Monday, October 31, 2011

Tom Campbell Stateside


Tom Campbell always had a fun show and sometimes the strangest mixes...
Tall Tom revisits 1975.  The mustard colored labels were the ugliest ones ever.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Steve Phillips AFRS Adak Alaska 1967


Here's our first visit with AFRS Alaska.  It's 1967 and Steve Phillips brings the music.

The Return of Gary Owens


Gary Owens always made silly radio fun.  Remember his radio announcer test "Can you say six silly words without laughing...and MEAN them?"  Thanks Gary.


 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gene Price 1974


A few weeks ago I heard from out friends at http://www.escountry.com/ telling that they found some more of these on a blog.  2 of the 4 were posted and they went into my collection.  I was in a junkshop last week and found the disk, in very nice shape.  Here's program 1




Monday, October 24, 2011

Top Pops again

Side two:
Dr Hook and the Medicine Show - Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
Sammy Johns - Early Morning Love
Marion Jarves - Hell Of A Fix
Billy Swan - I Can Help
Lou Rawls - She's Gone
Fancy - Touch Me

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Melody Round Up 1947

Melody Roundup was an interesting show, but almost for accidental reasons.  The network would get recordings of local and network shows from all over the country and repackage them.  Most have heard of the Grand Old Opry but most cities had similar shows.  AFRS would take a 15 minute clip from a random show and viola "Melody Round Up".

This is from roughly 1947 and the "Hollywood Barndance" with Cottonseed Clark.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AFN Nightside 1974 Craig Miller interviews Abba


The Craig Miller tapes continue.  I had always heard in the past that their English was limited.  What we heard was wrong.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Herman Griffith 1967


Herman Griffith leads the records caravan in this 1967 visit.


This was presented before, but now much better sounding and is the complete show.




Sunday, October 9, 2011

French National Radio Tribute to AFN 1947




AFN Weekend World 1975 Craig Miller and the "Original Drifters"

Bands have traded on famous names for years, at SCN we had the Platters visit (Hollywood Brown had been with them since 1967 and was the senior).  The Supremes were supposed to have stopped by.  it was the early 80s, the group was some cute kids who probably weren't even born when they had their first hits.

Craig Miller tries to get to the bottom of the "Original Drifters"


Friday, October 7, 2011

Wolfman Jack 1983


And to top things off, the weekend begins with a Friday show.  I just read Border Radio, a great book about the beginnings of the Mexican border blasters.  It adds a level of understanding.



be sure to visit http://www.wolfmanjack.org

 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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AFVN - Duke Miller 1968

Found this old photo and decided to share with the group. It's of me doing the afternoon show on AFVN-AM shortly after the onset of the Tet Offensive in 1968.

I was AFVN-FM's only announcer. We were live 6:30p.m.-Midnight each night and simulcast otherwise. But, after Tet, all staffers were 24 on, 24 off (in case half of us got wiped out). That's why I was doing the afternoon gig in the photo, subbing for Don Burns. Note the tape on the studio window to the left, put there to prevent shattering from ordnance percussions. Weeks later, after a nearby rocket attack, the window stayed in tact, but most of the ceiling tiles fell, spewing insulation throughout.

Like many, I endured the Army's penchant for snafu's. I enlisted for a broadcasting MOS; they spent six weeks teaching me to type in admin school at Ft. Dix (even though I already could type 65 words per minute); after a brief stint at an intelligence unit at Ft. Meade, MD, I was assigned to the personnel department at a military intelligence unit seven miles north of Saigon. After several months, I went into Saigon, auditioned, and was "hired" shortly thereafter. Strangely, my transfer happened the afternoon of the Tet Offensive. My former unit was blown away the next day. By the grace of God and some trusted informants, the unit was abandoned prior to the attack and all survived.

AFVN, Saigon, was actually about as good as it could get in 'Nam. We lived in a hotel, The Ky Son. Except for AFVN staffers, it's nine stories housed Aussies and New Zealanders, which made staying sober a real challenge! I complete my enlistment at Ft. Meade, MD, producing the U. S. Army Recruiting public service radio shows.

My broadcasting career was short-lived. It got me through high school, college, and the Army. I went on to a successful career in the advertising agency business and spend half my retirement in Florida and half in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Duke Miller

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wolfman Jack USAF 1974


These are some pretty good radio
Keep Howlin'


AFKN Ken Hissong 1968


Back to Yongsan, 1968 with "Vagabond on the Go".  I was there in 1976.  Every picture looked exactly the same.

AFKN - Ken Hissong - 1968



Thom,

Thanks for posting.  By way of background.... the Air Force made me a cop after I enlisted in Jan '66. Aftewr humping around the SAC "Looking Glass" aircraft I applied to DINFOS in November '66 (hated Nebraska winters at Offutt AFB) and was accepted.  Went to DINFOS in Apr. '67 and got orders for Korea and AFKN in Dec. '67.  Between DINFOS graduation and transfer, I was neither fish nor fowl nor good red meat to my squadron.  I was still a cop but not a cop, wierd.



After AFKN I was assigned to a PIO office at Vandenberg AFB, CA. and was discharged in May '69 due to the Nixon drawdown.  I went back to the job I had before enlistment at WWJ-AM, FM-TV in Detroit.

Became a writer producer and retired in 1999 after working for all three network afils, plus Fox in Detroit as a news producer (in spite of what Capt. Joe Malloy thought at AFKN).



I could not have bought the experience I gained at AFKN for a million dollars.  Besides being on the air, I operated camera, "starred" in a daily kids TV show we produced and was FM program director for Radio Vagabond. 



To be honest, I envied my buddies who had gone on to college,  but after I got out I was so far up on the employment chain I never looked back.  As for the total experience...  it was the most fun you could have without taking your clothes off.



Ken