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Reflections on the Past, Questions of the Future--Public Service Broadcasting: A Case Study of The Bahamas Broadcasting System,
Unformatted Document Text:  11 the station resulted from interference from American and Cuban stations and the wireless stations at Perpall Track. The interference prevented some of the Out Islands from receiving the signal. The Bill was passed in the House of Assembly with only one dissenting vote. 25 Hodgson, who became director of telecommunications in 1940, was perhaps one of the most foresighted (and farsighted) directors of the department. Throughout his tenure he was concerned with ways of improving the radio station, both in its reach and quality of programs. 26 During his term as director Hodgson complained about the under utility of broadcasting and filed several reports that reflected his concern for greater use of the radio station by government agencies and local businesses. In 1947, two foreign consultants, Thomas Murray and Ernest Morgan, agreed with Hodgson’s findings on the under use of the radio service. After their investigations they concluded that the station was under used because of the poor quality of the service and lack of funding. 27 The new plans for improvement called for emergency power generation equipment and the building of a new transmitter. The station also increased its power to five kilowatts--five times more than it had--and once again changed its frequency from 790 Kcs to 640 Kcs. The lack of frequency protection was not a new problem for the station. It had been a problem since the station went on the air. Between 1937 and 1946, ZNS changed its frequency five times. The first frequency selected for the station was 618 Kcs, but within a month of signing-on, ZNS changed to 610 Kcs to avoid interfering with a station in Clearwater, Florida. That frequency was ultimately vacated for WIOD in Miami before the end of the year. ZNS then moved to the nearest available frequency, 540 Kcs. Six months later, in May 1938, ZNS made its third frequency change. The 540 frequency was abandoned because, based on European international law, that frequency was not available for broadcasting. The station moved to 790 Kcs and stayed there until April 1942, when it began broadcasting on 640 Kcs to eliminate interference and improve

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the station resulted from interference from American and Cuban stations and the wireless stations
at Perpall Track. The interference prevented some of the Out Islands from receiving the signal.
The Bill was passed in the House of Assembly with only one dissenting vote.
25
Hodgson, who
became director of telecommunications in 1940, was perhaps one of the most foresighted (and
farsighted) directors of the department.
Throughout his tenure he was concerned with ways of
improving the radio station, both in its reach and quality of programs.
26
During his term as
director Hodgson complained about the under utility of broadcasting and filed several reports
that reflected his concern for greater use of the radio station by government agencies and local
businesses. In 1947, two foreign consultants, Thomas Murray and Ernest Morgan, agreed with
Hodgson’s findings on the under use of the radio service. After their investigations they
concluded that the station was under used because of the poor quality of the service and lack of
funding.
27
The new plans for improvement called for emergency power generation equipment and
the building of a new transmitter. The station also increased its power to five kilowatts--five
times more than it had--and once again changed its frequency from 790 Kcs to 640 Kcs. The lack
of frequency protection was not a new problem for the station. It had been a problem since the
station went on the air. Between 1937 and 1946, ZNS changed its frequency five times. The first
frequency selected for the station was 618 Kcs, but within a month of signing-on, ZNS changed
to 610 Kcs to avoid interfering with a station in Clearwater, Florida. That frequency was
ultimately vacated for WIOD in Miami before the end of the year. ZNS then moved to the nearest
available frequency, 540 Kcs. Six months later, in May 1938, ZNS made its third frequency
change. The 540 frequency was abandoned because, based on European international law, that
frequency was not available for broadcasting. The station moved to 790 Kcs and stayed there
until April 1942, when it began broadcasting on 640 Kcs to eliminate interference and improve


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