Guardian Radio launches today
Published: Apr 10, 2012
The Nassau Guardian is introducing a new concept to radio broadcasting in The Bahamas.
Guardian Radio, the country’s first news and talk format, officially begins transmission today.
The station’s broadcast frequency is 96.9 FM and will initially focus on serving the New Providence market. The idea to develop an all news and talk station is the brainchild of President and Publisher of The Nassau Guardian Anthony Ferguson, who views this as an opportunity to “revolutionize news and talk in this country”.
Ferguson describes the development of this new radio station as an expression of The Guardian’s commitment to develop a multimedia organization that is committed to developing a new approach to news and talk programming.
He believes that together with The Nassau Guardian and NB12, “We can establish a reputation as the news and information authority in the country.”
The Guardian’s chief is convinced that, “We’re going to raise the standard of broadcast journalism, providing a news product that is second to none. We will provide a platform to discuss the issues intelligently in an effort to create a more enlightened and informed society.”
Veteran broadcast journalist Darold Miller, described as “The Dean” of talk radio in The Bahamas, headlines an impressive line-up of experienced and young talent who will attempt to usher in a new era and transform the news and talk genre.
Miller returns to Nassau following a two and half year stint in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He will host the show, “Darold Miller Live”, a three-hour current affairs format that deals exclusively with current national issues.
He is joined on the Guardian Radio team by former Bahamas at Sunrise Producer Dwight Strachan. A former radio personality, Strachan spent that last 10 years as the producer of the country’s lone morning television magazine style program. He will combine his producing and on-air talents to start the day with an enlightening and entertaining show, “Morning Blend”.
Among the other Guardian Radio recruits are former ZNS personalities Kirk Johnson and Charlene Ferguson and a new, young talent to radio, Tony Grant Jr., who will be making his talk radio debut.
“I am delighted that we have been able to attract such a talented group of Bahamians to help us provide quality news and talk programming,” said Station Manager Carlton Smith.
“We will move talk radio to a different plateau, by seeking to move away from the shows that encourage Bahamians to vent their frustrations and establish opportunities to comprehensively address the issues and hopefully influence change in our society,” he added.
Sunday programming on the station will focus on inspirational, motivational and religious programming with an afternoon current affairs program included.
The station will provide a diverse range of programs, inclusive of news and current affairs, arts and culture, health, education, legal and finance, among others.
“We will utilize new media technology and will provide live streaming of the programming when the station launches next Monday. Apart from the regular telephone calls, we will encourage audience participation through the effective use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter,” Smith said.
The station will also encourage creativity and innovation in the producing of programs as part of its quest to revolutionize news and talk radio programming in the country.