American Military Radio in Central Europe


Lobby AFN Europe 1988

When I was 14 years old, I discovered an English language station on my radiodial, which later turned out to be AFN. When I was 16 years old, my English was good enough, so I started to listen to AFN. With PFC Robert Newman doing the Powerplay afternoon show, at AFN SHAPE. That was in 1981. I wrote PFC Newman a letter, which he answered. Later, in 1983, I started to listen more and more to AFN. I started to appreciate Country Music, and my English got more and more fluent. I started to understand the news, and later the military news. I learned Armed Forces language, and after I returned from a vacation in Australia in 1984, I discovered Kim doing the Rise & Shine morning show. And I fell in love with her. This homepage contains some 170 photos of AFN people, equipment, buildings, patches and F-15s, I will also try to add some explanation to these pictures.

Visiting AFN affiliates

After I dropped out of university in January of 1987, I had a lot of time on my hands, so I thought "I want to visit AFN!". In 1988 I first visited AFN SHAPE, just North of Mons Belgium. In 1988 I visted the AFN European Head Quarters at the Bertramstrasse 6 in Frankfurt am Main Germany, which was really interesting. In 1986 we got our own AFN Soesterberg affiliate (meaning there were radio shows locally produced) and in 1988 I got to visit Soesterberg AB too and made some pictures.

This is a website about the American Forces Network Europe, radio and television for American GIs in Europe. Until September of 1994 there was a transmitter in the Central Holland area. Between 1981 and 1994 I used to listen to AFN Europe.

Over the years I got to know quite a lot of AFN people, I made photos of them and I thought it would be a good idea to put my material on a website.

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