Thursday, October 31, 2013

Post 1000

1,000 posts.  A bare minimum of 500 hours to listen to everything again.  Thank you for your part in our history.  Thank you for visiting.  Thank you for visiting our sponsors.  Be sure to tip the waitstaff!



AFN - Dave Malone - 1978 CMA Awards



We're up to the last part of the 1978 Network wide broadcast to celebrate the CMA awards.  From Frankfurt, here's Dave Malone.


Thanks Hans Knot for making these available!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jim Pewter - 1980

Jim Pewter is back with a "Beach Party Reunion", songs of summer and surf.


Here comes summer...


Monday, October 28, 2013

Roger Carroll - January 1981

Roger at ABC

Roger didn't want to be a DJ.  He was a "network announcer".  Wouldn't that have been the coolest gig ever?  ABC needed a DJ, Roger was the new guy.  That settled that.  He found his groove and a legend started.




Sunday, October 27, 2013

Golden Days Of Radio - War Of The Worlds


Frank Bresee is back with another look at radio's golden days.  Today it's part two of War Of The Worlds

 

Whistler - 1962

Halloween's coming up and time for a mystery with the Whistler.  With some breaks, the Whistler was on in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.  The shows hold up surprisingly well.





AFN Berlin - Rik De Lisle 1978 CMA Awards


AFN's tribute to the 1978 CMA awards continues from Berlin with Rik De Lisle.

Tony Booth - AFKN



Tony in Stars and Stripes

It's always great to hear the stories.  Tony Booth shared his:


 
My time doing "Good Morning, Korea" from 1968-1970 are some of my most fond memories of my 51+ years in broadcasting.  Just so happened I was lucky enough to have Lt. Col. Frank Tennant as the CO at AFKN when I arrived and his support of the entire unit was a credit to his career. (Just so happens that tomorrow 10/28) is his birthday so Happy Birthday, Colonel.)
 
The unit had some of the best talent probably assembled in the Army at the time except in Vietnam since so many of us were drafted.  I volunteered for the draft so I could get AFRTS (remember the MOS? 71Q and 71R).
 
To those who served with me in those years regardless of what you did or where you were stationed, let me say "Welcome Home."  I heard that for the first time about 5 years ago.
 
Today in addition to hosting my afternoon show at Big Oldies 107.3 in Richmond, Va (Bigoldies1073.com on the web), I do about 35-40 hours a month at the USO/Richmond International Airport.  The rewards are endless. Someone asked me recently if my dedication to those in uniform today had anything to do with the way we/I was treated when I came back home from Korea and the Vietnam War was still the hot topic, I said, "maybe a little but, honestly, I like the fact I get a new audience about every hour and can tell my jokes and stories and the only ones bored are the other volunteers...LOL"

Here's Tony at AFKN

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris had a documentary a few years ago, a DVD called "Blonde Bombshell".  If you can find a copy it's very interesting and worthwhile.  I pulled out my copy again this week.  Thanks Chris.






Small World - George Church - 1965


Some light music, interviews and companionship.  It's Small World with George Church.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Roland Bynum 1981

Time for another visit to the Creators Workshop.  



Wolfman Jack - 1975


A lot of stations/jocks saved these.  Wolfman Jack's show for Roger Carroll's company.  Right now it's Saturday and the world needs a howl.




Herman Griffith - 1967

Such music and such a talent.  I still can't find much information about the man.  The rock and the roll for the brave and the bold...

Jim Pewter, Herman Griffith, Roger Carroll
 
 
 

Adventures in Good Music - 1970

Detroit's Karl Haas was excited about his job.  For many years he put excitement into music from long gone composers.


AFRTS brought it worldwide.  Here's a 1970 visit.



Friday, October 25, 2013

AFKN Reunion

10/21/13
To: Thom Whetston
From:Brian Hartzell
Sent:Mon 10/21/13 10:27 PM
To: Thom Whetston (afrts@live.com)
I've been chatting with a couple of ex-AFKN vets who would like me to reopen the question of organizing an AFKN Reunion sometime in 2014 (probably September or October).  

Could you send out an email or Facebook message asking former AFKN staffers to make some suggestions as to what city (or part of the country) they would prefer such a reunion to be held? It is thought that we would have more success if we hosted the reunion in a city that is centrally located, although I don't necessarily believe that is true.  We are open to suggestions.

