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Good Morning Vietnam Revisited

Good Morning Vietnam Revisited

Adrian Cronauer was no ordinary DJ.  When he was on air for Armed Forces Radio in Saigon there was a gun by one of the turntables and every few years the radio station was blown up by the Viet Cong.  Adrian had chosen Vietnam as a posting as he wanted to see the Far East, but by the time he got there in early 1965, this former sleepy French colonial outpost had become a warzone.

In the late 1970’s Adrian wrote a sitcom based on his experiences and called it Good Morning Vietnam after his trademark shout at the start of every programme. After many Hollywood twists and turns the script fell into the hands of the late Robin Williams. His performance in the 1988 film Good Morning Vietnam earned him an Oscar nomination.  

April 2015 sees the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and to mark it TBI Media proposed to Adrian that he tell the true story of his time in Vietnam and a history of the conflict that divided America.  The resulting programme includes powerful archive (including recordings of the station blowing up) the music he used to play, as well as the memories from other Vietnam veterans.  It was an experience that shaped their lives forever.  

Good Morning Vietnam Revisited is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm on Monday 13th April

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