|For immediate release
June 11, 2002
NPR Worldwide Now Heard in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, DC- Military personnel, humanitarian aid workers and other radio listeners in Afghanistan can now hear signature NPR programs such as Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards, All Things Considered® and Car Talk® as part of NPR Worldwide sm programming on the American Forces Network. NPR Worldwide is part of a 24-hour stream of U.S. radio programs broadcast on 103.1 FM at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. American Forces Network plans to expand the service to reach American troops in other locations, including Kabul and Kandahar.
NPR Worldwide has been available in Afghanistan since April 2002, when the U.S. military entered the country, and the service has expanded as more troops have arrived.
"In the U.S., information is available everywhere. It's like running water," said Rick Blackburn, MSgt, U.S. Air Force. "In the third world, in places like Afghanistan where people don't have access to news, where they don't know what's going on in their own front yard, the general view of the world is much more narrow. Americans sometimes take radio and TV for granted, but it's valuable, because it can open up a whole new world. Our military personnel really do appreciate the American Forces Network programming. It's a slice of home for them."
Military personnel have written to NPR expressing appreciation for the programming. Liz Yarusso recently wrote to Car Talk executive producer Doug Berman to thank him on behalf of CW2 Caley J. Stewart, an Army Apache pilot with the 101st Airborne Division. "I received a call the other day from my fiancÚ in Afghanistan. He had a smile in his voice. After two months in Afghanistan he was able to finally get a station on his radio. It was NPR's Car Talk. We are avid fans, and it made his day."
NPR Worldwide transmits award-winning programs to audiences around the world on over 140 radio stations; in more than 25 million homes via direct broadcast satellite; in 7 million homes via cable; throughout Europe, Africa and Asia on the WorldSpace satellite radio system and on shortwave everywhere. NPR Worldwide is available in major cities including Brussels, Berlin, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, Madrid, Munich, Seoul, Stockholm and Tokyo.
NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.