It were also the directors and station commanders of BDN - beneath the DJs and announcers - who had their hands in making BDN a success story with their commitment and their decisions in favor of the network.

But also - as with the DJs and announcers - information and material are limited here, hence only a fraction of those who participated in BDNs success can be presented here. However, we are trying to complete this list effortlessly and as soon as further data are provided, the list will get enhanced.

Station Commanders of BDN
1945 - 1946Lt. Milton C. Shapp
1946 - 1948Cpt. Robert "Bob" Cranston
1948 - 1951Lt. Erfurt / Col. Floyd W. Goates
1951 - 1954Lt. Graf A. Boepple
1954 - 1955Lt. Edgar L. Tidwell

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Gen. Mark Wayne Clark* May 1, 1896  † April 17, 1984

From 1945 until 1947 General Mark Wayne Clark was USFA High Commissioner in Austria.

Due to his engagement AFN stations in Austria were named "Blue Danube Network", contrary to the common naming conventions for Army stations (as e.g. "AFN-Vienna").

Being a friend of Austria, General Clark also effortlessly engaged in showing the country's self-reliance,  also it's treatment within the US Army. It was him also, who organised for the foundation of a special newspaper, the "USFA Sentinel", in addition to the "Stars and Stripes". He also designed the USFA insignee - a red-white-red striped shield with blue sword and olive branch (the sword representing the protection offered by the US Army to Austria in its struggle for freedom and independence, the olive branch implying the USFA's aim to preserve peace).

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Maj. Graf A. BoeppleHaving entered the Army in 1942,- Lt. Col. Boepple attended OCS at Fort Lee, Va., in 1943.

During World War II, as radio officer for USAFFE and SCAP, the colonel was in charge of Armed Forces Radio Service operations in the Philippines, Japan and Korea. In November, 1945, he was named officer in charge of radio for the entire Civil I&E  Division under Gen Ken R. Dyke, with the assigned mission of democratizing Radio  Tokyo and  the Broadcasting Corporation of Japan.

He left the Service in 1946, only to be recalled as a major in 1948. In  civilian  life,  Boepple  was advertising director for Nestle's Inc., supervising all ads and promotional activities in the United States  and  Canada for Nescafe and other Nestle products.

From 1951 until July 1954 Graf A. Boepple was Station Commander of the BDN - his successor at BDN was Edgar L. Tidwell.

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Edgar L. Tidwell

Lt Col Edgar Tidwell arrived  at BDN on June 20, 1945 from the  US to succeed Lt Graf A. Boepple, former OIC of the Blue Danube Networ.

Colonel  Tidwell  attended San Diego State College and was employed by the Mutual Broacasting System before entering the Army in 1940. He served as operations  chief of the Armed  Forces Radio and Television Service in Los Angeles in the two years prior to joining USFA. He  left the Service in 1946 to manage Station KSDJ in San Diego, Ca. and was recalled as a major in July, 1948.

In addition to his studies at San Diego State, the  colonel attendded the Infantry School at Fort Benning in 1941. During World War II, he participated in the Papuan, New Guinea, and Luzon Campaigns. He also served  in the occupation of Japan after WW II.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel)

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Floyd Wiley

Floyd H. Willey came to Austria when the first radio trailer came to Salzburg from Italy in September

In June 1946 he was discharged from the army and became chief announcer for the new network. Later he was appointed Program Director and this was followed by his appointment as Chief of Operations. In January 1949 he was appointed chief of the network.

Under his direction the network offered an average of 325 programs a week, being on the air 18 hours daily except Sunday, when the airtime was cut one hour. Not only thousands of Americans in this area enjoyed the BDN programs but also letters from behind the iron curtain were received and from  hundreds of Austrians who indicated their daily interest in the USFA programs.

Mr Willey was host to such famous radio personalities as Wallace Beery, Tyrone Power, Linda Christian, Father Flannigan of Boys Town and James Roosevelt, who appeared on local programs with him in this  six years.

(Source: The USFA Sentinel, 2 November 1951)