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Okinawa’s AM Radio returns on-air

CAMP FOSTER -- American Forces Network's Surf 648-AM returns to broadcast Feb. 18 after being off-the-air for approximately one year. The AM radio station will restore Okinawa's favorite news, talk and sports-talk programming to the airwaves and will offer the audience an alternative to FM radio's music-based format. 

"The new AM program lineup will feature the old favorites, such as NPR (National Public Radio), political talk, and Sports Overnight America," said Master Sgt. Grady Fontana, detachment chief, AFN, "but the biggest benefit is that listeners now have more options; if they want music, they can tune into Wave 89-FM; if they want news and talk, then they can catch it on Surf 648-AM." 

Construction on the new AM antenna is in the final stages of testing, and pending any delays due to bad weather, will launch on Feb. 18 with NPR at 6 a.m., according to Fontana. The AM antenna, located at Camp Kinser, was damaged during routine maintenance in January 2007. 

For the full AM and FM schedules, log on to myafn.net and follow the links to affiliates, then select radio and Japan from the drop-down menu, from there select Kadena, Okinawa.

SURF 648 AM SCHEDULE

Monday
12-6 a.m. - Country
6-10 a.m. - NPR
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Fox Sports
1-2 p.m. - Sean Hannity
2-3 p.m. - Alan Colmes
3-4 p.m. - Dr. Laura/Paul Harvey
4-5 p.m. - Rush Limbaugh
5-6 p.m. - Ed Shultz
6-8 p.m. - Sports Overnight
8-10 p.m. - NPR
10 p.m- 12 a.m. - Country 

Tuesday - Friday
12-6 a.m. - Country
6-10 a.m. - NPR
12 a.m.-12 p.m. - Fox Sports
12-1 p.m. - Jim Rome
1-2 p.m. - Sean Hannity
2-3 p.m. - Alan Colmes
3-4 p.m. - Dr. Laura/Paul Harvey
4-5 p.m. - Rush Limbaugh
5-6 p.m. - Ed Shultz
6-8 p.m. - Sports Overnight
8-10 p.m. - NPR
10 p.m.-12 a.m. - Country

Saturday
12-10 a.m. - Country
10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Fox Sports
12-1 p.m. - Jim Rome
1-6 p.m. - Country
6-8 p.m. - Sports Overnight
8 p.m.-12 a.m. - Country

Sunday
12-10 a.m. - Country
10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Fox Sports
1-4 p.m. - Hot Adult Contemporary
4-6 p.m. - Country
6-8 p.m. - Sports Overnight
8-12 a.m. - Country