BFBS Radio Live in Afghanistan

After years of broadcasting TO Afghanistan from Iraq, the UK and so on, BFBS is now live FROM the country... see below

“Goooood Morning, Afghanistan!”

BFBS Radio Afghanistan went live on air at 0630 local Afghan time this morning, Monday 26th October, broadcasting from Camp Bastion to British Forces across Afghanistan and the Middle East, and to their family and friends back in the UK on DAB Digital Radio.

“Being on the ground with our Forces, living cheek by jowl with our audience, is what BFBS Radio is all about,” said NICK POLLARD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SSVC, the charity behind BFBS Radio. “Today is particularly special as it is the first frontline operational station to open since we launched on DAB in the UK earlier this year – so for the first time in our 65 year history we are connecting the troops in theatre live and direct with their families at home.”

GROUP CAPTAIN MARK HEFFRON, DACOS J1 at PJHQ, responsible for welfare provision on operations, said: “This is absolutely key to the welfare provision for our boys and girls. It's an essential part of what we call the moral component of our fighting force.”

BFBS Radio listeners across the Forces world were asked to choose what should be the first song played on the new station, and the winner was ‘Wake Up Boo’ by The Boo Radleys.

It’s easy for family and friends in the UK to send a dedication to a loved-one on ops.
Phone: 01494 372 786
Email: :
Text: 07740 377 377 starting your message with OPS then a space
Website: submit a message at
Write to: BFBS Radio, BFPO 786
And now it’s much easier for troops In Helmand to send a message back home. BFBS Radio has been on DAB nationwide in the UK since May 2009. Troops can send a message by calling a local number from a military red phone. They can also submit a message at or better still, pop in and see the presenters. The station is in Bastion 2 next to the Naafi. Family in the UK can also listen via their TV on Freesat channel 786, or Sky Guide 0211.)

You can listen in to the Afghanistan shows from 0600-0700 and from 1200-1300 GMT each weekday.

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