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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:  9 his only connection with the world and with The Bahamas. Because we have so many islands, that community page kept us together, and the only way for them to know what was happening was through ZNS, a mighty force. 18 From its humble beginning in the two-room Snappy Hat Shop building, ZNS made its first relocation to the Telegraph Department building on East Street in 1938. 19 The new facility was dedicated on January 26, 1939, by Governor Charles Dundas, who had replaced Governor Clifford. The new station was also equipped with a 1,000-watt transmitter, a gift from Tropical Radio Corporation. The new transmitter, along with other improvements, increased the efficiency, reliability and range of the station for providing hurricane and weather information to the Out Islands. The year 1939 was also filled with news of war. The country and ZNS faced an uncertain future. ZNS, World War II and Commercialization: 1939-1959 After its hesitant beginnings, ZNS was marked throughout its history with the constant need to upgrade equipment and relocate. The first relocation in 1938 provided improved studio and technical facilities that were assumed to meet the needs of ZNS for years to come. This assumption proved false as the station was forced to relocate and upgrade its operations several times. The station relocated twice before it found its permanent home at Third Terrace East Centreville in 1959. 20 Each move resulted in improved facilities and equipment and extended hours of operation. The first major improvements occurred during World War II. During the war years ZNS expanded its hours of operation and improved its programming. In 1939, ZNS’ expanded broadcast service provided the colony with more than 850 hours of programming. This included BBC short-wave programming, local news and announcements, music, remote programs, sports and religion and talk programs. In May 1940 ZNS expanded its broadcast service by an additional two hours. There were then three broadcasts per day: 8:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:30

Authors: Storr, Juliette.
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his only connection with the world and with The Bahamas. Because we have so many

islands, that community page kept us together, and the only way for them to know
what was happening was through ZNS, a mighty force.
18
From its humble beginning in the two-room Snappy Hat Shop building, ZNS made its
first relocation to the Telegraph Department building on East Street in 1938.
19
The new facility
was dedicated on January 26, 1939, by Governor Charles Dundas, who had replaced Governor
Clifford. The new station was also equipped with a 1,000-watt transmitter, a gift from Tropical
Radio Corporation. The new transmitter, along with other improvements, increased the
efficiency, reliability and range of the station for providing hurricane and weather information to
the Out Islands. The year 1939 was also filled with news of war. The country and ZNS faced an
uncertain future.
ZNS, World War II and Commercialization: 1939-1959
After its hesitant beginnings, ZNS was marked throughout its history with the constant
need to upgrade equipment and relocate. The first relocation in 1938 provided improved studio
and technical facilities that were assumed to meet the needs of ZNS for years to come. This
assumption proved false as the station was forced to relocate and upgrade its operations several
times. The station relocated twice before it found its permanent home at Third Terrace East
Centreville in 1959.
20
Each move resulted in improved facilities and equipment and extended
hours of operation.
The first major improvements occurred during World War II. During the war years ZNS
expanded its hours of operation and improved its programming. In 1939, ZNS’ expanded
broadcast service provided the colony with more than 850 hours of programming. This included
BBC short-wave programming, local news and announcements, music, remote programs, sports
and religion and talk programs. In May 1940 ZNS expanded its broadcast service by an
additional two hours. There were then three broadcasts per day: 8:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:30


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