• YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 1 day, 8 hours ago

    Note from Ira O. Wheeler
    In 1968 and 1969 my office was up in Namsan Antenna (in the military compound called Camp Morse)

    I was Awarded in April 1996 after completion of AFKN Channel2 the 34th Conversion Antenna in Namsan. The project lasted from 1988 till 1996. It was supposed to be completed in 1.5 years. This was the biggest and most powerful transmitter in the AFRTS Worldwide.

    “I had to sign every IT and telecommunications project for the Commander in change back then to accept the project”


  • Bill Morgenstein commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Did you ever work with Garry Marshall and Gordon Belson? (1957-8)
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 4 months ago

      A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio
      Back on the hill in Yongsan, I was learning about television, or at least TV the way it used to be. We were still broadcasting in black and white, using ancient TK-10 cameras. There was no videotape, just day old film stories provided by ABC news. We made our own slides from photos and maps in newspapers. The slides could be seen full-screen, giving the news or sports reporter a break from having his face appear on camera ( in case he had to scratch something)….

      Robert Alan “Bob” Edwards (born May 16, 1947) is an American broadcast journalist, a Peabody Award-winning member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He gained reputation as the first host of National Public Radio’s flagship program, Morning Edition. Starting in 2004, Edwards then was the host of The Bob Edwards Show on Sirius XM Radio and Bob Edwards Weekend distributed by Public Radio International to more than 150 public radio stations. Those programs ended in September 2015.

    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 4 months ago

      Have you watched the American Forces TV Network while living overseas? If so, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Please take this survey: https://goo.gl/rHhzav
      Stacy Takacs
      Associate Prof. & Director of American Studies
      Oklahoma State University

    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 6 months, 2 weeks ago

      For those of you missing listening to Vagabond FM from Air Forces Korea Network (AFKN) you will enjoy this link below.
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 6 months, 2 weeks ago

      AFKN Coverage of Health Fair – Early 1987 Source: Jeff Howard

      Note from former students from SAHS: at the 33 second mark that looks like Chris somebody. Can’t remember his last name right now, but he was on the wrestling team for a year or two. Think he either moved to or from somewhere in Iceland.

      Comment from another former student: Just looked it up. Chris Faulkner. Class of 91, but I think he left in the summer of 88 or maybe mid-year 88-89

    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 6 months, 2 weeks ago

      Note and photo from SP4 Keyth Reynolds
      AFKN Announcer Radio and TV in Yongsan Garrison in 1957-1958
      I was in the headquarters station in Yongsan, Seoul, I had the honor of being the first announcer on AFKN TV, before they had a studio or any live broadcasts, everything was on film, or magnetic tape at that time. Photo showing Radio Vagabond sign on the HQ building.
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months ago

      TV AFKN by Peter T Yeschenko
      How many remember seeing this on TV (AFKN)?!
      Back when they didn’t have 24 hour television. When AFKN went off the air…..you would see this on their channel until they resume broadcasting the next day. 🙂
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 1 week ago

      Note from Regina Christianson:
      My brother-in-law Skip still has his badge and shared a picture of it. Skip worked at AFKN in 1965 and 1966
    • John Aubry Nowell posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 1 week ago

      When I was the Public Affairs Officer for HQs, 34th Support Group, we were publishing the Seoul Word newspaper. I was the PAO from May 1993 until October 2004. In order to promote distribution of the Seoul Word newspaper, I approached the American Forces Korea Network (AFKN) and requested to be interviewed on the Thursday morning Radio show with the DJ. They approved my request and I was on air between the playing of popular music beginning at 10 am in the morning. The DJ would introduce me and we would talk about the news articles that would appear in the Friday morning edition of our weekly newspaper. I didn’t say much about the articles, just introduce the topic and the news reporter who had taken photographs and wrote the article. In those days, the Seoul Word newspaper published 32 pages every week and it just covered Yongsan Garrison Main and South Posts; and the 22 or so installations located within the Area II responsibility. So, we had articles about Camp Market, K-16, Camp Colburn, UN Compound, Transportation Motor Pool (TMP), Camp Coiner, Camp Kim, Camp Eiler, Camp Mercer, Camp Baker, CP TANGO, CSCT#3 at Yongin, EDFE Compound, Hannam Village, Religious Retreat Center, just to name a few. As a result of those interviews we would see that the newspapers that were distributed at the high traffic areas like the Dragon Hill Lodge, AAFES Townhouse Cafeteria, AAFES Snack Bars and Shoppettes and at the various installations throughout Area II would be quickly picked up. And, the articles covered all of the many headquarters stationed in Yongsan Garrison and these remote installations, as well as the Seoul American Elementary, Middle and High School Students. We had SAHS students volunteer after school hours during the school sessions and we had paid summer hires from SAHS during the school break for the summer. So, we tried very hard to cover everyone living, working or playing in Area II. If anyone, reading this post, served in Yongsan Garrison or Area II at any of these installations when Seoul Word newspaper was published, please post your comments here so we can hear from you. The contract printer which printed the Seoul Word newspaper in the late 90s and early 2000s also published the KORUS magazine.
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

