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The people behind the sights and sounds


Naney Bole   Aug. 5, 1988
staff writer

"Good morning Wolfhound’s this is airman Rich Feagler:'
So begins the day at Armed Forces Network Soesterberg.
Combined exercises are not memorable experiences, but
to couch potatoes at Soesterberg on April 2, 1984 that
COMBEX will always be remembered. That is the day when
the then 32 Tactical Fighter Squadron Commander, Colonel
Clifton Clark pressed the button 10 sign-on the newest AFN
Europe television station. Soesterberg AB had come into the
age of television.


"Originally we only broadcast part of the day with tape delayed
programs," said MSgt. Al Rowland, station manager.”
Now that the station is on-line with the satellite service,
Soesterberg gets programs the same time viewers in West
Germany do."


Sergeant Rowland was here when the station first started
in television. There were three other people helping to bring
the station on-line. Tbc building had to be modified and air
conditioning had to be installed to protect the equipment
from the beat. All the equipment had to be installed and tested
because it was originally designed and used by the Navy.
Now there are eleven people running the radio and television
service. Technical Sergeant Pbil Woodney is the chief of
operations. Staff  Sergeant John Bernhartsen is the senior
broadcaster and SSgt. Dan Warncke is the news bureau chief.
Sergeant Toni Jacobson and A1C Tim Vogel are television
broadcasters, and SrA. Rich Feagler and Amn. Kimberly Isaac
are radio broadcasters. The chief engineer is TSgt. Robbie
Robinson with SSgt. Joe Bell and Sgt. Mark Parker as
staff engineers.

 

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AFN Euope
Credit: Al Rowland

 


Before television there was only radio. "We received a repeater
signal (rom Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe,"
said Sergeant Rowland. "'We began local service in the
fall of 1986." Amn. Feagler has the morning radio show from
5 - 9 a.m. and Amn. Lsaac does the afternoon show from 3 - 6
p.m. The broadcast on Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon rotates
among the staff.


To work in radio and television military broadcasters must
go through a l2-week course at the Defense Information
School in Indianapolis where they are taught the basics of the
trade. Airman Isaac is a recent graduate of the school. "DINFOS
is divided into four parts," she said. "They are voice and
diction to polish presentation techniques, radio, television
and electronic news gathering.


"I had to take a typing test and a voice test to get in the
school," said the airman. "They are looking for people with a
trainable voice and good diction." She sent a voice audition
to DINFOS while in basic training along with 15 other people
and she was the only one chosen.


"In the school we learn exercises for the voice and how to
deliver newscasts as well as producing newscasts and commercials,"
said the airman. They took turns doing every job
in the station such as interviewing and camera work.
Until the satellite made AFN television available in tbc
Netherlands and England, the audience was 80 percent Army
stationed in West Germany and Belgium, said Sergeant
Rowland. "Therefore, most of the news was geared to tbc
Army. Now the Air Force audience is larger so the news is beginning
to even out," he continued. "The news we send to
headquarters AFN Frankfurt, West Germany, has to have
same command-wide interest. Our target is two news stories
a week. Ninty-nine percent of the time our stories get on,"
said the sergeant. "We send our stories through the mail unless
it is very important, such as the INF inspection, then we
drive it down."


At 5:45 p.m. July 4, 1943 AFN radio went on the air for
the first time in Europe. The broadcast lasted five hours and
was sent on five 50-watt transmitters throughout England.
This year AFN Europe celebrates its 45th anniversary. American
television programing started in 1957 with the Air
Force transmitting to a few bases in West Germany. The Army
took it over and AFN Europe television has evolved to a
23 and a half hour day.


"We are here to serve the community," said Sergeant Rowland.
"The public needs to let us know what they want. We
can't please everyone, but we try to make the best compromise
possible.'


Thanks to Al Rowland

 

 

 

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