For almost 40 years, beloved veteran broadcaster Dorraine Samuels-Binger lived her dream of inspiring many people. So much so that she became a household name, capturing the hearts of Jamaicans with her warm, welcoming smile and comforting voice.
Yesterday, at a thanksgiving service for her life, RJR/Gleaner Communications Group CEO Gary Allen reminded the congregation of that dream.
He said that Samuels-Binger, who passed away on March 26, still had her workstation at Radio Jamaica as her creed was: ‘I want to inspire people, I want someone to look at me and say, because of you I didn’t give up.’
“Well, Dorraine, for almost 40 years, to thousands of viewers and listeners, you did that. You inspired many. Walk good, our friend; your memory will never fade and we will never forget you,” Allen said to thunderous applause from the large congregation inside and outside the University Chapel on The University of the West Indies, Mona campus in St Andrew.
In a play on RJR‘s slogan, Allen said Samuels-Binger, who joined the radio station in January 1981, became the ‘Supreme Sound’.
“Her silky-smooth voice, her easy tone, clear diction, her ability to effortlessly lift words off paper and make them into images that seemed to speak specifically to you at the same time that it was speaking specifically to me is a quality which few can compare,” he said.
Allen said she was promoted at least five times and rose to being presenter and supervisor of on-air staff, and according to her colleagues, was one of the easiest talents to work with in studio and on outside broadcasts.