VICENZA, Italy — After decades of inability to receive American Forces Network radio broadcasts in many cars, would-be listeners in northeastern Italy now have access to the station’s programming following a frequency change.
AFN The Eagle moved from 106 FM, a frequency unreachable on most American car radios, to 105.3 FM. The change took effect Friday following negotiations with a radio station owner, according to U.S. Army Garrison Italy.
The frequency 105.3 FM was previously used by Radio Gelosa.
Changing the frequency was part of a larger effort to “reintroduce AFN Vicenza” following staff downsizing and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. By October 2021, AFN Vicenza was operating just five soldiers working from a trailer and it was anticipated that the station might close, the garrison said.
Instead, AFN Vicenza remained open with increased staffing, added an afternoon show and brought in a soldier known as “DJ Dadeo” to enliven the morning show, among other changes.