Some more information about KSAI and AFRS radio in the Pacific from the Radio Heritage Collection at www.radiodx.com:
With the fall of Saipan, the first broadcaster on the scene was aboard the former US Revenue Cutter 'Apache', fitted out in Sydney, Australia some months earlier as a floating communications station for the allied press.
It relayed SW programs from KRHO (Maiili, Hawaii) as did the USN ship 'Phoenix' which soon arrived, followed again by Spindleye. The landbased 50kW operation on 1010kc was on air almost immediately, with initial rebroadcasts of KRHO.
These were being ID'd in early March 1945 as 'Armed Forces Radio Service, this is the Voice of America broadcasting from Saipan'. At this time, the station was serving both US forces as an AFRS outlet, and broadcasting to Japanese forces as KRHO which was operated by the OWI (Office of War Information).
The AFRS quickly established WXLD (660kc with 1kW) on Saipan, and the OWI station began fulltime propaganda broadcasts with the locally inserted ID 'KSAI" for the first time.
As well as broadcasting on the 1010 channel, KSAI was also heard on 800, 850, 860, 960, 1000, 1080 and 1090 as it tried to avoid Japanese jamming.
The Radio Heritage Collection has a number of articles about Pacific radio at this time, such as Wartime Radio in the Pacific and Asia, AFRS Around the World, Mosquito Network, Jungle Network, Pacific Ocean Network and many others.
Coming soon is AFRS and Australian Forces Radio in the Pacific and Asia listing all stations on air in late 1945 from Alaska to India, including China and the Pacific islands.
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