Barbara Gloudon, outstanding Jamaican journalist, talk show host and playwright, has died.
Mrs Gloudon died in hospital on Wednesday night.
Her death was confirmed by her family.
Barbara Gloudon (born Goodison) was born in Malvern, St. Elizabeth, but mostly grew up in Kingston with the family relocating to the capital city early in her life.
She attended St. George's Infant & Primary School before moving on to St. Andrew High School, after which she entered the field of journalism at The Gleaner newspaper.
In the early 1980s she entered the field of broadcasting as host of Radio Jamaica's talkshow, Hotline. There she attracted a huge following with her folksy delivery and wit, coupled with the empathy she exuded in her interaction with listeners.
She also presented the weekly Anglican radio show, Think on These Things, on Radio Jamaica for many years.
Outside of journalism, she was an accomplished playwright, and eventually became the chief writer and producer for the Annual Pantomime. She also wrote radio plays, the most successful of which was the long-running Wrong Move, which aired on Radio Jamaica.
For a period in the 1970s she also served as Deputy Director of Tourism.
Please click on the audio icon above for Earl Moxam's review of her life and career.
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