In it's 10 years of service, hundreds of DJs and annoncers were employed with BDN. Unfortunately only a few could be researched from the existing material. This is, why the following list of persons is only a (limited) fraction of those people who made BDN a number one radio experience then. We are constantly striving to complete this list though.



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Alfred C. Rudd

During his second tour of duty with USFA, Sgt Alfred C. Rudd, of the Linz station of the Blue Danube Network, was prominent in both radio and newspaper work in this command.

He came to Austria for the first time in August, 1949, when it was known as the Zone Command Austria (ZCA). He was assigned as ZCA Public Information Office  NCO and was stationed at Camp  McCauley.

He later was named sports editor of the ZCA News. In the spring of 1950, when the News was discontinued, he became one of the original four members of the USFA Sentinel, the later command newspaper. He started with the Sentinel as sports editor, and later became assistant editor in charge of feature stories.

In April, 1951, he was part of a shipment of Regular Army personnel who were sent back to the States to train recruits. But he didn't train recruits, he was assigned as sports editor of the Breckenridge News, the post newspaper at Camp Breckenridge, Ky. Three months later, he returned to Austria for his second tour in USFA.

He was assigned to BDN Salzburg as newswriter for the Austrian portion of the Armed Forces Radio Service program, "Report from Europe". He later was named manager of the BDN sub-station at Zell am See. He has been with the Linz studio since  March, 1952. Rudd was in the Navy from June  9, 1944, to March 14, 1946.

He was a  member of Small Craft Landing Unit  28, attached to PT Squadron  17.  His overseas duty during  WW II included service in  New Zealand; Leyte, Samar, and Mindanao in the Philippines; and Japan. Prior to enlisting in the Army on  August 29, 1948, he attended Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Ill., and worked as a publicity salesman for a tobacco company.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 26 August 1955)

 
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Marlin L. HainesPfc Marlin L. Haines, announcer and boardman for the Blue Danube Network, arrived in Salzburg in December 1952, he found more water in the Salzach than he ever had in the Rio Grande. But, more to his satisfaction, he could say that the Unterberg is not quite so high as Franklin Mountain.

To this networker, El Paso, Texas, was home. He was born in Denver, but didn't remember enough about it to call it his home-town. Taking his radio degree in 1951 from Texas Western College in El Paso, Haines was a veteran of two-and-a-half years with El Paso's Radio Station KEPO where he was announcer. At college, he worked for KEPO and also for the college outlet, Station KVOF-FM. Collegiate days also saw him as a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho, an honorary radio fraternity. Enlisting in the Army in March, 1952, Haines took his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. He then went through Hiley's Leaders' Course where the instructors awarded him the American Spirit Honor Medal.

He was assigned to  BDN in Salzburg upon his arrival in USFA and remained at the the main station. Where he was the emcee for the daily "Rise and Shine" Program from 6:30 to 7:30 am  and  the "Hillbilly Jubilee", heard  Monday through Friday at 5 pm. He also conducted the five-minute Walztime program on Mondays and Friday. In the hobby line, he professed to play the guitar "a little" and was a fiend with the camera.

Marlin L. Haines left BDN and returned to the States in February 1954.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 31 July 1953)

 
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Sgt. Larry N. Phillips was a native of Emmett in the Rocky Mountain region of Idaho, who spent most of his Army career in Troop Information and Education work.

Phillips, an announcer for BDN's Linz station, was the disk jokey for the request shows "Hillbilly Rise and Shine," "Western  Round-Up," which formerly was called the "Hillbilly Hit Parade" and for "Hillbilly Jubilee". He began his military life on March 9th 1948, when he signed up with the Marine Corps. After attaining the rank of corporal, he was separated from that branch on April 3rd 1950, and then enlisted in the Army. His first Army assignments were as an instructor and TI&E NCO for Leaders' Courses with the 4th Inf Div, Ft Ord, Calif.- and the  101st Airborne Div. at Camp Breckenridge, Ky.

He  became  Regimental  TI&K NCO for the 350th Inf Regt, TAC CMD, soon after coming to USFA on August 30th, 1951, He also served for three months  as an instructor and  TI&E NCO for the TAC  CMD  NCO  Academy  at Camp McCauIey.

He joined the BDN staff in September 1952.

(Source. The USFA Sentinel, 24 April 1953)

 
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John Lafean came to USFA in September 1952 and worked at BDN's  Salzburg and St Johann stations before joining the Vienna announcing staff. He was manager of the St Johann studio for two months.

Lafean's radio experience began back in his hometown of York, Pa., while he was a member of the Teenage Dramatic Club that presented a weekly drama production over the local station. After a year at York Junior College, he entered Gettysburg College where he joined the staff of the college radio network WWGC as an announcer and disc jockey.

A member of Theta Chi fraternity, he was graduated from Gettysburg with a BA degree in psychology in 1951.

Before his  induction  into the Army in March, 1952, Lafean was employed as an industrial psychologist in New York.

 
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Mickey Kaplan

"My name is Mickey Kaplan...and I had the wonderful and fortunate experience to have worked as an announcer with BDN in Austria first as a soldier from 1946 to 1948. After returning to the U.S. in May of 1948 and to my surprise, I was contacted a little over a year later by the then station manager Mr. Bill Willey and Captain Robert Cranston the military commander of BDN (and I believe several years later became the Military head of the the Armed Forces Radio Service in Hollywood). I was offered the opprotunity to return to BDN at its headquarters station WOFA in Vienna (which where it all began for me in the service).

Of course I was a civilian now - a bachelor - just turned 21 years old-beautiful Vienna. Needless to say I accepted the offer and in September of 1949  I was on my way back to Vienna, the station was kind enough to do about a month of ! spot announcements telling our radio audience of my return to BDN along with the return of my jazz program called "STRICTLY SOLID'", which was one of the great joys of my life. There is so much about BDN , its staff its programs, its mission and its great popularity with the austrian populace - especially the younger generation ..."

 

(Source: email from Mickey Kaplan, January 9, 2001)

 
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