Gary W. Gears, AFVN AM/FM Saigon | January 1969

Thom Whetston at AFVN
Date of Recording: 01.xx.1969 (Exact Date Unknown)
Station: 550 AFVN Saigon, De Nang, South Vietnam (Vietnam)
Format: Various
Featured Air Personality: PFC Gary W. Gears (U.S. Army at the time of recording) (KQV, WCFL, WLS, WDAI, WIND, WJEZ, WJJD, WKQX, WMAQ, WRQX, CHUM)
Contributor: Thom Whetston

PFC Gary W. Gears at AFVN Saigon

I’m gonna count the rockets for ya. I’ll give the final count on the hour.


Truly unique in it’s presentation, AFVN (Armed Forces Vietnam Network), “The Big 54” really tried to bring American Top 40 radio to the troops. After listening to this, you’d think this was recorded in the states, except for the public service (okay, military service) announcements.

Listen for LOTS of PAMS jingles, reverb (at times)… and notable, Gears mentions toward the end of this recording that he could swear he just heard missiles go off outside.