American Forces Network radio programs are back on the air in Iraq and Kuwait after a monthlong hiatus because of technical problems, network officials said Thursday.
The programming, dubbed “Freedom Radio” was disrupted for much of July because of problems with satellite dishes, said Maj. Gary Sheftick, broadcast officer for AFN-Iraq. During that time, some of the programs were phoned in to an AFN broadcast center in Mannheim, Germany, then relayed back to select locations in Iraq, officials said.
With the technical problems resolved, AFN is back to live programming in the region seven days a week, officials said. During the hiatus, officials also revamped the broadcast lineup.
Now, the programming day begins at 6 a.m. with “Morning Madness,” a live show hosted by Spc. Micah Miller and Spc. Adriana Mozzo, of the 356th Broadcast Operations Detachment, a unit that recently arrived in Iraq.
“We’re going to punch it up and hopefully get a little banter going,” Miller was quoted as saying in a military news release. “We’ll stay with the favorites, but put a little twist on it.”
At 10 a.m., the program switches to “Country Convoy,” hosted by Staff Sgt. David Baez, which runs until 2 p.m.
That show is followed by “Goodtime Radio,” a program that lasts through 6 p.m. and features classic rock, hosted by Sgt. 1st Class James Ayers. The day ends at 10 p.m. with a contemporary-music program hosted by Pvt. Chris Urbano.
On Sundays, officials said, the lineup changes to include an urban-music show from 6-10 a.m., with a half-hour radio news show.
Where to find AFN
AFN Radio can be heard on the following frequencies:
Al Asad: 107.3