|Name:||Robert L. Eggers|
|What a great web site! I recognize several names in your guestbook from my tour of duty. I was a master control engineer stationed at FEN Tokyo (South Camp Drake). I was in the Army and served there from March of 1967 - August of 1968.|
|E-mail address:||steve at sibulsky dot com|
|Follow the link to see some photos of the modern AFN Misawa...
and some old (1972) FAN Misawa pics, too!
|Name:||Carole A Winquist (Wendy)|
|Hi! I was stationed at Misawa FEN during 1974-1976. I was a JO2. My CO was Capt Bowen USMC. I would like to hear from anyone during that time frame and please email me if there is a reunion. I would love to help out and attend. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2007 New Year.|
|It's Fi Fi Fi at 5 OH 5 Chitose. I used to sign on at this time of day when the official anouncer was unable to do so or would allow me to do the sign on for him.
I believe the first Discathon was held in either 1958 or 59 and it lasted for over 24 hours. I don't recall the amount raised but believe Fukujuen was the benefactor.
We "Smoke and Draggers" made frequent trips to the orphanage and had many good times with the children there.
Memories ah memories aren't they wonderful?
|Name:||Mark L. Brady|
|Hi, I'm Mark Brady, A.F.B (Air Force Brat) and I was "stationed" at Tachikawa, Japan from 1970 to 1974 (ages 9 through 13).
To anyone and everyone that was involved with FEN how could I possibly express, after all these years, my gratitude at what you all did to keep American present in our lives?
I can remember nights with the radio tucked under my blankets, hoping that my parents wouldn't hear it in our 900 square-foot mansion, as I listend to the Wednesday night Comedy Hour -- Fibber Mcgee & Molly, The Great Gildersleeve, The Jackie Gleason Show -- shows that had I been state-side at the time I'd have never known. (What a treat years later to see on TV shows that I'd heard broadcast over FEN!) FEN and the Top 40 Countdown with Kasey Kasem on Saturdays kept me up-to-date with the music scene, and being able to hear World Series games....I don't know how I would have survivied without it.
If anyone ever involved with FEN has stopped to wonder if their work there ever had an impact, know that one young boy (and now middle-aged man) is forever in your debt.
|This site is a treasure. I was a staff announcer at FEN, Tokyo in '57 & '58. Great to read the comments from my contemporaries, David LeVine and Lou McCoy. I live in Kansas City where, after returning from Japan, I worked briefly in radio and TV. However, my longtime career has been as owner of an advertising agency. Would enjoy hearing from any and all who were at FEN in '57 & '58.|
|I just wanted to thank you guys for providing such great entertainment (not just music) while I was stationed at North Camp Drake from 72 - 74. I was not connected to FEN other than troubleshooting technical problems on occasion. Prior to arriving in Japan, I had never experienced a radio station with the variety of programming as FEN. I made tapes of some programs and still enjoy them on occasion.
"Darlin Darlene" your program was a little "sugary" but we loved it anyway. You have no reason to remember me, but we used to talk on occasion while at the Deli.
|announcer at FEN Iwakuni from 1963-1964 when Katsuko was still a spring chicken and Roger Penn was still a kid. I did the Nightbeat show from Iwakuni as well as a jazz show, "listening Room Only" with voice intro by Mike Marcello. Gunny Blum did the news and a Country/Western show that he passed off to me(I hated C/W when I started and after a few months could almost tolerate it). Bob(?) Brown did the rock show and Lieutenant Stackpole was station manager back then. I got to interview Duke Ellington in Hiroshima in '64 for my first interview (and last). My radio name was Navy Seaman Dan Stewart and enjoyed every minute of it. I was TAD from Iwakuni's Naval Weapons Minebase for a little over a year. Fun,Fun!!!|
|FEN IWAKUNI; 1963-1964 DIDN'T FIND ANY OF MY ERA FROM BACK THEN; MIKE MARCELLO, GUNNY BLUM, LEUTENANT STACKPOLE, MIKE(?)BROWN, CAN'T REMEMBER OTHERS. TATSKO PULLED OUR SHOW FOR US BACK THEN. MY SHOWS WERE NIGHTBEAT FROM IWAKUNI,JAZZ SHOW CALLED "LISTENING ROOM ONLY", INTERVIEWED DUKE ELLINGTON IN HIROSHIMA IN 1964. WENT ON LEAVE TO TOKYO FOR A WEEK AND MET NORM GOODMAN (FEN TOKYO ANNOUNCER. OH YEAH, GUNNY BLUM STUCK ME WITH A COUNTRY AND WESTERN SHOW (I HATED C& W WHEN I STARTED AND COULD TOLERATE IT AFTER A FEW MONTHS) lOTS OF FOND MEMORIES FROM THAT ERA. I ALSO WAS ON THE BOARD WHEN KENNEDY WAS ASSASINATED. WE WERE ALL SADDENED BY IT.
MY HANDLE WAS NAVY SEAMAN DAN STEWART (TAD FROM MINE COMPOUND IN IWAKUNI). I'VE STILL GOT A FEW PICTURES AND I HOPE I STILL HAVE SOME TAPES. I KEPT DUKE ELLINGTON'S INTERVIEW ALL THESE YEARS. IT WAS MY FIRST INTERVIEW. IT LASTED ABOUT A HALF HOUR, BUT BY THE TIME I EDITED IT DOWN, IT WAS FIVE MINUTES
|FEN-Hokkaido, 1957; FEN-Tokyo, 1957-8. Announcer.
Hokkaido personnel: Dan Axelrod, CA; Irv Feldman, LA or MISS; Will Tanner, San Mateo, CA; WO H.E.(?)(Herbert?) McDonald, 2nd in command, later commander; Lt (Donald?) Yates, Commander. Mitsuko Ichida (Ishida? Uchida? -- beg your pardon, Mitzi, don't have my old address book at hand), secretary, station sweetheart, guide to all things Japanese, native of Hokkaido, from a city along the East Coast of the island. I've forgotten a couple of people. Mr Mac and his family lived at dependent housing on the army base, nearby; later retired to Texas.
He told of walking into Japan with the first occupation troops, and how General MacArthur did not carry a weapon as he walked with the troops. Mr. Mac had come up through the ranks to become a WO. Wonderful family who had the staff over to their house for mulled cider & fun.
Station at Chitose Air Base. Events during the few months I was there: First landing of Japan Defense Force jets at the airbase. Open House for Japanese residents of the area; newspaper journalist noted that the Imperial Chrysanthemum was still above the door of the Base Command offices; he liked it that the Americans had not taken it out, thought it generous. This was the first time Japanese people had been on Chitose base since war, I believe.
The base had been a part of the Japanese military; it was said (by the reporter and others) that it was the site where the final signal was sent to the task force that attacked Pearl Harbor, relayed to the ships gathering at sea.
Did classical music shows & general announcing. Did one show of recordings from Youth Symphony of Sapporo concert.
Since Chitose did not have phone lines, stateside shows were done by disk or shortwave. The station managers always hated it when shortwave interference blocked out the "$64,000 Question."
Some of the people I knew at FEN-Tokyo: Alan Bickley, news; Bernie Papin, announcer; Lou McCoy, engineer; T.Y. Hill, production; Dana Johnson -- I took over Dana's all-night shift when I moved to Tokyo; Paul Rausch, production writer, classical music show; Roy "Tex" Howard, chief announcer; "Skip" Ellis; Bob ?????, Brooklyn?; John Buey, another man who came in with the first occupation troops and then took a civilian job with FEN, program director; Walt Sheldon, writer/Production dept; C.G. (?) Wells, head of production.
Good site. Thanks.
|Great site. I am an animation historian living in the U.S. near Washington, D.C. and am at work on a series of articles on the history of early Japanese animated cartoons that were dubbed into English for export (i.e. Australia, U.S., other parts of Asia, etc.). It has come to my attention that several former FEN personnel worked for producer Bill Ross (and his wife Michie) dubbing such early animated series films. I would like to interview you for my articles. Please contact me at my email address: email@example.com Thank you, Andrew.|
|Name:||John R Lehman|
|I was stationed at FEN Kyushu in 1957 along with 1Lt Don Roth, MSgt Jerry Posey and Sgt Vince DeRose. During that Typhoon in July, the top of our tower was approximately 3 ft off the ground at one point. I was a SP5 back then. Subsquently, I served a tour in 1959-60 with AFKN, 2 tours with AFRTOkinawa (1960-63 & 1968-71) and at AFVN in 1971 and 1972. Retired as a SFC E7 at Hq TRADOC in April of 1974.
|Was broadcast engineer FEN Tokyo in 1953. Started in the NHK bldg., and participated in the move and dedication of the Camp Drake Studios and transmitter site installation. Would like to hear from anyone from that time. Have been in touch with my old army buddy ....Wally Correll.|
|Escaped in 1958 from USAF Security Service into FEN Itazuki then manned by Hank Schutzbier nearly by himself. George Cashman was tired of being a Supply Sarge and joined us. I found a radio op at breakfast who wanted a wider audience. We had fun. Jim Lapp became Station Manager shortly before I went to FEN Tokyo as a Staff Announcer. Sarah Callaway was getting to be a very good "Teenagers On Parade" host. In Tokyo, my shift included "Air Express" at 10:05 PM (replacing a great host named Hugh Cardenes), "Teenagers On Parade" Saturday mornings (I have a Golden Mike Award tucked away). But, I've lost the Japan Student Times story. Have a couple of pictures used in that three page piece, though. Dave Johnston produced "Teenagers" at the time.
