Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This German documentary takes an entertaining, affectionate look at the US Armed Forces Network. The AFN was designed during WW II to provide American serviceman with inspiration from home, and to allow them to hear currently popular songs, news, and be entertained by a variety of programs. But in addition to its intended audience, the radio band has many German listeners, a "shadow audience," who tune in to learn more about American music and entertainers. Following WW II, the AFN was influential in helping shape international perceptions of Americans. The documentary also examines the popularity of the network during the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars, and features interviews with such veteran AFN radio personalities as Adrian Cronauer (whose story was the basis for Good Morning, Vietnam) and Pat Sajack. Also featured are clips of famous musicians and singers such as Glenn Miller, Judy Garland, and Johnny Cash, performing on the air.