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    The American Forces Network (AFN) is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS, commonly pronounced "A-farts") for its entertainment and command internal information networks worldwide. The AFN worldwide radio and television broadcast network serves American servicemen and women, Department of Defense and other US government civilians and their families stationed at bases overseas, as well as U.S. Navy ships at sea. AFN broadcasts popular American radio and television programs from the major U.S. networks. It is sometimes referred to as the Armed Forces Network. AFRTS, American Forces Network and AFN are registered trademarks of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is based at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland.

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    Organization

    The American Forces Network (AFN) is the operational arm of the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), an office of the Defense Media Activity (DMA). AFN falls under the operational control of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (OASD-PA). Editorial control is by the Department of Defense, whereas the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), for example, is independent of the Ministry of Defence and the British armed forces.

    AFN employs military broadcasters as well as Department of Defense civilians and contractors. Service personnel hold broadcasting occupational specialties for their military branch.

    Since 1997, all of AFN''s military personnel receive primary training at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Before 1997, DINFOS was located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1997, Fort Benjamin Harrison was largely closed as a function of the 1991 Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Additional/Advanced training is also available at Fort George G. Meade.

    Some of AFN''s broadcasters have previous commercial broadcasting experience before enlisting in the military, but it is not a prerequisite for enlistment in the military as a broadcaster. During their training, the broadcasters are taught to use state-of-the-art audio and visual editing equipment similar to their civilian counterparts.

    AFN management is located at DMA headquarters at Fort Meade. Day-to-day AFN broadcast operations are conducted at the AFN Broadcast Center/Defense Media Center in Riverside, California, from where all global radio and television satellite feeds emanate.

    History

    The American Forces Network can trace its origins to May 26, 1942, when the War Department established the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). A television service was first introduced in 1954 with a "pilot" station at Limestone Air Force Base, Maine. In 1954, the television mission of AFRS was officially recognized and AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Service) became AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio and Television Service). All of the Armed Forces broadcasting affiliates worldwide merged under the AFN banner on January 1, 1998. On November 21, 2000, the American Forces Information Service directed a change of the AFRTS organizational title from Armed Forces Radio and Television Service back to American Forces Radio and Television Service. A timeline of the history of AFN is available online.

    Origins

    KODK began broadcasting from the US Army base Fort Greely at Kodiak, Alaska before the inception of the AFRS. Fort Greeley was built to defend and was an integral part of the Kodiak Naval Air Station, sometimes called Naval Operating Base. Construction of both was under way in 1940. The naval station and AFRS radio remained in operation, but Fort Greely closed at the end of World War II. Years later the name Fort Greely was resurrected for the Big Delta (near Delta Junction) Army base. The small town of Kodiak, located six miles away, had no radio station, while Anchorage and Fairbanks. where Army and Army Air Force bases soon would be established, had civilian radio stations. Thus KODK had a primary role to bring radio to the armed forces and civilians in the Kodiak area. The sign-off at KODK was the memorable "Goodnight, Sweetheart" set to a stirring melody from List''s Les Preludes. The station lived on to bring the first television to Kodiak.

    The first radio station began in Delta Jct, Alaska, on what was then known as Fort Greely. It was called KODK and was operated by on base personnel. In the years just before World War II, there were several radio stations based in American military bases, but none were officially recognized until 1942. The success of these individual radio stations helped pave the way for the AFN. As such, there was no single station that could be called the "first" to sign on as an AFN station. About two months before formal establishment of AFN, however, a station called "PCAN" began regular broadcast information service in the Panama Canal Zone, primarily for troops on jungle bivouac. The station, located at Fort Clayton, was later to become part of AFRS, first simply as "Armed Forces Network" located at Albrook Field.

    World War II

    The U.S. Army began broadcasting from London during World War II, using equipment and studio facilities borrowed from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

    The first transmission to U.S. troops began at 5:45 p.m. July 4, 1943, and included less than five hours of recorded shows, a BBC news and sports broadcast. That day, Corporal Syl Binkin became the first U.S. military broadcaster heard over the air. The signal was sent from London via telephone lines to five regional transmitters to reach U.S. troops in the United Kingdom as they made preparations for the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

    Fearing competition for civilian audiences, the BBC initially tried to impose restrictions on AFN broadcasts within Britain (transmissions were allowed only from American Bases outside London and were limited to 50 watts of transmission power) and a minimum quota of British produced programming had to be carried. Nevertheless, AFN programs were widely enjoyed by the British civilian listeners who could receive them, and once AFN operations transferred to continental Europe (shortly after D-Day) AFN was able to broadcast with little restriction with programs available to civilian audiences across most of Europe, (including Britain), after dark.

