Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mark White -AFN Berlin 1980

 
The late Mark White had his claim to King of Jazz.  He brought some wonderful music to Berlin for well over three decades.  Chris Muermann was a big fan at the time and recorded several of his broadcasts.  Garry made them available.  Today it's a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, coming to Berlin for a concert.  Mark, keep swinging...
 
 
 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Chris Noel 1970


I'm still reading Chris's book "Vietnam and Me".  It's highly recommended.

But right now, it's 1970 and time for a Date With Chris


RIP Mark White

One of the great voices of radio history has been silenced. After spending a wonderful Christmas day with his family, Mark White went to bed and passed away in his sleep 12/29/2013. He would have been 89 on the 2nd of January. Mark was the manager of AFN Berlin from the 1950s until 1988. He left behind a great legacy and many friends. (David Glen Andersen facebook feed)



News Censorship at AFVN during the Vietnam War

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Roland Bynum 1983

Roland always gets the party started. 
 
Roland's recruiting show
 
It's late summer 1983, let's check in on the Creators Workshop...
 
 

Melody Roundup 1944

Melody Roundup brought top Western talent.  This time with Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.

 
Hard to tell what the source material was 78s, radio transcriptions, movie soundtracks. 
 
 
 

Friday, December 27, 2013

GI Jive - 1946


Martha Wilkinson was one of the first big stars of AFRS.  During WWII there was a show called "GI Jive", one of the DJ shows.  Pretty non-descript until Martha became GI Jill and the voice of home.


Roger Carroll - 1981

Young Roger at WMFD

There's always time for a Happy Hour.  When I was working civilian, one time I had a PD wondering how I could do so many "universals".  To him that meant being able to do a break without necessarily doing a station promo or talking about the record.  I learned it from the Roger and the AFRTS-LA talent.  Many thanks.




Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gary Owens


Thanks Jerry for sharing these, they were airchecked off of the Thailand network.  I finally heard from Gary, letting us know it's okay to share these.  When I was a boy DJ, I kept the postman busy with incoming KMPC airchecks.  Amazing.



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas and thank you for visiting.   It's been a nice year with family, my day job and people in general.  More and more people are stopping by every month so I guess it serves a purpose.

If you haven't checked in yet, you can email  afrts@live.com or facebook Thom Whetston or the afrtsarchive.blogspot.com page (click "Like" on that one).

Approximately every week I send out an email about what's new, sometimes asking questions, sometimes looking for people.  Just let me know if you'd like to be on the mailing list.

If you saved any recordings or memorabilia about the network, please let me know.  There are a lot of people that'd like to remember it.



Chris Noel

Monday, December 23, 2013

Music Censorship at AFVN and AFKN

Gene Price - 1975

Gene Price is back, driving the Country Express.


A while back, I heard a tape of Gene on Oakland radio doing top 40 and it sounded natural.  He could probably be The Gene Price Show with anything.


Over at Gene's website, he's done the nicest children's book and you can check in there or on Facebook.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Enchanted Keyboard - 1951

By the early 1950s radio had changed.  Prior to that the networks were doing great comedy, mystery variety shows and AFRTS could clip the commercials and send them out.  But now they were tasked with creating a lot of programs.  Many information and education programs were produced along with entertainment offerings.

"Enchanted Keyboard" was typical.  Classical piano with Don Thompson announcing.  Some wonderful talent was available to come in and play the piano.

On this broadcast, Edward Rebner

Charlie Tuna - 1983

"Boss Angeles" Charlie was one of the guys that made KHJ happen.  The things Bill Drake did with that station had a lot to do with every top 40 station in the United States.  Charlie started there in the mid-60s and went with us in 1971.  Thanks for the memories.  Stay Tuna'd!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Redd Harper - 1948





Redd was a part of a concert band that became more and more successful until they were invited to join an Oklahoma City radio station in 1924. From there, his career took off and his music was in greater demand. In 1931 he joined a larger radio station in Des Moines, found more success, and then decided to head to Hollywood, California. However, he arrived at the end of the Western Jazz era and the beginning of the Great Depression, thus finding it hard to find work and was not as successful as he had been. He struggled to find work in the city. When World War II started, he joined the Coast Guard for three years.  After the war, Redd was doing shows for AFRS.
After the war he found success again in Hollywood as he began working with other big name artists of the time from both radio and movies. During this time he also found success in the movie industry and starred in several films, including The Strawberry Roan.




