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February 28, 2014

DJs in Riverside Now Broadcasting to Military in Afghanistan

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AFN Broadcast Center public affairs

American Forces Network Broadcast Center Radio Production Specialist Grant Peters hosts a live radio show for Freedom Radio, broadcast throughout Afghanistan, from his studio at March Air Reserve Base. Peters, along with other AFN DJs, produce two live shows every day of the week for the theater for the deployed troops while providing automated music throughout the rest of the day.

Air Personalities at the American Forces Network (AFN) Broadcast Center (BC), March Air Reserve Base, Calif., are remotely hosting live radio shows for 38,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel serving in Afghanistan.

The Riverside DJ shows are heard live in Afghanistan, Monday through Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a mix of automated music throughout the rest of the day. Afghanistan time is 12 ½ hour ahead of Pacific Time.

The DJs started hosting the shows after personnel manning the station in Afghanistan left as part of the restructuring of the American presence in Afghanistan. The AFN Broadcast Center’s mission is to provide seamless support to the American military forces still in Afghanistan and those transitioning out of the country.

Within only four days of receiving the new mission, the March-based DJs had automated music on air from Riverside. Two days later they were broadcasting live radio shows to Afghanistan on Freedom Radio. Grant Peters greeted listeners for the first time with, “Good Morning Afghanistan!” Peters is excited by the opportunity to directly support those in Afghanistan. “Serving troops in a combat zone makes us more relevant,” he said. “They deserve a connection to home.”

Follow them on social media at www.facebook.com/afnafghanistan. If you are interested in making requests for your friends or family members who are in Afghanistan, you can call their request line at 951-413-2295.

The radio producers broadcasting Freedom Radio to the U.S. military in Afghanistan have a “world” of experience. Grant Peters, Steve Hiney, Gregg Foss, George Maurer, Mike Meadows, Lon Blair, Brady McCarron, Master Sgt. Nathan Huffhines, and Angel Orozco have collectively worked in South Korea, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Portugal, Iraq, Panama, the Czech Republic and the United States. One, Orozco, worked for three Southern California radio stations, KOLA, KCAA and KTIE, before joining AFN. Each of the men is proir military, with intimate of what it is like to serve his country overseas.

Technology now makes it possible to broadcast live radio DJ shows to AFN’s global audiences numbering more than one-million service members and U.S. government employees, to include U.S. embassies around the world. U.S. commercial broadcasters use satellite radio to simultaneously reach people thousands of miles away from one centralized location. The AFN Afghanistan’s Freedom Radio shows go to the military community via satellite and are broadcast over local radio transmitters. The U.S. military community in Afghanistan provides relevant, timely information to Freedom Radio.




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