    As D-Day approached, the network joined with the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to develop programs especially for the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Mobile stations, complete with personnel, broadcasting equipment and a record library, were deployed to broadcast music and news to troops in the field. The mobile stations reported on front-line activities and fed the news reports back to studio locations in London.

    Although the network''s administrative headquarters remained in London, its operational headquarters soon moved to AFN Paris.

    As Allied forces continued to push German troops back into their homeland, AFN moved east as well. The liberation of most of Western Europe saw AFN stations serving the forces liberating Biarritz, Cannes, Le Havre, Marseille, Nice, Paris and Reims.

    Post war contraction and expansion

    On July 10, 1945, the first AFN station in occupied Germany started broadcasting, the AFN Munich. Its first broadcast was however incorrect as it began with the sentence "Good morning! This is AFN Munich, the voice of the 7th Army!". General George S. Patton, commander of the 3rd Army, was furious with the opening as his army had taken control over Munich the previous night, and demanded that the responsible person be court-martialed.

    Soon after AFN Munich signed on the air in the southern part of occupied Germany, in northern Germany, AFN Bremen begin broadcasting a few weeks later with its first radio broadcast occurring on Saturday, July 28, 1945. (In 1949, the station moved from the city of Bremen north to the port city of Bremerhaven and became AFN Bremerhaven.)

    On December 31, 1945, AFN London signed off the air, and in 1948 AFN closed all its stations in France. This started the cycle of AFN stations where they would be built up during wartime, then torn down or moved after the war was over. Of the 300 stations in operation worldwide in 1945, only 60 remained in 1949.

    Post-War Europe

    A large number of AFN stations continued broadcasting from American bases in Europe, (particularly Germany) after World War II. (Eight remain on the air today. See German Wikipedia).

    During the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949, planes headed for Tempelhof in West Berlin tuned their radios to AFN-Berlin because the station''s transmission tower was in the glidepath to the airfield and was not jammed by the Soviets.

    During the 1950s and ''60s, civilian audiences in Europe widely listened to AFN, as American music was very popular but rarely played on most European broadcasting stations (which at the time were largely state-operated). This was particularly the case in Communist bloc countries, where (despite the language barrier) it was seen as an alternative way of maintaining contact with the west, and had the added bonus of not being subjected to radio jamming, unlike stations such as Radio Free Europe, which carried news in Eastern European languages.

    Especially popular was Music in the Air, which aired on the full European network at 19:00 CET. The host was the AFN-Frankfurt (civilian) manager, John Vrotsos, who had an especially warm baritone voice and began each program after an introductory piano phrase from the theme, "Listen ... ... there''s music in the air." The theme was "Music Everywhere" in an arrangement by Victor Young.

    In France, about a dozen AFN stations operated, with AFN Orléans, equipped with studios, as the control station. The network broadcast music, shows, news relayed from AFN Frankfurt, locally produced shows and other features aimed at the American soldiers and their families stationed in France. In particular, a whole team of reporters and technicians was sent to Le Mans to report the 24-hour auto race, at a time when Ford was doing its best to beat the Ferraris, and finally succeeded. AFN France broadcast in 50-watts, frequency modulated transmitters purchased from a French manufacturer (TRT), type OZ 305. The network employed a technical director, a program director, several American broadcast professionals on military duty, and some French studio operators, record librarians, secretaries and maintenance technicians. The program was fed from AFN Orléans studios to the slave transmitters via modulation lines rented from the French postmaster. AFN France was dismantled in 1967, when U.S. forces left France due to the French government''s decision, under General Charles DeGaulle, to withdraw its forces from NATO''s military command. The French employees were dismissed. They were granted a severance pay (in French francs and taxable) of one month per year of service, paid by the U.S. Army to the French government, in dollars (all the French employees were managed by a specially created service: le Bureau d''Aide aux Armées Alliées AAA).

    Korean War

    When war broke out in Korea, Army broadcasters set up in Seoul in the Banto Hotel (the old American Embassy Hotel). When the Chinese entered Seoul in December 1950, the crew moved to a mobile unit that was just completed and retreated to Daegu, South Korea. Due to the large number of American troops in Korea, a number of stations were started. Mobile units followed combat units to provide news and entertainment on the radio. By the time the 1953 armistice was signed, these mobile units became buildings with transmitters, and a network, American Forces Korea Network, was born.

    Canadian and American television personality Jim Perry began his broadcasting career fresh out of high school with the Armed Forces Korea Network, under his birthname of Jim Dooley, spending one year in Korea before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania to advance his education.

