DJs & Announcers

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.



Bob Abbott PDF Print E-mail

Bob AbbottBob Abbott was born on July 23rd 1921 in Chicago (Ill.)

He was first employed with  WJJD in  Chicago, and also was heard on the mike of WHFC in Cicero, Ill.

Entering the Army in 1942, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and saw action with the 30th Infantry Division in France and Germany.

When  hostilities ended, Abbott  joined  the  AFN Staff in Paris  where he remained until May of 1946 at which time he transferred to AFN Frankfurt. In July 1947 Bob joined the BDN Staff in  Vienna,  where he was employed until Nov. 1943.

Abbott then returned to the States where he attended the Columbia College of Radio in Chicago and did some television work  over a local  Chicago station. He returned to BDN Vienna in August 1949, and was transferred to Salzburg with the key station in May  1950.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel 28 March 1952)

Bob Abbott passed away on February 2nd 1966.

 
Bruce D. Whitehead PDF Print E-mail

Bruce WhiteheadOne personality heard daily over programs originating  from the Salzburg station of the U5FA radio network was Bruce D. White head, a 23-year-old corporal  from Webster Groves, Mo. With a  degree in radio speech from Quincy College and two and one-half years as a staff announcer with Station WGEM in Quincy Ill., Cpl Whilehead was not unfamiliar with his assignment with BDN when he arrived in Austria in April 1952.

Nor did his experience and talent stop with anouncing since he had had ten years of voice training which he often used over the air. Programs on the BDN schedule found the corporal emceeing "Take It Easy", "Breakfast Club", "BDN Radio Theatre", "Mystery Bookshelf" and "Convalescent  Corner".

Soon after coming to USFA, he made  several recordings which were sometimes played on Bob Abbott's "Luncheon Matinee".

Part of the corporal's duties at BDN involved assistance with the production of other programs. He arranged several five-minute shows, himself, two of which  were "The American Way" and "Musical Showcase".

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 23 Jannuary 1953)

 
Alfred C. Rudd PDF Print E-mail

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)

 
Marlin L. Haines PDF Print E-mail

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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