Broadcasting in Rhodesia started 25 years ago when a small group of enthusiasts from the Post Office first built equipment and transmitted entertainment.
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Background: Broadcasting in Rhodesia started 25 years ago when a small group of enthusiasts from the Post Office first built equipment and transmitted entertainment. Of course the "Hit Parade" looked very different in those days, but the foundations were laid and the work of these pioneers has flourished. Reorganised in 1941 the brunt of the work was born by John Parry and Helen Kelly, both of whom are still very active. Though produced in cramped quarters, radio plays of a high standard reached tremendous popularity in the English Service. Recently this service and the African Service, centred around Lusaka, have been amalgamated into the Federal Broadcasting Service of the Federal Broadcasting Corporation. Thus with pooled resources and under centralised control, the recording of programmes allows a varied choice of fare to be fed to the 8 stations throughout the Federation.