Saturday, September 25, 2010

Roger Carroll Gets Award From Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters

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Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Board Member Christopher Thomas presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to Roger Carroll at the September 24, 2010 luncheon for Roy Clark. Below are Mr. Thomas' remarks introducing Mr. Carroll:

Today’s honoree is an announcer, musical consultant, actor and studio executive.

Our honoree started his outstanding announcing career at the age of 15 at WFMD Frederick, Maryland, but was soon to become the youngest staff announcer in the history of the ABC Network, Hollywood…just 18 at the time. He was “On the Air” at KABC for ten years and, for 21 years, as our man puts it, “played records for Gene Autry at KMPC.” The Los Angeles Times voted his show “The Best Popular Music Show in Southern California.”

His announcing career includes television specials for Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Pearl Bailey, Carole Channing, Johnny Carson, “The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour,” “Tony Orlando and Dawn” and of course…“The Smothers Brother’s Comedy Hour” to name just a few.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Words and Music

So we have a worldwide network, not much of a budget but all of Hollywood available.  How about a pretty girl reading poetry?  I think it could still work.  Here's Merle Oberon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Early AFN

Been a long time since we looked at AFN in the 1940s and 50s.  Here's some misc material from Frankfurt and Stuttgart with Bob Smith, Keith Griggs and more.

The most popular AFRS Program?  GI Jive.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The AFRTS book

Dave Phillips has written the big book of AFRTS, about all of us and all of the networks.  It promises to really be a great read.  It's finished.  The cover art is done but Dave's having a bit of a time getting a publisher.  If you can help on that one, please let me know.  We NEED this book.

Friday, September 3, 2010

WABCs Cousin Brucie On AFVN and Chris Noel

In 1969 the Coca-Cola company asked some very bigtime jocks to record shows for the troops, which were distributed on LP.  The Real Don Steele did one.  Hy Litt did one Here's the one that Cousin Brucie did.. 
AFVN Cousin Brucie

The series was not documented.  What I know for a fact is that the Don Steele one showed up on eBay last year and went for top dollar.  I've heard rumors that AFVN ran some of them on the air.  I can't confirm that.

A lot memories of AFVN were of actress Chris Noel, let's take a listen:

Date With Chris

While we're at it, let's return to AFVN Pleiku for the overnight show.  Who's the jock??
AFVN Pleiku 1970.