Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday AFKN (AFN-K?)

I was just reminded that AFKN will be celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year. They're looking for people who'd like to share their stories about what it was like then. Let me know if you'd like to help and I'll pass your address along.

I know that when I finished the DINFOS and everyone got their assignments, all of the Army troops and most of the Air Force had orders for AFN (Germany) I had Korea. I really wanted to go to Europe. I must have looked angry or hurt or something because one of the teachers took me aside and said "I've been both places, you're probably not going to believe this, but you won on this one." He was right. I had a great tour.

Let's take a listen to AFKN 1966

AFKN Bob Walker 1966

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  1. Yes, its AFN-K now. Lots of changes, but we still love what we do :)

  2. You're making a difference.

  3. Having a great time reading all the stories about AFKN and its years of providing a bit of the "Big PX" to those serving in the land of the morning calm.
    My assignment to AFKN was a real fluke, in that I was stationed at Offutt AFB (SAC Hedadquarters) in Omaha in late 1966 as an Air Policeman witrh the 3902nd Combat Defense Squadron. I had bad feet (they were and still are flatter than a Kansas farm) and was given a physical profile change (no walking around aircraft inthe middle of the night). I saw a memo that AFRTS was looking for broadcasters and since I had worked for WWJ AM,FM-TV in Detroit before enlisting, I decided to give the audition a shot. I was accepted and sent to DINFOS in April 1967. I sat around in Omaha until I got my orders for Korea. I was really hoping for AFN, but what the hell, anything was better than "walking around aircraft".
    Arriving in Osan in Nov. 1967 was a real shock. Guys doing board shifts their skivies?! They sent me up to Seoul so Ed Masters, Lt. Col. Larry Souville and Msgt. Paul Van Dyke could check me out. I was either going to be sent back to Osan or Taegue, but they kept me and put me in the news department with Capt. Joe Malloy and Sgt. Bob Britsch (sic?).
    I rotated into radio and was holding down a board shift when the USS Pueblo was hijacked. Sitting in the studio with a loaded M-16 and a .45 strapped on was a little disconcerting to say the least. The 13-months in country went fast. I did a kids TV show in the afternoons, live, with Steve Steinberg and Rod Bates. It was a bit of the Soupy Sals Show, Rocky and Bullwinkle and slap stick all thrown together. We had a blast since most of the humor was amied at the GIs and not the kids.
    The experience I had was worth a million bucks and was one the main reasons I spent the next 35 years as a disc jockey and producer/writer in TV news.
    Congratulations to all the AFKNers and here's to another 60years.
    Ken Hissong


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