    Iran

    An AFRTS radio station, and later a television station, became operational in Tehran in the late 1950s. The office and the equipment were stationed in Saltanat-abad area of Tehran. Its listeners (and viewers) were American military personnel stationed in Iran as part of ARMISH and MAAG programs, as well as non-military Iranians and foreigners living in Iran. The AFRTS ceased to operate on October 25, 1976, the day before Shah''s 57th birthday. Radio 1555 closed with presenter Air Force Staff Sergeant Barry Cantor playing Roger Whittaker''s Durham Town (The Leaving). This was followed by a closing announcement by Chief Master Sergeant and Station Manager Bob Woodruff ("After 22 years of audio broadcasting and 17 years of telecasting in Tehran, AFRTS Radio 1555 and TV Channel 7 cease all operations in this country at this time"). The station closed with the U.S. national anthem. On 26 October 1976 state broadcaster National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) began operating a new International Service.

    Vietnam

    As the American military presence in Vietnam increased, AFRTS opened radio and later television stations there.

    AFRTS stations in Vietnam were initially known by the name "AFRS" (Armed Forces Radio Saigon), but as the number of stations quickly expanded throughout South Vietnam became known as "AFVN" (American Forces Vietnam Network) and had several stations, including Qui Nhơn, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Da Nang and Huế, the latter being overrun by the NVA in 1968 and replaced by a station in Quảng Trị. AFVN''s headquarters station was located in Saigon.

    In Vietnam, AFVN had a number of war-related casualties. After a fierce fire fight that killed two soldiers and a civilian contractor, the remaining AFVN station staff at Huế was captured and spent five years as prisoners of war. At the height of American involvement in the war, Armed Forces Vietnam Network served more than 500,000 fighting men and women at one time. AFVN developed a program along the lines of "GI Jive" from World War II. A number of local disc jockeys helped make hour-long music programs for broadcast. Perhaps the best-known program became the morning "Dawn Buster" program, (the brainchild of Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle in 1962) thanks to the popularity of the sign-on slogan "Gooooood Morning, Vietnam" (which was initiated by Adrian Cronauer and later became the basis for the film Good Morning, Vietnam starring Robin Williams). Among the notable people who were AFVN disc jockeys were Lee Hansen and Pat Sajak. Beginning in 1971 AFVN began to close some stations in Vietnam. The last station to close was the key station in Saigon in 1973. Broadcasting continued under civilian leadership on FM only and using the name American Radio Service (ARS). The civilian engineers were provided by Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE). ARS stayed on the air until the fall of Saigon in April 1975. It famously played Irving Berlin''s White Christmas as a signal for Americans to leave the city as the fall of Saigon approached.

    Thailand

    In Thailand, the Department of Defense began the planning for the Armed Forces Thailand Network in 1964 with Project Lamplighter and Project Limelight. By late 1966, implementation of the network began by the U..S Air Force with stations on the air at Korat, U-Tapao, Ubon, Udon, Tahkli and Nahkon Phanom (NKP). In addition, there were more than 20 satellite stations that rebroadcast one or more of the primary stations, and that included one or more clandestine locations in Laos.

    In April 1970, a battle-damaged F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber, returning from a reconnaissance mission to survey a road being built by the Chinese toward Burma in northwest Laos, crashed into the AFTN station, killing nine of the Air Force broadcasters. This incident was the single worst catastrophe in the history of military broadcasting.

    AFTN became the American Forces Thailand Network in the summer of 1969, and continued operations until the spring of 1976 when the remaining U.S. troops in Thailand were withdrawn at the request of the Thai government. More than 600 broadcasters from the Air Force, Navy and Army had served during the 10 years that AFTN operated.

    The history of AFTN can be found at the www.aftn.net website along with a memorial to the nine broadcasters who gave their lives in the service of their country.

    Taiwan See also: ICRT

    Before 1979, the AFN branch in Taiwan was Armed Forces Network Radio Taiwan (AFNRT), which had a main station in Yangmingshan American Military Housing, Taipei. After the U.S. armed forces withdrew all its troops stationed in Taiwan (including the United States Taiwan Defense Command), the station was reorganized under the name of International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) by the American business community and the ROC government. Today, ICRT is the only English-language radio service in Taiwan.

    Caribbean

    American Forces Radio and Television broadcast radio and television programming on Puerto Rico from Ramey Air Force Base and primarily from studios at U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads (now decommissioned) as the American Forces Caribbean Network from the 1960s through the 1970s. Programming was also transmitted over a repeater transmitter at San Juan.

