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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The Army is upgrading Daegu’s American Forces Network-Korea affiliate in ways that will streamline and expand its ability to broadcast on radio and TV.

The $1 million upgrade also will equip Daegu’s existing TV studio to make live telecasts, which will further aid the Area IV commander and other military leaders in providing timely information to the community.

The Daegu affiliate has provided recorded stories to the AFN-Korea headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul for use in the AFN-Korea nightly newscasts on both television and radio, said Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Bell, AFN Daegu detachment commander on Camp Walker.

Besides equipping the TV studio for live broadcasts, the upgrade calls for an additional radio studio in the building.

The Daegu radio studio currently airs AFN-Korea’s Thunder AM and Eagle FM radio networks’ programming. And it originates some live, Daegu-area programming on those networks, Bell said.

The second radio studio will allow the station to do even more local broadcasting when warranted, he said.

Another major feature of the upgrade is a set of high-tech video editing stations that will speed the process of turning raw video footage into a broadcast-ready package, Bell said. Each workstation can also process material for radio and the Internet, Bell said.

“This workstation just makes all of that so much easier,” he said.

“The beauty of it is the journalist can do now on a laptop what used to take a roomful of equipment,” Bell said. “Basically it’s like going from a Chevette to a Corvette.”

The workstations are also connected to the AFN-Korea computer network in ways that will allow station staff to send and receive footage faster and more easily than before, he said.

Bell said those wanting to contact the Daegu detachment about news or other matters can do so by visiting the AFN-Korea Web site at: www.afnkorea.net.

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