Friday, December 20, 2013

Ronnie Landry - 1959


Ron Landry, later of Hudson and Landry was drafted into the Army in 1958.  By 1959 he was doing a show on the network from AFRTS New York.

 
I was usually assigned with the infantry, this was a classic:
 
 


Jim Ameche - 1965

"The Most Beautiful Sounds Around"  Orchestral music just isn't heard anymore.  Jim Ameche brought it to AFRTS.


Jim was a huge star during the "Golden Days of Radio" and managed to stay very successful as a DJ.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Connectivity

We're back on the air.  About a week ago Comcast pushed out an update that killed my Motorola SGB6580.  I managed to get it back to defaults and running again.  I own my modem, rather than paying the 7 bucks every month.

Yesterday it was the same thing and I couldn't get it back online.

I spent four years working for Comcast, getting modems activated and online.  I do know this stuff.

Just wanted to let you know that Comcast and Motorola have a long history of not playing well on certain Motorola models.



On with the show...


Monday, December 16, 2013

Roland Bynum - 1983

Soulin' with Roland.  The party starts NOW...

 

Roger Carroll - 1981

I'm grateful that Roger made so many great shows and made them available to us. 

 
Today it's memories of 1981.  If you have any of Roger's Christmas shows please contact me!
 

Gary Owens - 1969

A little bit more from the G.O. show.  

A very mod Gary, from "Laugh In"
 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

AFVN The Early Years - Adrian Cronauer

Adrian Cronauer explains the early years of AFVN and block programming.

Chris Noel Christmas 1969


Because of the way the transcription disks were sent out, there was no way to tell when they were actually broadcast... Except for Christmas week.  That week we would get disks with actual airdates.  They'd send them almost a month early to make that happen.

This was aired worldwide December 19, 1969

Friday, December 13, 2013

Good Morning Vietnam - the real story

Paul Bottoms  let me know about this:

"Adrian Cronauer, Tony Booth who was at AFKN in Korea and I gave a presentation in February 2011 for two days at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond."

Here's the first part:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Charlie Tuna - 1982

If you see the film "Rollercoaster", there's a DJ MC...

Charlie's back with another sixty minutes in the radio.  I hope that you've visited his website charlietuna.com He really has taken the show... trivia, humor and great stories and made the transition to the internet.





Gary Owens - 1969

From the "familiar love theme" to the ongoing silliness.  Gary did some wonderful radio.  He still makes his magic as the announcer on AntennaTV.  On this show Gary has some guest to talk about old movies.




Saturday, December 7, 2013

FEN - 1964 the start of the Vietnam War

Here's live coverage from FEN August 5th and 6th 1964 of the Gulf of Tonkin, pretty much the beginning of the Vietnam War.
 
 

Roger Carroll - Christmas 1973

I really wish I had audio of one of Roger's Christmas shows, with that familiar open... (Do you have one??)
 
But this is very nice, in 1973 he did an Air Force recruiting show with Ray Conniff.  Great radio!
 
 
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Chris Noel - Christmas 1966

 
Chris had just started doing "Date With Chris" and it was the holiday season
 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Jim Pewter - 1980

Jim has part two of his Larry Williams memorial.  Great talents.  Wonderful radio.
 
 
 

Roland Bynum - 1981

Soulin' with the Roland
 
 
Roland is still on the air in Los Angeles on weekends and sounding better than ever.
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chris Noel - 1971


We're up to 1971 and it's time for your Date With Chris.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Mosquito Network - The Ulithi Encyclopedia


During WWII we had a base in the Western Carolines and a LT (jg) John Vollbrecht  found the local Ulithi population interesting.  He studied them and presented talks on AFRS WVTY.  There was enough interest where the station published a book about the culture.




Sunday, December 1, 2013

Johnny Bond - 1961

To the strains of Les Paul's "Cimarron" and a bushel basket full of gramophone records.  It's old school country from 1961.


Happy listening!


Bob Hope - Christmas 1968 Long Binh


We've made it to December.  Christmas is coming. This is Bob Hope's 1968 Christmas show from Long Binh, Vietnam.  Whet was it like to be at one of these shows?



Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Chris Noel - 1970


This certainly has been the biggest project.  Chris is letting us hear the disks she saved from her AFRTS run.  Great radio.  We're up to 1970.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This Is The Story - Red Ball Express 1946

During the 1940s there were a lot of programs on the stateside networks that were educational, in a good way.  The best of these were repackaged by AFRTS.



This is the Story - "Red Ball Express" with Louis Calhern narrating.  Label notes it was originally broadcast on "Warriors of Peace", June 9, 1946.



This Is The Story - Red Ball Express 1946

Wolfman Jack - 1974

Here comes de Wolfman...



While Wolfman was doing his AFRTS shows he was also doing shows for Air Force recruiting for Roger Carroll's company.  These shows aired in the states, usually very early Sunday mornings (they counted as 30 minutes of PSA time).  While he was doing those he was jocking on WNBC NY and doing "Midnight Special" for NBC TV.  Kept busy...




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Colonel Robert Cranston - funeral 16 November 2013

 
MILITARY BROADCASTING PIONEER
 
BURIED WITH HONORS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 
 
Arlington, VA .....16 Nov ...(Special to the AFN Bulletin Board)
 
 93-year-old Colonel Robert Cranston, the "Iconic" G.I. Broadcasting officer with more than a quarter of a century of service to this country,  was laid to rest with full military honors on a green hillside, among many other fallen heroes, at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, on a beautiful, late fall morning,  under a verdant blue sky,  as a gentle breeze whispered through the still colorful, fall foliage.
 
The burial service was conducted by Army Chaplin Captain Matt Madison, a three-tour veteran of the fighting in Afghanistan, who briefly, but completely, summarized Colonel Cranston's military career in the historic Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer, home of the Honor Guard, and immediately adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.  About 40 people attended the service at the chapel, including Sandra "Sandy" Cranston, the Colonel's widow, her two adult children and two of the Colonel's grandchildren.  There were nine people altogether in the family group.  Outside the chapel, prior to the service, as the Honor Guard was doing its last minute drilling, Piper Gustav "Gus" Person played a variety of tunes to the left of the main entrance.  Person, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army,  and a bagpiper with The Alexandria City Pipes and Drums, served in Berlin during his military career, and was a regular listener to AFN Berlin.
 
 At least five former AFN  broadcasters also attended the burial, including Kayo Mullen aka Jack McCarthy, who flew from Central Florida to be present at the service.  Also in attendance was retired Navy Captain Maury Cagle, a former civilian AFN news editor, the current AFN Bulletin Board "co-webmistress," Judy Boysha, who took time off from her federal Video Production Chief job,  Shel Smith, who was hosting Kayo Mullen, and your reporter,  retired Army Pvt. Andrew Guthrie  As people did not wear name tags, there may well have been a few former AFNers in the group who were not recognized.  In addition to family friends of the Cranston's from Bedford County, Virginia, was a group of three or four retired officers from the SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) Officers Association Washington chapter, with whom Colonel Cranston served.
 
 Following the short service in the chapel, the Chaplin led the procession of the urn carrying Colonel Cranston's ashes out of the chapel, where the Third U. S. Army Band, "The Pershing's Own," played a salute as the urn was placed on the caisson for the procession to the cemetery.  At Colonel Cranston's request, the caisson was drawn by six white horses, and the traditional riderless horse, with upturned boots, led the procession to the burial side, about a quarter mile away.  The mourners were given time to return to their cars, and followed the caisson.  At the burial site, Chaplin Madison again welcomed the mourners, and recited verses from the Bible dealing with death and everlasting life.  Then the U.S. Flag that draped the caisson was undraped fully by the honor guard over the casket, then, with crisp precision, was folded into the all-too-familiar neat triangle, and Chaplin Madison presented it to Mrs. Cranston with some whispered remarks.
 
 This was followed by a volley of three shots fired by the Honor Guard, and then Taps, as the crowd and the troops, stood at attention, rendering the salute.  Immediately following Taps, the Cemetery official declared the burial over, and the Piper then played the traditional Scottish funeral aire, "Flowers of the Forest" as the crowd remained standing.  With the mourners then returning to their cars, the Piper played the stirring "Scotland the Brave."
 