    Central America

    Radio, and later television, to U.S. troops stationed in the Panama Canal Zone was provided initially by Armed Forces Radio (AFN) at Albrook Field and later as the Caribbean Forces Network at Fort Clayton with translators on the Atlantic side of the Canal Zone. In the early 1960s with reorganization of the command located in the Canal Zone, CFN became the Southern Command Network (SCN). SCN also broadcast to U.S. troops stationed in Honduras starting in 1987. SCN discontinued broadcasting in 1999 just before the turnover of the Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama when U.S. troops were removed from that country under the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

    AFN Honduras, which began in 1987 as SCN Honduras, now broadcasts from Soto Cano Air Base on 106.5 FM, and serves more than 600 American service members stationed at the installation, as well as numerous civilian employees and contractors. The station''s primary mission is radio, originating programming including two daily live shows following the "Eagle" format. Personnel also occasionally produce video news packages. As of January 15, 2013, AFN Honduras is one of 18 stations under the operational control of AFN Europe.

    Shortwave Radio

    With the advent of satellite broadcasting, AFRTS has shifted its emphasis away from shortwave. Currently, the U.S. Navy provides the only shortwave single sideband shortwave AFN radio broadcasts via relay sites around the world to provide service to ships, including Diego Garcia, Guam, Sigonella in Italy, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and others.

    AFN Television Services European operations

    Until the early 1970s, U.S. military television service was provided in Central Europe by Air Force Television at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In the early 1970s, AFN assumed this responsibility for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

    AFN Bremerhaven was the first AFN television station in Europe to broadcast its programming in color. The U.S. European Edition of “Stars and Stripes” (S&S) reported in its Thursday, August 21, 1975 edition that the AFN-Europe Commander, Lt. Col. Floyd A. McBride, announced that AFN’s first color TV broadcast would begin in Bremerhaven on Monday August 25, 1975. As S&S reported, because Bremerhaven’s TV operation was so small, only a “Class C” operation, and, at the time, served only one area with TV programming, it was easy to establish the color TV broadcast operation without extensive expense or expansion.

    That next year, S&S reported in its Wednesday, June 23, 1976 edition, that “the long-awaited switch to color by AFN-TV could come by the end of the year for viewers in most of West Germany. The only viewers enjoying color right now are those watching the pilot color TV station in Bremerhaven, which went on the air in…1975.”

    Finally, on October 28, 1976, AFN television moved from AFTV''s old black-and-white studios at Ramstein to the network''s new color television studios in Frankfurt. In the 1980s the network added affiliates with studio capabilities in Würzburg, Germany, and Soesterberg, the Netherlands. In 2004, AFN Europe headquarters relocated to Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany.

    Pacific operations

    Over-the-air TV for U.S. Forces in the Pacific is currently provided by AFN-Korea, AFN-Japan and AFN-Kwajalein. All local operations merged under the AFN banner effective January 1, 1998.

    Korea

    AFN-Korea, formerly American Forces Korea Network (AFKN), was the largest of AFN''s Pacific TV operations, although there are also AM and FM operations from military bases around Korea. AFKN began TV operations on September 15, 1957, and consisted of an originating studio at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, and six relay transmitters throughout the peninsula. AFKN''s first live television newscast aired on January 4, 1959. Until December 2007, the channel was widely available to non-military audiences on cable television, but following complaints from U.S. companies trying to sell programs in South Korea, USFK requested that the Korean Broadcasting Commission direct the removal of Pacific Prime from the Korean cable lineups. American Forces Network-Korea discontinued analog over-the-air TV broadcast May 1, 2012, due to request from the Korean government because many local residents could receive current over-the-air U.S. network programming, resulting in decreased sales of U.S. programs to Korean stations.

    Japan

    AFN-Japan, formerly the Far East Network (FEN), has one full-power VHF terrestrial TV outlet. Located on Okinawa atop the Rycom Plaza Housing area in the central part of the island, AFN-Okinawa''s (U.S. channel 8) TV signal serves Marines, Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and their families stationed on-island. AFN-Japan also operates three low-power UHF terrestrial transmitters at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Commander U.S Fleet Activities Sasebo and Misawa Air Base. TV viewers on military bases in the Tokyo and Kanto Plain area of Japan can view AFN via contractor-operated base cable TV services, or through AFN Direct-To-Home (DTH) dishes if they reside off-base.

    AFN-Japan''s radio services consist of AM and FM stereo operations at Yokota Air Base (810 AM & cable FM), MCAS Iwakuni (1575 AM), FLTACTS Sasebo (1575 AM), Okinawa (648 AM & 89.1 FM) and Misawa Air Base (1575 AM).

