DoD

July 3, 2014

Familiar American Forces Network voice leaving airwaves

AFN Broadcast Center’s Chief of Marketing and Promotion Eric Tassill, the most recognizable voice on AFN TV since 1996, is retiring in August.

American Forces Network Television (AFN TV) is going to start sounding a lot different this August. Viewers will no longer hear the familiar, mellow baritone of Eric Tassill saying what’s coming up on AFN TV. He’s retiring.

Tassill, the AFN Broadcast Center’s Chief of Marketing and Promotion here on March Air Reserve Base, has been the most recognizable voice on the network since 1996. He lasted a lot longer than his military broadcast instructor, Sergeant First Class Monte Jones, thought he would. “Sergeant Jones told me in 1978 that my voice was never going to be good enough to pass the course,” said Tassill.

Tassill’s career with the Department of Defense started in 1974 when he joined the Army to become a radio teletype operator. “I wanted to become a broadcaster, but the recruiter told me it was next to impossible to get into,” Tassill said.

Tassill’s first military assignment was with an Army Security Agency unit in Augsburg, Germany. After nearly four years there, he took a train to AFN Munich, passed a voice audition then re-enlisted to become a military broadcast journalist.

Tassill served at the Far East Network Tokyo (now AFN Tokyo) and the U.S. Army Japan Public Affairs Office where he met his wife Keiko.

After leaving the Army for a variety of commercial radio jobs in California, Tassill rejoined the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) in 1986 as a television equipment operator. He worked several jobs at AFRTS, eventually taking on his current position in 1996. On his watch, AFN grew from a single television channel into the current eight channel, 24/7 TV service.

Tassill conceptualized the familiar slogan “We bring you home” still heard on AFN TV today. “It has a double meaning,” he explained. “It not only means AFN brings television shows from the States to you, it also creates an emotional bond with our viewers that says, in a way, we’re bringing them back to the States to experience the same shows they’d see if they were living back in the U.S.”

While Tassill’s voice will soon be absent from the AFN airwaves, you could be hearing him in some unusual places. “I just did a voice with a Russian accent for a video game called the Stalker,” said Tassill. “My character is a trader called Sidorovich.” Tassill plans to keep active with both professional voice work and photography, his other passion.

The Department of Defense (DOD) operates AFN, a worldwide radio and television broadcast network, serving nearly one million American service men and women, DOD civilians and their families overseas, stationed at bases in 175 countries, as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea. AFN broadcasts the most popular American radio and television programs from all the major networks. AFN is a service of the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), a field office of the Defense Media Activity (DMA). For more information about AFN’s programming, please visit www.myafn.net.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

BASH: Protecting our aircraft, Airmen

U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Bari Wald David Briseño, wildlife biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture and head of Marchs’ Bird/Anti-Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program, prepares to fire a 12-gauge ‘shell cracker’ into the air with his shotgun. Firing ‘shell crackers’ is one of many pyrotechnic methods used in the BASH program to...
 
 

452 AMW lineage began in World War II England

(With the this year’s military ball theme, “A Legacy for the future: 452nd Bombardment Group,” and the ball only 11 weeks away, it seems appropriate to re-print an 11-part series tracing its lineage. The series was first run in the Beacon in 2007. Take this journey with us.) The 452nd Air Mobility Wing started as...
 
 

Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and...
 

 
Photo courtesy of AFN
MC2(SW/AW)

AFN does Comic-Con, brings home the goods

Photo courtesy of AFNMC2(SW/AW) Stephen Hale interviews Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary, Queen of Scots, in the dramatic TV series Reign at the 2014 ComicCon International in San Diego, California. The American Forces Network is ...
 
 

Social media guidance on political campaigns, elections

Reservists on active duty for 30 or more days may generally express their personal views on public issues or political candidates via social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter or personal blogs, much the same as they would be permitted to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. If a social media site/post...
 
 

Go After the OC!M

“If the only reason you’re avoiding taking on a challenge is because the idea scares you, then that’s the reason to take it on.” That line comes from Steve Farber’s The Radical Leap, a great little book on leadership that follows the journey of a man who stands at the edge of his future but...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin