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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Eagle 810 radio officials want listeners to help shape the station’s programming.

As much community participation as possible is sought for the station’s online survey, available at www.yokota.af.mil, said American Forces Network Detachment Chief Keith Lebling.

Eagle 810 has a 43,000-member primary listening audience comprising active-duty troops and their families. Other base civilians are the secondary audience and AFN also has a Japanese shadow audience.

Lebling said he anticipates 2 percent to 5 percent primary audience participation but hopes many more people complete the survey through Jan. 10.

“We want to play what they want to hear, when they want to hear it,” Lebling said Wednesday. “We just want to get a handle on the desires of our audience.”

Survey participants will be asked to provide demographic information, including age, location and military or civilian status. Other questions focus on preferred listening times, overall impression of the programming and a detailed request for preferred music.

The final section is open for additional comments.

“I’m not convinced people want to hear talk radio between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and I’m not sure the music we play on our morning show is what they want to hear,” Lebling said. “I know what our preferences are at the station, but we don’t count.”

The responses will be taken seriously and can create change, Lebling said. He hopes to have a “handle on what the results tell us” by the end of January.

If changes are decided on, he’s shooting for the beginning of March.

“I just want to encourage people to participate,” Lebling said. “The better response we get, the better radio they’ll get.”

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