      MAY 1970
      Everyday throughout Korea, tens of thousands of American servicemen turn on their radios or television sets to enjoy the songs of Aretha Franklin, laugh at the antics on “Laugh-In” or marvel at the sly dexterity with which the Mission Impossible squad operates. In addition to all this, news on the hour and the top sports events wherever and whenever they happen are available with the mere flip of the “on” switch. Of course, we are talking about the American Forces Korea Network (AFKN).
      This service is available to United States personnel serving in Korea all the way from the Demilitarized Zone in the north down to Pusan and the southern coastline. In fact, AFKN Radio provides service also to the isolated islands of P-Y-Do and Cheju-Do. There is something for everyone on AFKN. The same type programming offered by commercial networks stateside is available right here in Korea. All of this plus one advantage no commercials.

      AFKN is an affliliate of the American Forces Radio and Television Service, Los Angeles (AFRTS-LA), under the staff supervision of the Public Affairs Officer, UNC/USFK/EA. It is a non-profit enterprise and organized just like any other military establishment.

      Many of us listen to our radios or watch television daily, just as we did stateside, and never once think about how this service is made available or what is involved. All we know is that it is there and that is all that matters.

      The basic missions of AFKN are to provide information and entertainment to American service personnel. It also serves as a Commander’s voice to the troops. Although entertainment is not listed as the primary mission, the bulk of the radio and TV programming is designed to entertain and thus to sustain troop morale.

      During the early days of the “Pusan Perimeter” in the Korean War, the troops in Korea received their radio programming from transmitters located in Japan. As UN Command Forces strengthened, American Forces Radio was built up accordingly. Shortly after the Inchon landing in September of 1950, AFKN came ashore. Because of the swiftly changing front lines in the early part of the war, transmitters and studios were located in mobile vans and moved with ease to insure continuous broadcasting. It was a virtual “network on wheels.” Because of this frequent movement from area to area, the broadcasting stations used nomadic rather than geographical identification: “Vagabond,” “Mercury,” “Kilroy,” “Comet,” and “Gypsy.” They are still known as such today.

      Pusan Radio, the only permanent location at that time, called itself Radio “Homesteader.” In addition to those, there is Radio “Tomahawk” serving the 2d Division and Radio “Bayonet” in the 7th Division.

      Seven years after AFKN’s radio debut, television became part of the entertainment for the troops with filmed shows making up the programming. In early 1959, studios and facilities for live programs were added. Today, several hours weekly are devoted to locally produced TV programs including news, sports, musicals, documentaries and interview type shows.

      Troops in Korean boast that the American Forces Korea Network is the world’s largest military Radio and Television Network.

      The Radio network consists of one “Key” station in Seoul and seven affiliate stations capable of originating their own programs. In addition, there are ten AM rebroadcast stations situated near high troop concentrations throughout the Republic. All outlets are linked by a series of microwave, FM and land lines.

      The Television network consists of one originating station in Seoul and six relay transmitters. Moreover, TV improves its signal through the use of several stategically-placed transmitters.

      The two networks are the result of several years of effort to consolidate the radio and television systems. The affiliate radio stations are netted by land lines provided by STRATCOM and also use frequency modulated radio transmitters and receivers for back-up to insure continuous broadcasting. Television broadcasting is carried over a microwave network north and south of the Seoul originating station. The improved antenna system at the northern outlet, at Seoul, and at Taejon is making possible a back-up system of off-the-air pick-up and rebroadcast to reduce lost time.

      Both AFKN Radio and Television have mobile units with the capability for remote broadcasts. Holiday events, chapel services, military ceremonies, sports and special events are carried by those remote units. The mobility is deployed also to provide entertainment programs to Korea-stationed servicemen.

      AFKN Radio provides around the clock service seven days a week on all its outlets. This means that at any time and almost every place in Korea, AFKN Radio is there to entertain and inform you. In the Seoul area only, AFKN provides an FM service of “easy listening” music for 12 hours daily. Television is on the air about 70 hours weekly during prime viewing times.

      Material for about half the radio time is supplied by American Forces Radio and Television Service in Los Angeles on high fidelity discs. The remaining hours originate in Korea. The Network headquarters in Seoul broadcasts 24 hours a day, but allows affiliate stations to cut in with some five hours daily of programming designed specifically for the local audiences. About ten hours weekly of TV fare are “live” or on videotape from studios at Network Headquarters in Seoul. The remaining 60 hours are supplied from AFRTS-LA on film and videotape.

      As stated earlier, the majority of programs are received from AFRTS-LA. AFRTS is dependent upon the goodwill of the Radio and TV industry to provide network shows to overseas personnel. The price to AFRTS is often no more that the actual cost of materials, deleting commercials, and processing of discs and films. A problem faced by all military broadcasting outlets such as AFKN is that sometimes the holders of copyrights and franchises of stateside programs anticipate foreign market outlets and therefore expect to make profits from overseas distribution. For this reason, some programs are not made available to AFRTS until they are at least one year old. Others are restricted from showing in certain foreign areas where there may be some commercial value, and their use in the AFRTS system would be “unfair competition.”

