Saturday, May 31, 2014

AFRTS - 1977

Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon station in 1977.  I think we can all be grateful.


We'll hear bits and pieces from Roger Carroll, Roland Bynum, Humble Harve and more.  1977 was a big year in AFRTS history, it was the year they stopped using system cues "This is the American/Armed Forces Radio and Television Service".  You'd never believe how many memos there were about that.  The system cue was your warning that there was just fill music til the top of the hour.  Somehow we managed to figure it out.  This is great listening:


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1987

Charlie Tuna now

70s, 80s and 90s that's a lot of shows.  Charlie started our days in 1971 and continued until 1996.  All that time waking Southern California, doing voiceover, TV and film.  Busy guy.


Be sure to visit Charlie's website click here



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1971

Young Roger Carroll

Roger Carroll back with memories of 1971.  Roger's on facebook you should friend him and say hi.  Television, radio, business.  Wonderful guy.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chris Noel - 1969


Chris did the show for roughly four years and still has an impact over four decades later.  A while back she shared her copies of these shows with us.  There will be new ones every week for a long time. Thank you Chris!



Now Chris helps vets with a shelter for homeless vets.  Visit Vetsville (click here)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Air Force Weekly - 1983


Air Force Weekly was the official news  show of the USAF
Jan Garman and Dave Ellswick were the anchors but PAO shows from all over the world phoned in the latest.

We had horrible network lines.  These were probably 2k.  That's how all news broadcasts sounded...



Danny Kramer - 1983

Danny Kramer from KSL Salt Lake City was one of the jocks that did shows for a 1983 project when the Voice Of Home included cities all over the country.


Vicente in Madrid recorded many of these.




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Golden Days Of Radio - 1969


Frank Bresee started doing the Golden Days of Radio show in 1968.  "Network Radio" had stopped in 1962 with the last of the big shows going off of the air so the memories were fairly recent.  Frank had the biggest moments of radio from the 1930s-50s and kept that going until 1996, making the last recrorded show for AFRTS-LA.  They are in the process of digitizing all of the shows to make them available online.  When I have more information, I'll be passing it along.





Saturday, May 24, 2014

Clem Stein - 1964

Last year we lost AFNer Clem Stein.  Clem had shared memories and sent along a couple of nice airchecks.  This is a 1964 "Weekend World" broadcast with him being the booth announcer.  Before that sharing some memories.







Friday, May 23, 2014

Wolfman Jack - 1972



Your weekend howls with Wolfman Jack.  


In 1972 the Air Force had Wolf magic...




Thursday, May 22, 2014

November 1977 - Bits and pieces

In November 1977 I was rocking AFKN TDC and we were running these same shows from AFRTS-LA.  Bruce Phillip Miller has a "Coffee Break", Roger Carroll with a Word or Two, Roland Bynum and Kris Erik Stevens.




Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon station but they all ran everywhere.

Marine Band Concert - 1962

"The President's Own" The United States Marine Band had been on the radio back to the 1920s.  BY the 1960s they had weekly broadcasts on CBS.  Those broadcasts were rebroadcast by AFRTS.





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gary Owens - 1969

From the Corn Palace to you.. it's another dreaded Gary Owens, Music Guy show!


Gary was another KMPC vet, the booth announcer for Laugh In and the current voice of Antenna TV... and funny.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1987

Never needs Tuna Helper!


Here's Charlie Tuna with a 1987 good morning.  Charlie was with the network for a quarter century at the same time waking up Los Angeles on all of the stations that mattered.  Thanks Charlie!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Bob Kingsley - 1984

Bob was one of us.  In the Air Force in Iceland.  Rumor has it that he carved his name into the board.


He had done a rock show for us and was great at that too.  In the 70s and 80s "American Country Countdown". Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon Spain station and the memories continue...



Chris Noel - 1967


Chris Noel is having a lot of pictures scanned.  This one is previously unseen, recording the show.  Here's a 1967 Date With Chris.  Visit Vetsville, click here



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Enchantment Of Music - 1962

"Enchantment of Music" was a light classical show originated by KCBH-FM, Beverly Hills "in the matchless Fidelity of Frequency Modulation."  I'd bet it was usually run on our AM stations.


That was the studio.  Bruce Wendell was the talent he bounced through several stations before becoming an executive at Capitol records.



World Of Show Business - 1962

Bud Widdom was a jack of all trades at AFRS, hosting variety shows during WWII, hundreds and hundreds of interviews.  He did it all.  In 1962 Bud was making "The World Of Show Business" a nice interview show.  On this one he talks with Jackie Gleason.





Roger Carroll - 1974

Roger Carroll had come up with a great idea.  The services had been doing recruiting radio shows since WWII.  The majority of them not as slick as they could be.  Roger assembled some top talent.

Roger with Petula Clark and Johnny Magnus.



Friday, May 16, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1984

Charlie gets his star!

Memories of 1984, Charlie starts your day and talks with a guy with a new trivia game.



AFRTS - 1978 from Torrejon

Here's more memories from 1978.  We'll hear from Johnnie Darren, Gene Price, the Bishop show (who was that guy??) Tom Campbell and a bunch of other memories.  This is my weekend barbecue tape!




