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Island FM Signs Off: What’s Next for Bahamian Music

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Despite the recent optimistic economic outlook and record-breaking tourists arrivals, many businesses are unable to recover from a two-year stagnant economy.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Despite the recent optimistic economic outlook and record-breaking tourists arrivals there are many sinking businesses unable to recover from a two-year stagnant economy.
Recently, we learned that the first all-Bahamian radio station was closing its doors due to declining sales. But, this closure could mean an even bigger loss for local artists and their music.

For over two decades, it was the one place almost every Bahamian artist was assured access to the airwaves.

Island FM 102.9 was the dream of legendary broadcaster the late Sir Charles Carter. The son of a record store owner, he dedicated his life to the promotion of Bahamian music and the men and women behind it.

The family business and Carter’s lifelong dream ended in part on February 1st, when Island FM closed its doors and signed off, blamed on to declining sales, compounded by the COVID-19 economic shutdown.

It was a place where new artists came to be discovered. Those forgotten – remembered again. And, new music debuted.

From day one, this was supposed to be the platform for all things Bahamian, focused on music, artists and culture.

It was known as the home of Bahamian music. And, now that it’s gone, it remains to be seen where or if a platform like this will ever live again.

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