 A reception was held after the burial at the Fort Myer Officer's Club, with a wide selection of hors d'oeuvres, including delicious hot crab dip on French bread.  There was punch for some, however many of the mourners elected to honor Colonel Cranston 's passing with a variety of single malt Scotch and other drinks.  The reception lasted at least an hour, during which Piper Person serenaded the group with more tunes on the bagpipe.  Following the reception, the  retired AFNers and the Cranston family group drove to Pat Troy's Ireland's Own Pub in the historic downtown area of Alexandria, a city founded in the mid 1700's by Scottish merchants when it was the tobacco port for Northern Virginia, in sending that cash crop to smokers on the continent.  Those of age partook of several glasses of Glenlivet 16 year-old single malt, and the four AFN veterans told the Colonel's grandchildren stories of their time at the Castle von Brunning in Hoechst and what life and broadcasting was like in the time they served under Colonel Cranston.
 
During the period prior to the service, your reporter passed out copies of Colonel Cranston's obituaries to the Honor Guard and to the members of the unit attending the horses that would carry the caisson to the burial site.  I also took the opportunity to tell one of the horses that he and his mates would be carrying a very special officer to his final resting site and that they should be proud.  He may have understood me.  I can tell all of you that several sergeants and the Captain of one of the several Honor Guard components, himself a veteran of a tour in Afghanistan, told me that no one, of the many burial parties for months before this one, (Arlington does 30 funerals every day!) had ever taken the trouble to inform the Guardsmen of the background of the officer they were honoring.  It occurred to me, that, as so many of us feel so deeply about Colonel Cranston, I did not want him to be, at his burial, yet another "anonymous"  military officer, to them,  but rather a man who's expansion of G. I. broadcasting had most likely been a part of their lives.  And several of them thanked me for including them.
 
Mrs.  Cranston, who is a real computer artist, produced, at the last minute,  a service program, with a color and black and white cover montage of Colonel Cranston's life  It was  beautiful, and inside was a brief history of his accomplishments.  In an effort to allow all of you to feel that you were with us at the burial, not just "in spirit" I am including an attachment of the lovely program.  Please understand that Sandy did this in just a day or two, so bear with her in the misspelling of Fort Meyer.  It was an outstanding achievement!
 
For your information, you reporter wore his ancient Guthrie tartan kilt, with the Pfc. stripes on the jacket that Colonel Cranston purchased for me on his 90th birthday, and four ribbons, about which the Colonel took the trouble to write to me, when I told him I never got a single medal at the end of my service.  He even included a catalogue with each one circled! 
 
Sadly and respectfully,
 
Army Pfc. (by Colonel's order) Andrew Guthrie (Ret.) AFN Headquarters Newsroom 1960-'61 Frankfurt am Main Hoechst
 

AFTN - New show preview 1969


There are some great new shows coming up to celebrate 1969 on AFTN!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gary Owens - 1969



This is a much better transfer of something that was presented a while back.  I was sent a bunch of disks that weren't stored in sleeves and were in pretty rough shape. 

Roland Bynum - 1981


Roland has the best Soulin' 1981 style


Friday, November 22, 2013

Gene Price - 1975

Time to board the Country Express.  I hope you've got your boarding pass.




Christmas will be here before you know it and Gene's book would be a great gift for the little ones in your life.

1945 AFN scripts


A couple of weeks ago I heard about this.  Some personal papers that seemed to have some AFN scripts from the 40s.  I did the deal.  The owner turned out to be in Minneapolis so I could pick them up and get the history (provenance is rarely available) .  Jack Pratt led the ATC Orchestra after Glenn Miller.  These were a batch of his personal papers. The ATC band toured Europe after the war.  It was some incredible history and yes a bunch of AFN scripts.  Countdown shows, T/5 Mickey Rooney in a show and this one.  Jack Benny went to Europe during his summer break in 1945 and did a show exclusively for AFN (anyone have audio of this???)

I'm just happy to be able to give it a home.  Now how to share it...

Roger Carroll - 1969


There was a Happy Hour in 1969?  Every day when Roger Carroll is at the mic.




Chris Noel - 1969


The weekend is almost here.  Chris Noel has memories of 1969


Chris's new book is out "Filming the Glory Stompers: Behind the scenes with Dennis Hopper"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AFN Bremerhaven 1993 - Bill Boyd



Time for good morning, 1993 style.  Here's Bill Boyd at the "PowerStation"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Roland Bynum - 1981

It's a Wednesday happening on AFRTS with the Bynum...

 
Still has it.