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Sunday, August 12, 2018
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June Gonsalves Photo by:Roberto Codallo

Media icon June Gonzales, the first female programme director of a Trinidadian radio station, has passed away at the age of 91. Gonsalves, a former announcer and the first female programme director at Radio Trinidad, died at her home in Anderson Terrace, Maraval, on Friday evening.

Gonsalves joined Radio Trinidad in August 1956 and hosted the woman's programme "Listen Ladies."

She was also the voice of "Mrs Frico" on the promotional programme Frico For Me in the late 1950s.

Gonsalves moved on to Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) as a TV newscaster. She also worked with the Roman Catholic Church.

She hosted several programmes, including a Catholic religious programme, “The Catholic Forum of the Air”, on Sunday afternoons at 12.45.

In 2000, she became the first woman in T&T to be named a Dame Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

Gonsalves also served as secretary to the late archbishop Anthony Pantin until his death in 2000.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced. (Charles Kong Soo)

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