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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 4, 1983, Tokyo, JapanFriday february 4, 1983 Okinawa Pacific stars and stripes first try captures broadcast award by Danny Layne ass Okinawa Bureau chief Camp Butler Randy Ashurst s Veteran Day special was entered As his first attempt at contest Competition and it certainly made noticeable impression on the three Thomas Jefferson broadcast awards so that he was named As the Pacific area s Only 1982 Thomas Jefferson award Winner in the broadcast and print Media categories. That annual contest pits some of the nation s most talented military Media specialists against one another in interservice is a 33-year-old air Force staff sergeant who underwent More than 13 years of military broadcast training before producing his award winning radio program that overwhelmed other worldwide contest submissions. His Veter and Day Salute entitled ask what you can do was a special assignment he undertook during the latter part of 1981 and he pursued it with an inspirational vigor. The message he was trying to get across to his listeners Here on Okinawa during that Holiday special was really just a simple tribute he said to All veterans veterans like his father a retired Marine corps gunnery was really just trying to come up with a show that was listenable said Ashurst who changed jobs since his radio show was produced and he is now Okinawa s far East network sport editor. I wanted to just make the show Light and informative but still hold the audience s attention for 30 Pool of resources what the Miami fla., native did was to magically weave the songs sounds and messages of some of the most recognizable americans into truly inspirational program Ashurst s co workers noted. That show Ashurst contends was created for the countless men and women who served and Are still serving in America military services. Using the network s vast Pool of resources from a Library of More than 60,000 records and titbits of information from fellow broadcasters and technicians Ashurst meticulously pieced his product i began working on the show it started to really grow on me he said. I knew i had something special in it and i was very Happy about what i was doing because i knew it was time when americans should Honor their what you can do is so titled because the program included some Little known facts an information about specific veterans whose actions inspired Many entertainers to eulogize them i songs and speeches that have actually become popular. Using things like Johnny Cash s son about Ira Hayes an american Indian who was thrust into immortal Fame when he became one of the marines in Joseph Rosenthal s acclaimed iwo Jima Flag raising photograph and red Skelton speech about a simple school teacher who taught him the meaning of the nation s pledge of allegiance Ashurst created a heart warming 30-minute program that touched Many veterans in staff sgt. Randy Ashurst does one of his daily , Danny Layne a typical sort of Felt a truly emotional response to Randy s program and any production that makes me cry has to be extremely Good said Marine chief warrant officer Jerry Smith Fen s operation officer. Randy s program Means More to servicemen than it does to the general Public because it strikes Home with a sense of patriotism and loyalty. The program s songs particularly those by John Wayne and Elvis Presley just had that special Impact on the listeners. When it came time for the yearly submissions of this station s Best works i thought that if it the radio program was entered it might have the same sort of Impact on the it did. Top honors first Ashurst s entry took top honors in Theair Force s Pacific area Competition then was later named As that service s Best special event radio show. The next level of Competition was the prestigious Thomas Jefferson awards and when the three judges decisions were announced in december Ashurst s name was listed with theother 10 broadcast winners. Randy really put a lot of work into making that program said master sgt. J. Wayne Lewis another award winning Fen broadcaster who currently works As Fen s operations supervisor. He could have done a straight disc jockey Type show but he sat Down and wrote himself a scrip for the program and came up with something really , who Hopes to enter the Competition again except in another category credits Lewis with some of the program s input and stresses that he needed a lot of the senior broadcaster advice during the show s production. But it was Ashurst s ideas work and actual presentation that made the program so successful. Radio broadcasting tends to be a Solo Type occupation said Ashurst who literally woke the Island s military listeners with his morning show for two years Here. It was often difficult getting up at 3 30 a.m., but Ashurst said he loved Ever minute of it. Broadcasters Are like fraternal Brothers Andin a lot of our work we rely on each other for help and criticism. Believe me we re our own worst critics and when some of the people Here said they liked my show i knew it was pretty goo submission Ashurst who is married and has a 2-year-Oldson, in t one to linger on recent successes despite this being his first professional working at this station you see a lot of individuals and units getting countless award Sand presentations said Ashurst who s hoping for a future assignment in Hawaii or Alaska audit really is a unique feeling to be part of the winning briefs trophy finalists Kadena Usan the 18th tactical fighter Wing s maintenance organization has been selected As one of the three finalists in the1982 Daedal an trophy Competition. The 18th Tow won the trophy for 1980. The other two finalists Are the 31st tactical fighter Wing tac at Homestead fab fla., and the 509th bomb Wing Sac at Pease ,. According to air Force headquarter officials they received 18 outstanding major command nomination packages this year. The said that made the selection of three finalists extremely difficult. In the Supply category of the Dardalian Competition another Acaf unit is among three finalists. The 3rd Supply Squadron at Lark a Republic of the Philippines will compete with the 509th Supply so. At pea seab and the 436th Supply so. At Dover fab Del. Smoke detectors Kadena Usan Home smoke detectors Are now being issued to accompanied military servicemen residing off base and who maintain furniture account with Camp Lester s housing Supply smoke detectors which Are accountable items and must be returned upon the serv iceman s reassignment May be picked up a building t-1745 on Camp Lester during Normal working hours monday through Friday. People arriving will be issued the detectors during their initial off base furniture information Call 634-0410 or 634-1371. Booster club meetings Kadena Usan the Kadena and Kubasak High schools Booster clubs have scheduled a regular meeting in the Kaden High school auditorium on feb. 7 at 7 30 . The Booster clubs need support As the help with the schools student activities. New or prospective members Are encouraged to attend the meeting. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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