Posted: 18 Sep 2010 Print Send a link
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, 7 Sept 2010, Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: At Camp Morehead, Kabul, "Commando Radio, 95.1FM, is operated by Commandos trained in Afghan Information Dissemination Operations, or AIDO. It provides a variety of services to its listeners to include popular music, weather information, radio dramas, and updates on Commando operations. 'The most important aspect of Commando Radio is that all the information it provides is truthful,' said the U.S. Army Special Operations Captain responsible for training commandos in AIDO. 'Afghans can count on Commando Radio to always provide the truth, thus increasing the credibility of the commandos. For example, if insurgents attack and kill civilians, our DJs can instantly put out a news spot letting the public know what actually happened versus the lies the enemy try to tell. Commando Radio’s value lies in its ability to quickly publicize the truth in an effort to counter enemy propaganda.' ... Currently listeners can call and tune in from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm every day, except Fridays when the hours are 8:30-11:30 a.m. Based on the feedback that the radio station is always seeking, they are looking into 24 hour, seven days- a-week broadcasting in an effort to become even more popular. Fans can also look forward to potential live interviews with local leaders and incentives for tuning in like radio contests." -- So we have, on radio to Afghanistan, the US-funded Radio Azadi, the US-funded Radio Ashna, and the US-funded Commando Radio. This is an important lesson for Afghanistan at it modernizes: never let one bureaucracy do what three bureaucracies can do less efficiently.