Sunday, October 16, 2022

The Other Air War 1967

 Sometimes I find the unexpected.  In the 60s, we received news panel shows on vinyl ETs.

In a bunch of them was this.  Jerry Golden and a team from WLS in Chicago produced a documentary about the air war in Vietnam.  Take listen to what can be done on recording tape...

The Other Air War 1967

Roger Carroll 1970


It was a long story but several years ago Roger wanted an internet station and I was thrilled to help.  He was in his 80s and still sharp as a whip.  I learned a lot and am grateful.

This is the show before Roger went to AFN to record some shows in 1970. from his original ET.  The Happy Hour continues!

Roger Carroll 1970

Sunday, October 2, 2022


  So, for about 15 years we've been using a company called 4share for file hosting. The paid service worked just fine.

Early this year I tried to renew. After six months. finally, a response.  Can only renew using Bitcoin.  This is getting way too flaky.

So the hosting went to their free service. With the extra landing pages. 

I'd start all over with a different provider, but no one offers....

A reasonable amount of storage.

Uploads that don't expire, the most common companies delete after 90 days or so.

Direct url downloads, I don't want to use a landing page.

Ive received reports that trying to download from the landing page doesn't play well with Windows.

Playback button appears to work.

I'd advise against downloading.

Any ideas for a new storage provider?

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Jim Pewter and civilians


Our friend Chris was growing up in Frankfurt in the 70s and taped a lot of AFN. No way to put a date with any certainty on this, but here's a bunch of Jim Pewter.

You might well choose to re-phrase slightly, emphasizing that I was a German kid, and that - as a lot of German kids then - listened to AFN as a daily routine, which helped in improving our English significantly (I have had with some of my teachers a running battle when using american slang, instead of proper (university-style) English as they had been taught); pretty sure US-service people were unaware of Germans being part of their general audience!

Quite a few forums exist in which Germans emphasize the significant contribution AFN had on them and their lives, it is mentioned there that per year about 100.000 letters were pouring in to AFN in Germany, of which the bigger part was probably AFN Frankfurt (the APO number was I believe APO 057), and I remember getting one of my postcards actually being put "on the air" (you got that clip on the DVD as well, when Jim Powers - the Bostonian -  presents "Baby Child" by Robin Luke "going out to Christoph in Offenbach, who hit it right on the head when he said that the most important bridge is "The bridge over troubled water".

Another German ex-AFN-listener - and I believe he has got a definite point on that  - actually attributes the German radio-system targeted at young people as it still is today to the very existence of AFN and Germans listening to it!

The German public radio stations ran along the lines of the federal states, and were very much targeted to the mature establishment with German Schlager and orchestras. As young Germans were listening to AFN (and BFBS) with their stylish, amusing way of presenting modern (i.e. non-German) music, those national chains had to develop similar offerings in order not to loose their grasp on future audience. These turned out to be the "third program series" such as HR3 in Frankfurt, WDR3 in Dusseldorf, SWR3 in Stuttgart, etc. that today are actually the lynch-pins of their programs!

I remember as of early 1970s, these made big inroads into the German listeners-base of AFN, with SWR3 being the first specifically youth-oriented radio coming "on the air" with music and presenting techniques very much reminiscent to "my" AFN.

Still, I remained faithful to AFN as You see from the tapes.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Hospital Radio

 If you've been following the story, many troops were first exposed to military "radio" via closed circuit stations in US hospitals. 

I was looking for this to attach to that story. After the war, the stars toured the VA hospitals. This program would have been heard on the "Bedpan Network".
Here's a 1954 magazine story about The Bedside Radio Network

From 1955, Rand's OTR is featuring a Hospital Radio show
Hospital Radio Christmas Show 1955

Friday, September 9, 2022

Kris Erik Stevens 1980


Kris Erik was with the network for a long time and always did a great show. 

He's still involved in a lot of great things.  Visit Kris at

Wolfman Jack 1976


An amazing amount of wizdom in 3 minutes.  We had it every day.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Turn Back The Clock 1958


Turn Back the Clock was a regional show that ended up on NBC (regional?) in 1955.  They came over to AFRTS and shared songs from their personal collection.  They've got some good ones today.