In the early 1960s in Germany I was back in broadcasting at Spangdahlem AB TV working with a young Charles VanDyke (eventually a Wash DC News Director and White House Correspondent). As a civilian I started a few businesses, but took time out in the 1970s from that to work Los Angeles Talk Radio at KABC on South La Cienega. Bill Balance asked me how to get his numbers up. I suggested he bring in a couple of unknown shrinks. He did. It didn't help. But, they did OK. Dr. Laura S. and Dr... uh ... the one who wore too much lipstick in those days.
Eventually, my media thing was doing voiceovers and on-camera commercials every Friday in Portland, OR., Fridays were good days to get away from our business.
We own a restaurant this year. I never had one, so it seemed like something different to do. Mornings, I'm a index futures trader.
|I have such wonderfully vivid memories of listening to my transitor radio...strategically placed beneath my pillow...to all those old radio shows like My Favorite Husband, Fibber McGee and Molly, Have Gun Will Travel, The Whistler...and they were wonderful. This was from 1970 to 1973 when we were stationed at Johnson AFB. I really miss those shows. Listening to them was such a joy.|
|Name:||Judith Korbeck Menger|
|I was a dependent wife in Chitose, Hokkaido 1967-1970. I did live radio and tv, plus specials for FEN in 1969. I worked with Ron McElfresh and the rest of the fun bunch there. Ron always had me smiling from behind his camera.
They sure were fun times.
|Name:||Judith Korbeck Menger|
|I found your website through the ASA Chitose website. I worked for FEN Chitose in 1969. I was the dependent wife of a civilian on Kuma Station. Browsing through your guestbook, names came back to me. I worked with Ron McElfresh during my days at FEN. Doing live TV with him behind the camera was certainly a challenge. I did some radio but mostly TV. Worked on a live TV show "This is Chitose". My gig was the "what's happening around Kuma Station" segment. Mostly there wasn't much going on so that spot lasted only a few months! I did one special with a makeup artist who came to do some work at the PX and we brought several women from base on the set to have the expert show us the new makeup techniques. Not that we could get most of the products in Chitose. Probably my most memorable spot was going to the Sapporo Airport and interviewing all the Miss World contestants who stopped in Sapporo on a publicity tour around Asia. Still have the photos. I remember that time of my life fondly. Thanks for the memories.|
|I was broadcast engineer in Tokyo , 1953.
Have photos of all the staff,except Chuck Parmalee, the dedication of the Camp Drake studios, Capt. Jims birthday party, etc.
Would love to share these.
|FEN news writer, editor. 1958-1960. Great site, but it seems to be inactive.|
|Brad Durfee, Jim Johnson and I were the first Navy to hit FEN Tokyo in May 1958. I was assigned to the newsroom and worked there until April 1960.
Subsequently, I spent my career in newspapers, retiring in 1999. My time in Tokyo was the biggest adventure of my life.
|Linguist assigned to the hill.Loved listening to FEN while at Misawa between 66 and 70 (Split tours) knew Bob Burbank because he lived up on the hill (6921ST). Not sure if he was full or part time at FEN, but I know he worked there. Used to hang around sometimes with Bill White of the Bill White trio. I was the bass player. We won the Northern Japan talent contest in 67 and went to the PACAF finals in Okinawa (I think they may have been aired on FEN) lost to a group from Viet Nam that didn't have a single real instrument in their band. Although we were dissapointed, I didn't mind losing to them at all. It gave them a chance to get home for awhile. Anyway, anyone know what ever happened to either of them?|
|M/SGT " U.S.A.F. RETIRED .. STATIONED / F.E.N. SOUTH CAMP DRAKE JAPAN - 1969-1970 .. SUPPY SERGEANT / BARRACK,S CHIEF .. CHARLES D. HUTCHERSON / MSGT . NCOIC SUPPY : HENRY YASKAL / DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING DIV . FREDERICK FORTE , LT COL . CHIEF , FAR EAST NETWORK .. THE BEST OF BEST .. 1 VERY SPECIAL MEMMORY .. FOUR MILITARY RECEIVED A MEDAL .. 1 MARINE / 1 ARMY / 1 AIR FORCE / 1 NAVY .. ALL D.J,S except the suppy sergeant . ALL F.E.N. WAS STANDING TALL , WHEN A MAJOR GENERAL PINED THESE MEDAL,S ON .. ANY BODY REMEMBER .. 1 PICT. AVAILABLE .. LIKED MY BARRACK,S CHIEF JOB .. ONLY TIME I COULD TELL THE D.J.S TO CLEAN THERE ROOM & DEFROST THERE FRIG,S . SUPER NICE GUY,S .. LOT, OF MEMORIES . THANK,S F.E.N. ..|
|I was one of the announcers at Sapporo AFRS in Camp Crawford, Japan, in 1950-51. I was looking through my old footlocker that had been in storage and found some pictures of the old gang. It would be great if some of them would still out there making trouble. Guys, like Jerry Barton, Willie Peace, Jim Holtzclaw, Don Gibbons, Gene Gunter, Jake Grantham, Jack Reindl, Dick Burkett, and others that I wish I could recall their names. If any of you guys are reading this thread, of if anyone has information on their whereabouts, I would appreciate hearing from you. I'll share the pictures.
|This has been an amazing day - Mr. Day. First Dave Lynch's web site, now yours - what a great piece of work George. The sound clips are amazing - didn't we all have a great time in the Fish City. I've seen postings from Don Cotterell, and Ron McElfresh. I wonder what Dick Yurchiak, and Ken Welch are up to these days, As for me I am wrapping up 38 years at KTVU/FOX in Oakland ,CA most of the time as Program Services Manager(editing, program operations) Its been a great career and much of the credit goes to the Men From Fen and that creative streak that changed the world ! Hope you are enjoying life to the fullest George. Actually you always have and hopefully always will
|Served as Navy type person at FEN Camp Drake from '52 to '55. Had occasion to tour with Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow
Roy Acuff, Louis Armstrong,Eddie Fisher.Piper Laurie,
Abby Lane & Orchestra and others.
Anybody still alive from that era? Lots of memories to share.
|Name:||Harold (Dick Whenry)|
|Fen Tokoyo, 63-67. Mostly sports broadcaster,play by play,64 olympics,boardman. Also country music show.First time on site, looking for buddies. West Miller send me a note. Also, looking for any information on Mike Fulton.
I sure would like to hear from anyone who remembers.
|" THE FAR EAST NETWORK JAPAN " NORTH & SOUTH CAMP DRAKE JAPAN ( F.E.N. ) WHAT MEMMORIES // NCOIC /// SUPPLY :: WITH - OUT - SUPPLY YOU CAN,T / TALK / FLY '' MY FAVORIE TIMES WITH F.E.N WAS IN 1969 - 1970 .. MR. HENERY YASKAL , GS13 USCE HQ . FAR EAST NETWORK ... NCOIC SUPPLY ( M/SGT ) CHARLES HUTCHERSON .. LT. COLONEL FORTE >> ( CHIEF , FAR EAST NETWORK ... KAYKO & ALL .. THANK - YOU .. KEEP IN TOUCH PLEASE " F.E.N . SOUND,S OF FEN ? WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO GET THEM > firstname.lastname@example.org|
|What a great site. Was At FEN Camp Drake (air force)
1958 to1959. Found a couple guys, that I worked with
at this site.
|Name:||(Elmer) Palmer Payne|
|Wonderful website. Started at Tokyo AFRS Jan.1950 as tape editor and transferred to Sapporo AFRS in Feb. '50 as an announcer. Sapporo studios were in second floor of base theater until we built the new station just as the Korean War started in Jun. 1950. "Al" Scipione and I volunteered to join the small group assembling in Yokohama to return AFRS to Korea shortly after the Inchon invasion. About 8 of us set up Korea AFRS in the American Embassy (Banto Hotel) in Seoul. Had to bug out the night of 3JAN 1951 just ahead of the ChiCom. Not long afterward, we set up in a school in Taegu. I became a combat correspondent for AFRS while others assembled mobile AFRS units named Kilroy, Gypsy, Vagabond and one other. (Go go koreanwar.org and look up 8214th Army Unit for more on the Korea operations). Accumulated "points" sent me stateside in Oct 1951. Finished service in PIO at Ft. Sill, OK. Went on to civilian radio, small stations in NH, VT and then 5 yrs in Boston radio/TV followed by 26 yrs in NY--WCBS, WINS, ABC News Radio. Retired in Maine 12 yrs ago. Anyone who remembers or has questions, please get in touch.
|A real nice page, I was at FEN 1958 to 1959,was as master
control engineer. Was great to be able to do something
you wanted to do all your life. Would love to hear from
anyone there at that time.
|While stationed at FEN Wakkanai, we had the largest English-language coverage of the '64 Olympic games in the world, I think. Our Japanese Engineer, Tsuneo "Hank" Uehara, built a circuit to shift the phase of the signal we imported from an antenna outside the shop, and we uploaded NHK's coverage into our switch. TSgt Herb Manchester, SSgt Jim Burwell, Airman Dick Veatch, Airman Russell B. Stewart and others did the English announcements, and our librarian, a Japanese national (now what was that man's name? I can still see his face, and hear his voice, and remember his mannerisms) did the translations, instantly. It was great fun.|
|I was A2C C.J. Fleming when I arrived at FEN Tokyo in April of 1963. I had just come from a tour with a Comm Sq in Libya. I served as a Studio Engineer. I remember the day I arrived from Fuchu AS, and there was a gang of motorcycles in the parking lot at Minami Camp Drake. "Spuds" Lotts, JD York, "Droopy," Tim Zajonc, and I can't even remember, now, the rest.
First day in the barracks, with walls that looked like straw held together by paint, and I am in the day room, and the whole place starts shaking - my first earthquake.
Burr Hoyle was my room-mate. SSGt Jean LeRoy was another drinking partner, famous as Mr. Deluxe, at the Bar New Corner.
I remember West Miller, and others whose names escape me.
I was working master control the night President Kennedy was assassinated. Had to find some SSB broadcasts and tune them in for re-transmission with permission of the CO. It was all the news we had for a while. Navy Journalist Gene Saltzgaver (Salty) was in the news room, and at first I thought he was kidding when he brought me the yellow wire copy with the news.
I later was transferred to FEN Wakkani, (early '64) and became the Chief Engineer. Yeah right. 21 years old.
I love those days.
|It is with regret that I pass on information to friends and former FEN colleagues of Chuck McCormick (USMC-Ret., E-9) who passed away on December 31st in Indianapolis. Chuck was a program director and announcer on FEN-Misawa radio and television from approximately 1962 to 1965. He later was a photo journalist for the Marine Corp during a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was eventually assigned to the faculty of the Defense Information School at Fort Harrison, IN, from where he retired from active duty in 1981. A native of Gallipolis, OH, Chuck was 67 years old.|
|I was stationed at FEN-Tokyo at South Camp Drake from Nov '63 until Nov '65 and was known as Navy Journalist Don Lewis. I hosted the Top 20, produced Teenagers on Parade, worked the board during the '64 Olympics and was overnight news editor for almost a year during my tenure.|
|I arrived at S. Camp Drake in Nov '63 and broke in as a newscaster when JFK was assassinated. I took over Top 20 in '64 and turned it over to Airman Wayne Lewis in late '65. I also produced "Teenagers on Parade" with Donna and Stu as announcers during that time. I was joined in civilian radio from 1969-1971 by Dick Whenry, former sports announcer at FEN-Tokyo in the mid '60's. Although I've heard Dave James doing news at KDKA Pittsburg many times, including 9-11-2001 from that field in PA, I haven't met with him. Navy Journalist Don Lewis|
|Name:||Richard D. Haines, MSGT, USAF, Ret.|
|I have been trying to find a version of Twas the Night Before Christmas that I heard while stationed at Yokota AFB. I believe it was called "Christmas in the paddys". I believe it might be in the FEN archives somewhere.|
|Just dropping in to let the 67-73 Feners that the old
Master Controller is still around and to advise all of
you of the new e-mail address so stated above. As it`s
that time of the year once again want to wish all of you
a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. As a side
note,Darlene Witthans, glad to hear your doing so well,
keep on fighting and take care. God bless you.
|As I approach my 80th birthday would like any FEN old timers who served with me to contact me at my new e mail address. Also any old AFRTS-LA or AFRTS NY members. Aloha|
|Nice to see some old familiar names.|
|I served at FEN Tokyo from about 1977 to 1980. Would love to hear from anyone of the old gang.|
|Name:||SSgt Dominique Dickens|
|I was searching for more information on the history of AFRS and I came upon this site. I'm currently the NCOIC of Eagle 810 Radio at AFN Tokyo at Yokota AB and it feels so good to be a part of a family that has so much history. I just sat here and listened to air checks of the shows and newscasts. It's amazing. Thank you. I'm able to do what I do today because of you who led the way.|
|Name:||Sargent R Cathrall|
|2875th GEEIA Sq, Tachikawa AB, Japan 1963-1965
Det 2875th GEEIA Sq, Kadena AB Okinawa 1965-1966
Lived down the road from Camp Drake at Grant Heights
|I was stationed in Japan from 1970 to June of 1973. Itazuki from March to December of 1970, and Fuchu Air Station from Dec. 1970 to June of 1973. I got out of the Air Force in 1976 and immediately came back to Japan where I've been living ever since.
Do you know the Pete Perkins R&B show that was on FEN in the early 70s. I met Pete a few times, once at an after hours disco in Roppongi where he was DJing, and in the 80s at his electronics shop in Akihabara. I then lost track of him.
I have a "podcast" called "What's Happening In Tokyo" .
Anyway I'm thinking of doing a podcast about the old days. I have an old tapes of the Pete Perkins radio shows, and I was thinkng about using them in my show. If you have any information about anything/anyone connecte with Japan in those days, I'd love to be informed about it.
You can hear my podcast at www.WHITokyo.info.
|Name:||Robert (Bob) Townsend|
|I've just been navigating this awesome site. I haven't seen any postings from anyone who was at Camp Drake during the 1958-60 time period. I joined FEN Camp Drake in 1958 as a staff announcer, coming from AFKN Osan, Korea. My tour of duty with FEN and the outstanding folks stationed with me were some of the happiest memories of my life. I spent a year at Camp Drake and then was assigned to FEN Itasuki. It was while there and teaching english conversation in Fukuoka that I went to live with a Japanese family and performed my staff announcer duties during a day shift. I wanted to learn as much as I could of the Japanese people and their way of life. My year of doing that had a most profound effect on my 20 year old( a that time) life.
I had wanted to be a "disc jockey" since I was in high school announcing for our band during half time at football games. The Air Force allowed me to receive training to pursue a twenty year career in the civilian broadcasting industry.
I am now living in South Carolina enjoying the retired life. If you remember me during that time period, Please email me at the address above. I would love to hear from you.
To the Webmaster: How do I send you some of my airchecks and pictures from that time period?
|Wow!!!~~~ It's GREAT to have found this website...the memories are TERRIFIC!!* I was a Navy Journalist assigned to FEN from 1972-1974....the FIRST military FEMALE ever assigned to FEN TOKYO!~ Those days were incredible & the FRIENDSHIPS warm & lasting**** Listeners will remember me as "Darlin' Darlene" (o.k....it was on the "sugary side"...but I didn't pick it!!!) My shows included "Both Sides Now"; "Cabaret"; & "Wonderful World"...with Air Force Sgt. Mark McCormick...Marky are you out there?? tee-hee** We had SUCH FUN "playing" radio & the remote broadcasts were a THRILL a minute!+ Won't ever forget the remote controlled car races with Steve Dougherty....which I won...but only by default..."de fault" of Steve, winging some kid in the crowd! ;o) tee-hee*****
Thanx FENNERS for all the JOY you brought into my life!!!! A recent battle with cancer has made each memory all the MORE meaningful. Does anyone know what happened to Air Force Sgt. Jim Ewing?? He was a FANTASTIC "boss" & gave me the chance to host a radio show....after a debut as the "weather lady" with forecasts set to music. Thanx for believing in me, kid.
Since FEN, I've been in & out of commercial radio & my last stint behind the mike gave me the chance to interview local jazz artists on a public radio station here-- (Minneapolis). I'm forever indebted to FEN for the experiences & even the mishaps! Am hoping to learn about other FENNERS from the early 70's, including: Jean; Bill R; Wanda; John K; Denise; & Ray....I pray you're all well & happy!!~ God Bless my SUPER Buds: Frank Rogers & Gary Kolasa!!!!!
Finally (too chatty...but radio will do it to a person*)...am PROUD to share I have a 19 yr-old daughter who sings like a Bird*** She's performed professionally, produced a CD, & is attending a music conservatory to "hone" her skills...watch for her at the Met!!! (0pera house that is, not the ball park***) She's a petite redhead...named Hayley :o) & my very Heartbeat*******
Long Enough....Cheers to EVERYONE...Thanx for ALL you've DONE & BEEN++++ And THANX to this site for the chance to re-connect & flash back to that innocent time!~ Happiness & Good Health to All....
JO3 Darlene Witthans
aka: "Darlin' Darlene"
|Many happy memories of you wonderful guys.
Particularly enjoyed the recent article in the Daily Yomiuri about the station.
|Thanks for the kind words towards Walt Sheldon on FEN. As you can guess by the last name, he was my father. He passed away about 7 years ago but his widow, Yuki, still. I well remember the days in Tokyo, especially on Camp Drake and Grant Heights, both places where I went to school. Often listened to the FEN for music, radio drama and news. Good stuff.|
|Name:||helen josee van oosten|
|Hi, I lived in Tokyo from 1979-1984. The first thing I asked when I arrived was: Can I listen to the radio here?
What can I say, I was young. Anyway FEN got me through some less happy times. In my little teenage world, FEN meant the world to me. Thanks to the everyone who made it happen. Who can forget: A little language goes a long way!
|I would like to hear from anyone who served with WLKH 1947 to 1949...need information about 1st Sgt. Willeford. Anyone here remember him?|
|Wow! What a trip to hear the ad for the Tachi Rock Festival. I played guitar for The Soul Searchers and The Apple-Butter Blues Band that night and later on ended up subbing for the guitarist in the V-Kings and played at Expo 70 with Mother Superior! The only band I didn't end up playing with was Gary Lewis & The Playboys! Also the "Blues Power" ad for the Grant Heights Teen Club was cool too. A lot of the guys from The Soul Searchers and Apple-Butter live around The Los Angeles area and still perform music. Thanks for saving all this stuff to listen to! You guys are great!|
|Tachi: 1967-1970 Good memories|
|Name:||Daniel Dickson, MSgt USAF (Ret)|
|Found your website after an old Air Force buddy sent me a clip from one of your old broadcasts. One of first things that I did was to bookmark it. Thanks for setting it up and putting it on the Web.
Brings back many of my best memories. Was actually in the Marine Corps during the 50's and listened to FEN on a radio that I built myself.
|FEN Hdqs 1957, station mgr Misawa 57-58 OIC Okinawa AFRTS 1958-1961 FEN Chief 1969 -1970. Went from the quonset hut at Kadena to 50kw studios Sukiran Plaza. Any old timer staff or any of Walter Wolf's Okinawa stooges want to say hello I'm still alive and well. If Bill Miller has any pictures of Kanto Plain Benevelent Assciation Prince Hitachi's thank you at the Tachi O club on 29 Nov 1969 would appreciate a copy. The Chicago Cubs autograph baseball I got from Jack Brickhouse brought in a good sum on Bill's on air auction.|
|Hi there. I recently moved from Seattle, Washington to Honolulu, Hawaii. I worked at FEN from April '82 to Apr '85. I left the Air Force in 1991. I have worked in Radio and TV Broadcasting since then. I spent 8 years in Costa Rica and most recently moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. I own Turbo Productions, a multimedia production company. I have been working with several oldies groups, including The Platters, The Coasters and The Temptations producing their multimedia. My company website address is: http://www.turboproductions.org.
I am also working with KCCN FM 100 in Honolulu, a radio station that plays local Hawaiian Reggae music (Jawaiian Music) http://www.kccnfm100.com.
It would be great to hear from people I worked with at FEN.
Tim “Turbo” Johnston
|Name:||Richard D. Breit|
|I was stationed at AFRTS Okinawa during the years 1957 thru 1960. I'm looking around to find some shipmates during that time.|
|While commander at FEN Cam Drake Tokyo 1969-70 Sgt. Jamil Farrah USA (Mash Fame) was a writer and broadcaster. Amazed at the changes from kinescopes to video tapes to satellite. FEN did the simulcast with NHK for the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Saw it all from Misawa station Mgr in 1957 to Okinawa 1958-61 (where I played golf with Lance Cpl Lee Trevino USMC) to Chief of FEN. Anybody want to write a history book on AFR-TV from Johnny Carson in WWII to present Iraq bradcasting? My most memorable incident was when I gaveaway an autograph copy of Henry Mancini's "Days of Wine and Roses" after an interview in our NYC studio. I thought the song was too sad and should be on the Country and Western Chart.|
|I was at FEN Tokyo for a while in 1976 before transferring to Yokota AB as a result of the consolidation with AFPN. Saw a few familiar names in the guest book. Lots of good memories of Camp Drake.|
|As a veterann of both FEN and AFKN, 1956-57, it good to read all the comments. I would like to hear from anyone who was at "Radio Vagabond" in Seoul, during these years, or anyone I worked with at FEN in early 1957, while writing and producing "Salute To You", General I.D. White's program.|
|In 1958 & '59, I was a United States Marine Corps first lieutenant managing Far East Network Iwakuni, and on the side broadcasting The Far East Network Jazz Concert on the net at 11:05 each night. I just stumbled across this FEN web site and would love to register, but cannot find the mechanism for doing so. Engineering was never my strong point. Perhaps some sympathetic member will tell me how.
|FEN Clark AFB 88-91 if you are Braid,Dan,Ben,Bonetta or any of the FEN crew give a e-mail
|Name:||David V. LeVine|
|Spent almost a year at FEN Misawa in 1958. Have reestablished contact with Tom Korzeniowski and would like to get in touch with Tom Quinn, David Abernathy, Dave Ramsey, and whomever else may remember me. After my Misawa stint I moved on to FEN Tokyo and palled around with Dave Hunter, Gary Minick, Bob Kinsman, Brad Durfee, Jamie Farr, Bernie Papin and Frank Pointer. What a great overseas tour it turned out to be. It ranks at the top of my lifetime experiences. Fabulous radio facilities in every way. Wonderful people and excellent Japanese support personnel. Thanks for taking a minute to read my dope sheet. Please contact me if you have info on any of the above guys.|
|Hi. It was so much fun reading through the entries on this site. I was a Broadcast Journalist at FEN Tokyo from 1974-1977 and at FEN Misawa from 1980-1982. I worked with some wonderful people, both US personnel and Japanese personnel alike. I am not sure how many people remember me, but I did the news and had a couple of radio shows when I worked in Tokyo and then did the news and made documentaries when I was assigned to Misawa. I also did a stint on Midway Island...and survived. I hope everyone I worked with is well and happy. By the way, has anyone heard from Rob Marshall, the Station Manager at Misawa during those years? He was a fantastic boss!|
|At Camp Drake 1967 to 1969. Liked the oldies and chickenman.
1967 Comm Squ.
|I was a SSgt with the 527th AC&W Group at Itazuke AB, Kyushu. When FEN Kyushu moved to Itazuke in 1953, I became close friends with Army Sgt. Jack Bateson and A1C Gene Shannon, both DJs, and Arnie Riddle, the station's engineer. I'd love to hear from any of them. I'm very active now as assistant manager for the 527th AC&W Group "alumni" web site.|
|I really enjoyed the FEN program,especially Jazz,easy listening when I was student,about 35 years ago.
I enjoyed listening Pete Smith program Sketch in Soud.
There were many beautiful music played by Four Fresh Men,George Shearing, Jacky Greason etc,these music always
remind me of the golden school days.
So I really wish to know more about music aired by FEN
and contact these people who got involed making these Jazz.
Eeasy Listening programs.
|E-mail address:||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|I came aboard AFRTS, Okinawa as an 18 year old Marine PFC journalist in 1959 and left in late 1960 with a pretty well-rounded experience in radio and TV and a great love for Okinawa and it's people...always wanted to return!|
|I was a broadcast engineer at FEN Okinawa from July 1953 to December 1954. I would be delighted to hear from fellow FENO'ers that served with me during that period. Richard|
|Name:||Jame S. Ball|
|I was on staff at KCMB Subic Bay 1960/61|
|I was stationed at Camp Drake from June 1951 through January 1953. I was a member of Headquarters Company and played football for the two-time Far East Champion Camp Drake Bulldogs. My company commander was Captain Rex T. Henry who was also ouor football coach. If there is anyone who was associated with Camp Drake during that period I would appreciate hearing from you. Drake was a replacement depot during that period of the Korean War.|
|I was at FEN Chitose from 63-65. I'm going to try to sign up for this site if I can find out how it is done.. Email me if you know how.
After 65 I went to college earning a degree in broadcasting. I workede for NBC for three years, movies 10 years and finally ABC for 23 years.
I count among my friends many of the artists in Hollywood we had at FEN. They made the shows and we played them.
It has been a good life.
|Stationed at Zama Medical Center 60-62 and Yokosuka 71-76.Remember many good hours listenining to FEN.Especially Tokyo calling on Sundays with Walt Sheldon and Hiroko and Frank Sinatra broad cast from the Midway.Also have a fond memory of Kuni Capers Chiken Man and all those great radio programs of the past.Thanks for the Memory!|
|Member of 6986th supply 1963-64 Any body remember this short Airman first class?|
FEN Tokyo newscaster 1968- 1970
AFTN-staff announcer,Ubon Thailand 1967-1968
TAC HQ Information Office, Langley AFB 66-67
|I was a DJ at the American Forces Network Taiwan in Taipei from 1974 - 1976, I went by the name of Smokin Joe and had my own show on the weekend called The Happening on Saturday for 3 hours then Yesterdays Gone for 3 hours on Sunday. During the week I did a series called Our Haunted Planet, the first of its kind on AFN-Taiwan and also did the Swap Shop 5 days a week. I thourghly enjoyed my time there.
I was wondering when you were going to do a piece on the AFN-Taiwan? I have a lot of tape and some of the pictures etc of some of the zany contests we had. Our Program Director was Dick Joslyn, who had a series called the Time Machine..he was trying to get it syndicated, don't know if it happened or not. Joe March was our morning guy, Marty Bondoroff (spelling)was our afternoon-going home DJ. Some of the other folks I can't remember right off hand. It was a GREAT Crew and we think and feel we did a lot of good.
My personal e-mail is email@example.com if anyone wants to say hi or jog my memory a bit.
Joe Saladin(Smokin Joe) AFN-Taiwan
|Just found this great site. Great memories listening to Itazuke FEN while I was stationed at Hakata Administrative Annex in 1966 and 1967. If anyone who was at Hakata/Brady and wants to go back to those fun times, Denis Graham has developed a great website (http://www.kcnet.com/~denis/asa/entrance.htm.).
|Name:||David V. LeVine|
Worked FEN Misawa in 1958, and FEN Tokyo in 1959. Would like to hear from some of the old staff. Have hooked-up with Tom Korzeniowski and we regularly correspond via email. Please drop a line and thanks.
|2875th GEEIA Squadron 1965-67. Just looking for old AC&W radar buddies.|
| Well, just as it`s time for the old man in the red suit
to drop by, it`s time for the old Master Controller (now 66)
to also drop in and wish all of the FEN Alumni a MERRY
XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, with special wishes to the gang
from 69-73 Bill Baldwin, Pat Bailey, Bill Asher, Bill Polk,
Lenny Sletto, Ben Haight, Jeff Bates, Rich and Scott Miller and others too many to mention. Frank Rogers, haven`t heard from you lately. Have
a nice holiday. Jeff & Lisa Werner, hope all is well with your family. May God bless you all and a special prayer
for Bill & Joan Miller and Henry Yaskal.
|Hi, My dad served at Kadena AFB in Radio and Television Broadcasting from August 65 to 73 with a stint in between in Korat, Thailand (69-71). His name is Frank Mortensen. I am hoping some of you may remember him and have some information or memories of him. I was only 4 when we lived together as a family in Okinawa, Japan, where I remember him doing the evening news broadcast. We’d occasionally go to a neighbor’s house, have dinner and watch him on the evening news. I remember getting teased that Frank wasn’t really my dad. I’m sure our neighbor was teasing (I can’t remember his name, but he worked with my dad) but as a four year old, I didn’t understand the subtleties of teasing yet. My brothers would soon educate me to the intricacies of teasing! I DO remember his voice. It was soothing. My mom has some old reel to reel tapes of news broadcasts, some of his DJing jobs from when he was in San Antonio, and some messages to us telling us all about Thailand. I transferred them to cassettes at one point. I still have them and have listened to them, closing my eyes and remembering back to when I was little and he’d come home late at night after work. I was the youngest and not yet in school so I could get up late and join him in the kitchen for chocolate milk. I remember the regular milk tasted horrible so we always had chocolate milk. All of my memories of our time abroad are from the eyes of a child.
They include the Japanese markets that were intensely colorful, filled with all sorts of treasures which I’m certain my parents didn’t want cluttering up our house. I still have a pair of tortoise shell chop sticks from Japan but none of the little paper wonders I once had. I remember going to church in a Quonset hut, rain showers when there were no clouds, living by the sea wall, exploring what we thought were “caves” along the cliffs (only to find out after climbing inside that they were sacred burial grounds with the bones of ancestors stored in ceramic pots), chasing butterflies in the field by the caves, my brother Rick getting stuck on the reef when the tide was going out and the Japanese fishermen going out to get him and watching the Japanese people fish in the lagoon. My brother, John, looks like Dad/Frank very much… same coloring (hair and skin tones), same walk and handwriting, etc. My brother Rick has his eyes and voice but looks more like my mom’s dad. My sister Patti looks like my mom’s side as well, and I got the Mortensen build, coloring and Grandma Leola Mortensen’s thighs! Ha ha…
Anyway, if any of you remember him... please email me. My parents separated while he was stationed at Kadena AFB and we came back to the states. I'd love to know more about him. Some of his friends from Germany (where he was later AFN News Director in Frankfurt where he died) have contacted me about his last years, but I'd love to know about his earlier years. I have a green letterman jacket with a "K" on it that I'm told is from Kadena AFB. ANY information would be terrific!
Thanks, Mindy Mortensen
|I was reading the short history of FEN and kept looking for the name Walt Sheldon. He was a news caster and produced a 1 hour mystery show that aired on Saturday evenings. He was there from at least 1955 to early 1957. Both he and his wife Yuki were authors. He wrote several shows for FEN and I believe he is the same Walt Sheldon that wrote Shooting Star a story about a F-80 fighter pilot during the Korean war. His wife wrote the Judge Ooka stories for the Stars and Stripes. Also a book of a collection of her Judge Ooka stories that was published by the Stars and Stripes in 1956.
If you update the site or the history further I would like to see more about the people that worked for FEN over the years rather then the network it's self.
|2875 GEEIA 1964-66, NEKO NOMADS, Pole Jocky Installed Antennas in Wakkanai, Misawa, DaNang, Chegido Korea|
|Name:||Andrea McElfresh Weathersbee|
|My name is Andi Weathersbee. I'm the daughter of Ron McElfresh and his first wife, Kumi, mentioned in Carol's post below. I am currently looking for a way to find my mother Kumi, whom I lost touch with years ago. The last time I saw her was in 1976. If anyone has any ideas of how I could locate her, I'd greatly appreciate it. I have little information on how to find her. Please feel free to email me.
|I used to listen to your station in tokyo way back in 1963. One thing I still remember today were the preolympics in 1963. so I took my battery operated radio to the stadium an watched the games at the same time listening to your coverage of those games. it was marvelous.
Greetings from Germany, Sepp Wolf
I am longtime listner ever since April 1974, an era
when FEN Tokyo was located at Camp Drake in Asaka City.
I have lots of memories for FEN --- Chickenman, Tooth
Fairy, etc., etc.
|Great site! I was a DJ at an unauthorized radio station at Wakkanai prior to the FEN station there. Have many fond memories of Wakkanai. Robert (Waco Wayne) Womack.|
|Wow! Stumbled onto this site by accident and what memories it brought back. I was sort of a “back door Fenner,” you might say, serving as a TV Weather Girl at Kuma Station in 1970. I was there for less than a year and was married at the time to Rick Sowa (Army), who worked at the FEN radio and TV stations.
I had just graduated with a degree in Radio-TV the year before from the University of Houston, plus had done some on-air work at a TV station in Houston, and was told I added a “touch of professionalism” to what was usually a volunteer job. At any rate, it was definitely fun, though I took my “job” very seriously. I remember drawing little smiling suns and rain clouds on the weather board and checking some kind of report before going on the air about the latest “high pressure system, etc.” Sounded pretty danged authoritative (I thought) for someone with no meteorology background.
Zama, Misawa and the other names mentioned on this site bring back memories as places I referred to on my weather map. We did all the sightseeing we could on Hokkaido, but I never saw the rest of Japan, other than the Tokyo airport. (Rick was briefly with FEN at Tokyo before I joined him, and I recognized the name Tim Huguenard from his letters back then.)
I saw Ron McElfresh’s posting and remember him from Kuma Station days. He was getting ready to marry a Japanese girl, Kumi, around the time I left towards the end of 1970. I recall looking for a “Texas” wedding present when I arrived back home. We moved back to San Antonio, Texas, after Rick’s Army time was up at the end of 1970, and kept in touch with the McElfreshes for a while after they came to the states.
Also remember Dave and Melanie Farrington, whom we kept in contact with for many years when they were in Georgia and Florida. Dave had gone back to school, I believe. After they divorced, we kept in touch with Melanie for a while, but lost touch with her after she got married again. I remember, during our FEN days, the Farringtons went to Korea to adopt a little girl. They already had a cute little blonde boy, Davy.
