AFN Information Guide

TV Information:
We insert our command information using locally generated spots and news stories during pre-programmed breaks on eight different channels that stream via satellite from the Defense Media Center at March Air Force base. Those pre-programmed breaks are either one or two minutes long. We provide a minimum of three news stories a week to AFNEWS via FTP server.

Radio Information:
We broadcast and insert our command information using locally generated spots and news stories over both FM and AM radio signals. Our AM station is automated and plays mostly talk radio shows that are pre-recorded from the states and aired at peak hours locally. On our FM channel, we carry aminimum of 40 hours of live air time a week.  We pass command information, conduct live interviews and do radio news stories about local events that interest local service members. Radio has our biggest and most immediate impact on the island, so we always focus on it as our primary source for passing information.

Audience Information (Audience Size)
We serve an audience of approximately 65,000 service members, their families, civilians, contractors, and retirees on eleven different military installations island wide (Ref. FY08 2nd Qtr. Strength Report). Our FM and AM signal, as well as our Pacific TV channel, is also seen by our shadow audience consisting of approximately 1.3 million Okinawa residents. Our audience can call anytime if they want help and we try to accommodate all requests. We remain open to all spot ideas. We also try to work closely with sister service PAOs to help stay connected on story ideas and current issues related to service members on Okinawa.

Announcement Request Form
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TV and Radio Frequencies
Type & Frequency

Station ID



89.1 -- Wave 89

Music-All Formats


648—Surf  648

Talk-Country Music

TV (deactivated 30 June 2011)


Regularly Scheduled Programs



Morning Radio Mon-Fri 0600-1000 89.1
Afternoon Show Mon-Fri 1400-1800 89.1
Saturday Morning Sat 0900-1200 89.1
Specialty Show Fri 2000-2200 89.1
Radio News Top of the hour live--Mornings 89.1

Additional radio and TV services/programs:
Commander’s Corner (live): Each base commander has a 30 minute show once a month that’s hosted by (CO/CMC). Phoners are answered live on the air about issues related to service members on Okinawa.
Dive report (live): This is a weekly report that airs live and then on both radio stations and all TV channels throughout the weekend. Current weather conditions as well as recommendations and safety tips are passed.
Critical Days of Summer (live):  A live weekly radio show that talks about the inherent dangers of life on Okinawa during the hottest part of the year. Phoners, safety tips and topics are all designed to help people stay safe during the 101 critical days of summer. We also air water safety spots on TV.
Cop’s Corner (live): A monthly show, hosted by local law enforcement,  that talks about current issues service members need to pay attention to.  
Various Live Daily Interviews:  MCCS, Kadena Force Support, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Army MWR, Local base Thrift Shops, Marine Personal Services center, Local Education centers, the two main colleges on base and many others all participate weekly during live interviews to pass information about what’s happening on Okinawa.
Radio Remotes (live):  We commit to 8 per year but usually do a few more than required. We are supplied with phone lines from whoever requests our service and we go live on the radio from their location. We do interviews, ask questions and help promote whatever the event is. These are usually big holidays or festivals held on base.
Sea Condition:  Updated 24 hours a day on both radio stations and all TV channels we insert on.
Readers: We receive about 70 to 100 requests a week that ask us to pass basic information about events happening on Okinawa. We turn those requests in quick “Readers” that the DJ reads during our live shows.
Lunch menu: During the school year we broadcast the school lunch menu on radio and TV.
Holiday Greetings: During the holidays we go to base commander’s houses and tape greetings to the troops.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I advertise my event on AFN?
Submit a reader request from to us via fax. The form can be downloaded here.

Why does AFN radio play songs that are in contrast to our way of life as military members?
Even though military members run this station, we do not censor the artists or content we play. The intent is to provide our audience with the same songs and content they would hear from a radio station back in the states. If it’s popular on the charts and approved for broadcast, you’ll probably hear it on AFN radio even though the thoughts or ideas conveyed may go against the military way of life.

Who chooses the music played on AFN radio?
Our playlists are generated by higher headquarters back in the states. The idea is to play what is popular based on the billboard top 40 charts. HQ’s mentality is to provide listeners worldwide with the same thing no matter where they’re stationed.  The music you hear comes from those playlists, but when we’re live the DJ can take requests from listeners. When we’re not live, we take a satellite radio signal from the states that plays various music styles.

