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 True Origins of PCAN - PCAC

1940's PCAN PCAC WVL WVUL WVUB AFRS History Menu
 
SCN began as PCAN (Pacfic) and PCAC (Atlantic) in 1940. It was the first station prior to AFRS and in fact started the firestorm which created AFRS with an innocent letter to NBC's Blue Network requesting old recordings. NBC adopted the two stations and later extended their services to servicemen worldwide. AFRS did not appear until NBC was forced to sell the Blue Network due to an anti-trust suit in Oct 1943 which is also the first time we hear about AFRS which then had to pick up the slack and provide an interface with the 3 networks to continue their supply of programming to the soldiers. Prior to that, the military had sent out Special Services personnel to assume control of the bootleg radio stations created by various military groups. A purely political action. The wildcat call letters created by the Artillery News Group in the CZ were replaced by Navy Call letters WVUL, WVUB & WVL and a new studio was built on Albrook Field (AFB) and later was under the AFRS heading (Armed Forces Radio Service). The station relocated to Building 209 in Ft Clayton in 1949 which became its permanent home. It became CFN in 1954. TV was added on May 6, 1956. Then renamed SCN in 1964, Read the True History of PCAN and the 1940's history and each successive decade for the full story at the links above and SCN Decades Menu.

 

Images courtesy Cliff Van Doren Galleries 1946-1949

 

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  • Army T/4 Cliff Van Doren - Announcer (left)

  • USAF SGT Glen E Henning - Engineer (ctr)

  • USMC CPL Lou DeLaine - Announcer (right)

 

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  • Navy S1/C Kenny Himes - Announcer (left)

  • USAF SGT Glen E Henning - Engineer (hidden center)

  • USAF CPL Quinn Finta - Announcer (right)

Note: Henning is obscured in Background.

Finta is wearing Army patch although he is USAF

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  • Army 1st LT William G. Tinkler - OIC (left)

  • USAF TSGT Bernie Crocker - Chief Announcer (ctr)

  • Army SSGT Ellis O. Turner - Chief Engineer (right)

Note: Turner wearing 6th USAF patch even though he was Army.

Brassard on Mic is one of several worn to ID AFRS personnel when on assignment

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  • Army SSGT Ellis O. Turner - Chief Engineer  

    • (left at recording machine)

  • USAF TSGT Bernie Crocker - Chief Announcer

    • (Observing)

  • T/4 Henry B. "Hank" DeVoll - Engineer  

    • (at console)

  • USAF CPL Quinn Finta - Announcer

    • (Standing at Studio A mic)

  • Army 1st LT William G. Tinkler - OIC 

    • (sitting at mic - right)

    

 

 

 

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