    Kwajalein Atoll

    AFN-Kwajalein at the Reagan Missile Test Range on Kwajalein Atoll is the only civilian-run affiliate in AFN, broadcasting on U.S. channel 13 for military personnel and civilian contractor employees and their families. AFN-Kwajalein''s signal is beamed by microwave to the nearby island of Roi Namur and rebroadcast on channel 8.

    With the availability of AFN''s DTH service, terrestrial over-the-air TV broadcasts at all AFN outlets are slated for deactivation in the near future.

    Gulf War

    In January 1991, the network dispatched news teams and technicians to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. These broadcasters reported to families of soldiers deployed from Europe and staffed a number of the U.S. radio stations making up the Armed Forces Desert Network. The first song on the air after the start of the ground offensive was "Rock the Casbah" by The Clash.

    Operation Restore Hope

    1993-1994 (Somalia)

    Operation Iraqi FreedomAFN Iraq on-air radio studio. Baghdad, Iraq (April 2004).

    AFN-Iraq began broadcasting in December 2003 on the FM band shortly after the fall of Saddam. The first song on the air was Freedom by Paul McCartney. Within a short time, Freedom Radio was broadcasting on multiple FM channels from as far south as Basra to as far north as Mosul.

    AFN-Iraq, Freedom Radio began as a joint effort between the Air Force, the Marines and the Army. The first unit to operate the station was the 222nd Broadcast Operations Detachment, an Army Reserve unit based in southern California. "Always There and On The Air" was the phrase that started it all, even though there were only eight hours of live radio to kick things off.

    After an introduction from Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of Coalition Ground Forces in Iraq, Air Force Master Sergeant Erik Brazones was the first DJ on the air. When the 222nd BOD took the reins of the radio operations, the first two regular radio shows were "Niki Cage in the morning" and "Abbey in the Afternoon."

    Operation Enduring Freedom

    AFN Afghanistan operates out of a building on Bagram Air Base. Its radio frequency throughout Afghanistan is 94.1 and 97.1 in Manas and produces live local shows. Its first radio transmission was at 0630 on Friday, July 21, 2006. Beyond radiol AFN Afghanistan also does television news. It produces a daily five-minute newscast called Freedom Watch Afghanistan and airs on the Pentagon Channel.

    The station is typically staffed with Air Force broadcasters but also slots Army, Navy and Marine broadcasters as well. For support there is usually a four-man team of engineers to handle all transmission, decoder and satellite issues.

    Operations in Western Europe

    AFN in Germany and SEB (Southern European Broadcasting) in Italy provided broadcasting to U.S. troops in Western Europe throughout the Cold War. The U.S. defense drawdown began in earnest after the Gulf War, and affected AFN stations across Europe, as many stations were consolidated or deactivated with the closing of bases. In Europe, AFN is still on the air from Tuzla, Bosnia, and Taszár, Hungary, to inform and entertain U.S. forces.

    AFN went on the air May 29 with service at the Tirana airport in Albania with satellite decoders and large screen televisions placed in high traffic areas. At the same time, the AFN also advanced into the Yugoslav province of Kosovo along with NATO.

    AFN viewers abroad witnessed live television coverage of the terrorist attacks on The Pentagon and World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

    During military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq AFN provided non-stop coverage of the campaigns. AFN broadcast personnel from Europe deployed with the troops to cover events. Today AFN has a staffed affiliate in Iraq, AFN-Baghdad (launched in 2003).

    Wherever large numbers of U.S. troops are deployed, the AFN sets up operation, providing news and entertainment from home. Today AFN has several satellites and uses advanced digital compression technology to broadcast TV and radio to 177 countries and territories, as well as on board U.S. Navy vessels.

    Media services

    Plans for transitioning AFN TV to high definition (HD) in phases have been ongoing with an estimated completion time frame of 2015-2017. So far, AFN has added one HD channel, with more being planned. However, HD is an expensive project, so timelines and actual transition of channels is highly dependent on availability of funds. With the additional Department of Defense budget cuts looming, this project could easily be required to slip. However, AFN is continuing to research more efficient delivery methods in hopes of continuing along the planned path.

    AFN''s television service is broadcast in standard North American NTSC format of 525 lines. All programming delivered by satellite is PowerVu encrypted DVB. While programming is provided to AFN by major American TV networks and program syndicators at little to no cost, for copyright and licensing reasons it is intended solely for U.S. forces personnel, authorized Department of Defense civilian employees, State Department diplomatic personnel and their families overseas.

