Friday, May 28, 2010

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman SURVIVED. The 1950s, the English Invasion, Motown, AOR. He'd connect with his audience and make magic. He always sounded so comfortable.

Wolfman Jack for the USAF 1978
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WACR the Quon Loi Kid and Lucky Fritz

During Vietnam, several commands had their own command information radio stations, providing a fast way to communicate with the troops and of course an ego stroke for the commander. "Radio Blackhorse" (11th Armored Cav) was in Quon Loi.

Radio Blackhorse WACR Quon Loi Kid and Lucky Fritz 1970
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Command Performance 1944

In WWII AFRS edited the commercials from US network programs and made their own programming. Command Performance was the biggest variety show, with the biggest stars from all of the networks and Hollywood. In 1944 Fred Waring (invented the Waring Blender) hosted Command Performance.

Command Performance #146
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"Love" with Tony Pigg

In 1971 no one was even sure what AOR was but Tony Pigg was doing it in New York at WPLJ. AFRTS was rockin..

"Love" with Tony Pigg

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Roger Carroll

Roger Carroll and Los Angeles radio were the same thing. From 1948-58 at KABC and 1959-79 at Gene Autry's KMPC.

"KMPC was one of the most successful radio stations in the country, and had the lineup -- the most envied talent in the radio business," said Roger Carroll, who played records on KMPC. The key to their success, he said, was a rapport with the audience. "Everybody who listened to the station thought we were their friends."

Roger brought that sound to McCadden Av. and AFTRS. Part of of the reason he related so well was that he was one of the few network personalities that were a veteran.

"I served two years active duty 1953-55 then 26 years doing my AFRTS show every Tuesday for five Wm Morris agents knew and told clients who wanted me to do their voice overs he is not available Tues 8a-1p doing his AFTRS shows many client who served in the military we will wait for him..."

Roger said it was very special "when parents of our guys in Viet Nam and around the world would call me at KMPC or write a letter, telling me their son wanted to thank me for doing the show that they hear on AFVN, FEN, AFN and all around the world."

Mr. Carroll's company was responsible for the recruiting shows done by Gene Price, Roland Bynum and himself heard every Sunday morning on hundreds of radio stations in the 70s and 80s

The theme was an edit of one of the KMPC jingles . Harry Zimmerman Orch

Charlie Tuna

On almost everyones lists of favorite AFRTS jocks, Charlie Tuna's name is there. Here's another example of radio consistancy and perfection...
Be sure to check out Ch arlie's website at Neat site with pictures, audio and your chance to leave messages for Charlie.

On the picture, Charlie with guest Del Shannon 1988.

Charlie Tuna 1982
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kris Erik Stevens

A couple of weeks ago, Kris Erik Stevens sent in a nice promo picture for the collection (pictured). Thanks! Hear Kris as the DJ before almost every movie shown in America!

Kris Erik Stevens 1980
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Gene Price 1975

Neatest thing happened yesterday. Gene Price mailed me an autographed promo picture (diplayed). It means a lot to me. Gene did a similar show to his AFRTS program for army recruiting through Roger Carroll's company. Great radio. This would have been around the time I was planning should I go in the military...

Gene Price Country Express 1975
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Don Tracy

Don TRA-cee, he sure had the pipes. Let's take a look at Don Tracy in 1984.

Don Tracy 1984
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Small World - 1965

Small World was a magazine show, similar to NBC's Monitor in many ways. This was the series that Chris Noel made her debut on AFRTS. This particular program has Bud Widom hosting. Talk about a full career with AFRS. He was on Command Performance and Jubilee during WWII, went on to host Bud's Bandwagon in the 50s and then ran radio at FEN in the 1960s.

Small World 1965
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Your audience awaits...

Many of us saved a tape or acetate or two. There are a lot of people that would like to hear them again. The airchecks from AFN/AFKN/SCN etc usually turn out as popular as the LA talent. If you've saved a tape or two, jammed in the back of a drawer somewhere, I'd really like to hear it and I'm sure others would too. So much of our collective history has been lost in the name of housekeeping.

"We went to different high schools together" - Jim Pewter

Please contact me if you've saved anything.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Date With Chris

Chris Noel's life is a movie that really needs to be made. Model, movie star she found her muse with Date With Chris on AFRTS during the Vietnam war. It's an incredible example of how to speak directly to an audience. She still stays busy helping the troops with the Ceasefire Home for disadvantaged vets. It's a good cause.

Chris's website is over at and always worth a look.

The picture of course is Elvis Presley with Chris in "Girl Happy"

Date With Chris 1967
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Friday, May 7, 2010

AFN Anniversary Shows.

The Army Hour started before there was Armed Forces Radio. First on NBC radio then eventually being sent to hundreds of stations for the Sunday morning graveyard. In 1968 AFN Europe was 25. Here's their tribute, with a bunch of AFNers doing their share.

The Army Hour 1968: AFN Europe 25th anniversary.

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It's not clear from this broadcast, but in 1943 the networks in Alaska and Panama were already broadcasting.

After I posted this, I found a 16th anniversary special (1961)produced by the Berlin station and run on the full network.

AFN 16th anniversary 1961

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Did any of the other networks do documentary shows?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mailing list

Once or twice a month I send out an email update about the new things here and ask for your stories "How did AFRTS change your life?", Lately we've been looking in particular for AFKN stories, it's their 60th birthday. I'll always remember Ed Masters on the batline whenever ANYTHING was mis-pronounced "Ma's cow is with Pa's bull, Muss-co is in Russia". Did you save any airchecks???? To be added to the email list drop me a note

Hit count for March was 1100, May was 1400. Thank you very much.

Now on with the show...