Visiting AFN affiliates

These people used to work for AFN, I met them and took their pictures. Back then I knew the names of 30 or more people who had ever worked for AFN. These people really cared for their so called shadow listeners, because their listeners cared for them too. AFN was intended for American military personnel and their dependents. A shadow listener is a local national listening to AFN. There must have been a lot of them. I am friends on Facebook.com with some 6 AFNners on this page!

Kim Danek

AFN SHAPE
Kim Danek

These are three photos of my all time favorite radio personality. Sergeant Kim Danek. She used to present the morning show titled 'Rise & Shine' between 1984 and 1986.

Kim Danek

AFN SHAPE
Kim Danek

Back in 1984, after I had returned from my Australian vacation, and started to study Computer Science at Utrecht University, I was lonely. Then I discovered Kim on my radio, she did the Rise & Shine morning show. And during the two years, she was on my radio, I didn't miss a single show. I even fell in love with Kim. In 1986, I called her at AFN SHAPE, and that was very nice.

Kim Danek

AFN SHAPE
Kim Danek

On March 1st, 1988, I finally met Kim Danek. She told me she was married, that hurt. But later - years later - I remembered that she had said on the radio, that her mother had told her to get married, just like her sister. I still think of her often. I try to keep track of her, and last thing I heard of her, was that she had an 8 year old son. Kim has been into marshal arts since 2001. Kim retired as a Sergeant-Major which is really impressive.

Steve Dorr

AFN SHAPE
Steve Dorr

Staff Sergeant Steve Dorr. A 'stevedore' is someone who loads and unloads ships in harbors. This sounds like REFORGER to me ;))

Office

AFN SHAPE
Office AFN SHAPE

The computer graphics of Ronald Reagan were printed by me and sent to Kim in 1985.

Lon Blair

HQs AFN
Lon Blair

Specialist4 Lon Blair, he used to present the morning show on AFN Frankfurt in 1988. He left the US Army and became an AFN civilian. He now is the boss of AFN Hessen.

Jan Wood

HQs AFN
Jan Wood

This is news reader Jan Wood. I got to talk to him in 1988 when I got the tour of the AFN building. I told him how the AFN news was far more informative than the Dutch news. He told me they did pick stories to air for their relevance for the American military audience. The American military leadership want American news as broadcast on military radio and television to be free of censorship. Dutch radio news on the top of the hour is 2 minutes, AFN's radio news is 5 minutes.

Liz Luckhardt

HQs AFN
Liz Luckhardt

Specialist4 Liz Luckhardt, she also presented the morning show. I vaguely recall she also did the AFN Midday show. She did a show from the Munich Octoberfest! That was a lot of fun! I liked her and sent her flowers. She got married to an AFN colleague.

Tom Williams

HQs AFN
SGT Williams

During the tour of the Head Quarters AFN Europe in Franfurt am Main, I came across this Air Force Sergeant, and I took his photo. As you can see I hold my finger in front of the lens, this normally never happens to me!

Al Rowland

AFN Soesterberg
Al Rowland

Master Sergeant Al Rowland was the first station manager of AFN Soesterberg, between 1986 and 1989.

Phil Woodney

AFN Soesterberg
Phil Woodney

Technical Sergeant Phil Woodney was the AFN Soesterberg NCOIC (which means Non Commissioned Officer In Charge) when Al Rowland would be away he was the boss. Phil was on Dutch television as a judge in a Dutch country music talent show.

John Bernhardtsen

AFN Soesterberg
John Bernhardtsen

Staff Sergeant John Bernhardtsen was half Dutch, he spoke Dutch fluently, he told me he had been all around the world with the US Air Force. He lived in Amersfoort.

Dan Warncke

AFN Soesterberg
Dan Warncke

Staff Sergeant Dan Warncke was responsible for gathering the local military news. He is a lawyer in Ohio these days.

Rick Sarchet

AFN Soesterberg
Rick Sarchet

This is MSgt Patrick Sarget, when he was the Station Manager of AFN SHAPE. I knew Patrick from Soesterberg. In 1989 I visited AFN Soesterberg to make some photos of the staff, and I had my camera ready, and asked Rick "Can I make your photo?" To which he answered: "No!" This photo is from the official AFN website. In 1992 SSgt Sarget was AFN-er of the year! And he knew I frequented Amersfoort's country bar 'het Zadeltje', so one Saturday night he showed up. So because we are friends I called him at SHAPE and we talked for 20 minutes. That's what friends are for!

Rich Feagler

AFN Soesterberg
Rich Feagler

This is Air Force Sergeant Rich Feagler on TDY (temporary duty) in Sicily. Rich sent me this photo because he had noticed that he wasn't on my AFN website, while he was part of the AFN Soesterberg team. The point is I did take his photo in 1988, but got the aperture wrong so that photo was too dark. Rich presented the morning show after Mike Kaminski before Tim Vogel and he also did the afternoon show for a while. He is currently stationed in Japan as a US Army Sergeant First Class.

Tony Jacobsen

AFN Soesterberg
Tony Jacobson

Sergeant Tony Jacobsen did the afternoon show, one day she came on to me, while on the radio. This was an experience I needed to have. She has a beautiful daughter these days.

Tim Vogel

AFN Soesterberg
Tim Vogel

A1C Tim Vogel presented the morning show and I used to know him, these days he is a police dispatcher, because he couldnĀ“t find a job as a radio presenter.

Mark Parker

AFN Soesterberg
Mark Parker

Sergeant Mark Parker was the technician, he was responsible for all AFN equipment working properly. He visited this website and told me he liked it a lot! But that was many years ago... Mark and Rich spent some time in Amersfoort some years ago, the hotel where they stayed was really near where I lived. I wish I would have known, loved to have spent some time with them.

Beth Sherman

AFN Soesterberg
Beth Sherman

This is Airman First Class Beth Sherman, I wanted to be her boyfriend. Ever since Kim Danek, I wanted to marry me an American disk jockey. And Airman First Class Beth Sherman, was - I thought - the woman I had been waiting for. We met at the Den Dolder's McDonalds, and talked for 20 minutes. I gave her a black Rick Dees Weekly Top40 sweater of which I had gotten three from Rick Dees in Los Angeles. That's where and when I took this photo. Beth later got married to a guy called Dean. Last thing I heard from her was that she had had a baby, and that she had studied at a university after leaving the Air Force. Beth also worked for television after completing her university degree. She was in Kabul with a camera team where she met another American friend of mine, who also was stationed on Soesterberg AB in the early 1990s.

Carrie Lawson

AFN Soesterberg
Carry Lawson

Airman First Class Carrie Call, got married while being stationed on Soesterberg AB and became Carrie Lawson. She did the afternoon show. She was good at bowling, and hailed from Washington DC. Carrie and Beth made some really nice public service announcements.

Ildeko Nemes

AFN Soesterberg
Ildeko Nemes

Senior Airman Ildiko Nemes was one of the last disk jockeys of Eagle FM. I only saw her from a distance, in October of 1993, at the 32nd Fighter Squadron Going Away Party. She was on Dutch TV, that's when I made this photo.