Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) celebrates 50 years of existence

Acting General Manager of DBS Steven Dangleben said the staff at DBS feel proud to have made a momentous contribution to the development of Dominica by providing credible, accurate and reliable news and information to the public and to be celebrating its anniversary at a time when Dominica is celebrating its 43rd Anniversary of Independence.

The radio station which transitioned from being part of the Windwards Broadcasting Service (WIBS) to Radio Dominica in 1971 and then became the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation a few years later, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Monday, November 1, 2021.

“Our Golden Jubilee marks a remarkable achievement,” Dangleben said. “Fifty years is a milestone and this could not be realized or achieved without the tremendous support of our listeners and we are grateful.”

He said the station was not able to have a grand celebration this year since most of the activities had to be shelved because of Covid-19.

However, Dangleben said “we could not have allowed our anniversary day today, to pass by without making a joyful noise and to get our listeners involved.”

As part of the celebrations, some past staff members were invited to read news, to participate on the various shows and listeners were given the opportunity to win prizes.

Dangleben stated that additionally, throughout the course of the day, there were interactions with some of DBS past managers and past staff members overseas, including Ted Daily, Steinberg Henry, Ransom Cuffy, Brian Meade and Gordon Henderson, among others.

“We will also remember the contribution of some of our fallen comrades like Felix Henderson and Kurt Matthew,” he revealed.

The inability to celebrate in a grand manner not withstanding, Dangleben said DBS staff are delighted with the contribution that the station has made to the socio-economic development of Dominica.

“And so on behalf of management and staff, Board of Directors of DBS we thank all those who have made a meaningful contribution in the evolution of the station and we also thank God who has seen us through our good days and our rough days,” the acting general manager said.

Dominica Broadcasting Corporation is the national radio station of the Commonwealth of Dominica. The service, owned by the government, is headquartered on Victoria Street in the island’s capital, Roseau.

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17 Comments

  1. Dominican Citizen
    November 4, 2021

    Congrats to DBS for surviving 50 years…

  2. Me
    November 4, 2021

    Pity it has become a mouthpiece for the ruling government where no dissenting views contend.

  3. One love
    November 2, 2021

    The first 30 years they lived up to their name even if we went through four different governments and six different Prime Ministers. DBS back then truly maintained their name as Dominica Broadcasting Station. But since Skerrit? DBS now stands for Damn Bull Sheet

  4. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 2, 2021

    How can Steven talk of accurate and credible news reporting from DBS when such world shattering news like Monfared being in Dominca, Choksi being in Dominca we’re not breaking news in the government controlled radio station. They are quick to get into simple folks business and report but not on the international faux pas of the dictatorship. This means that the DBS we had over the past is now a mouthpiece and propaganda apparatus of Skerritt inc. The real workers of the past like Jeff Charles, Alvin, Papa Dee, St Havis Shillingford, Ferdinand, Joan, Dennis, Raymond, Ted, etc. have seen their life’s work come to very little as time has gone on. It’s time to privatize or reduce the government subsidies that this radio station receives. When they have to work to survive with competition then there will be reliable, credible and accurate news reporting again without fear or favor.

    • Ibo France
      November 3, 2021

      Mr. St Jean, you are quite accurate in your analysis of the current status of DBS. The radio station is not even a shadow of its past.

      For this radio station to still cling on to the name DBS is a misnomer. The radio station should be renamed as it doesn’t serve the best interest of Dominicans like it did many moons ago. A definite name change is needed.

  5. Righteous
    November 2, 2021

    I remember the growing up as a kid always listening to the DBS news to stay informed about what is going on around the island and around the region. I especially looked forward to listening to the names of players who were selected for teams to represent Dominica in various sporting events. It was through the broadcasting of DBS Radio, I developed the habit of listening, understanding and being able to discuss information on events around the island and around the region. The memories of gandering around the transistor radio listening to national, regional and international cricket is quite vivid and something that my friends and I still share exciting stories. Thanks You DBS. To the management and staff of DBS Radio, Happy 50th Anniversary. Truly the Nation Station.

    One Love Dominicans! #OLD

    • Ibo France
      November 3, 2021

      You are certainly driving while looking in the rear mirror. What you have stated is true but of the past.

      What do we get today from DBS? Just false assertions, biased, empty political rhetoric and a steady diet of the ruling DLP glorification of mediocrity and their underwhelming performance.

      • Righteous
        November 4, 2021

        I respect your opinion and appreciate the dialogue.

  6. Ibo France
    November 2, 2021

    DBS, instead of being a trustworthy and impartial State broadcasting entity, is just a DLP satellite.

    Every responsible political party should have access to this radio station if it truly belongs to the State. At this present moment, DBS is just a propaganda machine for Mr. Skerrit and his heirs.

    This radio station does more harm than good to their rapidly declining local listenership. It serves to fan the flames of hyper-partisanship politics to please and prop up an audience made up of one man.

    There is nothing for Dominicans to celebrate about DBS. One of the reasons the country is in such dire straits (infirm economy, heinous crimes, massive joblessness, political tribalism, widespread corruption, abject and ubiquitous poverty) is because DBS gives legs to the lies, halftruths and machinations of the most incompetent and corrupt government in the English-speaking Caribbean.

    Go to Timbuktu DBS.

  7. November 2, 2021

    Thanks to our great Jeff Charles and the late Barnett Defoe. Also thanks to our fallen hero Ferdinand Frampton and special thanks to now Deacon Alvin Knight. A special shout out to the wake up, wake up man, Dennis Joseph and the ever green, Shermaine Green.

    • November 2, 2021

      @ds, I remember Jeff Charles very well, especially when he used to be broadcasting the Cricket Tournaments, he was a well-loved man in Dominica, I always wonder why did he have to leave.

      Not to mention Alvine Knight, of course, his wife is from Giraudel. So can’t ever forget him–except that today I would not know him should I meet him face to face. It has been such a long time.

      Good for you, the workers of DBS. Happy Jubilee, which is the year that represents Freedom and Victory, an ordainment from our Almighty God to His people.

      May you all continue as well as you do now, right into another Jubilee.

      • November 3, 2021

        Jeff left back then to further his studies which he did in Communications and Journalism attaining a Phd degree. He saw the opportunity like everybody else and seized upon it. Good for Jeff.

  8. RED CAP
    November 2, 2021

    Well to be honest the last 18 years it’s become The Skerrit Propaganda Station SPS RADIO. Yes the name remains but any honest Dominican will tell you the mission is different. Now If we have to depend on DBS to know what’s happening in Dominica crapo suck ur pipe

    • Ibo France
      November 2, 2021

      DBS should broadcast from a landfill. It’s (DBS) the perfect place where Skerrit and his acolytes go to unload their trash talk.

      • November 3, 2021

        Always in the mood to blast Skerrit and now DBS saying that they both should broadcast from a landfill yet, you condemn my adjectives I use to describe other people. Why don’t you write from somewhere in no man’s land? How could you insult the PM like that? You talk rubbish, write rubbish and support rubbish. You sound like a frustrated, disgruntled, nomad.

        • Ibo France
          November 4, 2021

          Your ad hominem attacks on me for speaking the unadulterated truth about the corrupt, ruling regime is quite predictable.

          You have a monumental task of policing this forum trying to disparage everyone who dares to speak truth about the unschooled ignoramus who presently occupies the office of the head of government due strictly to corrupt practices.

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