I, for instance, live in Ohio.  I know you live in Minnesota.  Dave McAlary lives in northern Virginia. Gary Theiman lives in southern California.  Etc., etc.  Some of our associates also live in Texas (seems popular to many as a retirement favorite).

Any thoughts...care to be a part of this conspiracy?

Brian E. Hartzell
Hartzell Consulting
"Fundraising & Public Relations Counsel to Nonprofits since 1979"

AFN SHAPE - Clark Taylor CMA Awards 1978

Continuing the CMA Awards from all of the network stations.  Clark Taylor does his part from the Benelux



At AFN-SHAPE,  I did the morning show for two years and since I was an experienced interviewer, I was tasked to interview most celebrities coming through Paris, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam.  So I met Jerry Lewis the actor in Paris, Abba and Barry Manilow in Holland and Merle Haggard and many others in Rotterdam (http://cflradio.net/clark_taylor_bio.htm

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Charlie Tuna - 1983

Charlie has almost 50 years in Los Angeles radio.  That's hard for me to even conceive.  Talent..


Charlie was with us from 1971-96.  His day jobs were some of the greatest LA top 40s ever.


FEN - Teens on Parade - 1960


The kids were dancing on the weekend in Tokyo.  From 1960 Dave Robinson and Ray Goodwin hosting a live show fun for the dependents.  Danny and the Red Coasters is our in studio band.  


Monday, October 21, 2013

Roger Carroll - 1980


For many years we had a lot of the talent from KMPC in Los Angeles.  Ira Cook, Bill Stewart and many more.  Roger Carroll had the longest run.  Three decades of the Happy Hour on the voice of home.  


Roger is on facebook and I'm sure he'd like to say "hi"!



Sunday, October 20, 2013

AFN Frankfurt - Teen Thirty - 1965




With the help of the Frankfurt Radio Club, it's time for Teen Thirty.  We served our communities and sometimes let the dependents rock.  Joe Ferguson was a member, here's some details:

The Frankfurt American High School started a radio club amongst students who were interested and we produced and aired a weekly radio program on AFN Frankfurt.  I believe the first year was the 1961-62 school year and they would bus us from the school out to the castle in Hochst where the studios were located and we would record the program.  I believe it aired on the weekend.  There was music, school activities news and sports news.  The first faculty advisor to the radio club was the speech and drama teacher, Catherine Rotter and she was great fun.
 
In the castle along with the studios, there also were barracks and an AFN club with a bar and pub food.  My senior year, 62-63 I was the president of the club. 
 
Imagine the effect on an impressionable teen, interested in learning something about radio.  Having the opportunity to go to a real life castle with big gates and real turrets too was an amazing experience.  And then, throw in studios just stuffed with all this nifty Grundig and Telefunken broadcast gear and all the AFN pro’s we got to work with..  I was hooked! 
 
Little did I know I would never work in another radio station that had its own bar complete with pub food; =) Or one that had a turret either.
 
Regards,
Joe
 

So did any of these guys eventually join us?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gene Price - 1974

"Mr. Finsterwald, are you ready for your closeup?"


Gene's back with some fun from today's Army.  Over 300 bucks a month!!!
Thanks for the memories, Gene!







Date With Chris - 1970


The Date With Chris project is coming right along.  About half have been transferred and we're up to 1970.  
These transfers are from Chris's original disks.  I'm very grateful.


AFN Munich 1981 from a listener




Why was it so important to listen to AFN?  You know, listening to AFN was more than radio - radio was the "Bayerischer Rundfunk" in Munich but THEY  made the music - the listeners in Germany had no contact to the DJs in former days -  so you could not take part in this show... you know?

And then we discovered AFN - very late, when i was over 18 , but you know in former days me as a 18 year old boy was like 16 year old today -

The thing, why AFN was so important for me and my twin brother was, that there where Americans out there on the radio in the Request Show you could talk to - we called in every day and the DJs knew us from our names - and they played the songs for us - that was amazing!

And then one day I met Dick Dale, I just walked to Kaulbachstrasse (AFN Munich) ringed the bell and he opened... And I took part in his show - he smoked 20 cigarettes in 2hours - it was really stress -  before this day I had no idea how much stress is a Request-Show - he was alone in the studio!)

