AFN's Tokyo radio station announces new lineup of disc jockeys
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Eagle 810 AM, American Forces Network Tokyo’s radio station for the Kanto Plain, will juggle its lineup of military disc jockeys beginning Monday.
The changes are necessary because of summer rotations and routine shifts in training and advancement among network personnel, according to Keith Lebling, AFN Tokyo’s detachment chief.
“Our broadcasters have to be able to do a radio program, television news story and produce command information spots for TV and radio,” said Lebling. “So we try to rotate every so often, so they can get some exposure and experience and develop some expertise in each of those areas.”
Air Force Staff Sgt. Dominique Dickens of Washington, who has anchored “The Retro Café” since February 2004, is taking over as host of the “Eagle 810 Morning Show” from Navy Petty Officer Rhonda Davis. Davis, of Buena Vista, Va., who hosted the weekday 6-10 a.m. program, will become the radio section’s senior noncommissioned officer.
Airman 1st Class JulieAnna Carson of Everett, Wash., enters “The Retro Café,” which plays music from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s each weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She’s worked as a television news producer in the AFN Tokyo Regional News Center since February 2004.
Marine Lance Cpl. Leslie Palmer of Dover, Ohio, now will handle the afternoon “Traffic Jams” show in the 3-7 p.m. weekday time slot, replacing Senior Airman Joel “The Joel” Fry of Seattle.
“People get used to hearing a certain personality on the radio. Most often, they’ll grow to like them very well,” Lebling said. “With someone new, there’s always a little bit of a change.
“But as they get more comfortable in the DJ seat, and as people get to know them and become exposed to their personalities, I’m confident our audience numbers will grow to like them very well. The new DJs are professional and experienced, and they’ll do a great job.”
Behind the scenes, Senior Airman David Clark of Fort Worth, Texas, takes over as Eagle 810 News producer and anchor, while Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Randy Lane of Tulsa, Okla., becomes producer and anchor of “Pacific Radio Report.”
Sgt. Vanessa Dempsey of Formosa, Kan., and Fry slide into the Regional News Center, where they’ll serve as producers for “Pacific Report,” AFN Tokyo’s regional television news program shown daily at 6:30 p.m. on AFN Pacific Prime and three times a day on The Pentagon Channel.
Thursday night’s “Rock of Ages” show, hosted by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Tim McGough, will continue from 9-11 p.m. The “Eagle 810 Sunday Brunch” — which airs Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon with Lebling and Tony Hughes playing contemporary jazz and smooth vocals — also won’t be affected by the changes.
Hughes, who worked at AFN Tokyo prior to his retirement from the Air Force about a year ago, still volunteers as co-host of the “Sunday Brunch” show.
All the station’s satellite programs — including “Rush Limbaugh,” “NPR News,” “Rick Dees,” “American Country Countdown,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Beale Street Caravan” — will remain in their current time slots.