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Radio First Termer
(Vietnam's #1 Pirate Station)







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2/20/2006 - DAVE RABBIT HAS BEEN FOUND!

In an astonishing event only possible in the age of the internet, a venerable Vietnam vet decided on February 9th, 2006 to do simple search of Vietnam War media on the internet - and finds out thereby that he's been made a hero & worshipped on that internet for a solid decade without his knowing it! A flurry that turned into a torrent of emails, pictures and brotherly love went wild across the country as those folks who kept the flame of his defiance alive found out the TRUE story of Dave Rabbit & Radio First Termer!

Dave has been kind enough to share with all his brothers & sisters his biography of Radio First Termer and his gallery of first termer images wherein you will see his engineer Pete Sadler, meet some of the lovely Vietnamese ladies he spent his time with, the places that inhabit the content of his broadcasts & even a incredibly kind "thank you" he sent my humble self for keepin' the faith!

More and more will come to light as time & opportunity allow. In the meantime, read the story & audio file descriptions below & enjoy the wonderful legacy he has left us with his radio show & stay tuned for more big events such as the appearance of Dave in the Upcoming "Sir, No Sir" documentary DVD!


The Entire, Only Known Recording Of A Radio First Termer Radio Broadcast

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RealAudio of the first half hour of a complete 1972 broadcast of "Radio First Termer", deejayed by U.S. Air Force Sergeant (this used to say "Captain", but Dave has since corrected that after asking me where his 35 years of back pay was!) Dave Rabbit, and directed towards fulfilling the anti-establishment needs of "the first termers and non-reenlistees in Vietnam". A pirate broadcast with few parallels on several counts - it's on FM band ("69 Megahertz on your FM dial"), it's in stereo, and besides being an unauthorised broadcast that flouted every Air Force & civil broadcast regulation, it's acid-rock music (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream & more), its ideology and its language ("Fuck it before it fucks you"), shocking in its day, is still more than an earful. Broadcast originals for this and the following four files courtesy of J. William Snyder - thanks for saving this unique bit of broadcast history!

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The second half hour of the above broadcast.

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The conclusion of the above broadcast & the first half of another broadcast, this one with a more cutting satirical edge.

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The second half of the above broadcast.

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Outtakes of the remaining availiable broadcast material of "Radio First Termer".

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A version of the Opening Theme.

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Dave Rabbit, D.J. of "Radio First Termer", gives his new listeners a primer on his broadcast content - so that their "minds won't be quite so blown".

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Dave reads a message found on a latrine wall regarding right hands & wives.

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Dave explains why he's about to leave the studio while he leaves Sugar Loaf's "Green Eyed Lady" playing in his absence.

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Dave reads another latrine wall message - this one about what fighting for someone else's freedom is like.

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Evening news report on a new message parlor in Saigon.

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Dave gives his audience a warning about a Heroin dealer.

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For more Radio First Termer, go to J. William Snyder's Radio First Termer Homepage.


All sound files digitized by and (C) (P) 1995-1999 J. C. Kaelin, Jr..






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