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Michelle Malcolm and Guardian Radio are a match made in heaven

Dear Editor,

I am excited about Michelle Malcolm’s new radio program on Guardian Radio, The Paradigm Shift.

The goal of The Paradigm Shift will be to “serve as the building block to national development”. I can think of no one more suited in leading such a patriotic initiative than the savvy and talented Malcolm, who has been in the field of broadcasting for three decades.

Like fellow wily broadcast veterans Mike Smith, Yvette Stuart, Judy Terrell, Agnes Ferguson, Brad Hanna, Sophia Hart, Debbie Bartlett, Beverley Curry and the late Phil Smith, the mention of Malcolm’s name conjures up feelings of nostalgia to this writer. You see, I grew up watching Malcolm on ZNS TV 13 in the late 1980s and well into the 1990s before the advent of the Internet and cable television.

Back then, for most Bahamians, ZNS TV 13 was all we had, especially with antenna TV. Malcolm’s illustrious career has spanned several crucial epochs during the past 30 years of this 45-year-old independent country. Her career has spanned the administrations of the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling, Hubert Ingraham, Perry Christie and now Dr. Hubert Minnis.

As an experienced and seasoned journalist who has been in the trenches for so many years, she is more than qualified to offer constructive commentary on the warp and woof of the Bahamian social fabric.

One of the most defining moments of her stellar career was her interview of the late Dr. Myles Munroe on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks on America by Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda. Both Malcolm and Munroe were able to offer soothing and comforting words to a nation that was dumbstruck and devastated over what had transpired to our neighbors to the north.

The Paradigm Shift is a breath of fresh air, in that it will be apolitical, at a time when the country is rife with political animosity between Free National Movement and Progressive Liberal Party diehard supporters. Malcolm has the uncanny ability to act as a bipartisan mediator between the two hostile groups with the objective of fostering unity. At the end of the day, we are all Bahamians. Critics of The Nassau Guardian should at least give the prestigious newspaper credit for showing unusual political maturity in this regard.

The executives of Guardian Radio are innovators; as the station offers a format unique to The Bahamas, in that Bahamians have a radio station wholly dedicated to talk radio, like what Americans are accustomed to with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Thom Hartman and Howard Stern.

The presence of Guardian Radio is indicative of the country’s advancements in broadcast journalism since the era of ZNS’s unstated monopoly of the airwaves.

Guardian Radio executives are on the cutting edge of talk radio in The Bahamas. The Paradigm Shift is further proof of this.

Malcolm and Guardian Radio, in my opinion, are a match made in heaven.

– Kevin Evans

 

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