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RNZI Radio Heritage Documentary – Radio Heritage Media Release

RNZI Airs New Radio Heritage Documentary
AFRS Mosquito Network June 01 2009

Join us on June 01 2009 when the Radio Heritage Foundation airs a new radio heritage documentary on the Radio New Zealand International [RNZI] Mailbox program.

You can listen via shortwave or audio on demand [for the following month] with full details of frequencies and times and audio download at

The program features the story of the six stations of the famous AFRS Mosquito Network during World War II, and how they got their name.

American Expeditionary Stations in Noumea, Munda, Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Bougainville and Auckland all went on air in 1944, some 65 years ago, and were staffed by professional broadcasters drawn from American radio stations.

Featuring top Hollywood and music show stars, the stations entertained hundreds of thousands of Allied troops, and introduced structured radio broadcasting to the Solomon Islands and [now] Vanuatu for the first time.

Join David Ricquish of the Radio Heritage Foundation on this journey back to 1944, details about the special four station off-air network broadcast, and the music of forces favorite GI Jill who joins the program.

This new radio heritage documentary on RNZI complements three new stories about the Mosquito Network just released at

You’ll read more about the stations and their place in Pacific radio heritage in AFRS Guadalcanal, AFRS Radio City and AFRS Mosquito Bites.

The stories are based on interviews with surviving Mosquito Network personnel and extensive research by Martin Hadlow, former manager of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service.

June 01 2009, be listening to Mailbox on Radio New Zealand International for AFRS Mosquito Network, the new radio heritage documentary from the Radio Heritage Foundation.

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