[www.inewsguyana.com] – The first radio station in Berbice was officially launched on Saturday night (March 29) – Little Rock Radio 88.5 FM. The Radio entity is owned by Rockcliffe and Pearl Christie.
While delivering remarks at the ceremony, Deputy Mayor of New Amsterdam Harold Debydeen stated that “self – motivated and self – confident” are the words, he would use to describe the owners of the new station.
He urged them to not only be entertaining, but also educational, as he offered congratulations on behalf of all Berbicians.
President of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mark Roopnarine said that it was with great pride that he too congratulated the Christie family who he described as a “transformational force in the community”.
He added that they are poised to take the Little Rock brand to greater heights in the community as they transform lives by being more than just educating and entertaining people through their programming.
Giving a brief history of the Little Rock business operations, Naomi Christie, daughter of the proprietors, said that the company’s initial radio licence application dates back to the early 1990s, followed by a re-application in 1997.
The radio station began testing on February 23, this year with feedback being garnered from the local listening audience. The station covers the entire Berbice area and extends to the East Coast of Demerara.
It is also streamed online. The Little Rock Company began operating in the 1980s with a hotel then expanded in 2005 with the Little Rock Suites on the Main Street of New Amsterdam. It currently employs 60 persons.
The event was also attended by President Donald Ramotar. Government has opened up the broadcast frequency with several radio and television stations granted licences. Among the new radio stations are NTN 89.1FM, RGI, Telecor and Cultural Broadcasting Inc., and Hits and Jams Entertainment among others.