Monday, September 27, 2010

Hooray for indexing

After you read/listen to a post, at the bottom will be a link that describes the post "Charlie Tuna" "AFKN" "Vietnam" etc.  If you click thta link it will take you to all related posts of the last two years.  Happy listening.
Thom

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Roger Carroll Gets Award From Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters

More at  http://www.pacificpioneerbroadcasters.org/diamond.html

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.

Gene Price 1971

This is another program from thta great cache of transcriptions I picked up last month, Gene Price's Country World


Soulin' With Roland

This week a couple of the Air Force Recruiting shows from Roger Carroll's company.  Last night I was watching a clip of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on PBS and heard that familiar voice as the announcer...

Here's Roland Bynum


Wolfman Jack 1973

Time for another visit with the Wolfman.  This is from one of the first Air Force shows from Roger Carroll's company.  He's cookin...

Have you visited the Wolfman Jack Online Museum?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chris Noel

Time for another visit with Chris Noel


Chris was the girl back home for Vietnam era troops.  In the beginning middle of the road music.  By 1968, she was rocking out.


She still supports the troops, with the Vetsville Ceasefire House.  Support our brothers with a donation.  Buy cool Chris Noel stuff.  Just click here

Let's hear Chris!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Turn Back the Clock

Andy Mansfield and Kay Starr

Turn Back the Clock was a fascinating show.  Andy and Virginia Mansfield were playing the songs of 20 and 30 years ago. Of course in the mid-50s that could mean Al Jolson and acoustic cylinders.  Let's revisit 1958 and Turn Back The Clock.


In the 1960s Andy did a similar show "Americas Popular Music."

Americas Popular Music

Don Tracy

Party starts now! Here's another visit with Don Tracy.  I wish I had more biographical info, pictures etc.
Sure did a nice show.

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 15, 2010

Mary Turner

Received a nice note from Mary Turner:

"I often think about my 18 years at Fort McCadden with great fondness. Loved that Roach Coach-I remember always getting teased for actually paying for a bottle of water. I was ahead of my time!"
And she certainly was.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Roland Bynum

Just picked this up a few weeks ago (thanks Mark!).  a 1984 visit with Roland Bynum.  Roland is looking for his AFRTS airchecks.  Do you have any?


Hear Roland In Los Angeles, weekend on KJLH
In the 1970s, Roland did a recruiting show for Roger Carroll's company

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Before Pete Smith, Before John Doremus. Jim Ameche

In the 1950s and 60s Jim Ameche held down the easy listening duties at AFRTS.  Jim was the first to successfully syndicate a DJ show nationwide.


Jim was the original Jack Armstrong on the popular program of the same name.  By the 50s and 60s he was being heard in New York and Los Angeles eventually hosting classics on WQXR, New York.

Jim with brother Don Ameche

Charlie Tuna 1973

Charlie and Andy Kim

I'm still pretty excited about these, this is part of that two week run of Tuna shows that just came in.  Charlie's pacing seems different on these.  They're faster and more music oriented.


Be sure to visit Charlie's website for your daily Tuna fix!!

More Tuna!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jim Pewter Salutes 1964

Not the Beatles tribute band.  1964 was sure a great year for music, the Beatles had pretty much changed everything.  Motown got better.  It was a great topic for another theme show by Jim Pewter.  Jim was one of us, having spent 1964 working for AFKN.  Enjoy:

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.

AFN SHAPE 1991

Here's SP Tata Fields (??)  in the morning...


This the first part of that four hour run tape that came in a couple of weeks ago.  Happy listening!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Old Gold Retold

Old Gold Retold was AFNs long running oldies show.  Let's take a look at a 1973 visit with Park Seward.

AEG 'Magnetophon'

Been to Mecca. In Minnesota there's a museum that has one of Jack Mullin's AEG AEG 'Magnetophon' tape recorders. The Nazis built these things and Mullens got two of them out right after the war. After being taken apart and improved, these were the genesis of Ampex. For testing, these were at AFN for a short time.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Benny Brown AFN 1995

Benny Brown went from AFN to great career in European radio, including Radio Luxembourg blasting all over Europe. In February we heard a different part of this broadcast. Benny Skype'd be to talk about AFN and Radio Lux.  He explained that the breaks sound sloppy in this because of he was feeding the rest of the network.




Welcome back Benny, thanks for great radio!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wolfman, he understands



Back to the mid 70s and more fun with Wolfman Jack.  Thank you Mark for another great addition!

  Wolfman is back on the air!!!  Call your favorite station and tell them they need this! 

Harry Newman 1991

Just received the most incredible recording, a 4 hour run tape from 1991, with local shows, news and network shows (Thanks Bernd!).  There's two more weeks to go on the first Gulf War. 

Taken from that tape is this Harry Newman show.


Harry had a big career in country radio in Los Angeles KBLA, 1965-66; KBBQ, 1967-68; KLAC, 1970-84. Harry retired in 1995 and was living the good life in central California.

WABCs Cousin Brucie On AFVN and Chris Noel



In 1967 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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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