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Broadcaster Vere Walcott has died

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A familiar voice from the airwaves of the 1980s and 1990s has gone silent.

Broadcaster Vere Walcott died today.

Walcott, of Mangrove Park, St Philip worked at both the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and the Starcom Network and became particularly known for his business reports. He was also the very popular Charlie Bravo delivering early morning traffic reports from a helicopter. 

His son Sheldon Walcott remembered his father as someone who was always there for him and his sister Veria, hardworking and goal-driven.

“He was always willing to help others,” Sheldon said.

Manager of news with Starcom Stetson Babb remembered his former colleague as a journalist with great skills who worked across a number of areas from broadcasting, announcing to news reporting.

“I worked with Vere at both CBC and Starcom Network and he was a veteran journalist of great skill. A great gentleman and a great person and in latter years he was deeply into his faith and religious principle,” he said.

Former director of news and current affairs at CBC Michelle Arthur, who worked alongside Walcott as a reporter and on the morning traffic beat, recalled that he had a keen sense of business news and was well respected in the field. 

Along with the Bravo Charlie traffic report Walcott also developed a segment of news called “That Bugs Me,  a satirical piece addressing issues or situations that many frowned upon but did not openly address.

“He never had an unkind thing to say about anyone, always pointing out the best in people,” Arthur said. (AC)

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