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The Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame was inaugurated  by the Caribbean Broadcasting
Union to honor eminent achievement in radio and television arts and industry.
 

RAFIQ KHAN

Induction into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame
July 1996, in Dominica.

CITATION

For more than a generation, yours has been the most respected name in the annals of Caribbean Broadcasting.

That is only as it should be, for you are this region’s supreme exponent of the art of broadcasting management - matchless as a broadcaster and a maker of broadcasters - master strategist and sustainer of media systems - teacher, counselor and inspiration to all who strive for excellence.

You fell in love with radio when you were only 16 and devoted your early life to elevating that medium in your native land to standards never since attained.  Your mastery of language and technique, your professional discipline, transformed your every broadcast into a work of art.

But it was as manager and leader that you rose to eminence.  The cavalcade of broadcasting talent you spawned and motivated in that golden age of radio in Guyana has marched on to endow the region and the world.

You have said that Guyana was where you were born, but the entire Caribbean is your home.  This you so amply demonstrated when, as UNESCO’s first Communication Adviser in the region, you mobilized international resources and used your outstanding expertise in implementing scores of media development projects to benefit all our countries.

Throughout the Caribbean, you bonded with broadcasting stations, large and small, elevated them to new heights and became part of them.  You also served on the Boards of CANA and CBU, lectured at CARIMAC, and guided these three regional organizations through crucial stages of their growth.

Since retiring from UNESCO, you have never ceased to give liberally from your vast reservoir of knowledge and experience to the cause of regional communication.  Your counsel is sought after and followed by governments and communication institutions throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.  Broadcasters, young and old, look up to you as their caring friend and mentor.  We at the CBU continue to be enriched by your wisdom and diplomacy.

From Belize in the north to Suriname in the south, the name of Rafiq Khan is legend.  You were meant for the ages.  And so, in the names of broadcasters, past, present and future, to whom you have been and will continue to be an inspiration and a role model, we open wide the portals of the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame and bid you enter.

 

HUGH CHOLMONDELEY

Induction into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame
July 1996, in Dominica

CITATION

You are the master-builder of regional communication.  It was your vision and dedication, above all others, which brought into being that triumvirate of great institutions, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the Caribbean News Agency and the Caribbean Institute of Mass Communication.  Thus, as dreamer and architect, your place in history is already secure.

The gift of innovation was always within you.  Consider your beginnings in broadcasting in Guyana, the country of your birth - how, almost instinctively, you kept pushing back the barriers and finding new ways of doing exciting things.  You opened doors, walked boldly through and challenged others to follow.

But yours was a talent that could not be contained by narrow geographical boundaries. You soon set your sights on the Caribbean, yearning to develop collaborative arrangements among our radio and television stations.  So you went knocking on the doors of broadcasters in every country of the region until, through your missionary zeal, the CBU was formed.

Under your leadership, the CBU found its feet and spread its wings.  You spearheaded co-productions on every imaginable subject.  Radio titles such as Project One and Horizons are still remembered today because of what you did in the early 70’s.

By then, your communication skills and your unique abilities as an organization builder were being employed by UNESCO and UNDP in the formation of CANA and CARIMAC.  Still later, you rose to positions of regional prominence in both of those international agencies.  In more recent times, you have served with great distinction in U.N. relief and rehabilitation programmes in the troubled countries of Africa.

It is, however, for your seminal contributions to the development of regional broadcasting that we honour you today.  Yours was a driving mission wedded to a burning vision. You grabbed ideas and dragged them into the light of day.  One such idea was the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

Welcome, Hugh Cholmondeley, Visionary Builder, Founding Father of the CBU, to your rightful place in the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

 

OLGA LOPES-SEALE

Induction into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame
August 1997, in Suriname

CITATION

If the true measure of broadcasting as a public service is the extent to which it imbues audiences with a sense of community and a spirit of outreach to the least fortunate, then you are this region’s great pioneer of Public Service Broadcasting and its greatest exponent.

Your community instincts were always at work, even in the 1930’s when, as a callow youth armed with a mandolin and a winsome voice, you made your first tentative forays into the still virgin territory of radio in your native land, the British Guiana of yore.

As the years passed, whether you played or sang or ran talent shows or did general announcing, you somehow managed to engage your listeners in charitable causes.  Eventually in 1953, you launched the Radio Demerara Needy Children’s Fund which, onto this day, brings sustenance and comfort to thousands of destitute children and families.

That dedication, that talent, nurtured in the land of your birth, came into full flowering in the land of your adoption, Barbados, where you have lived since 1963.  You took Bajans into your warm embrace, and they hugged you right back.  The Rediffusion Needy Children’s Fund became a national institution.  And so did you.

For the way you used radio to serve the community, you deserve only the highest encomiums, but let us applaud too your other seminal works in the evolution of broadcasting in the Caribbean - the programmes for children and for women, the inspirational programmes, the local talent shows, all of which you pioneered.  And underpinning everything you did, your manifest sincerity, your consummate professionalism as a broadcaster.

For more than two generations, you strove to bring broadcasting into the community and the community into broadcasting.  In the process, you nourished the one and elevated the other.  In these days when we as broadcasters all too often lose sight of our higher purpose, the example of your life will surely remind us of the best that we can be.

And so, in the hope that you continue to be not only our inspiration but our conscience, we, the fraternity of regional broadcasters, welcome you, Olga Lopes-Seale, into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

 



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