Dec 09, 2013 News
Dave’s Television Channel 8 in New Amsterdam is marking its 20th Anniversary with a month- long of observances and activities. The TV station, founded by the late David ‘Dave’ Rambarran, emerged out of the now 65- year- old Dave’s Portrait Studio. He was considered to be the pioneer of still photography in the Ancient County, having started business since 1947. Today, the station is being managed by his children and grandchildren. The Video Productions section was started in 1985 and the most recent addition, Dave’s Television Channel 8 (DTV-8), was started on 22nd December 1993.
DTV-8 is a community oriented TV committed to informing, educating and entertaining the Berbice community. DTV-8 also promotes sports, cultural, religious and social activities of the people in the community.
As part of its celebrations for the special anniversary, the station will be airing programmes and excerpts of footage through the past twenty years. DTV- 8 also pioneered locally-produced features in Berbice including ‘Know your County’, ‘Teen Rap’, the satirical year- end series Berbice Lampoon’, ‘Here in Berbice’, among others. This was in the early 90’s, a time when television broadcasting in Guyana was a ‘new’ thing. Additionally, it was the first TV station in Berbice and one of the first few in Guyana to have aired a TV Newscast ‘DTV- News Digest’ hosted by a husband and wife team. The first live newscast, ‘Prime News’ was also aired in the 1990’s. The TV station further broke new ground by airing the first birthday greetings and popularized the ‘Death Announcement’ segment on local TV, something which has been adopted by many other TV stations in Guyana.
DTV-8 was also the first TV station in Berbice and indeed among the first in Guyana, too, to air a live outdoor broadcast. This took place a few years ago from the N/A Town Hall. Other regular live outdoor broadcasts through the years included the Courts Christmas Light- up on Main Street, New Amsterdam; N/A Town Day Opening at State House Lawns, Good Friday Service at the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension; A. Ally & Sons Christmas Bonanza Drawing on Main Street, etc.
The TV station is also familiar for its quality family- oriented programmes with the TV station popular slogan ‘Television for the Entire Family and Berbice Super station’. It is a widely- reached media house which embraces religious faiths of all denominations and caters for all ages and viewers of different tastes.
There will be an exhibition on December 20 and 21 in front of the TV station. On display will be photographs of DTV- 8 through the past 20 years as well as equipment such as camera and such like that were used over the years during production. The Rambarran family also plans to visit the Children of Promise Orphanage. There will also be a Live TV call- in programme where viewers can win twenty prizes and a cake- cutting ceremony on December 21, the day prior to the 20TH Anniversary date.
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