AFN-Daegu dedicated to serving America's best
DAEGU GARRISON - After a Soldier has put in a long day of serving his country, his family, and the Korean peninsula, one can't help but wonder who's standing by to serve him. While the answer is sure to differ from person to person, one thing for sure is these warriors can count on American Forces Network-Korea to be standing by to provide them with information, music and entertainment that makes it easy for them to just sit back and relax.
"Serving America's Best" since 1950, AFN has played a tremendous role in bringing a little bit of home to U.S. personnel at installations throughout the Korean peninsula. That mission is in no way easy, but it's one that the AFN-K team works around the clock to achieve, and according to Staff Sgt. Brian Vorhees, Station Manager at AFN-Daegu, they would have it any other way.
"Just putting out good products, telling the Soldiers' stories, and getting the information out that we have to get out," Vorhees said. "That's the basis of what we do. We make sure the community knows what commanders expect, and the importance of those messages as well."
For the AFN team, being able to deliver timely news and information to its listening and viewing audience means having to stay on top of the production and scheduling process. That process begins with AFN taping or recording an event and then returning to their headquarters to begin working on production.
"From the time we start shooting, to the editing, narration, and script writing, we have a 48 hours deadline. That's it. For some important high-profile stories, the deadline is a lot shorter. That stuff gets pushed really fast. We stay late, we work late, and we get stories pushed out faster," said Vorhees.
The AFN-Daegu station manager went on to say that once AFN-Daegu produces stories they are sent up to AFN headquarters at Yongsan, Seoul where the regional media bureau chief determines if they will be approved for airing. From there, the package is forwarded to AFN Pacific in Japan. There, a weekly newscast is produced using submissions collected from across the Pacific Command.
While it may sound like all work and no play, the AFN team doesn't see it that way. For them, a major highlight of their work comes in seeing people throughout the community recognized for the great things they are doing or have achieved.
"We get to highlight their stories, and give them their 15 minutes of fame," Vorhees said. "They are on TV and radio, and a lot of people don't get to do that. To recognize people who do outstanding work and provide music and services for the people who work out in the Daegu community. That's the best part of my work."
Being able to bring the best to America's best means having the right tools and resources. For broadcasters and journalists alike, that means attending training at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Ft. Meade, Md. In other words, while viewers may simply watch and enjoy AFN programs, there is a lot that is required and or happens behind the scenes, and it begins with receiving the proper training.
"Every Soldier that who wants to work at a military broadcast station must attend training at DINFOS," Vorhees explained. He added that it is there that they will receive training in a variety of specific media and communications courses. The courses include the Basic Combat Correspondent Course, Broadcast Communication Specialist, and Electronic Journalism Course.