Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
I am sure that ANCFlyer will know the answer to my first question.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, and probably in other parts of Germany were British troops are positioned, can everyone receive BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service). The good thing is that you can receive it via FM so you can also listen to it when you are driving in the car, and not only at home via satellite or cable.
I find it pretty amazing to be able to receive an English speaking radio station here in Germany as easy a a normal German radio station, BFBS belongs actually to my favourites.
Now I am curious: Is there also an American military radio station in the Rhein-Main area where a lot of American soldiers are positioned or is BFBS unique?
And if yes, does any German user listen to this station?
Does any other of the North Rhine-Westphalians on A.net also listen to BFBS?
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1736 times:
I can fondly remember AFN (AFRS-Europe) and the Chicken Man show from the 1980s . . . AFC TV was pretty tame and pretty lame back then. On at 9am, off at midnight or some such thing. Occasionally, during special events we'd get a live broadcast - Superbowls for instance.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
Quoting Exile (Reply 1): As I remember, back in 1995 when I spent a long time there, it used to be funnier - not quite like Good Morning Vietnam - but the presenters used to joke around a lot. Now it seems much more stiff.
It was very, very funny in 1992 or 93 when I started to listen to it "actively". I grew up with BFBS, I remember that it was my parents' standard radio station when I was a child and that they heard it every time when we were in the car, unfortunately couldn't I understand the moderators back then.
But I agree, the program has become more stiff compared to 10 or so years ago (I will not imagine how it was in the 70's/80's.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1721 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3): AFN is part of the military and the mods are wearing normal uniforms like every other army member.
They are world wide - even broadcasting here in the states. There is a cable channel here that has them on 24/7. Army, Navy, Air Force. Haven't ever seen a Marine . . . guess they don't need the news . . . .
It is channel 72 here in Anchorage on GCI Cable systems . . .
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6507 posts, RR: 25 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1698 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3): But I agree, the program has become more stiff compared to 10 or so years ago
Oops. Quite for a number of times I have to tune to another station because I can´t bear that nonsense they broadcast, but that´s nothing I would describe as "stiff" - it´s just not my taste.
Do you only listen to BFBS-1 or also to BFBS-2 ?
The -2 seems to use much less powerful transmitters in northern/western parts of Germany; it fades out rather fast when driving, while -1 has a pretty strong reception.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13599 posts, RR: 63 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1687 times:
We used to have the stations of all four Allied powers in Berlin, BFBS, AFN, the Soviet and French military radio and TV stations. After 1994 (Allied withdrawal from Berlin following the reunification), the BBC world service took over the old BFBS frequency and AFAIK, a French station took over the former French military radio.
The AFN is completely gone, I myself blew up the AFN transmission tower on the fields of Domaene DAhlem in Podbielskiallee in autumn 1996 during a civil defense exercise.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8522 posts, RR: 46 Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter): In North Rhine-Westphalia, and probably in other parts of Germany were British troops are positioned, can everyone receive BFBS
same for the Gifhorn area in Lower Saxony
Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter): Now I am curious: Is there also an American military radio station in the Rhein-Main area where a lot of American soldiers are positioned or is BFBS unique?
Sure! I love hopw the AFN anchors usually say "Shtootgart"! Check http://www.afneurope.net/ for info on the network. In Heidelberg, you can listen to it via both FM and cable and AFN has its place among the stations stored in my radio receiver(s).
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1642 times:
Quoting Chqdispatch (Reply 8): Did anyone actually watch AFN on TV? Man, they had some real crappy programming.
I guess that's perspective. IN the late 1970s and early 1980s AFN had a pretty decent selection of programming from the States. I watched it, I was a young soldier and it was a taste of home. What I did find humorous was the lack of commercials . . . . no advertisements . . . .instead, military propaganda: Re-Enlist, Safety Programs, Fire Prevention, blah, blah. I recall having been "in-country" for two years then heading back to the States on leave and seeing a commerical for the first time - again. Rather mezmerised watching a commercial . . . .
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1636 times:
In Korea, all the programs on AFN were usually a season behind too. Like ANCFlyer though I remember all the military proaganda too. If I have to hear one more time about driving with your radio off (a requirement for G.I.'s in Korea) I'm gonna go on a killing spree.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1597 times:
Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 13): A lot of BFBS staff went on to have careers with other stations by all accounts
I'm sure there were more but the only one I know of was Tommy Vance. I used to listen to his evening show in about 1977/78 in JHQ (Rheindahlen) but I can't remember much about it. They played some UK chart stuff. There was a phone-in competition, maybe not on his show, which often involved some drunk phoning in from the pub with a ridiculous answer.
A few years earlier, in Braunschweig, I used to listen to some Tales of the Forest type of childrens story when I got home from school. Gripping stuff!