    AFN-TV is available to authorized viewers by "Direct-To-Home" (DTH) service with set-top decoders purchased or leased through military exchanges (similar to a membership store), licensed/contracted commercial cable operators, purchased used from other military members (the cheapest option) or terrestrial signal. The advent of DTH service coincides with the phasing-out of AFN terrestrial TV broadcasts due to reclamation of frequencies by host nations.

    AFN programming

    While the audience tunes into AFN to watch their favorite shows or listen to the latest stateside hits, entertainment is the "candy coating" used to attract the military viewer/listener. AFN''s primary mission is to provide access for worldwide, regional and local command information (CI) spots, which air during commercial breaks in programming instead of commercial advertisements. These CI spots run the gamut from reminding servicemembers to register to vote, promoting local command-sponsored recreation events and off-duty educational programs, providing health and wellness tips, and listing what''s playing at local base movie theaters.

    AFN also inserts public service announcements from the Ad Council. Some of the 35 overseas AFN affiliates have the capability to cover the "worldwide" CI spots placed by the AFN Broadcast Center in California with regional or locally produced CI spots (such as localized messages from senior leadership).

    Many service members welcome this approach, while others find it troublesome, especially during the airing of the Super Bowl.

    The network is allowed to broadcast commercial movie promotion trailers provided by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and the Navy Motion Picture Service (NMPS) to promote the latest film releases in base theaters worldwide. Previously these were the only true "commercials" authorized for broadcast.

    AFN Radio and TV schedules are available at myafn.net.

    Radio

    AFN also offers a variety of radio programming over its various frequencies throughout the world. Not only is there local programming (with military disc jockeys), but there is satellite programming, as well. Music programming spans classic rock, rhythm and blues, Jack FM and country music. Ryan Seacrest''s American Top 40, Rick Dees'' Weekly Top 40 and the American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks are broadcast weekly over AFN Radio. In addition to music, AFN broadcasts syndicated talk radio programs such as Car Talk, The Bob and Sheri Show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, Kim Komando, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Motley Fool Radio Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Doug Stephan,Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle, Sports Overnight America and other programs from a variety of sources. Weekly religious programming is offered to AFN stations via closed-circuit.

    On December 5, 2005, liberal/progressive Ed Schultz and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity were added to the radio programs provided by the AFN Broadcast Center to its affiliate stations. Liberal Alan Colmes rounds out the political talk lineup on The Voice channel.

    On April 24, 2006, AFN Europe launched AFN The Eagle, a virtually 24-hour-a-day radio service format initially modeled after "Jack FM" but most recently a "Hot AC" format. This replaced ZFM, which had more of a contemporary hit radio flavor. When the Eagle was launched, AFN Europe took control of what local DJs could play.

    Altogether, AFN produces 10 general-use streams for AFN stations to use. Of these, five are music-based, two are sports-based and three general news/talk channels, including The Voice, which features live play-by-play of American sports (it''s also the one heard on shortwave, if the shortwave radio has Single sideband installed). How these stations use these formats is up to them. These formats are:

    Television

    Like its radio counterpart, AFN TV tries to air programming from a variety of sources to replicate programming on a typical U.S. TV channel; sourcing from U.S. commercial networks (including PBS), and program syndicators at little to no cost since AFN does not air commercials and in that regard cannot profit from airing shows like stations in the United States can. In their place, AFN inserts public service announcements on various subjects; these can be civilian "agency spots" created by The Ad Council, nationally recognized religious and public health charities, AFN''s own "command information" spots produced by the AFRTS Radio-Television Production Office (RTPO) or announcements by a regional/local AFN affiliate. The most common PSAs shown deal with sexual harassment, public health and safety, force protection/anti-terrorism, pride in service and messages to the troops.

    AFN produces and broadcasts eight core satellite television channels in NTSC color. They are accessible to both military and foreign service personnel abroad. All eight feeds are accessible in core areas, including but not limited to European, Korean and Japanese posts. Much of the rest of the world is limited to a smaller but more widespread naval broadcast.

    Channels

    Unless specified, the first telecast of each channel targets the Japan/Korea region, then replayed several hours later for the Central European time zone.

    Frequencies and transmitters This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions. Germany

    Table of AFN-transmitters in Germany. Table may be incorrect and incomplete. Please correct and expand if necessary.

