history of reggae music since the late 1980’s and continues to explore and document his findings. His vast knowledge of the history of reggae music has lead to him contributing to various radio programs as a correspondent since 2013. These include: The International Reggae Show with Musical Genius in the U.K., The Foundation Radio Network with Clinton Lindsay, The Wake Up And Live Show with Sir Rockwell, The Rula Brown Network, and Flashback Saturdays with T-Rob.
Marlon has also made contributions as a writer to the website www.clintonlindsay.com. He has written album reviews, concert reviews, and articles documenting reggae history. Marlon began hosting the internet based radio program Real Rockaz in 2015 blending contemporary reggae flavours with classic reggae music. The program includes features on some of the significant contributors to reggae music both past and present. Little known facts and nuggets of information are often revealed during a Real Rockaz broadcast. Real Rockaz is broadcast twice a week and is simulcast on nine internet radio stations.