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Tuning In On Anguilla, 1999

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Here's an update on the Anguilla radio dial from visitor Roger Fenn (you can also read his report from last year).

We were back for the fifth year to enjoy beautiful Junks Hole Bay and much more. While relaxing, we did our usual dialing around and dropped by some of the local stations.

Some delightful anomalies are found on Anguilla. A few include driving on the left (British) side of the road in cars which for the most part are imported with left side steering wheels. Speed limits are posted in miles per hour though speedometers in some vehicles on the island show only kilometers per hour. Likewise, thereís a melange of radio (and TV) protocols which donít match, since adjacent St. Martin stations broadcast under the guidelines of both France and The Netherlands, and Anguilla is tuned up to British standards.

Some AM auto radios are tuned to U.S. type standards, which step frequencies in 10 kilohertz increments, while others are set for international 9 kilohertz increments. The latter is fine if you want to hear the stations from E.C. islands which were once part of the British empire, but when you try tuning in some others from the U.S.V.I. or distant night time signals, forget it. On the FM band, most stations are tunable in the odd megahertz available on most car radios, but some of the stations in Marigot fall on even decimal numbers, making them untunable. Be prepared. If you want the most variety, bring a good digital tuning international radio such as the Grundig Yacht Boy. When all else fails, you can tune in the BBC or Voice of America.

Here is Rogerís easy reference table arranged in order of distance from Anguilla. Submit any corrections or additional info to rqfenn@gwi.net

Location

Frequency

Call

Format

Lang

Weather

News

Features

Anguilla

1505/95.5

Radio Anguilla

Full Service

E

7:45a.m.

7-8 a.m.

Community*

Anguilla

105.7 f.m.

"105"

Jump up

E

None

None

Sello **

Anguilla

1610/101.1

Caribbean Beacon

Christian M

E

Some

Some

Local live***

Marigot

88.9

R.F.O.

Full Service

F

 

Hourly

 

Marigot

91.2

   

F

     

Marigot

105.2

R.C.I

Full Service

F

Hourly

Occ.

Local Music

Marigot

106.1

"Radio Transat"

Adult Cont.

F

   

Local Music

St Barth

100.7

"Radio St.Barth"

Variety Mus

F

Hourly

Hourly

Carib.Music

Philipsb

92.5

Maranatha Radio

Contemp Ch

E

     

Philipsb

91.9

"105" "PJR-2"

Rebroadcast

E

above

   

Philipsb

94.7

"Mix 94.7"

C.H.R.

E

     

Philipsb

96.3

"The Oasis"

Soft Contem

E

Occ

 

sponsors

Philipsb

99.9

"Choice FM"

A. Contemp

E

Hourly

Hourly

 

Philipsb

101.1

"Laser 101"

C.H.R.

E

     

Philipsb

101.5

"Jams FM"

C.H.R. Carib

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local Music

Philipsb

102.7

PJD-3

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Philipsb

1300

PJD-2

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Saba

93.9

PJF-2

A.Contemp

E

     

St.Kitts

550

ZIZ

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Antigua

620

ABS

Full Service

E

Often

 

Community

Tortola

780

ZBVI

Full Service

E

Often

Ĺ Hours

Community

Nevis

895

VON

Full Service

E

Often

Often

Comm.Cml.

St.Thoma

1000

WVWI

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local

SanJuan

1030

WOSO

News Talk

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local

* Located in the Valley, long news also at noon and 7:00 p.m. plus many special local programs

**Located on Crocus Hill, truly local music with Mello Sello, otherwise satellite programs, rebroadcasts on 91.9 St. Martin and 92.1 Statia

***Located near Sandy Hill, this other local station on Anguilla also has a short wave transmitter

Many thanks to Roger Fenn for this report. When asked about Spanish-language programming, he wrote:
I listened primarily for local English (E) and French (F) because of the proximity to Anguilla. I think there was one St. Maartin F.M. Spanish station, and certainly dozens of distant A.M. Spanish signals from around the Caribbean rim. Since my mastery of Spanish is slim to none, I had little idea of where most were heard from, though the majority of daytime A.M.'s were probably Puerto Rico.
[Editor: read about a bi-lingual broadcast in Anguilla.]

 Revised: 2000/1/2




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