International radio signals.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is only 50 miles away from South Florida, yet the signal from its radio station broadcasting at 810 kHZ comes in crystal clear here in West Palm Beach. In fact, during the pauses for station identification, the announcer says the station serves the Bahama Islands and South Florida. I tune in this station during my morning commute for news and weather specific to the Bahamas, and tune in again during the ride home for some lively island music.
Meanwhile, in Belle Glade, Florida, is WSWN, better known as Sugar 900, which is a gospel radio station whose station identification message says it serves not only South Florida but also the Bahamas.
It’s awesome that these two radio stations in neighboring countries are acknowledging their international audiences. Listeners in South Florida can keep up with current events in the Bahamas just as easily as listeners in the Bahamas being able to keep up with all that goes on in South Florida.
A few years ago while strolling around on the deck of a cruise ship docked at Nassau, I pulled out my AM radio to see what radio stations I could tune in, and that’s when it really hit me. A lot of the stations I was able to tune in were broadcasting right from South Florida. But of course. Since South Florida can easily tune in the Bahamas, why wouldn’t it work the other way around? It’s too bad, though, that some of the South Florida stations don’t acknowledge their international audience as Sugar 900 does, but it can’t be easy considering some of these stations carry nationally syndicated programming.

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