AFN radio in Baghdad asks troops’ input on tunes
January 23, 2004
DARMSTADT, Germany — American radio listeners in Iraq could decide if they want skank to ska or step to hip-hop — that’s why it’s called Freedom Radio.
The American Forces Network in Baghdad has an online survey available to find out just what keeps their listeners’ toes tapping.
Troops can decide from pop, adult contemporary, punk and ska, rock, hard rock and metal, R&B and hip-hop, jazz or classic rock.
The survey can be found online at www.afniraq.army.mil and also asks age and typical listening time.
Freedom Radio already plays the “Rick Dees Morning” and “Weekly Top 40” shows on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a country music show on Sundays, according to Staff Sgt. Ray James, AFN Iraq station manager. He said the station hopes to add the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” to the list soon.
Currently, the radio station plays a mostly adult contemporary mix from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, James said.
The station hopes to get more feedback from its listeners to play what they would really like to hear, he said. Troops can also send feedback via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call a stateside number at (703) 270-0088.
“The radio station hasn’t been bad, but we haven’t received a whole lot of feedback, and we broadcast all over Iraq,” James said, who runs a five-disc jockey station out of Baghdad. “We hope the survey allows people an opportunity to comment on what they’d like to hear from us.”
Listeners can find Freedom Radio in Baghdad at 92.3 and 107.7 FM; in Kirkuk at 100.1 and 107.3 FM, in LSA Anaconda and Balad at 107.3 FM; in Mosul at 105.1 FM, in Q-West at 93.3 FM; in Sinjar at 107.9 FM, in Tallil at 100.1 and 107.3 FM; and in Tikrit at 93.3 FM.