      It is true that many of the movies shown on AFKN are old, but there is a reason. It is a matter of money. The only movies available for American Forces Television showing are those that were not designed by the producers for overseas distribution and these with price tags within the AFRTS budget. In simple terms, there is money enough to purchase one old movie or six old, old movies each week. And it is better programming to show six different movies one time each than one movie six times a week.

      The AFRTS budget does permit the reproduction and shipment of two priority full-length sports events weekly to AFKN-TV. The programs appear on AFKN about two weeks after the event. So, every weekend you get college or pro-football or baseball or basketball games in season. Other sports films shown weekly range from golf to pro wrestling to auto racing to deep sea fishing. The sports events on AFKN Radio are relayed “live” from the states via the AFRTS Voice Circuit which was put into operation in Korea in January of 1967.

      The AFKN News Center has newscasts 22 times daily on radio, five of them being major or comprehensive roundups. Television has three newscasts daily. News is the most popular program on AFKN. News sources obtained via teletype are AP and UPI, the major US wire services, and AFRTS Washington. The News Department at AFKN also utilizes the Voice Circuit to provide actualities of news events as they occur, as well as major speeches, press conferences and special events. In addition, UPI newsfilm, AP portraits and AP wirephotos are purchased to help visualize AFKN newscasts on television. News material is also provided by the various military Information Offices throughout Korea. AFKN does its best to keep you up on the news on time … all the time.

      Music is popular to listening audiences worldwide and American troops in Korea are no exception. AFRTS-LA is the source for AFKN’s music library, and weekly shipments are received which are used on programs throughout the day. These range from Country-Western music shows to the popular easy-listening.

      In addition, AFKN Radio operates a “good music” FM station in afternoon and evening hours. The program format provides a well balanced schedule of the best music available in the AFKN library in the Popular, Semi-popular, Classical and Show Tune categories. Except for the regularly scheduled newscasts, music programming on FM is uninterrupted. AFKN-FM operates on 102.7 megacycles. From 0100 to 1300 hours daily, Vagabond FM duplicates the AM schedule.

      Many well known personalities have appeared before the AFKN camera and microphones through the nearly twenty years of its existence. This list includes movie, television and recording stars, Congressmen and Governors, religious leaders, sportes figures and even the President and Vice President of the United States.

      The next time you sit down in front of that TV set or turn on your radio, remember that it is another service provided you by hard working people… people like yourself… and that AFKN is continuously expanding its services to provide the best in programming to the men of the world’s best force… the American Forces in Korea.

      Source: Photography by Lynn Anderson http://www.imjinscout.com/AFKN_Newsletter.html

    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

      Kimchi smell was also in AFKN network newsroom according to Thom Whetston
    • YongsanLegacy commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

      A few weeks ago (back in 2012), Tony Booth was celebrating 50 years in broadcasting.
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

        Note from Suzanne Parker Patterson_ former SAHS student
        This my dad worked at afkn in the late sixties as a weatherman on TV I wish I had a photo of him during his broadcast but they were all lost, my mom said everyone recognized him off base and he would always get presents sent to the station 🙂
        I lived in Korea 3 separate times and even though he was no longer in weather, he would take me back there to visit the station.
        He talked about his days in Yongsan all the time, he passed away from an accident 3 years ago in 2014. He was nostalgic like I am and because we have such a big Korean family he went back as often as he could with my mom.
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

        Interesting information about AFKN by Thom Whetston who was stationed in Yongsan during his professional carrier.
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

        By Thom Whetston, Who was a radio announcer from 1972-97. “I had the most fun with Armed Forces Radio first in Korea then in Panama” he said.
        Tony Booth was at Yongsan in 1969 with “Tempo”
        AFKN Good Morning, Korea 1968
        So from September 1969 (OJ Simpson is still in the AFL) AFKN presents “Tempo”
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 11 months, 2 weeks ago

        AMERICAN/KOREAN HISTORY! by Peter T Yeschenko, Seoul American High School Alumni

        Most of us if not all of us remember when we lived in Korea listening to the Armed Forces Korea Network (AFKN) radio and TV because we only had one channel to listen to….:)


        When war broke out in Korea IN 1950, Army broadcasters set up in Seoul, in the Bando 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 also 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 birth name of Jim Dooley, spending one year in Korea before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania to advance his education.
        American Forces Korea Network (AFKN), was the largest of Armed Forces Network’s Pacific TV operations, although there are also AM and FM operations from military bases around Korea now .
        AFKN began TV operations on 15 September 1957, and consisted of an originating studio at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, and six relay transmitters throughout the peninsula.
        AFKN’s first live television newscast aired on 4 January 1959.
        Until December 2007, the channel was widely available to non-military audiences on cable television, but following complaints from US 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 1 May 2012, due to request from the Korean government since many local residents could receive current over-the-air U.S. network programming, resulting in decreased sales of US programs to Korean stations.
        The picture is of the AFKN headquarters building on main post in the 1960’s.
        Also Casey Kasem use to work for AFKN radio when he was in the Army and stationed in Korea.
        Also our very own famous Kim Cole​ use to work there during the summer. 🙂

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