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#DorraineFarewell | Fast facts about the late queen of broadcasting

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 10:35 AM

From a 1980 beauty queen finalist to the queen of Jamaican broadcasting, Dorraine Yvette Samuels-Binger has had a royal career in media.

The doyenne of broadcasting, she died from pancreatic cancer on March 26, bringing the curtains down on 38 years of stellar service to the industry.

Her thanksgiving service is being held this morning at the University Chapel at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

A mother of three, Samuels-Binger had become a household name in Jamaica, delivering the news on RJR 94FM on weekday mornings before serving up warm motivation on her magazine programme ‘Dorraine’s Coffee Break’.

Previously, she co-hosted ‘Good Morning Jamaica’ with her long-time colleague Alan Magnus, until his retirement.

Here are some fast facts about Dorraine Samuels:

*Born November 10, 1959.

*Attended St Hugh’s High School for Girls

*Entered broadcasting in January, 1981 by chance after her talent as a speaker was spotted while visiting Radio Jamaica as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World pageant a few months earlier.

*In 2004, she broadened her news reading portfolio to television, becoming the co-anchor on Television Jamaica's Prime Time News.

*Throughout her career, she was a key member of the RJR outside broadcast team on outreach events across the island, and for important state occasions.

*Awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for her contribution to media and received a Press Association of Jamaica award as an iconic trailblazer.

* Mother of three children: Melissa, Morgan and Russell

*In 2011, her husband Karl Binger passed away.

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