In it's 10 years of service, hundreds of DJs and annoncers were employed with BDN. Unfortunately only a few could be researched from the existing material. This is, why the following list of persons is only a (limited) fraction of those people who made BDN a number one radio experience then. We are constantly striving to complete this list though.

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Joseph (Joe) Welsh was born on March 18th, 1924 and was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His family ran a grocers on the corner of Kinsey St. and Ditman St. in Philadelpia. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High, he was drafted on his 18th birthday into the Army.

While working at KOFA Joe ran an evening request program called "Telephone Serenade" in which GI's requested their favourite songs. Lee Boner from Arizona (the station manager at that time) acted as host and announcer for that show.

In the beginning, the show was aired from a sginal corps trailer where the two received the request calls from the GIs. It was only after KOFA was given a permanent studio that they had the enclosed booth with a microphone.

In December 1948 Joe Welsh married Elfriede Inmann, a local girl from Linz who was working for an army outfit switchboard.

After the couple had moved back to Philadelphia, Joe was given a contract to work at KOFA as a civilian station manager - so he quickly returned to Linz. He was only there for a few months before he ended his contract so that he could return to Philadelphia.

Joe and Elfriede moved to Oakford , Pennsylvania in 1951. They had four children: Joseph Jr., Patricia "Cookie", Timothy and Michael. In 1952 Joe was hired by Parker and Williams, a communications company, out of Bristol, Pennsylvania. Sadly, Joe Welsh passed away June 6th, 1964.

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Al Mason enlisted in the Army in May, 1949, at his hometown of Quincy, Ill. After basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark,
he attended Chaffee's clerk-typist school before  coming overseas. He began his tour with BDN as a clerk but becäme well-versed in all the operations of the Blue Danube Network since his arrival in Austria in November, 1949.

In his over 3 years with the network, he saw service  at the Vienna, Salzburg and Linz studios, where he he was an announcer, newswriter, engineer and control board operator. He conducted two of  his  own programs,  the local Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 8 am, Monday through Friday, and the networkwide Swing Time, heard  each Saturday at 2:30 pm.

In Fall 1953 he returned to the USA.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 19 June  1953)

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Bruce WhiteheadOne personality heard daily over programs originating  from the Salzburg station of the U5FA radio network was Bruce D. White head, a 23-year-old corporal  from Webster Groves, Mo. With a  degree in radio speech from Quincy College and two and one-half years as a staff announcer with Station WGEM in Quincy Ill., Cpl Whilehead was not unfamiliar with his assignment with BDN when he arrived in Austria in April 1952.

Nor did his experience and talent stop with anouncing since he had had ten years of voice training which he often used over the air. Programs on the BDN schedule found the corporal emceeing "Take It Easy", "Breakfast Club", "BDN Radio Theatre", "Mystery Bookshelf" and "Convalescent  Corner".

Soon after coming to USFA, he made  several recordings which were sometimes played on Bob Abbott's "Luncheon Matinee".

Part of the corporal's duties at BDN involved assistance with the production of other programs. He arranged several five-minute shows, himself, two of which  were "The American Way" and "Musical Showcase".

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 23 Jannuary 1953)

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Paul ObludaPaul Obluda  grew  up in Denver, Colorado, but went east for a BA degree in English from Yale University in 1949.

During his years at Yale, he held partime positions with radio stations WELI and WYBC in New Haven, Conn., as news and sports announcer. Summers were spent back in Colorado, mostly in Denver with stations KOA, KLZ, KVOD and KMYR as sports announcer and sometimes script writer. At one time, he was also assistant manager of  station KFTM in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Before coming to USFA in November, 1951, Obluda held positions of announcer and sports director at radio station KRDO in Colorado Springs for a year and a half. 1953 Paul Obluda interviewed Gene Kelly at the facilities of the Blue Danube Network while Kelly was in Salzburg making a new movie.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 6 March 1953)

After his engagement with BDN Obluda settled down in Mill Valley (CA) and worked as radio- and TV announcer for KGO in San Francisco. Later he joined the peace movement and had his name changed to "Purusha".

Paul Obluda died on August 2nd 2002.

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Alfred C. Rudd

During his second tour of duty with USFA, Sgt Alfred C. Rudd, of the Linz station of the Blue Danube Network, was prominent in both radio and newspaper work in this command.

He came to Austria for the first time in August, 1949, when it was known as the Zone Command Austria (ZCA). He was assigned as ZCA Public Information Office  NCO and was stationed at Camp  McCauley.

He later was named sports editor of the ZCA News. In the spring of 1950, when the News was discontinued, he became one of the original four members of the USFA Sentinel, the later command newspaper. He started with the Sentinel as sports editor, and later became assistant editor in charge of feature stories.

In April, 1951, he was part of a shipment of Regular Army personnel who were sent back to the States to train recruits. But he didn't train recruits, he was assigned as sports editor of the Breckenridge News, the post newspaper at Camp Breckenridge, Ky. Three months later, he returned to Austria for his second tour in USFA.

He was assigned to BDN Salzburg as newswriter for the Austrian portion of the Armed Forces Radio Service program, "Report from Europe". He later was named manager of the BDN sub-station at Zell am See. He has been with the Linz studio since  March, 1952. Rudd was in the Navy from June  9, 1944, to March 14, 1946.

He was a  member of Small Craft Landing Unit  28, attached to PT Squadron  17.  His overseas duty during  WW II included service in  New Zealand; Leyte, Samar, and Mindanao in the Philippines; and Japan. Prior to enlisting in the Army on  August 29, 1948, he attended Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Ill., and worked as a publicity salesman for a tobacco company.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 26 August 1955)

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