The other thing was: we improved our English - no, our American! I didn't like the "sound" of the British English in school - and I loved the smooth American language - but teachers  didn't! So, tell me, where could you listen to the American Language in Germany? Only on AFN!

;-)

I used American words like truck and not lorry, I pronounced "after" like an American not like a British - this was a process of individualization and emancipation from school - and with the DJs we had Americans, we could ask short questions about the American language - yes really, we did, if we had questions - and got answers.

Today I'm proud to have listened to AFN Munich in the early  80ties - it was the best radio-time of my life!

 

Charlie Tuna (i loved the country count down)  Wolfman Jack, or the great Casey Kasem from the American top 40 - but the best where the Request Shows in AFN Munich.

 

I still have this in my ear: Its 4:05 p.m. the news ended - and the music of the film "Dallas" appeared (that was E. Wattson) and he said":

 

"Hi there, I'm air force sergeant Everard Wattson, welcoming you on a Thursday afternoon here on AFN Munich - if you wanna here a song, gimme a call, my telephone number is 6194 and if you're calling from a civilian phone its 6229-6194, and I'll try to get it on for you"

 

Imagine - I remember this fluently today  - 30 years later....

 

;-)

 
Have a nice  weekend,

Andreas

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Roland Bynum 1981

Roland's brought the party!

Let's revisit 1981 with some Soulin' with Roland!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

AFN 1978 Country Music Awards - Jim Johnson

 
Our tribute to the 1978 Country Music awards continues (Thanks Hans Knot).  This time we go to AFN Bremerhaven and Jim Johnson
 

Just Music - 1967

Peaceful music for the dinner hour?  Music to keep the Colonels off our back?  We ran a lot of it.  During WWII we had a program called "At Ease", 15 minutes of uninterrupted orchestral music.  In 1967 it was the same thing, called "Just Music". 



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Alaska - 1944


TIME OUT from pool game to listen on the radio.  Portable radios are furnished by the Special Service division of the Army.  Radio reception is not too good in most sections of the Highway, due perhaps to mountains, mineral deposits, and Northern Lights.  Pool tables are, however, a late addition to most camps.  They were furnished by the American Red Cross.

(The Alaska Highway "Truck Tracks" 16 Feb 1944)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Roger Carroll - 1966


I'm ready for my fix of the Best Sounds in Town.  Roger was and is a giant of the industry.  Top DJ, network radio and television announcer and three decades with the worlds largest radio network.  All of that when it really did matter.  Let's remember 1966


Friday, October 11, 2013

Wolfman Jack - Halloween 1975


Wolf is rocking.  This came in a while back I've been waiting for the holiday.




Chris Noel 1967

Chris Noel in "Get Yourself A College Girl"


And another great hour of music.  Chris had been doing the show for almost a year and she connects.

Monday, October 7, 2013

AFN - Jay Derkash - Country Music Awards 1978

In 1978 AFN celebrated the Country Music Awards with shows from the affiliate stations being broadcast across the entire network.  Today from Kaiserslautern Specialist Jay Derkash has the update.

 
 
 
Our friend Hans Knot made this available.  Hans pays tribute to the history of pirate radio in Europe, sometimes touching on AFN.  His website is a great read  Hans Knot - International Radio Report
 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sound Off - Bill Goodwin 1942

Here's the other side of a disk from a couple of months ago.  Before we had a network the government was sending radio shows to the field.  Announcer Bill Goodwin shows us a precursor to American Top 40:

 
 
 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wolfman Jack 1975

 
Here's some Wolfin deliciousness from 1975
 
 
 
 

Charlie Tuna - 1982

It's summer 1982, I'm enjoying life in what was left of the Canal Zone and Charlie Tuna had us staying Tuna'd



 
Visit Charlie at http://www.charlietuna.com you'll want to bookmark it!
 

Roger Carroll - 1980

 
He sure kept busy! 
 
Roger's birthday is 10/6.  Stop by his facebook page! 
 
 
 

Chris Noel 1967

 
Making serious progress on getting Chris's AFRTS shows transferred to digital. 
 
Here's todays visit from Summer 1967
 
 
 

Friday, October 4, 2013

AFN - Dick Beacham - Country Awards Show

Hans sent this one in.  In 1978 AFN Europe celebrated the Country Music Awards with a series of shows from all over the network.  Here's Dick Beacham with the first part