The AFN TV schedule on channel 2, or on my decoder, does not reflect what is being played on the TV.
Our TV content is generated and programmed from the main station at March Air Reserve Base. Occasionally, shows are changed without notice. We at AFN Okinawa have no control over these changes.


Why does the signal go out when it rains?

Our TV and radio content comes from a satellite and when we have severe weather, we sometimes lose our signal. It automatically corrects itself.

Where/how do I get an AFN satellite dish and decoder?
The Direct to Home (DTH) free satellite program has ended.
You can still get a dish and decoder from the AAFES BX/PX.
You will have to buy a dish (normally around $150 available on or off base), a mount, cable and connectors and have it installed yourself. The Power Zone at the BX/PX has a list of contract installers.

  The contract installers are a one-stop-shop that will will provide ALL mounting hardware and connection parts as part of their install package. Packages are anywhere from $100 to $200 per install. Be sure to talk to friends and colleagues who have had recent installs to gauge which installer is reputable, reliable and just plain "any good". Some can be quite sloppy.

How do I re-authorize my decoder?
You must go back to the activity that issued or rented it to you.
AAFES: 633-4570/ 4571
Furnishings Warehouse: 632-4206
If you own the decoder go to

Satellite Dish Tips  
You will need to install your dish where it will be protected from the wind. A direct hit typhoon can blow at up to 180 mph! Dishes have been blown inside-out by a "near miss" typhoon. If you can't mount it somewhere safe, at least mount it where you can easily get to it to take it down when we reach Typhoon Condition (TC)-2. On some dishes it is easier to just remove the big circular reflector rather that the whole dish. This way you won't have to re-aim the dish when the typhoon passes.

The Okinawan climate is very corrosive. Coat all nuts, bolts and screws and their threads on your dish and mount with a liberal layer of grease at least once a year. This will make your dish last 4 years or more instead of just one. Especially for those living on a sea wall. It will also make it MUCH earier to take it down for typhoons. Coating with WD-40 protects for only a couple months.

How do I receive the Over-the-Air broadcast signals?
The AFN Ch. 8 TV signal was deactivated 30 June 2011. AFN will still be available on base cable and an AFN satellite decoder.

 If you live off-base it is HIGHLY recommended that you set up at least one radio somewhere in your home to receive Wave 89.1 FM It is the best source available off-base that broadcasts LOCAL AFN-OKINAWA INFORMATION, which is critical during a typhoon.
  AFN-Okinawa is broadcasting local information over your satellite decoder. There is an AFN-Okinawa channel on the AFN satellite at channel 21 where they show local commercials and constantly show the sea ccondition and typhoon condition if it goes above TC-4.
Keep in mind, your satellite signal is easily disrupted by heavy rain. Wave 89.1 or the internet will most likely be your only source for weather info during a storm.

On-line AFN Radio and TV Schedule

AFRTS Satellite Handbook

AFRTS Direct To Home (DTH) Satellite Fact Sheet

Okinawa DTS Pacific Model 9835 Settings
A. On your remote, push the menu button to pull up the main menu on your television screen.
B. Once you are on the main menu, press 2. This will, take you to the Presets/LNB Menu.
C. Once you are on-the Preset/LNB-Menu, this is.the setting you should see.
Active: 3
Preset: 3
Downlink: 12.647
Sym Rate: 28:0
FEC Rate: Auto
Polarization: V
Network ID: 4
LO Freq#1: 9.750
LO Freq#2: 10.600
Crossover: 11.700
LO Select: LO2 (If this doesn't work, try Xover)

D. To change your Preset setting to match those above, you-use the arrow keys on your remote to move the highlight bar to the item to be changed. Push the OK button on the remote to clear the field, input the correct numbers using the remote, then push select again to lock the new information into the decoder.
E. Once all settings are correct, highlight the "Activate" function at the bottom of the screen and push the OK button.
F. Once the activation is completed, exit all, menus.

Any problems call AFRTS March ARB, CA
DSN: 312-348-1339
Comm: 951-413-2339
24/7 service provided
If you-are looking for information on the service provided (number of channels available, satellite dish setup, etc.) use the website listed below.


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TV News: 645-2910
Radio Dept: 645-7118
Station Manager:
MSgt. Ed Prince
Radio Request:
645-2300 or

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This page last updated: 21 Feb 2012