Radio: K/Ve AFN

French devotees of le jazz hot were as distressed as hepcats who have lost their piano player. Since Liberation, they had turned to a squad of American G.I.s for music and entertainment. But Yanks in France had dwindled to fewer than 30,000 ; now the American Forces Network —the best in U.S. radio — was packing its tubes and preparing to pull the plug. To their French fans, it was a crisis of the first order.

AFN was formed (stations in Paris and Le Havre) to entertain occupation forces, not Frenchmen. But there was nothing to keep Parisians and others from tuning...

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