Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gene Price 1974

 
Here's some more country fun from Gene Price and The Country Express.  These recruiting shows have me convinced, I'm going back!  Pour up a cold one and play it loud!
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wolfman Jack 1974

 
Welcome back Wolf, here's a 1974 USAF recruiting show.  Will there ever be radio like this again?
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

AFRS Adak

Michael Brown sent a ton of airchecks of his work at AFRS Adak, Alaska



Yes, Adak, Alaska, (halfway out the Aleutian chain), has a radio station.  Two of them actually,  The AM station on 890 kHz (yep WLS) and an automated  FM.

I was in the Navy and was a CTM-2 when I arrived on Adak, June 1970.  I  left 1 year, 22 hours and 15 minutes later (plane landing to plane takeoff).

My main job had nothing to do with radio, but since I had an interest in being a DJ, I managed to get a weekend shift in the late night hours on Sunday, for 1.5 hours.  I eventually got moved to Sat afternoons for 2 hours and then expanded to 3 hrs.  I have tapes of pretty much all of my shows, which I've recently transferred to WAV files on the computer.

While there, the staff of the station did a radio series called Ptarmigan Tim.
At my last tour of duty, which was Edzell, Scotland, I did four DeeJay gigs at the EM club near the end of 1973. Did some private party deejaying for a few years after getting out.

During the hey-day of Doctor Who on PBS, I did pledge drives answering phone banks and a few times did on camera pledge drives.
Otherwise, I got into electronics as well as computers; self taught Unix system adminstration long before Microcrap came along. So, I am one of those computer geeks and my house has the computers to show for it.

 

AFRS Adak - Michael Brown May 29, 1971 Last show

Saturday, November 10, 2012

USMC Birthday

 
237th birthday of the Corps.  Here's how the network celebrated it 60 years ago.
 

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day in the United States.  Originally the holiday was Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of WWI.  In 1968 AFN produced some powerful radio for the 50th anniversary.



Friday, November 9, 2012

AFVN Tet Offensive 1968

The Tet Offensive was launched on January 30, 1968 by the North Vietnamese forces against the forces of South Vietnam, the United States and their allies. The purpose of the offensive was to utilize the element of surprise and strike military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam, during a period when no attacks were supposed to take place.

Six men assigned to AFVN were taken prisoner during the Vietnam war, five  spending about five years in captivity before being released. The sixth, Steven Stroub,  was executed shortly after capture. Three AFVN’ers were killed, others taken as prisoners, to spend the rest of the Vietnam war as captives.  Today, only one of those men, SFC Harry Ettmuller (USA, Ret) remains alive to recall those days.  Today is also a day to honor all those men and the memory of their sacrifice. -- following a fierce fire fight during the Tet holiday -- on Feb 5, 1968. 

Two other men also died that day at AFVN. SGT Thomas Franklin Young, USMC was Killed in Action in that fight. Also killed that day was Courtney Niles, a civilian with NBC International, who died defending the station. One AFVN'er escaped.

Duke Miller made the following memo available.  It had been posted on the bulletin board at AFVN.


AFVN Tet Offensive memo 1968

SFC Harry Ettmueller (Ret.) describes the fighting at AFVN Detachment 5 [Hue] Tet 1968


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Date With Chris 1968




Chris Noel is an amazing story if you haven't heard it already take a look at her website.

She still does so much more than she has too.  Vetsville is a homeless shelter for veterans that she keeps running.  Make a contribution, go to her website and buy something.  It helps.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Grand Old Opry


Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Foley, Minnie Pearl, AFN announcer Bob Norwood and Roy Acuff
 
 
The Grand Old Opry had a big history on AFRS.  Parts of the Opry were on Melody Roundup in the first AFRS shipments in 1943.  The Opry was still running 40 years later, making it one of the longest running programs on AFRTS. 
So from Berlin, it's 1949 and time for the Grand Old Opry: