AFN equipment from the 1980s
The Headquarters AFN Europe used to be located in downtown Frankfurt am Main. That was where most shows originated from. The HQs AFN supplied the local AFN radio stations and transmitters with broadcasts, this was done by using special phonelines. Master Control was where the shows on vinyl, tape and satellite were put onto the network. When I was in Frankfurt in 1988 they showed me their new graphics computer which was their pride and joy. Radio wasn't computerized yet. Most records were played on a turn table, only the very often played songs were on short jingle tapes. All public service announcements were also on tape, and at SHAPE they showed me a jingle machine. Today all these machines would be hopelessly obsolete, but back in the 1980s they delivered us a lot of joy!
HQs AFN Master Control
Master Control is the very heart of AFN Europe. Where the radio stream would leave the AFN building to be transferred to the transmitters. Here they used to play records with prerecorded radio shows. Mind you, this was in 1988, today AFN uses a big satellite to download programming from America which is then broadcast on AFN Europe's radio and television stations.
The radio shows originating from Master Control were delivered to the AFN affiliates by special telephone lines. You can see the turntables on the right which were used to play prerecorded radio shows on vinyl.
This computer was brand new when I made this photo of it.
In 1988 I was shown the AFN graphics computer, which was used to make logos for in a corner of the screen, saying things like 'sports', or 'news'. Back then computers still were a novelty.
The machine above is a jingle machine it makes sure that before for instance the news on the top of the hour the right jingle is played.
This is a 'one machine radio station' with long tapes which contained classical music.
TV Satellite Receiver
The photo to the right is a satellite TV receiver and this signal would be broadcast by AFN SHAPE TV.
This is all the machinery needed to put AFN SHAPE TV on air.
TV Editing Machine
This machine is used for editing and producing locally made TV.