AFN Berlin

The AFN Berlin of the American Forces Network was one of the most famous American military radio stations. The station had its last address in the Saargemünder Straße 28 in Berlin- Dahlem.

  • 4.1 Radio
  • 4.2 television


The Broadcasting began on August 4, 1945 by 12 clock with the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin from the confiscated villa of Joachim von Ribbentrop. The choice fell on the Villa, because it was secured by iron gratings. A few houses further, said the first station manager in an interview, was also the villa of Max Schmeling confiscated to accommodate personnel. As a transmitting antenna was used at the beginning of a taut wire between two trees.

During the Berlin blockade of AFN Berlin sent the first time around the clock to provide the airlift pilots to use the radio signal of the AFN Berlin as a homing beacon for the landing at Tempelhof. After the construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 AFN Berlin sent a permanent 24 -hour program after Radio Moscow had the free night frequency used by AFN Sendeschluss unjustified for propaganda purposes in English.

On April 17, 1967, the broadcast of the TV AFN Berlin began in black and white. In 1974, the color of it and from 1984 on live broadcasts direct from the USA. In 1979 the company moved into the Saargemünder Straße 28 in Berlin's district of Dahlem.

On July 15, 1994 ran simultaneously on FM and medium-wave broadcast a three-hour special, which was broadcast in 54 countries. After that, the AFN Berlin ended a few seconds before 14 clock the transmit mode with the playing of the national anthem of the United States.


AFN Berlin had a medium wave transmitter on the frequency 1107 kHz, an FM station on the frequency 87.85 MHz (later 87.90 MHz) and a TV station on channel 29, but the only receivable with NTSC color decoder and only in the south-west of Berlin had.

The medium-wave transmitter sent until November 23, 1978 to 935 kHz. On this day of the Geneva wave plan came into force and the frequency changed to 1107 kHz. The transmission tower stood on the site of Dahlem in the Pacelliallee to 16 December 1996.


Radio ( 88FM )

  • A Morning Show ( Mon - Fri)
  • An Afternoon Show ( Mon - Fri)
  • The Juice with Jim McCauley as " The Magnificent Magoo " ( behind the mike )
  • Disco
  • Live special broadcasts from the German - American Volksfest in Berlin-Dahlem at the hut and the open day at Tempelhof Airport


  • Berlin Tonight ( daily newscast )
  • Berlin PM ( interview broadcast)
  • Berlin Tonight late edition ( late news )
  • Discover Berlin (Trailer series over the sights of Berlin )

Famous people


  • Jacques Bannamon
  • Paul Dandridge ( until Sept. 1968)
  • Jo Eager
  • Rebecca Easley
  • Eric Engbretson
  • Bill Gayord ( 77-82 / 83-86 )
  • Lee book
  • George Hudack
  • Jeanine Kabrich
  • Steve Kostelac
  • Rik DeLisle
  • Magnificent Magoo (Jim McCauley )
  • Hank Minitrez
  • Dan Simmons
  • Tom Tucker
  • Mark White
  • Jay Brady
  • Denis Sloan
  • Rick Himot
  • Ed Poston (news)
  • Ed Tooma
  • John Proffitt
  • Mike Piper (news)
  • Ray Tubberville
  • Larry Sem

Mark White (January 2, 1925 - December 26, 2013 ), the former program director of AFN - Berlin (1950 - 1988), died on December 26, 2013 surrounded by his family in Berlin.


  • Jacques Bannamon
  • Rebecca Easley
  • Hank Minitrez
  • Dan Quakkelaar