Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bob Kingsley - 1983

Bob had a long history with AFRTS.  In the 50s he was one of us at AFRTS Iceland "Hey who carved his name in the board?"  But after he got out and became more and more successful did an album rock show for AFRTS (several are posted) before becoming the voice of American Country Countdown in 1974.  That went on for 27 years.  This is another of the shows Vicente recorded from the Torrejon, Spain station.


Bob still does the countdown, visit Country Top 40

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chris Noel - 1967


Chris had only been doing the show for about three months but it was radio at it's best.



Monday, July 28, 2014

AFVN - Jim Huntley 1970

Thanks Doug Jennings!

I was talking with Bob Casey.  Bob had quite the story.  One of the things he did at AFVN was start the Million Dollar Music oldies show.  After he left the show continued.  Here's Jumpin' Jim Huntley

Charlie Tuna - 1985


We have your wake-up call.  Charlie Tuna spent a quarter of a century waking the world on AFRTS.  Be sure to visit his website www.charlietuna.com Here's a 1985 visit.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Joe Ferguson - 1983


The Joe Show returns.  Joe Ferguson was at KUPL in Portland OR and the show went worldwide.  Joe was kind enough to share his copies and these are good...



Torrejon - 1981

In Spain in the late late 70s and early 80s Vicente recorded a lot of bits and pieces from our station there.  The station was FM, the cassettes were well recorded. There's Wolfman, Casey, the Afternoon show and Dallas Burnett with the Parade of Sports. On some weekend in 1981 all of our stations sounded a lot like this..




Viva - 1974

Viva was a younger Latino show with a lot more salsa than Vance Graham (Victor) usually played.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chris Noel - 1970


Chris Noel made a bunch of long tours a little shorter.  Date With Chris touched a lot of troops.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tony Pigg "Love" - 1971

These are fun.  By 1971 "Free-form" rock stations started in many markets.  In New York ABCs WPLJ sounded great and Tony Pigg was a great example.





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Larry McKay - 1985



Larry worked all over the city:

KHJ, 1974-75; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-81; KFI, 1981-82; KMPC, 1982-92; KRLA, 1992-96; KFWB, 1996-97; KRTH, 1997-2008; KFWB, 1998-2000. Larry did swing at "K-Earth" for many years.

So with the day job being KMPC, Larry played worldwide:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monitor - 1967

"Monitor" was a big deal at NBC.  It was a mixture of new, interviews, features and music. They started the show in 1955 and ran until 1975.  AFRTS ran it much of the time.

Dennis Hart is the authority of all things Monitor:

NBC gave the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service access to "Monitor" segments, which were edited to remove commercials and much of the hosts' continuity. An hour of the AFRTS version of "Monitor" would be culled from several hours of "Monitor" as it had originally aired over NBC. So what you'll hear in the hour is a compilation of Barry Nelson as he hosted a four-hour Sunday afternoon "Monitor" segment in 1967. (And, yes, the "strange" intro to the segment is something AFRTS put in -- not something NBC aired.)

Barry had left Monitor in December 1966.  This show went out in 1967.







Monitor has a tribute page.  Click here

Joe Allison - 1965



Display honoring Joe at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas.

Joe Allison wrote Jim Reeve's biggest hit "He'll Have To Go".  With a credit like that a lot of performers could coast but not Joe.  Writer, performer, DJ, executive and succeeding every time.  He was a giant.  We lost Joe in 2002.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1983


Here comes Charlie.  What an amazing career, KOMA when that meant something.  WMEX when that meant something.  From there to Los Angeles and KHJ.  Wow.  In 1971 we stayed Tuna'd until 1996.  Here's a memory:



Danny Kramer - 1983

Always tons of talent.  Danny Kramer from KSL in Salt Lake City was one of the hometown jocks that did shows for the network in 1983.


Covering the world, it's the Danny Kramer show.  Danny updated us on Facebook:
 thanks for responding to this. AFRTS came to me and asked me to do a 26 week series of 3 hour shows based on what I was doing on KSL at the time. Had great response, but it took most of every Sunday doing the prep and engineering. Made my year, for sure.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Wolfman Jack - 1974

How many others heard these shows and said "wow" and talked to a recruiter?  Was an attention getter.  Roger Carroll Enterprises worked out the deal to do these.


The stations got a half hour of PSA time and everyone won.  Good good music on the radio:



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AFRTS 1982

Here are some memories, Dick Clark and Kris Erik Stevens jingles and a piece of Humble Harv with the survey...




