The story of AFN Berlin
Based on the success story of the U.S. soldier station AFN, the variety show "AUF WIEDER BYE BYE - Die Story of AFN Berlin" spans the entire history of music. Fifty years of U.S. music and cultural history, from the end of World War II to the withdrawal of troops from Berlin in 1994.
The story of the station, which enjoyed great popularity in the West and East because of its relaxed moderation and current music from the USA, is told from the perspective of a (fictional) radio host. In his very last broadcast, he looks back in a call-in show - taking calls from fans of all generations, allowing them to share their memories and say goodbye to the station that accompanied them throughout their lives in the occupied city.
Depending on the call and the memory, the show jumps through time in an associative way, citing historical milestones and thus reviving for the last time perhaps the most formative music station of the German post-war period. The result is an exciting mix of live music with hits from then and now, interspersed with famous radio jingles and entertaining commercials from 50 years of unique radio programming.
AUF WIEDER BYE BYE - The Story of AFN Berlin is a big variety event with live music, singing, dancing, acting, comedy and acrobatics on the big stage of the Heimathafen Neukölln. With a total of around 28 performers and appearances by JFK, Marlene Dietrich and Elvis. Trümmerfrauen, Frolleins and GI's dance Rocknroll, Soultrain and Hip Hop. The show offers the best entertainment, but also tells a story of divided Berlin and the tremendous cultural influence AFN had - and which continues to have today.
"Whether jazz, blues, swing, rock, pop or hip-hop and rap - the program remained groundbreaking for decades for everyone in the city who was looking for something new musically. The sound seemed much cooler than the schlager that dominated German radio programming in the first decades after World War II. And the presenters were more casual and easygoing than their German counterparts. The station received most of its listener letters not from the American Gis for whom it was intended, but from the German public." (Der Tagesspiegel)
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