Dorraine Samuels a true Jamaican nation-builder

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Dorraine Samuels has been the mother of talk radio since the 1980s, and in 2004 she joined the television anchor cast presenting the news. The St Hugh's old girl is not short on talent, as she was a finalist in the 1980 Miss Jamaica Would pageant. She is also a very proficient singer, pianist, guitarist, and violinist.

When, in 1981, Samuels joined the staff at Real Jamaican Radio she started out working on the Sunday Magazine programme, and then was quickly moved to Jamaica Today, followed by Good Morning show, because of her talent and strength.

But what would be the height of her career is when she officially joined Allan Magnus on Good Morning Jamaica after guest appearing for a number of times. The show took off and Jamaicans at home and abroad loved the synergy between Dorraine and Allan.

Many Jamaicans grew up listening to them in the morning; yes, for many it was their morning routine. As a child I wanted to listen to something else, but when you're stuck in a car with your parents controlling the radio there is nothing else to do but listen. After a period of time I got hooked on Dorraine's voice. I now wanted to listen to her every morning on my way to school. I can vividly remember when the radio in the car broke down we had to substitute it with a portable radio just to hear her.

Some years after I went to the National Arena, I think it was a school expo, and I met Dorraine. She was the sweetest and kindest person I have ever met.

Dorraine Samuels has contributed a lot to the media industry; her soft and smooth voice will surely be missed. Her upright and firm delivery of the news were her hallmark. She read the news effortlessly, and that was always something I admired about her. I doubt there will ever be another like her. I will miss her from the media, but I welcome the move. I believe that people should step away from the things they love at their strongest and not at their weakest or lowest because those are the points people will remember the most.

Dorraine, I applaud you and thank you for your contribution to nation-building. I am sure we will see you around in the supermarket.

All the best as you take on this new journey called retirement.

Nickoyon Brown

'I Believe' ambassador

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