Sunday, December 12, 2004

Soldiers Radio now recording holiday greetings for troops

Got this email from friend Kathleen. Take a few seconds out of your day and record a greeting to our troops!

Soldiers Radio now recording holiday greetings for troops
By Gary Sheftick
Heidi Lawton, Soldiers Radio and Television intern, edits holiday messages for broadcast on
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 9, 2004) -- Holiday radio greetings to Soldiers overseas can now be recorded via a toll-free number.The Holiday Audio Postcard Program, now entering its third year, allows people to leave a 15-second message of support and encouragement to Soldiers deployed worldwide by calling 1-800-706-1050.The program received thousands of calls last year from all over the nation, said Sgt. 1st Class Matt Howard, the greetings producer for Soldiers Radio and Television. He said more than 1,500 of those calls aired on between songs and spot announcements.

This year, only about 100 messages have been recorded so far, and the deadline is Dec. 17. Last year, the toll-free number was posted on the Web site, Howard said, and he hopes the site will list the number again this year.The publicity last year brought in thousands of callers, Howard said, explaining that some were repetitive and only one message per person will air. Family members call with greetings, Howard said, but so do friends, old war buddies, veterans, and even mom and pop Americans with no connection to the service members. Last year quite a few veterans from Desert Storm and Vietnam sent sympathetic greetings to Soldiers in Iraq, Howard said.Soldiers in Iraq may be able to hear some of the greetings over the air on the American Forces Network radio station there, Howard said, as he plans to send the broadcasters there audio files to play. In the meantime, though, the greetings can be heard on beginning Dec. 13 through Jan. 2.
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