I did my basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and moved on to Fort Gordon, Georgia, where I married Joan Murphy. When I was sent to Asia—but not to where my fellow soldiers were dying.
When I arrived in Seoul in November 1970, there were more than seventy thousand American troops in South Korea, including two infantry divisions (one was sent home shortly thereafter). Wherever the United States stations its military, it tries to bolster morale and provide a little bit of home. That means entertainment, and entertainment includes broadcasting.
The American Forces Korea Network (AFKN) traced its proud history back to the Korean War. When I joined the staff, AFKN was operating a TV station that could be seen throughout South Korea. There were AM radio stations in eighteen locations, seven originating local programming, the others repeating the signal from the station in Seoul. There was also an automated FM station in Seoul. The TV station carried American news, sports, and entertainment programs on film without the commercials, plus live news and sports reports at 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM (just like back home) prepared by the AFKN news staff. The radio stations offered rock, country, and other music programs with AFKN staff disc jockeys (army and air force enlisted men). The stations had their pick of any American network’s news and sports features, distributed to all military broadcasting outlets world