There was also Jeff and Karen Michael (they had two little boys), whom we kept in touch with for awhile after they returned to Colorado. I did a lot of PSAs etc. for FEN radio at Kuma Station and recall doing voice work on some kind of radio serial for Jeff called “The Fearless Fenner.” Doing a spot for the “Hokkaido Quickie” also comes to mind. (I think Jeff was into mini bike racing.) Last we heard – back in the ‘70s – Jeff was seriously planning to go into TV anchoring and getting dental work done. We lost touch. Bob Ritter wound up in Colorado too, and we heard from him for a few years. He was working in a ski area. Still have the little Ainu “good luck” wood carving figures he brought by the day I left for the states.
There was also a guy named Skip and his wife, whose brother had been killed in Vietnam. They left Japan not long after I got there though. There was someone named Jerry (or Gerry), whom I think had something to do with intelligence and maybe worked part-time at FEN. Captain Dorothy Romanovich I also recall. (She later came back to San Antonio.) And there was Bob Gordon and his wife who were older than the rest of us “kids.”
There was Suzy (Suzy Suzuki?) who was the secretary. And there was Mr. Watanabe, who’d been one of Tokyo Rose’s engineers. In October he brought us a humongous pumpkin – the largest I’d ever seen. We called it “The Great Pumpkin” and I carved it into a jack-o-lantern and baked so many pumpkin pies I lost count. I know there were others whose names have slipped my memory. (The name Tom is rattling around my brain with a vague face, but no last name.)
We lived in a little house in Chitose, as we had to pay my way over, Rick not being in the upper ranks. Every thing was teeny tiny – the oven, the refrigerator – and to wash dishes I had to boil water in a giant kettle that set on top of our (kerosene?) heater, which attempted to warm the entire four rooms via a small electric fan mounted on the wall. We DID have an American-style toilet (thank, God!), though the bathtub was one of those little square tiled ones. It was a real adventure and I loved every minute of it!
I recall, when a typhoon blew through, and I filled the tub and everything else with water, then sat in the dark with flashlight and candles (Rick was working at the station that night), watching the wind blow the window curtains almost straight out though the windows were shut. Bless that drafty little Japanese house, though – we came through OK, unlike some of the base housing that had roofs blown off.
Right before I left Japan (ahead of Rick, so we could start shipping our household stuff back) I remember illustrating the December TV guide for the base – lot’s of Christmassy stuff. I still have a copy of that. (Our Japan scrapbooks went with Rick when we split up a few years ago.) They were getting ready to close down Kuma Station at the time I left – good old Kuma Station, whose “symbol” we fondly referred to as “the bear with his paw stuck in the light box.”
I’m amazed at the names and memories I was able to dredge up here after all these years. (And no scrapbooks!) So happy to discover this site!
If any of you were at Kuma Station in 1970, let me know!
San Antonio, TX
|Name:||George B. Morgan|
|Spent thr most enjoyable parts of late 1949-through 1951 at AFRS Okinawa, Osaka and Tokyo. Looking for survivors.|
|Name:||George B. Morgan|
|Served at AFRS Okinawa, Osaka and Tokyo from late 1949through 1951. Apparently, not many of us left.|
|Following duty in Thailand was at FEN Clark 1975-1980. Great site. Oh the memories.|
I am the youngest daughter of Biff Cole, one of the DJ's on the Far East Network back in the mid '50's. I believe he had originally broadcast from Wisawi, but I know his photo is posted on this website.
His signature song was 'Satin Doll'.
Unfortunately, Dad passed away several days before Christmas, 2001. He is survived by two daughters and two sons and my step mom.
Please post any information you have about my Dad. I look forward to hearing from you!
|Great website. I was a broadcast engineer at FEN Tokyo, 1958-59. The people I remember by name are: T.Y Hill, Bernie Papin, Paul Williams, Bob Schoolsky, Jamil Farrah (Jamie Farr), Sgt. Texas Garcia, Major Becker. Also civilians Walt Sheldon and Brooks Connally. Also a familiar voice from that time was Marine Lt. Wiil Thornberry broadcasting jazz and wry comments from Iwakuni. I remember a bunch of other people's faces and sometimes their names will bubble up in my memory. But not today. Our regularly scheduled programs included: Bands of Japan, Tex Garcia's country music show, and Pfc. Hill's almost totally original radio plays. If there is anyone out there from my time at FEN, I would like to hear from you. Or, if you are in Austin Texas, come to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and see me.
|Was at FEN-Itazuke way back...Korean War Days. Later at Station Manager at FEN-Tokyo (Camp Drake). Moved to FEN-Tokyo at Yokota AB as Chief of Broadcasters.
Interested in Knowing more about the Itazuke Announcers.
|Name:||Nan Lewis Watkins|
|I tried to respond to Alice Winans regarding Col. C. D. Lewis; however, I am not able to send to the current email address.|
|Name:||Joe B. Garrett|
|I was writer, producer for "Salute To You", General I.D. White's personal program, at FEN, for six months in early 1957. Two of us were sent TDY from AFKN Korea to do this job. We recorded the AFFE band weekly, recorded the General's message, wrote the history of the unit being soluted, and put it all together in a 30 minute weekly show that was required listening for officers under the general's command. We lived and worked at Drake, but made frequent trips to Zama, and back to Korea to do interviews for the show. Flew back and forth on C-47's with parachutes issued, and sometimes C-124's. Still have some of these tapes. Production at FEN was good, but primitive by today's standards. I spliced the tapes with scotch tapes before producing a master which was physically mailed to affiliates.
Now living and golfing daily, at 71, at PGA West, in La Quinta, California.
|Name:||A / 2C KEN "SPUDS" LOTTS|
|1963 / 1964 AFRTS TOKYO AUDIO ENGINEER / REMOTE ENGINEER / MASTER CONTROL TECH. JUST FOUND THE "F.E.N.", WEBSITE AND AM LOOKING FOR MEMORABILIA FROM THOSE DAYS TO SEND TO THE SITE. WHEN I TRANSFERED FROM JAPAN I HAD 2 FOOT LOCKERS OF 7" REELS OF MUSIC, OLD RADIO SHOWS, TOP "20" HITS AND THE ACTUAL AIR CHECK RECORDING COPY OF "J.F.K.'S" ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DALLAS ASSASINATION AND ALL THE RELATED PROGRAMS FOR THE NEXT 4 MONTHS THAT TALKED ABOUT THE ASSASINATION. ALSO COPIES OF COMPLETE SUNDAY "TOKYO CALLING SHOWS FOR ALMOST 8 MONTHS. HOWEVER THE 2 FOOTLOCKERS NEVER ARRIVED AT MY NEXT DUTY STATION AND WERE NEVER FOUND. SOMEWHERE IN AN A.F. WAREHOUSE SOMEWHERE IN OR AROUND "TACHIKAWA A.F.B." SOMEDAY THEY MAY BE FOUND AND I HOPE WILL BE ADDED TO THE "F.E.N." ARCHIVES FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL THOSE THAT REMEMBER GOOD TIMES WITH GOOD PEOPLE. "SPUDS"|
|Name:||Frederick "Skip" Kennedy|
|I served at Misawa from Feb,1959 to Aug,1960 as An Air Traffic Controller (GCA and Rapcon) and would enjoy hearing from anyone who was there at that time. My memories of this period are vivid and this had to be one of the most memorable times of my life.|
|I was stationed with FEN Japan from late 1968 to early 1971. 68 and 69 at Wakkanai Air Station, and 69-71 at Kuma Station near Chitose (near Sapporo). Those were great years working with some superb folks.
- George Day, Don Cottrell, Mike Lydon, and others at Wakkanai
- Dave Farrington, Rick Sowa, and others at Chitose
I went back to Japan a few years later to teach English in Sapporo. What a great life. It was 360 yen to the dollar back then.
|I was with 2875th GEEIA Sq. 63-64 would sure like to contact any old friends.|
|I am looking for James R. "Jim" Lapp, who commanded FEN after leaving AFTN in 1971, where I served with him.|
|KCMB Subic Bay 1955/56|
|Trying to locate Col CD Lewis from MAAG Taiwan 1952-53.
|From 1975-1977 I was a Gunny assigned to FEN Iwakuni as the NCOIC.The station managers during that time were Lt's Sidle, Bob Kramer, and MSGT Pete Richards. Somewhere in my packed up memories I have rosters of everyone who worked there during that period. I remember the professionalism and expertise that was displayed by the military and civilian staff. Some of those that I can quickly recall are:
Dick Hassing, Pete Perkins, Carl Henderson,Dave Mathews, Charley Shirrod,McGuirt, Linda Cross, Sandler. Cheers to all.
|my dad was stationed at fen okinawa from 87-90, he is staffsgt buddy nelson, if you knew my dad, please email me so i can talk to some people who knew us from way back when|
|Served at FEN 1951-1955. Anyone still alive from that era?