Chris Noel - 1967



You have a chance to see Chris Noel:

I'll be appearing live and in person at the Collingwood Elvis Festival!
Toronto, Canada - Sunday July 23-27, 2014
http://collingwoodelvisfestival.com/

Today's memory is from 1967 and a "Date With Chris".  For 55 minutes, home was that much closer


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One Night Stand - 1962

Well into the 1960s radio had remote broadcasts from the big bands.  AFRTS played these for the troops worldwide on One Night Stand.  A little piece of home.


Si Zentner had a very good band.  Unfortunately the big bands were dying out.  But they'll always have a magic:



Monday, July 14, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1979


1979 had some great songs and Roger Carroll made them better.  Happy Hour is now!
This was recorded from the station in Torrejon Spain (thanks Vicente!) but we hade the same magic worldwide.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bob Crosby - 1944

Bob Crosby did a lot of shows for us during WWII, usually as a DJ sometimes with his band.

"Yank Swing Session" was interesting.  Sometimes they played records.  Usually they played unissued music from radio shows.  Here's a 1944 visit.




Tom Campbell - 1980

Anyone know whatever happened to Tom?  There are a handful of our AFRTS friends that have disappeared.  Tom is one of those.  Wonderful talent.  It's time for Tom Campbell's Playback..


Phone number doesn't seem to work..

Friday, July 11, 2014

Jim Ameche - 1965

Jim Ameche continues his review of the most beautiful music from the world's greatest orchestras with the Jim Ameche show.


There's a majesty to it that we heard from Pete Smith, John Doremus and Jim Ameche.

It's time to relax





Roger Carroll - 1974

I'm very grateful to Roger.  Decades of service to the troops then donating a lot of his shows so that we remember together.


The military had done recruiting shows with DJs since WWII but Roger had put together a deal with the top LA talent and they sounded great.

Charlie Tuna - 1982

Charlie's back to start your day.  And there's a special broadcast, the third launch of the Columbia space shuttle (all went well).

Charlie is still heard everywhere:

 He’s now heard across the U.S., Canada and internationally on his 5 hour  daily and weekend shows, plus a daily Hollywood Minute entertainment feature,  from Black Card Radio Syndication in Las Vegas.


You can stay Tuna'd by visiting his website http://www.charlietuna.com


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chris Noel - 1970


I first heard Chris when I had gotten to AFKN-TDC.  It was 1976.  TDC was in the middle of the 2nd Infantry Division and these were perfect.  Unfortunately no practical way to edit them.  Hundreds of her shows had been saved and they were every bit as relevant.



Monday, July 7, 2014

AFN Kaiserslautern Radio Club


Michael Shimp had the following memories, thank you!

I was part of a work study program at AFN Kaiserslautern in the early seventies.  I (and many others) read news about our local high school (Zweibruecken American) and played musical requests from the students and faculty.  We alternated weeks with the K-Town American high school. This is a page from the Zweibruecken yearbook of 1973. Despite what the pictures show, we seldom touched the equipment, we just wrote scripts together and read them. Army Specialist Dennis Mclintock (sp) recorded and edited the show. I joined the Army a few years later, intending to enlist as a broadcast announcer (I believe a 71R M.O.S.), but my recruiter convinced me to enlist as a medic and  surgical assistant (91D), a profession I've worked in for a few decades now.

Charlie Tuna - 1984


Here comes Charlie.  It's another visit to Torrejon, courtesy of our friend Vicente.  For a quarter century Charlie Tuna woke the world.  We had the same show in Panama, Korea, Germany and a hundred other countries.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Operation Little Vittles - 1949

In the late 40s AFRS did a lot of stories about the people side of war.  Operation Little Vittles was a part of the Berlin Airlift. America got candy to kids.




The story is dramatized in this broadcast:


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Command Performance - 1942

How do you come up with words for something like this?  In 1942 the US radio networks and all of the stars of radio and movies cooperated to make the biggest variety show ever, Command Performance.  The program continued well into 1951.  The wartime shows in particular were a big deal.


Here's how it all began:


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Small World - 1965

NBC did Monitor, ABC had Flair, AFRTS had Small World.


Small World is where we first heard Chris Noel (I'm looking for those).  Today George's guest is Freddie Martin.



Gene Price - 1974


Gene and Willard are coming in on the Country Express, for today's Army.


Last January Gene called in and told us all about it.  It really was an honor.