Wednesday, September 21, 2011

AFN Nightside - Craig Miller Features 1974

Just received a crate of master reels, mostly of Craig Miller's work at AFN. (Thanks Garry!!!) I'll be posting a lot of these, features, interviews and such. They don't make radio like this anymore.

1. The Eagles Nest
2. Redback Dollar
3. Great Canyon Caper
4. Invasion Of The Ants
5. Alligator Tongue Oil
6. John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
7. Midnight Ride of Harvey Schudlapp

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Top Pops again

I'm always going to remember grabbing this weeks hits and a bundle of Top Pops.  The TPs went the the stations every week 1962-75, making one pretty neat oldies collection.  When I see these, it's a lot like being back at the station.  What do you remember?


AFN 1954 Stickbuddy Jamboree


"I was with AFN 1954-1956 (Berlin and Frankfurt) and did a variety of shows....Hillbilly Gastehaus, Duffle Bag, etc. About the only tape I have left is a cassette of one show that went full-network. Great times at AFN those years. After discharge in 56, I went back to Texas radio where I had taken that "leave of absence" and worked briefly in Austin before joining KILT in 56.  On air PD till 62.  Then on air PD at WQXI Atlanta till 75. 75-85 owned part of a station in Valdosta, Ga.  Came to Carrollton, Ga. in 85 with WBTR.  Spent my last 10 years with 50,000 watt WKNG Carrollton before retiring in June of this year.  Total of 63 years in the business and with birthday #80 coming,  I figured that was enough.”  Red's a member of The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.







Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

AFRTS, the early years

Our friends at www.radioheritage.com have a neat site with a lot of our early history represented.

"Yankee Doodle Went to Sitka'...a line from a 1944 radio tribute to WVCX Sitka [Alaska] and one of the two stations [the other was KODK Kodiak] generally accepted as being the first Armed Forces Radio stations going on the air in 1941.

The Radio Heritage Foundation now has over 30 features celebrating early AFRS stations across Alaska, Asia and the Pacific including KODK Kodiak 1941 [www.radioheritage.net/story65.asp] and a full

1941-1958 guide to the AFRS Alaska stations including all the original known outlets [www.radioheritage.net/story63.asp].

Amongst the main features are AFRS Japan, AFRS China-Burma-India and AFRS Jungle Network which detail many now long forgotten stations in long forgotten theaters of war along with some rare images.

There are features on many individual stations such as WVUS New Caledonia [from the famous Mosquito Network], WVUG Anchorage, KMTH Midway, WXLG Kwajalein [a Pacific Ocean Network outlet], WXLI Guam, WVTK Leyte, WXLE Eniwetok, and KTLG Sangley.

This month, Homer Willess, founder of WVUV American Samoa will be making his first visit back to the islands since 1942, and his inspiring story of island romance and radio can be enjoyed today at www.radioheritage.com.

From Alaska to Antarctica [WASA McMurdo] and all points of the Pacific in between, AFRS radio has entertained servicemen and women and local listeners for 70 years. We're delighted to record just a little of the fascinating heritage of these stations and encourage anyone with memories, photos or audio of AFRS stations to make contact with us.

In the meantime, please let your friends, colleagues and family know of the AFRS Armed Forces Memories features that can be enjoyed right now at www.radioheritage.com.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chiquita

Chiquita began in April 1945, featuring latino hits.  I've never been able to find out who she was but it was a nice presentation.  The show continued until at least 1955, probably being followed by Vance Graham "Victor" with Spanish Music.

I Wish We Had This

The British Forces have a very active website, with live streaming, that anyone can access.