Monday, November 9, 2020

Charlie Tuna 1982

 

Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna spent a quarter century entertaining the troops on AFRTS and showing us how it was done. Time for another visit.  It's 1982 "Stay Tuna'd".Visit Charlie's website at charlietuna.com interesting stories, histories and your chance to get on the boards and say what the Charlie Tuna Show meant to you.

Jazzbo Collins 1967




 Al "Jazzbo" Collins was quite a talent, broadcasting from the "purple grotto", inspired by horrible paint in the WNEW studios..


"I started my broadcast in Studio One which was painted all kinds of tints and shades of purple on huge polycylindricals which were vertically placed around the walls of the room to deflect the sound. It just happened to be that way. And with the turntables and desk and console and the lights turned down low, it had a very cavelike appearance to my imagination. So I got on the air, and the first thing I said was, "Hi, it's Jazzbo in the Purple Grotto." You never know where your thoughts are coming from, but the way it came out was that I was in a grotto, in this atmosphere with stalagtites and a lake and no telephones. I was using Nat Cole underneath me with "Easy Listening Blues" playing piano in the background."

There was a very jazzy imagery.


In 1967, Al "Jazzbo" Collins brought a retrained Purple Grotto to AFRTS.



Monday, October 12, 2020

AFVN Duke Miller 1968

 

Found this old photo and decided to share with the group. It's of me doing the afternoon show on AFVN-AM shortly after the onset of the Tet Offensive in 1968.

I was AFVN-FM's only announcer. We were live 6:30p.m.-Midnight each night and simulcast otherwise. But, after Tet, all staffers were 24 on, 24 off (in case half of us got wiped out). That's why I was doing the afternoon gig in the photo, subbing for Don Burns. Note the tape on the studio window to the left, put there to prevent shattering from ordnance percussions. Weeks later, after a nearby rocket attack, the window stayed in tact, but most of the ceiling tiles fell, spewing insulation throughout.

Like many, I endured the Army's penchant for snafu's. I enlisted for a broadcasting MOS; they spent six weeks teaching me to type in admin school at Ft. Dix (even though I already could type 65 words per minute); after a brief stint at an intelligence unit at Ft. Meade, MD, I was assigned to the personnel department at a military intelligence unit seven miles north of Saigon. After several months, I went into Saigon, auditioned, and was "hired" shortly thereafter. Strangely, my transfer happened the afternoon of the Tet Offensive. My former unit was blown away the next day. By the grace of God and some trusted informants, the unit was abandoned prior to the attack and all survived.

AFVN, Saigon, was actually about as good as it could get in 'Nam. We lived in a hotel, The Ky Son. Except for AFVN staffers, it's nine stories housed Aussies and New Zealanders, which made staying sober a real challenge! I complete my enlistment at Ft. Meade, MD, producing the U. S. Army Recruiting public service radio shows.

My broadcasting career was short-lived. It got me through high school, college, and the Army. I went on to a successful career in the advertising agency business and spend half my retirement in Florida and half in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Duke Miller

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Jasin Street 1971

 



Bob Scobey

Jay Jasin with traditional jazz (don't call it Dixieland).  Jasin Street





Monday, August 10, 2020

Dick Sinclair 1959



 Dick Sinclair was in the very first group of AFRS talent.  Before we even had a network, this group was training at Fox studios.  Dick was at the station on Guadalcanal.

After the war, Dick Sinclair helped to make polka a national joy.  Polka Party was heard on hundreds of stations and made the jump to TV.



Thursday, July 23, 2020

Back on the air



You probably remember the streaming station that we did with Roger Carroll a while back.  Roger was a wonderful guy and it was great to do it.

The big news is we're back with something similar, that I think you'll enjoy.

http://www.mybestsounds.com  streams all day long with our AFRTS friends.  Let me know what you think,

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Mary Turner 1985

Mary Turner today

Mary Turner really rocked the house.  Normally when any of the jocks got a reaction, it'd be split.  The ones that were really liked would draw complaints.  I never remember fielding a complaint about Mary.  I remember the barracks rocking.  Thank you Mary.  Continued success!





Joe Allison 1965


Joe Allison had a neat part of history.  He's been called the DJ that bridged the gap between hillbilly radio and what he call country radio today.  Take a listen:

Joe Ferguson 1983




Joe Ferguson makes Portland the voice of home.  It's a Monday in 1983.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Don Tracy 1995

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Thanks George for taking the time to record these in 1995. It's a Don Tracy Friday. The party starts now!