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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2051 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?

Patrick

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User currently offlineExile From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

BFBS is also one of my favourites! It used to be one of the reasons I looked forward to going to Germany.

I could pick it up via FM in the middle of Lower Saxony too.

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.

Anyway, now you can get it online, live/streaming.


By the way, does anyone else tune into FM radio stations when they are flying as a passenger? ... or is it just me who's weird?


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2032 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.

Unfortunately, Patrick, I don't ever remember getting BFBS . . . .  Sad


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2022 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. Big grin

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
can fondly remember AFN (AFRS-Europe)

John, you are right! I just found an interesting report via Google on the "Radio Bremen" website, they had an interesting report regarding the 60 years anniversary of BFBS, so they also mentioned AFN.

Interesting fact I heard in the report: BFBS is a private company working for the British military, AFN is part of the military and the mods are wearing normal uniforms like every other army member.

Patrick


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2017 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 . . .  crazy .

It is channel 72 here in Anchorage on GCI Cable systems . . .


User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Ah, good 'ol AFN... Gives you the news and weather at Ramstein like clockwork.

... Too bad you're at Yokota


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1994 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.

For those interested: www.bfbs.co.uk

-HT



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14140 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1983 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.

Jan


User currently offlineChqdispatch From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

Jan, jetzt wess ick warum da terror war in daaleem im herbst.
Did anyone actually watch AFN on TV? Man, they had some real crappy programming.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1945 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).

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
And if yes, does any German user listen to this station?

As you might have guessed by now: Yes!

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Does any other of the North Rhine-Westphalians on A.net also listen to BFBS?

I spent September in Bielefeld doing an internship, BFBS Radio One usually offered some of the more "listenworthy" music. Big grin



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1938 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 . . . .  laughing 


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1932 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.

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

BFBS, my favorite during Berlin student days, AFN, not that often, except one highlight of the program: The King Biscuit Flower Hour...does someone remember that?

Always in the evening 10 pm or so, and they played Live gigs from the USA, I remember the first time, Molly Hatchet I believe it was.

Today my favorites in Berlin are 3 stations that are to be found side by side on the panel:
1. 101.3 Classic Radio
2. 101.9 Jazz Radio
3. 102.6 Radio Fritz



I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

I remember BFBS when I was stationed in Germany. We called it "Bumbling Fumbling Broadcasting Service" as it was a very amateur operation. It got better though and I don't know what it is like now.

AFN was the other English language station, for the American Forces. Not as funny and disjointed as BFBS but better than RDF etc Big grin

A lot of BFBS staff went on to have careers with other stations by all accounts, so they can't have been that bad.

BFBS telly was a godsend too, when it finally came out.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
Do you only listen to BFBS-1 or also to BFBS-2 ?

I am only listening to BFBS 1, I think we can not receive BFBS 2.

Quoting Andreas (Reply 12):
1. 101.3 Classic Radio

Classic Radio? Welcome to the  grumpy   old  man's club!  Wink

Patrick


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 14):
Classic Radio? Welcome to the man's club!

Well, the girls get the hotties when I turn up classical music in the car and pretend to know every single note...  Wink

That's what separates grumpy young boys from men Big grin Big grin Big grin



I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9546 posts, RR: 42
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1893 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!


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 13):
AFN was the other English language station, for the American Forces. Not as funny and disjointed as BFBS

Funny, nowadays it seems to be the other way around... AFN can give you the heebie-jeebies every now and then whereas BFBS sounds as professional as most others.

[Edited 2005-10-20 18:27:07]


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14140 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

Quoting Chqdispatch (Reply 8):
Did anyone actually watch AFN on TV? Man, they had some real crappy programming.

Since AFN TV was transmitted using the American TV standard, all we got on our PAL TV sets was a blurry black and white picture without sound.

Jan


User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

I only get BFBS 1 while driving near or south of the river Elbe and (of course) on cable and online. Been listening to it for a long time.

Usually Sunday is the best, starting with the Rock Show from 7pm-9pm (CET) and finishing with the Chillout Room 11pm-1am. Better than any German Radio show (well, Bremen4 used to be ok too).



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