Historical Overview of SCN
| Drawing of SCN by Mateo
1941 to 1999
Metamorphosis of SCN
& PCAC were first built on initiative by Msgt's Clay Doster and Frank
Hawkridge of the Pacific Coast Artillery News as two 50 watt radio broadcast for
the 30,000 Artillery Corps Jarman Junglemen "Jungleers" who were
assigned to the Coast
Artillery Command spread through the jungles protecting the coasts in the Panama Canal Zone. Then called
PCAN & PCAC, broadcasting on a reserved
military frequency, Americans assigned to jungle and remote duty locations were
able to receive news, information, music and sports. The letter Doster wrote to
NBC requesting old recordings for his new radio stations set off a firestorm
response from NBC who immediately adopted the two stations as honorary
affiliates to the NBC Blue Network. Within 6 months, NBC had also set up short-wave
transmitters to send broadcasts and shipped recorded materials to soldiers
worldwide. This continued throughout the war and was actually the true story of
how AFRS was created. AFRS sent crews and staff to assume "Control"
and "manage the new stations and built a new studio in Albrook Field (AFB).
AFRS did not provide entertainment or broadcast materials. NBC was doing that at
their sponsors expense. Doster and Hawkridge are the true founders of SCN, AFRS
and the entire military broadcast network and have not been given the
recognition they deserve.
(Armed Forces Radio Service)
arrived to take control & management of the two Artillery Corps stations and
set up a radio broadcast studio on Albrook Field (AFB) in the Panama Canal Zone.
(Armed Forces Radio Service) WVUL, WVUB, WVL
December 1948, AFRS obtained building 209 on Ft Clayton and moved from their
Albrook studios to building 209 on Ft Clayton
where it would remain until the very end.
|CFN (Caribbean Forces Network)
(Southern Command Network)
- The name was changed for the final time
from CFN to SCN
- SCN upgraded to
a full color
SCN was the lead station in a pilot project for the DoD's Satellite Network (SATNET)
has since become a worldwide network reaching more than 141 countries
- SCN assumed operational control of the AFRTS Activity in Honduras in a
small studio with only three personnel and volunteers.
- December 1989 to January
- SCN was
the first ABS network and AFRTS affiliate to receive a Combat Streamer,
resulting from its support to the U. S. Southern Command during Operation JUST
from broadcasting many popular programs due to an agreement in the Panama
Treaty, SCN inaugurated a second encrypted wireless cable TV channel.
Much of the programming prior to this date had consisted of much older programs which the Panamanian
broadcasting services had not purchased the broadcast right to play on their
- The second channel was delivered via an MMDS system. SCN
was the only AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio and Television Service) station which
provided two full-service, independent television channels for the DoD
(Department of Defense) audience.
- JTF-Bravo, Honduras was
officially established as an SCN affiliate
- Previously this broadcasting
outlet was listed as a Navy contingency operation.
- In addition to AFRTS Radio/TV
service, JTF-BRAVO has acquired a commercial satellite program service. This
commercial service provides more available channels than could be possible by
SCN because it is delivered to the audience via cable, and only within the
confines of the installation. SCN-Honduras also provides the Armed Forces
Digital Audio Service or AFDAS to the installation via the cable system. AFDAS
is a satellite service providing a wide variety of musical formats.
official closing ceremonies for SCN occurred on July 1st, 1999.
- To ensure
information, news and entertainment continued to reach DoD personnel residing
off the installation, SCN continued to broadcast an over-the-air channel from a
mobile van atop Ancon hill until the last of the American forces departed on
December 31st, 1999
- Ending 59 years of historical service to the
Americans living, working and serving in the Panama Canal Zone.
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