Thursday, May 15, 2014

Roland Bynum - 1973

Roland Bynum with his daughter and son

It's the best Bynum.  Roland has the songs of 1973 in this Air Force recruiting program recorded for Roger Carroll's company and heard from coast-to-coast.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chris Noel -1970


Chris Noel... still making memories.  She's still giving her all with her veterans shelter.  You should help out Click here



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Freedom Sings - 1962


We had patriotic shows... We had martial music...  The Freedoms Foundation sponsored a lot of patriotic radio programs.  Freedom sings was one of the better ones.  All of the services bands had radio programs at one time or another.  This one featured the Army Band and chorus.



Sagebrush Theater - 1970

Sam Buffington as Luke Slaughter

Sagebrush Theater "from the library of radio programs from many years ago" was one of many shows that rebroadcast radio shows from the 1940s and 50s.  We had an amazing library of these saved from their first runs.  We had many stations that didn't have television.  That worked out as a good fit.




AFRTS - 1980


I was going through the AFRTS Spain recordings that Vicente did.  I was listening to this one and was going to cut it up and it's just too cool.  There are nice clips of the summer 1980 AFRTS-LA talent.  An hour and a half worth.  I think it tells a story by itself.  Wherever you were, we had this memory:



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1987


Somewhere on planet earth it was morning and Charlie Tuna was doing a morning show all day long, somewhere.  That's pretty awesome and it's something we probably won't see again.  In 1987 here's what it sounded  like:

Charlie is on facebook and has a wonderful website http://www.charlietuna.com


AFRTS - 1961


That'll keep us busy...


Arrived.  It's a good day when the postman is cursing me.  Bunch of One Night Stands, Grand Old Opry, Rocketing Rhythms, Continental Varieties, Swingin' Years, Broadway is My Beat and many more...


Roger Carroll - 1974


Roger Carroll welcomes us to another Happy Hour.  Memories of 1974.  Roger is on facebook.  Be sure to say 'hi"!!



Wolfman Jack - 1976


An amazing amount of wizdom in 3 minutes.  We had it every day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tom Campbell - 1979


So what kind of jock would put his home phone number in ads?  Tom Campbell would.  You can say he was accessible... In 1971 Tom joined the network for a long run.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Many thanks!

The following contributors are some of the people that have made this a better place.  With your help we get more material and better tech for better transfers. Thank you very much, it goes a long way!

Linda Lord
Erkan Acar
Ken Hissong
William James
Dale Nulik
John Miller
Chris Andrews
Glen May
Burt Schneider
Steven Kuhn
Jeff McKnight
Gary Schneider
Robert Baucik
Joseph Webb

Chris Noel - 1970




Chris Noel has always been a special person from being such an amazing film talent through the Date With Chris years to running veterans shelter in Florida.  We have a lot to be thankful for.  Here's a plate of memories:

Date With Chris - 1970 click that link to hear Chris in 1970

AFRTS Torrejon - Keith Anderson 1981

Aerial view of Torrejon AFB 

May of 1981 and Air Force SGT Keith Anderson has your favorites.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Harry Newman - 1986


Time for more Harry Newman.  The next time "Cops" comes on, listen closely to the announcer.  From 1986, welcome back Harry Newman..



Jim Ameche - 1965

From the greatest orchestra libraries, it's the best sounds around.  Easy Listening music from large orchestras was something we don't hear much of anymore.  AFRTS had a long tradition of it going back to the beginnings.  Jim Ameche (Don's brother) was the first to succeed with a nationally syndicated DJ show in the 1950s.  He really began the tradition continued by John Doremus and Pete Smith.  Dinnertime, the end of a long, hard day and time for some easy favorites.



Sunday, May 4, 2014

Benny Brown - AFN - 1994

Nice surprise in the mail last week.  Benny had sent in a 1994 "Saturday Gold" show.  Benny had been a trooper in Vietnam and eventually parlayed that into rocking at AFN.  After that staying in Europe with a long-term gig at flamethrower Radio Luxembourg.  Play it loud!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chuck Cecil - 1961

In the late 1950s Chuck Cecil was doing an oldies show on KFI.  "The Swingin' Years" spotlighted the hits of the 30s and 40s.  It was picked up by AFRTS and was still running well into the 1980s.  Chuck was still doing the show in 2014 on a public station in Los Angeles although he recently retired.  Quite a run, a bit of fun, The swingin' years...



AFN to a local citizen


I'm Julius, living in Munich, Germany.

I was born in Mannheim in 1950 and lived there till 1975. My absolute favorite Station was AFN FRANKFURT.  I heard them all: Wolfman, Roger Carroll, Charlie Tuna, Caseys' Count Down, Old Gold Retold, Hawaii Calls etc.

 I recorded a lot of their music, but not the complete shows. Sometimes only the trailers with the voice of the DJs.

 For decades I tried to find out the name of the title music from WEEKEND WORLD. Last Year, the SHAZAM-Program on my Mobile answered the question: "Super Chief" by Bob Thompson. I was happy like a child!

 My "AFN-YEARS" in Mannheim were an important part of my life, and when I now listen to the clips on your web-site, I always feel the spirit of that time.

Ride on ....

Roger Carroll - 1976

This is from the Torrejon airchecks.  Wolfman finishes a show, station break and then Roger Carroll with the happy hour.  Were Roger and the Wolf scheduled adjacent?  That'd be odd.



It's a great listen


Friday, May 2, 2014

Roland Bynum - 1973


1973 was an amazing year for Soul music.  Was the music great or did Roland make it that much better?  I think it was a bit of both.  We just received several "Soul In Motion", the Air Force recruiting show Roland did for Roger Carroll's company.  These are great listening:


Click that link and hear some Good Bynum...