It was during his senior year that the Carter administration announced that the US government was going to establish normal diplomatic relations with the PRC on January 1st, 1979. A few weeks later, he decided to record some of his favorite music from AFNT during those final days. He wrote:
When I heard this sad news that day, I knew that AFNT would ceased to exist soon. Accordingly, I bought a small number of local-made, low-quality cassettes and started recording AFNT programs.
The programs I recorded were Mellow Rock and Jazz Album Countdown in FM and RC Show in AM.
Finally, the day AFNT signed off permanently had come. It was midnight, March 15th, 1979. As far back as I can remember, it was a cold, drizzling night. I sat in front of my study desk with a portable radio/cassette recorder waiting for the final moment.
As a matter of fact, for the last three weeks before that day all regular programs had disappeared gradually from AFNT and were replaced by soft background music because American military personnel including AFNT DJs had been withdrawing out of Taiwan at a steady speed.
However, the historical transitional moment has been recorded. Thirty years later I still feel shocked and can't help falling into a deep sentimental mood when I once again listen to how AFNT died and ICRT was born.
Can you imagine what was the first song ICRT aired? It was "Happy Together." For all these years, I always think it was such a big irony for Taiwan-America relations that time.
Wang Chun was kind enough to send me several mp3 files of AFNT's last day of broadcasting, but the one that I want to share with you is from those final few minutes around midnight on March 15, 1979. The sound quality isn't the best, but you can find the file HERE. It runs for about 12 or 13 minutes.
You can hear today's ICRT Radio broadcasts live HERE.