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Cayman Islands Government

Broadcast Upgrade

Minister of Communications, Works and Infrastructure, the Hon. Arden McLean, JP (left), presents the keys for a new remote-broadcast van to Radio Cayman Director Norma McField (third left). Looking on are Radio Cayman's Acting Deputy Director and Sales and Promotions Manager Paulette Conolly-Bailey (centre), and Ministry Chief Officer Carson Ebanks, MBE, JP.

Minister of Communications, Works and Infrastructure, the Hon. Arden McLean, JP, recently handed over keys for a new remote-broadcast van to Radio Cayman Director Norma McField.

The van, described by Ms McField as a considerable upgrade with top-of-the-line broadcast equipment, replaces the station's older van.

Ordered through the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES), the vehicle is equipped to do both live and recorded broadcasts islandwide. It has already been used for live broadcasts of the National Heroes Day ceremony, the Cayman Islands Keswick Convention, and the 2009 Fidelity Forum.

Radio Cayman's Sales Associate Katherine Miller inside the new remote-broadcast van.

"Listeners will hear the difference," a very pleased Ms McField explained. "The sound quality will definitely be better. It offers a more comfortable workspace for our remote- broadcast crew and also improves efficiency."

"Without a doubt, this van is an asset," Minister McLean added. "All the outside broadcast equipment is built in, and if the studio is not operational due to a national disaster, with a few adjustments, we can use the van to continue broadcasting."

Radio Cayman's Director Norma McField (right) shows the vehicle's generator to Minister of Communications, Works and Infrastructure, the Hon. Arden McLean, JP.

The van, which is worth more than CI$60,000, can broadcast for about 18 hours on generator power.

Ms McField thanked Minister McLean and the ministry's Chief Officer Carson Ebanks, MBE, JP, for approving the funding to acquire the van. She also thanked DVES Director Dale Dacres and the department's deputy, Mr Steven Ashford for their assistance with the van's importation.

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