‘A consummate and talented professional’ is how members of the media fraternity are hailing veteran broadcaster, Dorraine Samuels.
Ms Samuels died Tuesday afternoon at the University Hospital of the West Indies after a brief battle cancer.
The silky smooth voice many Jamaicans heard at the start and end of their day. The veteran broadcaster Dorraine Sameuls brought smiles and information to a generation.
After almost 4 decades in broadcasting, Dorraine Samuels reflected what many would describe as the best of the Jamaican personality.
Group Head of News at the RJR/Gleaner Group, Milton Walker, says Dorraine, the consummate professional, was loved by everyone.
Her melodious voice, though did not encapsulate the longstanding broadcaster.
Emmy-award winning Journalist and CEO of Nationwide News Network, Cliff Hughes, reflecting on the life of Dorraine Samuels, remembers an act of kindness.
Meanwhile Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips in expressing sadness at the passing of Ms Samuels says her death has the country in mourning.
Dorraine Samuels worked at RJR for almost 40-years. She retired in January of this year from television news. She joined RJR shortly after she placed fifth in the Miss Jamaica World competition in 1980 at 18-years-old. She’s survived by three children – Russell, Melissa and Morgan – other relatives, friends and thousands of admirers.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Dorraine Samuels’ significant contribution to broadcast media is unparalleled. In a tweet shortly after news emerged that Ms. Samuels had died, Mr. Holness said the Government of Jamaica extends sincere condolences to her friends, family and colleagues.
The Prime Minister lauded the late broadcaster for her sincerity and integrity. Mr. Holness says the government’s thoughts are with the RJR/Gleaner Group and the entire media fraternity in their time of sorrow.
Shortly after the beginning of the sitting of the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, House Speaker, Pearnel Charles, commented on Ms. Samuel’s passing.