Have tons of stories to share.
|Great FEN Iwakuni reunion.
Attending: Captain Rob Robinson, John Heseltine, Roger Williams, Doug O'Brien, Tennis DeJong, Tim Secker, Gene Cox, Mike Davidchik, Karyn Lippincott, Hank Carr, Mike Nash, Earon B. Mackey, Dan Stires, Tom Taylor,
Found but unable to attend: Dale Dye, Bart Soucy, Lee Channing, Captain Dan Keenan, Dick Walters, Dan Jurgensen (from Drake)
Met at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in San Antonio and had a blast reconnecting after 30+ years---many of us hadn't seen each other since 70-72 until February 2004.
|I was stationed at Chitose as NCOIC from June 1964 to August 1967. Would like to hear from anyone durning that time period. Great part of my life was at FEN Chitose.|
|Name:||former S/sgt. Wallace Correll|
|Havent checked in a while, still looking for any people stationed Tokyo F.E.N. 810 1951-53 era|
|Name:||John Treiber, USN|
| Hello fellow FEN'ers. I served at FEN Misawa DET 4 in the News and TV depts from Nov 91 to Oct 94, leaving right before the name FEN disappeared forever. Great time overall, in one of the nicest and least visited parts of Japan. Since it was only about 10-14 years ago, my memories are still quite vivid of our isolated little DET nestled among the family housing at the highest point on the base under the water tower.
I didn't see anyone from my period in the guest book, so here are a some of names of individuals with whom I worked: Scott Stover (AF), Mike Morley (USN), Ron Lee (Army), Bucky Rudolph (AF), Trish Freeland (AF), Bob Garcia (AF, station manager), Angie Pianga (AF), Kelly "Oak" O'Conner (AF), Suzie McKuen (AF), Greg Winters (USN), Chris Gallenack (AF; name sp?... sorry Chris), Ozaki-san, Kimura-san, Toshiyuki Takanashi, Atsuko Stover, Sue Kyle (AF), Len Harris (Army), Chris Weurthner (AF), Dave Mays (Army), Mike Reily (AF), Mike Rogers (AF), Eric Allen (USN), Beth Hilyer, Mike Owen (USN), Amanda Allen (AF), Karl Joost (Army), Don Hilliard (AF), and a few others whose names have slipped my mind -- when I remember I'll make a new post. Of course we were a big DET with radio, news, and TV, so there was a lot of turnover every year. On the other hand, the military made it worth our while to stay for four years up at that isolated base, so many of us did.
While I was there the DET underwent a number of changes, and of course thanks to certain new technologies, especially satellite and cable TV, I think the handwriting was on the wall for FEN as a whole. My favorite change had to have been our robotic tape changer (the name eludes me) which was controled by software and had six Beta VTRs inside it. We could schedule, if I recall correctly, 24 hours of programming, and we got so good at programming the software it that we could, for instance, tape the overnight satellite feed of Good Morning America and have it on the air at five in the morning, all thanks to the robot arm. After a major earthquake in early '94, however, the thing never worked quite properly.
Of course the comraderie of FEN was outstanding, despite an occassional blip -- just like any family I suppose. Most Fridays, especially during Misawa's magnificent summers, we would fire up the bar-b-q, ice down the beers (preferably Sapporo, but we took what we could get), and dust off the dartboard for our famous FEN Friday night bar-b-qs next to the storage building under the satellite dish. Scott Stover and Oak O'Conner were the brains behind that, always ensuring a steady supply of red hots and brats, providing many a happy memory. After leaving in October ' 94 I returned a couple of years later to find that virtually everyone I knew was gone, along with the name FEN -- true that you can never go home. I have had contact with three of the Misawa crew in the meantime; Bucky Rudolph, who went off to Pennsylvania as a news anchor, Beth Hilyer, who lives in Hawaii and is currently a reporter for one of the Honolulu TV networks, and Mike Morley, who left the enlisted ranks, opting for the glory of officer-dom. The last time I heard from him he was in Hawaii as well, but he's probably in Iraq right now. I'd better check on that.
I'm so happy to see this web site, so thanks to those who have worked hard to put it up. FEN is one of the more unique aspects of our military's postwar involvement in East Asia, and needs to be memorialized.
Best to all of you who served at an FEN DET sometime in your career.
|Name:||Charles A. Boyle, Jr.|
|I served at FEN, South Camp Drake as FSgt & Admin Supt (USAF) 1973-74.
Retired to Atwater, Ca.
|FEN Misawa 1958-60, later radio and TV stations in Orlando, Tampa and Miami, and ABC Radio News, NY. Currently back in Tampa at 970-WFLA. Looking for information on Tom Shaw, former AF Sgt, who let me in the door at Misawa and changed my life. Thanks, Tom!|
|Thanks FEN for all the great service you provided! I was stationed at Yokota AB from 1980-1983, and always enjoyed the Far East Network. Even more than FEN, I always enjoyed the entertainment provided by some of the staions employees at the Yokota NCO Club, especially Jon Yim who did a gig called "Radioactive Rock"! Always a great time, thanks to everyone at FEN!|
|Greetings to all FEN members. I seerved as a broadcast engineer at FEN Okinawa from June 1953 to December 1954. It was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. Thanks for the web site that helps recall those fond memories! Dick Ireton|
|I served as a J01 at FEN Iwakuni (incl. TDYs to Tokyo and Misawa) from 72 thru 73, and at AFPN (Clark and San Miguel) from 74 thru 75. I also had a brief stint at AFRS Subic in 69 (before it became part of a network). I did just about every job in broadcasting during those years. My big gig was being the TV news anchor at Iwakuni and Clark. I was transferred to the Center for Naval Analyses, Washington, D.C., made JOC, and left active duty in about 78.
I am looking forward to the FEN Iwakuni Reunion at San Antonio in February.
|Was with FEN Tokyo in 1955-56 as Broadcast Engineer, any of my contempories out there|
|The FEN Iwakuni reunion is coming up the first weekend of February 2004, in San Antonio.
We have collected many folks from the 1970-72 phase of FEN Iwakuni R/TV days: Roger Williams, John Heseltine, Tim Secker, Mike Nash, Doug O'Brien, Dan Stires, Tom Taylor, Gene Cox, Hank Carr, Earon Mackey, Tennis DeJong. We've also located Bart Soucy, Dan Jurgenson, Mike Davidchik, Lee Channing, Dick Walters. We will have the FEN TV 73's first OIC, Capt. "Rob" Robinson in attendance. We're still looking for Capt. Dan Keenan, USA, along with Chad Russell, Jack Bradshaw and others.
We will also have Karen Lippincott at the reunion.
Anyone serving full or part time at FEN Iwakuni from December 1969 through the end of 1972 is welcome--and if you are close to that time-frame----join us at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in San Antonio!
|I hope all FENers had a nice Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! Thanks to Mort Cherim for his e-mails. Thanks, too, to Jim Grubbs for this great Website!
I read Kazeno-san's post with interest, as I remember well and fondly a Kobayashi-san from the engineering staff at FEN during my time (1970-1973) who I assume is the retiree. I certainly extend my best wishes.
Both Gary Kolasa and I have recently received e-mail from another Kobayashi-san from Nagano-ken, who remembered us from FEN. I believe he got my e-mail address from my earlier posting here. We both have tried to reply to him, but neither of us can get a message through. Kobyashi-san, if you see this, please send us another e-mail address at which we might reach you, or a mailing address, and we both will be happy to reply to you.
|Name:||Richard D. Breit ET1|
|I was stationed at AFRTS Okinawa from 1958 to 1961.
Just looking for anyone there at that time.
|My name is Kazeno. I am working in AFN Tokyo since 1990. My work is radio and television maintenance. The AM transmitter in MOMOTE (South Drake) was replaced last month. It is also continuing being broadcast by 810kHz and 50kW now.
Mr. Kazusada Kobayashi of a maintenance does retirement next month. When you know him. Please let me know.
I am making retirement message for Mr.Kobayashi.
I just discovered this site thanks to a tip from Gary Kolasa. I was at FEN-Tokyo from August 1970-September 1973 and it was nice to see postings from old colleagues like Scott Woodside, Mort Cherim, Bob Proctor, and Pete Perkins, as well as audio of Jim Hilbrink, Tim Huguenard and others. Would be glad to hear from any old colleagues.
|My husband received word this past friday that the nephew of a friend he plays golf with died in Iraq trying to save the driver of the vehicle he was in that had been hit. He dove into the water to save the driver and died himself. What color flowers do you send to the funeral for a young man who was gung ho Army?