    AM Frequency Power Location Description of transmitter site Geographical location Remarks
    873 kHz 150 kW Weisskirchen 3 guyed lattice steel masts insulated against ground, height: 86 meters (282 ft), Directional Antenna Mode 50°10''59"N 8°36''45"E shut down on May 31, 2013
    1107 kHz 10 kW Grafenwöhr 66-meter-tall (217 ft) guyed tubular steel mast insulated against ground 49°42''47"N 11°54''42"E shut down in 2008 mast dismantled in 2009
    1107 kHz 10 kW Vilseck 65-meter-tall (213 ft) guyed tubular steel mast insulated against ground 49°38''41"N 11°47''1"E
    1107 kHz 10 kW Berlin-Dahlem 126-meter-tall (413 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 52°27''47"N 13°17''26"E mast demolished on December 14, 1996
    1107 kHz 10 kW Nürnberg 122-meter-tall (400 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground shut down
    1107 kHz 10 kW Kaiserslautern-Otterbach 136-meter-tall (446 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 49°29''27"N 7°43''3"E
    1107 kHz 40 kW Munich-Ismaning 2 guyed lattice steel masts insulated against ground, height: 94 meters (308 ft) 48°14''40"N 11°44''42"E shut down in 2005
    1143 kHz 1 kW Bitburg 54-meter-tall (177 ft) guyed mast radiator 49°56''35"N 6°32''29"E
    1143 kHz 5 kW Bremerhaven 65-meter-tall (213 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down, 31 March 1993
    1143 kHz 10 kW Stuttgart-Hirschlanden 40-meter-tall (130 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 48°49''43"N 9°2''11"E operated by Media Broadcast shut down on March 7, 2014
    1143 kHz 1 kW Heidelberg 65-meter (213 ft) guyed tubular steel mast insulated against ground 49°25''58"N 8°38''42"E shut down on April 28, 2014
    1143 kHz 1 kW Hof 45-meter-tall (148 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1143 kHz 1 kW Karlsruhe 61-meter-tall (200 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1143 kHz 1 kW Mönchengladbach 45.5-meter-tall (149 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 51°10''2"N 6°23''56"E
    1143 kHz 300 W Göppingen 37-meter-tall (121 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1143 kHz 300 W Würzburg 40-meter-tall (130 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 49°47''26"N 9°58''54"E shut down in 2008
    1143 kHz 300 W Bamberg 40-meter-tall (130 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 49°53''17"N 10°55''24"E shut down in 2014
    1143 kHz 300 W Schweinfurt T-antenna between 2 40-meter-tall (130 ft)? free-standing lattice towers 50°3''6"N 10°10''31"E to shut down in 2014
    1143 kHz 300 W Bad Kissingen 48-meter-tall (157 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1143 kHz 300 W Wildflecken 45-meter-tall (148 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1143 kHz 300 W Fulda 54-meter-tall (177 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1143 kHz 300 W Bad Hersfeld 25-meter-tall (82 ft) free-standing tower insulated against ground shut down
    1143 kHz 300 W Giessen 61-meter-tall (200 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 50°35''27"N 8°43''6"E shut down
    1485 kHz 1 kW Augsburg 56-meter-tall (184 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 48°21''8"N 10°51''19"E shut down in 1998 mast demolished in 2008
    1485 kHz 300 W Crailsheim 65-meter-tall (213 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    1485 kHz 300 W Hohenfels 40-meter-tall (130 ft) guyed lattice steel mast insulated against ground 49°13''14"N 11°51''12"E
    1485 kHz 300 W Ansbach-Katterbach 67-meter-tall (220 ft) guyed tubular steel mast insulated against ground 49°19''17"N 10°35''44"E
    1485 kHz 300 W Regensburg Long wire antenna on wooden 20-meter (66 ft) tower shut down
    1485 kHz 300 W Garmisch-Partenkirchen 30-meter-tall (98 ft) guyed mast radiator 47°28''58"N 11°3''20"E
    1485 kHz 300 W Berchtesgaden 34-meter-tall (112 ft) guyed mast radiator shut down
    FM Frequency Power Location Description of transmitter site geographical location Remarks
    87.7 MHz 0.1 kW Schweinfurt
    87.9 MHz 1 kW Berlin now used by Star FM Maximum Rock
    89.9 MHz 0.245 kW Amberg
    90.3 MHz Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    90.3 MHz 0.02 kW Prien shut down
    92.2 MHz Memmingen shut down
    92.9 MHz Garlstedt shut down
    93.5 MHz 1 kW Sögel shut down
    93.5 MHz Hohenfels
    96.5 MHz Helmstedt shut down
    97.7 MHz 0.1 kW Bad Aibling shut down
    98.5 MHz 0.1 kW Grafenwoehr
    98.7 MHz 50 kW Grosser Feldberg moved to a higher antenna and reduced from 60 kW
    98.7 MHz Birkenfeld shut down
    98.9 MHz 0.1 kW Bamberg
    100 MHz 15 kW Augsburg
    100.2 MHz 5 kW Kaiserslautern-Vogelweh
    102.3 MHz 100 kW Stuttgart 193-meter-tall (633 ft) concrete tower 48°45''49"N 9°12''20"E Telekom transmitter
    102.6 MHz Schwäbisch Gmünd shut down
    102.6 MHz Ulm shut down
    103.0 MHz 0.5 kW Pirmasens
    104.1 MHz Grafenwöhr
    104.6 MHz 0.375 kW Heidelberg Aerial on AM broadcasting mast 49°25''58"N 8°38''42"E
    104.9 MHz Illesheim
    104.9 MHz 0.16 kW Würzburg Aerial on AM broadcasting mast 49°47''26"N 9°58''54"E shut down
    105.1 MHz Spangdahlem Aerial on AM broadcasting mast 49°56''35"N 6°32''29"E
    105.1 MHz Rheinberg shut down
    105.2 MHz Hessisch Oldendorf shut down
    106.1 MHz Kalkar shut down
    106.1 MHz Baumholder
    106.5 MHz Flensburg shut down
    107.3 MHz 0.05 kW Heidelberg
    107.3 MHz 1 kW Ansbach
    107.3 MHz Mannheim-Käfertal
    107.4 MHz 0.3 kW Fürth shut down
    107.6 MHz Bad Godesberg shut down
    107.7 MHz Vilseck
    107.9 MHz Bremerhaven shut down

