rare that a government activity touches as many people in the way that the
American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) has.
1942, when the War Department formally created the Armed Forces Radio Service,
thousands of people in the U.S.
entertainment industry and the Department of Defense have been associated with
AFRTS. They represent the "AFRTS family"...all sharing a relentless
dedication to support the morale of U.S. troops overseas. Their legacy
is honored and remembered here.
our service women and men and their families have been stationed overseas over
the years, AFRTS has been there to ease their burden and, if only for a brief
moment, bring them home.
who has experienced AFRTS has their own memories and fondness of what it meant
to them. This Heritage Section salutes the entertainment industry's support, remembers
the AFRTS staff that made it all possible through the years, and shares some
special memories from AFRTS listeners and viewers.
of the Heritage Section exists today because of a single person, Dorothy
McAdam. Shortly after AFRS began operations in 1942, Dorothy joined the staff
Having worked with Frank Capra (and married to his film editor), Dorothy
cherished the combination of the military and the entertainment industry. She
must have liked the work, because she stayed on the job for the next 40
years...all the while saving our history so that we can all enjoy it
today. This Heritage Section is
dedicated to Dorothy McAdam and the others in the AFRTS family who have never
lost sight of our mission to serve the troops overseas.
As you explore our timeline and the articles,
technical papers and anecdotes, you’ll see that the past is indeed prologue: we
at AFRTS are passionate about supporting our troops, keeping them informed and
providing them a “touch of home.”