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After five months of dead air on the radio, American Forces Network has resumed broadcasting in Naples, Italy.

The radio signal went silent April 27 when AFN ended a long-standing contract to broadcast from a tower at the monastery atop Collina dei Camaldoli, Naples’ highest point.

But the network ran into bureaucratic red tape after Italian environmental officials deemed the site was too “hot” with electromagnetic field emissions to warrant approval for new transmitters.

After negotiations with Italian officials, and tests on the AFN transmitters, results showed the AFN transmitters are below emission limits set by the Italian government. The transmitters will piggyback off an existing Italian radio and television station broadcast tower.

AFN radio is the only fully English-speaking station in Naples. Base residents can listen to 106 FM on the television’s program guide channel, and those with AFN decoders off base can listen to 106 FM on channel 182, and 107 FM on channel 183.


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