Sunday, February 27, 2011

World Radio News

Hans Knot sent some scans of a British radio magazine of  1968.  Very interesting with some ink about AFN in Germany.  How good was the signal in England.? I had thought it difficult to receive.

Our AFRTS-LA friends were getting some nice press.  Was there more than one issue of the World Radio News?  When I lived near Boston there were radio magazines well into the 70s.

Friday, February 25, 2011

AFRS England

Part of the network history was the Stations we had in England in 1943, US forces were building up before going to Berlin. I had heard that the stations were all shut down in 1945.

Gary Trammell was at RAF Bentwaters 20 years later. What was that all about?


"Bentwaters had the only AFRS station in England. When asked why we didn't have a TV station there, I would respond that "we spoke the same language as the English". Of course this would always bring some negative remarks from our English Station Manager, Alan Martindale! We were a closed-circuit operation and only broadcast to the barracks and buildings on base. Unfortunately, Bentwaters has been closed as an American facility but is still used by the Brits.

There was a full-time staff of five: The Station Manager, who was also our engineer, our NCOIC and three broadcasters; also, three part-timers who would come in on the weekends. We just broadcast to the buildings and dependent housing on both the twin bases of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. There were two studios, a control room between them and a full record library. We did live and taped shows and received recorded programs from AFRTS on McCadden Place in Los Angeles either every week or every other week (I don't remember). Each studio had three turntables and an Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorder. The second studio had a conference table for, uh...conferences. We had a newswire where we could change frequencies to different news services as required but in the mornings I would pick up the news from the base's comm center. We also did remotes from around the bases, in Ipswich and the surrounding towns and the NCO and Officers' Clubs when the opportunities arose using portable equipment and permanently installed equipment in the clubs. Nothing big as you can see. It was a small operation but we enjoyed it."

There was a USAF presence at Bentwaters 1951-94.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Found: an AFRTS library

While doing renovations at Ft Lewis, 8000 AFRTS library transcriptions were found.  The disks, which seem to run from 1943 to the mid 50s were boxed, in good shape and still had the card catalog.

Here's a couple of reports:

The disks were at Lewis for the hospital radio station KMGH, which ceased to exist long ago.

More information about WMGH

KMGH 1962 schedule

Apparently, AFRTS has called them back in for cataloging and probable destruction per the agreement with AFM.  Your comments?

Friday, February 11, 2011

AFKN pin

Anyone know what this is?  It's a small pin with the microphone part probably silver and the AFKN part in brass.  it's mounted on a screw into a base like for a hat.  Maybe from a curtain, maybe from a KATUSA uniform? 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Superbowl Sunday 2011

This is from the AFN Facebook page:

Get ready for the big game! AFN Radio is airing Super Bowl XLV on the Voice channel this Sunday at 3pm pacific. Don't miss the biggest sporting event of the year! Super Bowl XLV on the Voice is available on Your AFN Decoder.

We oldtimers remember EVERY game they could find being broadcast on the only radio station, Major Leagues, College, Golf (radio golf is every bit as exciting as it sounds).  A few year ago they took the sports off to such a degree that running the Superbowl on one of the many channels is a news story.

Times have changed,

AFVN Hue 02/05/1968

Bob Morecook reminded me that on this date in 1968 is the anniversary of AFVN Hue being overrun.  You'll not be forgotten:.

Today is a special day to stop and remember AFVN Detachment 5 Hue. On this date in 1968 the unit was over run after a firefight. The story is at the link at the top of the page. Stop for a moment, a minute, or five minutes to remember these fine men - only some of whom came home 5 years later.

Bob Morecook

Friday, February 4, 2011

AFVN 1971

Doug Jennings sent a wonderful gift for us all.  Scans of the Castle Courier dated April 5, 1971.  Castle Courier was a newspaper put out by the Engineer Command.

AFVN Jim Huntley

Doug sents some wonderful memories of AFVN.  Several clips from Castle Courier dated April 5, 1971.  Castle Courier was a newspaper put out by the Engineer Command..  And a Jumpin Jim Huntley aircheck.

Great stuff, look for the rest of the pictures, coming up.