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.

Al Mason PDF Print E-mail

Al Mason enlisted in the Army in May, 1949, at his hometown of Quincy, Ill. After basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark,
he attended Chaffee's clerk-typist school before  coming overseas. He began his tour with BDN as a clerk but becäme well-versed in all the operations of the Blue Danube Network since his arrival in Austria in November, 1949.

In his over 3 years with the network, he saw service  at the Vienna, Salzburg and Linz studios, where he he was an announcer, newswriter, engineer and control board operator. He conducted two of  his  own programs,  the local Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 8 am, Monday through Friday, and the networkwide Swing Time, heard  each Saturday at 2:30 pm.

In Fall 1953 he returned to the USA.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 19 June  1953)

Paul Obluda PDF Print E-mail

Paul ObludaPaul Obluda  grew  up in Denver, Colorado, but went east for a BA degree in English from Yale University in 1949.

During his years at Yale, he held partime positions with radio stations WELI and WYBC in New Haven, Conn., as news and sports announcer. Summers were spent back in Colorado, mostly in Denver with stations KOA, KLZ, KVOD and KMYR as sports announcer and sometimes script writer. At one time, he was also assistant manager of  station KFTM in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Before coming to USFA in November, 1951, Obluda held positions of announcer and sports director at radio station KRDO in Colorado Springs for a year and a half. 1953 Paul Obluda interviewed Gene Kelly at the facilities of the Blue Danube Network while Kelly was in Salzburg making a new movie.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 6 March 1953)

After his engagement with BDN Obluda settled down in Mill Valley (CA) and worked as radio- and TV announcer for KGO in San Francisco. Later he joined the peace movement and had his name changed to "Purusha".

Paul Obluda died on August 2nd 2002.

Larry N. Phillips PDF Print E-mail

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)

John W. Lafean PDF Print E-mail

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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