In Cecil Adams' column "The Straight Dope," which has appeared in alternative newspapers since 1973, he answered the following question: Why isn't there a Channel 1 on television?
"It turns out there was a Channel 1 once upon a time--in 1945, to be precise--when the Federal Communications Commission first allocated broadcast television frequencies," Adams wrote. "Later, however, the FCC repented its generosity and decided that TV was hogging too much of the broadcast spectrum (each TV channel requires a bandwidth 600 times as wide as an individual radio station does). So the Channel 1 band (44 to 50 MHz) was reassigned for use by people with mobile radios."
Brian Hudson, senior class president at Brea-Olinda High School, is one of two state delegates appointed to the 1989 Senate Youth Program in Washington. Participants will observe federal government operations and the U.S. Senate from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4.
Eric Rowe of San Diego is the other delegate. Each received a $2,000 college scholarship to study American government, according to Bill Honig, state superintendent of public instruction, who made the appointments.
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