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South Ozone Park couple broadcasts international radio show out of home


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Two South Ozone Park residents are part of an international syndicate of DJs streaming an international radio show that plays Caribbean, Guyanese and Indian music.

And they do it all from their home.

“It’s very hot here in New York City. I trust that the music coming out of our Queens studio is keeping you cool,” Sharmin Hardeosingh said into a microphone that carried her message all around the world to millions of people.

Sharmin and her husband Amar are a part of an international radio program called Swaarg Sangeet Radio and they have their own program that features an array of music like Caribbean, Bollywood, Trinidadian and Guyanese. Sharmin and Amar, who work out of their South Ozone Park home, have been running the New York City segment of the radio since 2012 and people from all over the world can listen to the music by going on the radio’s website.

“I have the ability to make someone’s spirit high with this music,” Amar said in a whisper because Sharmin was in the next room broadcasting. “It’s a part of the Caribbean community here in Queens but also around the world.”

While Amar is dedicated to the radio program, he works at an auto collision shop during the day and DJs for the radio on the weekend. Swaarg Sangeet means “power of music” in Hindi and the company is based out of Houston, Texas, where the corporate office is set up.

The Hardeosinghs’ set-up is similar to others across the world, according to the company’s website. The company is able to have a DJ always working somewhere by setting up manned stations in Trinidad and Tobago, India, Guyana, Florida and California.

The stations tend to have a high listener population of Caribbean and Guyanese people who want to stay connected with the international community. Amar and Sharmin do this by live streaming events that occur in Queens and all of New York City.

The couple recently streamed a memorial, using a high-definition camera provided by the company, of the death of a Hindu religious leader.

“And that’s how we connect people all around the world,” Amar said. “There were so many people out there yearning to participate in the event but they couldn’t come to New York City from India or wherever else they were.”

 

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Star of Queens: Kris Gounden


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: As immigrants from countries such as Guyana, Trinidad and others in the West Indies come to New York, they often find themselves in a state of culture shock. Many have few resources to work with and lack the ability to keep in contact with their families back home.

Kris Gounden works to get these people in place in the Ozone Park/Richmond Hill area.

Gounden does not work with a formal volunteer organization, rather, he says, he’s just working with the few resources and manpower that he has to help those in the community.

Gounden said he’s not looking to publicize his service to the community and has previously never spoken to the media about these efforts.

BACKGROUND: Gounden was born and raised in the Ozone Park/Richmond Hill area. As a full-time job, Gounden works as the director at Line Air Airlines Inc.

INSPIRATION: Gounden spoke of his father, who started this type of community service back in the 1970s. “I’m just continuing the work that he started off with,” Gounden said.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Gounden remembered a time when one of his neighbors, who he said was of Irish descent, was sick and he took care of her and her house. “At one point I was actually her legal guardian,” he said. Gounden said he enjoys this memory because it shows how people of different cultures and ethnicities can work together.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Gounden sees the lack of formal support from local politicians as a major roadblock to helping the people of his community. He said often it’s up to the citizens to stick together to work on the problems of their community.

 

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