    The AFN transmitters in Germany are operated by different authorities but most are operated directly by the U.S. military. Some are the property of Deutsche Telekom, while others are controlled by German public broadcasting corporations.

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Table of AFN-transmitters in Saudi Arabia. Table may be incorrect and incomplete. Please correct and expand if necessary.

    FM

    Frequency Power Signal Type City Transmitter site Approximate Geographical Location Channel Name (Slogan) Genre
    103.1 MHz 100 W Mono Riyadh Eskan Village (Al-Kharj Rd.) 24°34′59″N 46°51′39″E / 24.58306°N 46.86083°E / 24.58306; 46.86083 Voice Channel (NPR News) News, Talkshows, Jazz & Oldies
    103.9 MHz 100 W Mono Riyadh Eskan Village (Al-Kharj Rd.) // Mainstream Country Country
    105.1 MHz 100 W Mono Riyadh Eskan Village (Al-Kharj Rd.) // Z Rock Alternative rock
    105.9 MHz 100 W Mono Riyadh Eskan Village (Al-Kharj Rd.) // Gravity Urban Rhythmic (R&B, Pop & Hip-Hop)
    107.9 MHz 100 W Mono Riyadh Eskan Village (Al-Kharj Rd.) // Hot AC (Today''s Best Hits) Young adult alternative/80''s and 90''s
    103.1 MHz 21 W Stereo Riyadh Riyadh U.S. Embassy 24°40′52″N 46°37′13″E / 24.68111°N 46.62028°E / 24.68111; 46.62028 Voice Channel (NPR News) News, Talkshows, Jazz & Oldies
    105.1 MHz 10 W Stereo Riyadh Riyadh U.S. Embassy // Z Rock Alternative rock
    107.9 MHz 30 W Stereo Riyadh Riyadh U.S. Embassy // Mainstream Country Country
    93.7 MHz 250 W Mono Jeddah Jeddah U.S. Embassy 21°31′33″N 39°09′52″E / 21.52583°N 39.16444°E / 21.52583; 39.16444 Hot AC (Today''s Best Hits) Young adult alternative/80''s and 90''s
    100.7 MHz 250 W - Jeddah Jeddah U.S. Embassy // Voice Channel (NPR News) News, Talkshows, Jazz & Oldies
    103.9 MHz 50 W Stereo Jeddah Jeddah U.S. Embassy // Jack FM 1980s & 1990s
    91.4 MHz 250 W Stereo Dhahran Saudi Aramco // News, Hot AC (Today''s Best Hits) Young adult alternative/''80s and ''90s

    The AFN FM Transmitters in Saudi Arabia is managed by two authorities, the U.S. military and Saudi Aramco.

    Iraq - "Freedom Radio"

    Spain

    Radio: AFN Rota Radio - The Eagle

    SHAPE (Belgium)

    Television: AFN Prime Atlantic/AFN Benelux (NTSC)

    Radio: AFN Benelux

    AFN Benelux - The Eagle

    South Korea Television

    NOTE: All over-the-air television broadcasts in South Korea ended in May 2012. The following are previous stations.

    AM Radio (Thunder AM) FM Radio (AFN Eagle)

    resource:

    Italy Japan Honduras Shortwave (USB)

    See: AFN Shortwave Frequencies

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