Marine first, broadcaster second

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Takoune Norasingh enjoys his time on AFN radio.
Takoune Norasingh enjoys his time on AFN radio.

Marine first, broadcaster second

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Stripes Okinawa | .
published: April 26, 2016

Q: What do you enjoy about your job and why?
A: The thing I enjoy most about my job is being able to go out on video shoots and getting the chance to see other people doing their jobs. Something they do every day can seem a little boring and ordinary to them, but to someone who has never dealt with that job, everything about it is interesting. It’s my job as a broadcaster to take that interest and put it in a video.    

Q: What’s the importance of AFN?
A: I think the most important responsibility AFN has is keeping the public informed. For example, during our 24 hour typhoon ops, we broadcast live radio updating people on things like the Tropical Cyclone Condition and sea conditions. We also have the responsibility of comforting the public.

Q: What tip do you have for the military community in terms of getting off base and exploring this beautiful country?
A: Don’t be afraid to make friends with other branches or with the local people. Everyone has their own secret spots they go to, especially on Okinawa.

Q: What are you most proud of during your career?
A: Earning that Eagle Globe and Anchor on top of the Reaper. Marine first, broadcaster second.

Q: So what should AFN listeners tune in to in upcoming weeks?
A: Make sure you guys tune in every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. for MCCS Tours Plus and Kadena ITT. They always talk about great on- and off-island tours that you can go on.