RADIO POLYNESIA'S THREE STATIONS EXTENDING THEIR REACH IN SAMOA

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By Mathew F. Lemisio

APIA, Samoa (July 7, 2001 - Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online)---The man behind Samoa's Radio Polynesia success story says there are difficulties along the way, but he’s not about to be slowed by them.

Radio Polynesia head Maposua Rudolf Keil aims to provide FM radio services to all homes throughout Samoa and beyond through upgrading work now under way.

Promises Maposua: "Radio Polynesian will be booming throughout all of Samoa once this project is completed."

Radio Polynesia's broadcasting power will be five times stronger. That means all four corners of Samoa will be able to receive Radio Polynesian’s three stations, Magik 98, Talofa and K-Lite.

To make sure his service remains on top, Maposua has installed a massive generator at Mt. Afiamalu to take over when power failures occur.

But he revealed during an interview that achieving his goals in Samoa would never be an easy task.

First there was the bad treatment he said he has been receiving from the Electric Power Corporation.

Members of the public went without Radio Polynesia services after electricity at the stations' main transmission tower at Afiamalu was cut.

An Electric Power Corporation worker said they shut down the power supply in order to install and upgrade electricity, as Maposua had requested. But Maposua was not impressed.

"They should have warned us before they shut the power down," he said. "That way, our listeners would have been warned about what was going on."

That was not the only problem Maposua was unhappy about.

He wanted to know why he had to pay for the Electric Power Corporation’s upgrading work when it was supposed to be a "public service" and other users would also benefit from the improved power supply as well.

"I have to pay them $30,000 to upgrade the electricity up at the mount," he said.

On top of that, he said he was paying six different taxes to the government. "I pay personal tax, company tax, staff tax, VAGST, ACB, NPF, and here I am also paying for EPC’s service," he said.

"But the truth is, Maposua is not the only one who’ll be benefiting from this development. There are government corporations up there who’ll also benefit from my development."

But these hurdles are not slowing him.

Maposua said no matter how hard things got hearing a radio in a shop or a home tuned into his stations erased all those bad feelings from his head.

"Oh that’s a million dollar reward for me," he said.

The $1 million used to fund the development of the three stations was borrowed from the bank.

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