Bridgetown, Barbados. April 4, 2020.
The Caribbean Broadcasting Union, CBU regrets news of the death of broadcasting engineer and pioneer, Raymond “Ray” Smith of Grenada who has served well his country, the Caribbean and the wider world.
“We wish to extend our sympathies to Ray’s immediate and extended family, even as we fondly remember him as one of those who laid a solid foundation on which the Union has built and served the region for 51 yrs”, a statement from the CBU said.
Smith who is one of the members of the Caribbean Media Hall of Fame was the first Secretary General of the Union and served in that capacity from 1970 to 1973.
“His engineering exploits are legendary”, the CBU said, noting that Ray pioneered using indigenous sound proofing material for radio studios in the region that gained acclaim all over the World. For his pioneering service in the infant years of a now half a century old organisation, and his ingenuity with studio sound proofing, he will never be forgotten”, said CBU President Gary Allen.
Past President. Vic Fernandes and Shida Bolai on Saturday also paid tribute to Ray Smith, recalling him fondly for the service he gave to the Union and broadcasting in general.