I remember my two older sons along with my husband,
brothers, and brother-in-law physically lowered my Dad's coffin into the plot. The rest of the family was kept in another area until the grave was covered over. It was a few days before Halloween; their feet got muddy, the rope nearly slipped through their hands.
There was no sterility in sheltering us from the sorrow and reality of death of a family member. The boys became young men that moment as they assumed the manly obligation thrust on them in a national cemetary. They also felt a closer bond to their Grandfather. My Dad had served a few years in the Tokyo area.
We still pilgrimage to the cemetary annually if possible; then go to eat at the same restaurant with Mom.
|Name:||Janine (Pettit) Evans|
|Does anybody have a copy of the poem "Christmas in the Paddies" it was played every christmas. This poem was a verson of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."|
|9/9/03 Just checked the list and delighted to see a couple of familiar names fom 'way back. Good to see new additions. I was at Tokyo FEN 1951-52, staff announcer; program director. Started TIME FOR JAZZ and did the live SERENADE FOR STRINGS Sunday program, among many others. I've kept track of only a couple of FENers from those days, a couple of which are, sadly, dead. I'd like to know the whereabouts of guys like Ed Smith, Jim Coston, Bernie Baron, Vic Sonnenberg.|
|Great reading the comments from the folks that pioneered FEN. I served as an engineer from 1988-1992. Thanks for all of you who started FEN and gave it the rich history it has.
Anyone know how to contact the Japanese engineers we had during 88-92?
|Name:||Joseph T. Soboul|
|I arrived in Japan via the Admiral C.F.Hughes on 31 Dec 1946. Spent New Years day in Replacement Depot at Zama (when President Truman announced the cessation of hostilities for WWII) and then on down to Kumamoto via train.
I was a member of Company G, 21st Infantry Regiment, Camp Wood, Kumamoto, Kyushu, through April 1948. Although I was a rifleman, my only duty during the summer of 1947 was as a member of the Regimental baseball team playing weekend series in addition to Camp Wood (21st Inf. Regt) at Sasebo (34th Inf Regt), at Fukaoka (24th Div Artillery), at Kokura (Hq 24th), and at Beppu (19th Inf. Regt.)
Many a night I hit the sack listening to FEN sign off with "Gonna Take A Sentimental Journey" (With adapted GI words "Gonna Take A Oriental Journey")
Enlisted in Air Force in 1948, retiring in June 1971.
Graduated University of Nebraska Dec 1972. Returned to Japan in Jul 1973. This time as a civilian employee as Youth Director at Misawa AB, Japan. Left Misawa in Jun 1977.
|Name:||Jack (Jake) Jakoubek|
|I was a 292X2 in the 6989th RSM, Misawa, (Trick 1) from July 1961 to April 1964. I still have some pictures and a TON of fond memories of the "Hill," A.P. Alley, dodging the town patrol, etc. Loved to listen to FEN and always looked forward to "Tokyo Calling." Good show.
Does anybody know what happened to Sammy Mullins? He was a Trick 1 292X1 and a part-time FEN DJ at Misawa.
|Name:||Gary Michael Ross|
|I was Navy Corpsman stationed in Yokosuka 68-73...made plenty of close friends at FEN...a few names you'll remember..Gary Kalasa, Steve Daughtery, Dan Jurgenson, Hiroko, Dan Coughlin. Anyone know their whereabouts today?
|Name:||Burr Hoyle (Now known as BURR MIDDLETON).|
Worked at FEN-Tokyo as a staff announcer from 1963-1967.
Hosted and wrote many shows including "Tokyo Calling," "Journey into Melody," "Jazz Time," "Strictly From Dixie," and the infamous "Shock Theatre," on which I played the role of The Doctor.
Worked off-duty in the Japanese film industry as a writer and voice actor for dozens of feature films and hundreds of television programs.
In recent years, have worked as a character actor and voice-over artist in my home town of Hollywood, California.
Among many credits, I was a regular on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show" for a year while playing the role of Kenneth Starr during the Monica-Bill Clinton era. Also, I still perform as a jazz vocalist and drummer, and tour for several weeks or so out of the year, when my schedule permits.
Hope that all is well with the old FEN gang!
Drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Old Cherokee."
(Formerly, Airman Burr Hoyle).
|Wakkanai was my home from 1961 to 1963
Still recall many, many great memories of my experiences in the ops compound and my fantastic off-duty episodes.
|Name:||Bill Baldwin, Jr.|
|Re: Pams 26 Jingles:
Just listened to this collection. The "singing" was organized and conducted by Ken Matejka ( recording lab genius and true professor of Business ) for a special Solid Gold Weekend celebration commemorating FEN's 27th anniversary, as I recall. Other "singers" included Jeff Bates, George Day, Gary Griffin, Morris Fertig, me, and I think Paul Sherwood and possibly Monty Jones. The Solid Gold Weekend was a 48 hour Greatest Hits of All Time break from the usual FEN format with DJ's taking two hour stints and counting down the hits as voted by listeners. Solid Gold was the brainchild of Jeff Bates, Jim Harmona and Monty Jones.
|Served AFRTS-OKI Nov 1974-August 1976. News Department.
Would like to say hello all from that era!
"That's What's Making nesw..."
|Name:||Janice Roscoe Jordan|
|Hi! I'm looking for any information about my great-uncle, H. Jordan Roscoe, who wrote the History of FEN article contained within this site! About the only thing I know about him was that he was in the service (Navy, I believe) and that he last lived in California. Any help is appreciated!|
|Reaching out to all those fellow Russian translators who attended Indiana University with me. Served at the 6989th RSM in Misawa, Japan from November 1961 to November 1963, when I returned to the ZI. Was discharged in San Francisco (what the heck was the name of that base, where the B-52s flew?) on November 21st and Kennedy was shot the next day. Welcome home. Went into the broadcasting business and worked 22 years at the craft, finishing up with 13 years at CBS in New York and Philadelphia. Now coming up on 40 years since I left Misawa and the Aior Force but it seems like only a few months ago, that's how strong the memories (good and bad) remain.|
|Was a 203(Russian) at 6989th RSM Misawa, Japan from November 1961 to November 1963. Hard to belive I am coming up on 40 years since discharge. (Have reconnected with my old trick sergeant and several others who were 203s with me at that time.) Returned to the states in November 1963, got discharged on November 21st and President Kennedy was assassinated the next day. Timing is everything. Misawa was a dumpy little town in 1961, the only paved road was the main drag, and the paving ended at the end of the town limits. Would love to hear from anyone who served in Misawa at the 6989th at that time.|
|2875th GEEIA Sq. Tachikawa AB, Japan 1963-1965
Det 2 2875th GEEIA Sq. Kadena AB okinawa, Japan 1965-1966
I signed on here about two years ago, since that time the
email address changed. Still quasi-retired, working part time doing a weekend radio job, a live six hour request show. It's fun! I was at FEN Tokyo from 67-69 and Bill B., believe it or not, I promised you a tape and I will deliver. No lie. Norm Medland, you may be receiving it as I believe you said you could accomodate. Most recently heard from Bob Eggers. Where are you Bill Woods, Ken Welch, Randy Steele. How are you Bob Castonguay? Give me a holler those who were in FEN country..during the window above.
|FEN Iwakuni searching continues. We've found Captain Robinson and Gunny Heseltine.
Still looking for Elaine Weisberg and Ginny Austreng---both civilians working TV 73.
Also....need to find Chad Russell, Paul Miller, Lt. Steve Bowles, Captain Lee Hale, Rick Chester, Richard Teft, Frenchy Wyczcur, Roger Williams (the jeep driving AF'er), Jack Bradshaw, William Harmon and others who were full and part time.
|I have seen all of them here.|
|Volunteered to run camera, control, etc. in 77 & 78. Sure do miss the gang there, trying to focus on Wolcott as he slowly moved back before the news, slipping 'doctored' tapes in Dick Bugda's booth to embarass him, doing a live "spotlight" show. Good times indeed!|
|Worked at Clark AB FEN between 1987 to 1989. Hi to all my friends. Ben Navarro how are you my buddy?
Worked at Sasebo Japan from 1990 to 1992. Hello to all.
|I remember when...They were great days and great times FEN 1961 to the end of 1964, capped with the Tokyo Olympcs. Some of the finest people I've known in my 30 years with the Marine Corps. I was fortunate enough to get two additional tours with AFRTS. Pleiku and Saigon Vietnam 1966 to January 1968, and Okinawa as News Director from 1969 to 1972. But FEN was the best and most interesting.|
|please contact navy jo.jon yim & tim mattox from ‚e‚d‚m tokyo.back in 1979.
|I have recently moved from San Jose, Costa Rica to Seattle, Washington. I worked at FEN at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan from April 1982 to April 1985. I would love to hear from of my old friends/co-workers.|
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