In the earliest days of FEN, there was
no Chitose studio. Operations for Hokkaido were located in Sapporo and used the
callsign WLKD. The original frequency appears to have been 1420
kilocycles. Records show that in the earliest days, the operation was
authorized at 7,000 watts of power (a different source lists 3,000 watts).
After the move to Camp Crawford, the operation became
known as FEN Hokkaido. The transmitters themselves were located in Sapporo (1410
kilocycles with 250 watts) and the Chitose relay (1480 kilocycles with 250 watts.)
Thanks to Bruce Copeland and the guys
that were at Camp Crawford circa 1952 & 1953, we have quite a collection of photos and
other items. Click here to view this
Just a bit later, A1C Jim Hill was the
records librarian at FEN Hokkaido circa May 1954 to October 1955. The station was
located at Camp Crawford with the 1st Cav and the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF).
The most popular music shows, as Jim recalls, were:
"Music in the Bright Spot" and "Hokkaido Hayride."
Joining Jim at FEN Hokkaido were Millard Van Deusen,
Pete Christensen, Ernie Martin (USAF), Perry Gerstein, Eddie Briggs (USN), Al Mason,
Maurice Fidler, Dave Lichtenstein, and 1Lt Jim Johnson (USA) Early in 1955, Camp
Crawford was turned over to the JSDF. 1st Cav moved out and FEN moved to Chitose.
See the extensive collection of materials on
Chitose by clicking here.
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