Dorraine Samuels – the voice of AgroBuzz

It was in April 2014 that the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries aired the first edition of our radio agricultural programme, AgroBuzz.

The intention was to tell about happenings in the sector, from our perspective, and to allow our stakeholders to share that information.

The station we chose was RJR 94FM because we believed that Dorraine’s Coffee Break was the perfect programme in which to air it. So, Wednesdays at 9:45a.m. became the spot of choice and for the last five years. We had the great pleasure of working with Dorraine to get our scripts, just words on pages, come alive in the interviews she conducted in her own inimitable style.

Our topics ranged from apiculture through to castor beans, livestock, outstanding farmers, the 4-H Clubs; you name it! Whatever the topic, the constant voice was that of Dorraine Samuels, who not only conducted the interviews, but made the programme her own. Her love of the agricultural subject areas was translated into the engaging, vibrant and sparkly manner in which she conversed with the interviewees. Her empathy and her tone exuded love and understanding.

Dorraine’s voice was the voice of AgroBuzz. She was a member of our team and we will miss her dearly, even as her style will be cherished as the template for the programme.

On behalf of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the AgroBuzz team offers our deepest condolences to Dorraine’s immediate family and her professional family at the RJRGleaner Communications Group.

Rest in peace, our colleague, our voice.