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Wakkanai Air Station, 1966 -1967

One of the most interesting assignments during my USAF years was to a small ELINT (ELectronic INTelligence) gathering post, Wakkanai Air Station. Located at the northern end of Japan’s most northerly island, Hokkaido, Wakkanai AS (click for audio file) was blessed with a climate that, coupled with it’s distance from any major population centers, made it pretty much the end of the earth in the minds of most Japanese, and to the GI’s stationed there.

Disney AFRS Poster

In 2022 Susan Knisley found this in a cabin in Athol, ID. She sent it to us and we added it to our collection of Long Lost Radio History Images.

The Story of the American Forces Network (AFN) – The Big Picture

Enjoy this YouTube video which recently came to our attention thanks to a posting on the World of Radio (WOR) mailing list by Horacio Nigro…

Inside the Green and Yellow Contest

Our correspondent in Brazil, for RHF Martin Butera PT2ZDX/LU9EFO, had access to PT2CVA, the official broadcaster of the famous Brazilian “Verde Amarelo” contest, organized by the Brazilian army communications school.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand

Additional interesting information about American radio stations in New Zealand, back during the World War 2 era, and also subsequently.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand: The 1ZM Story

During the Pacific War in the middle of last century, American forces poured into the South Pacific by the million, with multitudes coming into Auckland also, for Rest & Refreshment and also as a staging area before transferring into the islands to the north. In prewar days, the American army officer Major Purnell H. Gould had been employed at radio station WFBR in Baltimore MD, and he was subsequently appointed as the regional commander for American forces entertainment radio stations in the Pacific.

AFRTS AFN Kodiak Alaska – Rare Audio from 1967

Part of an episode of The Steve Phillips Show from 1967, recorded in the studios of “The Mighty 8-90”, AFRTS Adak, dedicated to the staff/listeners of AFRTS Shemya.

KTRK / K-Truck 1670 kHz

For a few days in February 1996 the United States Army Broadcasting Service carried out test transmissions of a transportable AM-band radio station, housed in a truck, prior to deployment to Europe.

Midway Communications Facilities

A collection of photos from Charles E. Kinzer (Navy ETN2 on Midway 1966-1968), taken during his time working on Midway in the 1960s.

KMTH Midway – Photos from 1968

Charles E. Kinzer (Navy ETN2 on Midway 1966-1968) sent us these photos he took on Midway c1968 during his time working at the transmitter site 1966-1968.

VOUS St John’s, Newfoundland

Long Lost Radio History Images: LLRI #50 – VOUS – AFRS in Canada.

During the Second World War the United States set up its Fort Pepperrell base on the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake…

The Night Watch – WXLG Kwajalein 1953

Rare audio & photos from WXLG Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in 1953

AFRS “Stateside USA” on KIBS Canton Island

From a CD donated to us in 2012 by Glenn Carpenter, enjoy this episode of AFRS “Stateside USA – 15 Minutes of Home Town Highlights”, broadcast on KIBS Canton Island

RAAF Radio Butterworth 1960-1987

This small book was published in 1987 to mark the closure of RRB, RAAF Radio Butterworth, which had served the RAAF base, located in Butterworth, Malaysia, on 1445 kHz since 1960.

V-Discs 1940s Cassette Compilation

V-Disc : An American military record label during WWII V-Disc (“V” for Victory) was a morale-boosting initiative involving the production of several series of recordings…

Baseball Commentary on WVTB, 1944

New Guinea Christmas Day Olympics, December 25, 1944, sponsored by the 360th Service Groups Special Services at A.P.O. 713, Unit 1, against the 868th T/5…

AFTN Taiwan Audio Clip

Until 1979 Armed Forces Radio had a station in Taiwan called Armed Forces Taiwan Network (AFTN). In earlier years AFTN was known as Armed Forces…

Rare Photos from WXLN, Nome, Alaska, 1945

Valeria Edwards, from Los Angeles, wrote to us: Hello Attached please find photos of my father, Sherman Edwards (b 1919 New York – d 1981…

Office of War Information – Central Pacific Operations

A Photo Essay This photo essay booklet from the estate of John C Seehaas has been the source of material for several articles on our…

Mosquito Network In Fiji

This article was originally material for a broadcast of “Wavescan” via Adventist World Radio and now forms part of the Radio Heritage Collection ©. All…