VG to get own radio station
– VGROC 88.5 FM expected to be launched in a matter of weeks
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- VGROC, a Non-profit Organisation, is positioned to make history when it launches Virgin Gorda’s first ever radio station, VGROC 88.5 FM, hopefully in a matter of weeks.
The radio station was birthed out of the efforts of the Virgin Gorda Recovery Organisation (VGROC) chaired by Mr Vincent O. Wheatley, who is also the Sister Islands Coordinator.
At present the station is broadcasting strictly emergency messages primarily to the Valley area on Virgin Gorda, however, persons as far as East End on Tortola have reported receiving the transmission.
According to active Virgin Gorda resident Mrs Shereen Flax-Charles the intention right now is to send much needed important information to residents of Virgin Gorda “as we are still in a crisis situation.”
VGROC 88.5 FM is presently using equipment from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for its broadcast but is seeking to have its own as well as acquiring the relevant license to make the station permanent and truly a pride of Virgin Gorda.
VG fully embracing idea of own radio station
Once it evolves into a fulltime radio station, broadcast will be extended to all of the [British] Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
“The response from the community, even those from the North Sound area can hear in the Valley when they come down to conduct their business, has been astronomical. The people on Virgin Gorda have embraced it. It’s a way for us to get information out there so the people know what’s happening,” Mrs Flax-Charles told Virgin Islands News Online.
The daily operations of the station are carried out by Mrs Flax-Charles, her husband Walter ‘Lilly’ Charles, Mr Verne Wheatley and Mr Orlando Stephens. “We run the station and make sure the notices get on… and press releases and so forth.”
Another person linked to the operation is Ms Sharon Flax-Brutus, the Director of Tourism and Deputy Chairperson of the nongovernmental organisation, VGROC.
“We have been trying for years. ZROD is off the air, ZCCR is off the air and even in certain areas we are unable to hear ZBVI. It is not just a matter of want but it’s a matter of need. Its for us to get the information out there to the public on Virgin Gorda, to let them know what’s happening and make sure that everyone is in tuned with how we are moving forward with the recovery on Virgin Gorda and the entire BVI,” Mrs Flax-Charles added.