Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Photo given with permission of GySgt Jack A. Holsomback, USMC
This rather anonymous industrial building is where the magic happened.
Photo given with permission of GySgt Jack A., Holsomback, USMC
A very lucky GySgt Jack A., Holsomback, USMC sits with Chris Noel in DaNang getting ready for an appearance on AFVN Channel 11
The Army began their Army Information School in 1946 at Carlisle Barracks PA. In the following years the school did varying degrees of joint service training until 1951. That was the year that The Armed Forces Information School opened at Ft Slocum NY. The Navy operated their own school at Great Lakes.
1964 brought us the Defense Information School at Ft Slocum, moving to Ft Benjamin Harrison in 1965
In 1992 DINFOS was merged with the Defense Photography School (DPHSCH), and the Defense Visual Information School (DVISCH) at Ft Meade MD.
Every year DINFOS graduates another 4,000 Public Affairs professionals.
DINFOS is where a lot of memories began.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Heard from an AFRTS vet getting ready to put a veterans news show on the air. He's looking for folks interested in covering veterans new in their area. It's a paid gig. Let me know if that sounds interesting.
Tom Gauger found an AFN 1965 aircheck that's a great listen. Click here
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Monday, April 25, 2011
Garry Moore-Crosby and Clooney
One of America's great exports was jazz. We've played a lot of it on AFRTS. In 1962 Bill Kelly opened the pages of the "Jazz Book" with some wonderful music. When I had the bigband show in Minneapolis Stan Kenton was one of my first guests. Wonderful artist, great musician. Give a listen.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
It's an interesting story:
Chris is STILL helping the troops. Please make a donation, buy a signed picture. There are a lot of nice things in the online shop:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
My True Story was one of the last of the soaps. A Mutual program cancelled in early 1962
When I was in Panama, General Hospital was a rage even among the infantry. Takes all kinds..
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Jack Brown interviews Bogart and Becall
The the MISC library there were many generic jingle packages. One of them with a very hokey band and these lyrics:
"For the best music on wax
it's time to sit back and relax
with your favorite disk jockey show"
How could I not play that?
What I did find recently was MISC-249
Did you have a favorite jingle?
Monday, April 4, 2011
Incredible the depth of talent, giving their all for the troops:
G. I. Journal. November 5, 1943. Program #16. The first tune is, "I Know That You Know." Arthur Q. Bryan, Georgia Carroll, Harry Babbitt, Harry Mitchell (announcer), Merwyn Bogue, Jerry Colonna, Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, Linda Darnell, Mel Blanc, Sully Mason (vocals). 29:53.
GI Journal 1943
GI Journal 1943
This is a 30 minute aircheck during a summer day in 1965 when I did AFN Frankfurt's mid-day dj show The Duffle Bag. The show was split into two parts with AFN News taking up 15 minutes at noon. It was a hot day and there was no air conditioning in the Castle.
I'm the DJ, Ken Larvick (now with Well Fargo in Wisconsin) is the studio announcer, Maury Cagle is the news reader. It's interesting that there is not a single actuality in the newscast as they were hard to come by in those days. We had to steal stuff via short wave, if the quality was good enough.
The second half of The Duffle Bag featured items for sale sent in by listeners.
I was at AFN in the old castle in Hoechst between 63 & 65. I did the afternoon local "Music Off the Record" (17:05-18:00) for a long time
Also, "Music In the Air," a network dinner-hour music segue for the officer crowd, 19:05-20:00.
Lotsa good times with Sgt Sam, station commander Col. Bob Cranston, PD Trent Christman and many others including the legendary Gisela Breitkopf, AFN's librarian and den mother to us all.
I came back to the states and finished up at WMAL in Washington during its salad days in the 70s & 80s. Later did a five year gig at ABC Radio News as a reporter/editor.
Janice from AFRS Spain was a big Tom Gauger fan
Hi, Thom, and thanks for posting the words/images of Tom Gauger. When we left Spain in 1983 (after my second tour at AFRS Rota) and moved to the DC Metro area, we loved listening to WMAL-AM. It was SO DC and, as transplanted southern California native, it was my prime source for a wealth of local info. The on-air personalities were "traditional" radio types (e.g., Frank Hardin and Jackson Weaver, among many notables). Since I was having serious withdrawal from my years as a Navy Journalist. It was somehow soothing (comforting) to have that station "in my ear." I think I might ever have called Mr. Gauger once, after realizing that he, too, had been a military broadcaster.
I wish I could say good things about the state of local-area radio in 2011. Things have changed—most not to my taste, so now my daily "radio fix" comes from out local NPR station. But, I often think about what Mr. Gauger term WMAL's "salad days" and the delights of REAL radio. For that I thank him and WMAL colleagues.
Best Regards to all,
Roger Monroe worked in the Von Bruning Schloss 1957-58
. The castle was not only a wonderful and historic place to work, it was scenic and romantic. Some of the guys were fortunate to live in parts of the castle. However, most of us lived in a three-story house a block away. That's where we ate and had our living accommodations. We also had a club in the lower level of the castle where drinks were served. We were a part of the Hoechst community about as much as Americans could be. Heck, I even dated a beautiful German fraulein there which made my involvement in Hoechst even more personal. In retrospect, when I was offered the opportunity to extend my military commitment, I should've accepted it. I did sports and traveled all over Germany doing Army baseball games sometimes in uniform sometimes out of uniform. It was a blast. Shelby Whitfield joined the sports department later and he stayed and stayed, married a German girl and went on to bigger and greater things including serving as head of ABC Radio Sports and working with Howard Cosell and even collaborating with him in writing a book. I still admire Shelby.
Received a lot of good comments from the last Bob Moke show. Bob said "As I recall, the idea was to contact former AFN jocks who were still employed in radio and ask them to produce five 30-minute programs per week for 13 weeks, at which time a different guy would take over. As I neared the end of my run, I was informed that my "replacement" had backed out at the last minute, so I did another three months"
It was some very interesting radio.
and AFVN members. It's some pretty amazing reading and a great
A lot of us from that era never went to Vietnam but AFRTS was
organic. Half of the people I worked with had done tours at
Joe said "I was a listener at AFVN Saigon, mostly to FM. I was strictly a lower-
echelon clerk. I was assigned to MACV Mail and Distribution, and lived
in Dodge City BEQ at the MACV annex until it became a BOQ, and then
I lived in a plank and screen barracks. I had collateral duties as relief
Top Secret Control Clerk, and Embassy Courier. For my first few
months in Vietnam, I had an off-duty job (paid by Army Special
Services) as assistant librarian at the MACV Annex Library."
See the names, remember the stories: