Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AFN Mark White Around Berlin 1970

Mark White was America to Berlin.  A 30 year run anywhere is an amazing run.  Today the spotlight is on Charles Asnavour



This is the first part of Robert Barker's collection.  He was assigned to the hospital, had a reel to reel and made (and saved) some great tapes!


5 comments:

  1. Thank you Thom for this first post of several hours of the AFN-Berlin/Europe programming that I recorded on my tape deck while serving at the U.S. Army Hospital in 1969 and 1970. These tapes have been stored since I came back from Berlin and I brought them out of the closet a few years ago and started listening to them again. I finally got the software and equipment I needed to digitize them a month ago. I am pleased that I found your blog archive which publishes such material for others to enjoy and reminise with.

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  3. Dear Thom and Dear Robert!
    Thanks very much for sharing these historical tapes with us.
    This blog from Thom is unique and wonderful. I´d also sent some tapes to Thom and he did such a wonderful job to digitze them and put it here in the blog, so that everyone who´s interested in AFN/AFRTS can hear it.
    And thanks, Robert, for taping the programs of AFN Berlin around 1970. I´m very interested in these programs since I´m a big fan of AFN/AFRTS and because I´m a Berliner, AFN Berlin is very special to me. I´m in contact with Mark White and I will make him a copy of this program. I´m sure he will enjoy it also very much.
    Best wishes from good old Berlin!
    Chris Muermann

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    1. Thank you Chris for your kind comments and thanks for passing this on to Mark White. I never met him when I was in Berlin but give him my greetings. It would be great to communicate with him if he would wish to do so.

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  4. I can't wait to listen to these programs. I was at AFN Berlin in 1971 (Frolic at 5) and remember Mark White very well. I believe he was referred to as the "Second Mayor of Berlin". He was very well-connected and he was AFN Berlin. After I passed my audition at AFN headquarters in Frankfort, the Colonel in charge told me I was going to the "best assignment in the Army". He was right.
    20 years after leaving Berlin I was in a hospital in Butte Montana recovering from surgery when I heard a familiar voice on the TV. It was Mark White, voicing a documentary about Berlin. I'll never forget it, nor will I ever forget my time in the "divided city". Larry Sem, Helena Mt.

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