The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service: a study of its informational aspects
Feibusch, Morris Douglas
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This thesis is a description of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) with an emphasis on its informational and educational aspectso The thesis opens with a history of AFRTS, tracing its development from the early days of World War II through Korea to today's service of over 300 radio and television outlets in all areas of the world where American servicemen are stationed. The concept of operations of AFRTS is also discussed, describing the radio networks and the television distribution systems. Policies governing programming on AFRTS are also discussed in detail. Special emphasis is given to the operating philosophy of AFRTS. This is followed by a description of some of the various kinds of programs available on AFRTS. Examples are used only to indicate the range of programming available to the individual serviceman overseas. Audience reaction to AFRTS by both the American and foreign audience is examined. The American military man overseas finds AFRTS to be an essential serviceo AFRTS is found to serve five major functions for the foreign audience: Emergency Alerting; Taste Setting (fashion and music); English Learning; Source of Credible Information about the United States. This thesis concludes that AFRTS is a potent education force and morale booster for the individual service member, keeping him informed about the world of events and his responsibilities as an American fighting man.
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