a St Lucian media landscape which is littered with close to fifteen radio stations, Radio Caribbean International celebrated its 50th anniversary still transmitting with a youthfulness which belies its age.
Many veteran radio listeners have been attesting to the station’s vibrancy and positive impact on their lives, ever since its emergence on the air following its inauguration at 12:30 p.m on Thursday February 23rd , 1961 by the island’s then chief Minister, George Charles.
The Station’s first General Manager, Michael Ferry, was also present at the ceremony, including members of the legislative and executive council, heads of government departments and leading businessmen.
The station’s format at that time was a studio separated with a glass window for the operator (who plays the music) and the announcer to view each other; hand signals were the order of the day.
Here are some of the operators;
Andre La Fargue, John Jacques, Cleo, Twelve Glasgow, Vernon Gamble, and Peter Ephraim.
The front office was the domain of Daphne Francois a St.Lucian and Lydia a French national, Lyn, Mrs. Pet Gibson and Mary Laurencin as the Librarian.
At its inception RCI was bi- lingual- French and English broadcasting from Vigie with first St.Lucian announcer Emelda Charles in the Mid- morning and Roddy Decoteau hosting the afternoon show with Winston Foster as Station Engineer.
Some of the popular voices at that time were; Vic Fadlien, Maurice Moffat, Hogarth Hippolyte, Eric Branford, Vaughn Noel, Sam “Juke Bois” Flood, Hilare Alexander , Marcellus Miller, Joyce Auguste and many others. The baton was then passed onto Sean Isaac, Kirby Allian, Mac Naughton McLean, Michael “Dr Beat” Dubois, Timothy Poleon, Alston “IWA” St Remy, Sergin Joseph, Claudia Edwards; a renown singing artist and Lornedale Marcellin as the station moved to Mongiraud Street in downtown Castries.
In recent years, the baton has been further passed onto persons like Mareen Alexander, Levi Chin, Pringles, Hyper D, Cherry-Ann Gaillard Williams, Elijah Williams, Juanita Sexius, Liza Peter, Catherina Francois, Tovah Gibson and Mr. Antonius “Secra” Gibson as the company’s General Manger. We WILL go all out to employ the best Business! Or develop the best talent that is available in St.Lucia. We will not stop there! But look for all possible avenues for training and growth.
Our staff is the engine that drives success of our company and we maintain a free flow of communication and ideas. We expect all our staff will be known for their character, integrity, honesty, professionalism and competence and their commitment.