See National Review Online: Byron York on Armed Forces Radio on National Review Online.
Armed Forces Radio airs the first hour of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, along with 1200 other programs that local stations within the network can choose from. The purpose of Armed Forces Radio is “to give military men and women a representative sample of the programming they could hear at home.” It seems logical, therefore, that Rush would be included among the 1200 choices, as he has the most popular show in America. Other airings include Dr. Laura, many NPR programs, ESPN Radio, and lots of music.
The following is from the American Forces Network – Europe website:
Why does AFN-Europe air controversial shows?
AFN airs controversial shows because the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) wants to provide Americans with the same radio and television shows they can see or hear in the United States. If the show is highly rated, AFRTS tries to procure the rights to the show.
Shows such as Tom Joyner, and Rush Limbaugh come to Europe via satellite from AFRTS at March Air Force Reserve Base, Riverside, California. AFRTS negotiates with program suppliers to get the most popular U.S. shows. If AFRTS can