Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Andy Mansfield - 1963




Andy continues his tribute to Glenn Miller, here's part four.


End of the year

We need your help at the end of the year.  Your memories, the things you saved make this into the special place it is and I thank you.
 
You can help right now by putting a few bucks in the kitty.  Over the year it helps with getting recordings, hardware and the internet things to make it happen to make it available here.  The easiest way is the PayPal link on the left.  That link isn't there if you're using a mobile device, click "donate" to help.






Your help makes this a nicer place. Thank you.
 
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Happy New Year!

Thom

Roland Bynum - 1984




Here's the Roland Bynum show, from 1984 recorded in Iceland.
Nowadays Roland works at Stevie Wonder's station in Los Angeles, KGLH



Roland Bynum - 1984

More Roland Bynum

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1968

Nice work if you can get it. (courtesy and copyright of Playground Productions)

In 1967 Jim was managing Forever Records.  They put out a two record set to benefit the USO.  "Jim Pewter Salutes the USO Shows with 21 Hits From The Past"  I've got to pick up a copy.  Jim shared this original artwork picture with 21 teen models in Pasadena.





Chris Noel - 1971


Thank you Chris for all you've done.  Here's a rockin Date with Chris.



Saturday, December 26, 2015

12 Days of Christmas on the Isthmus

In the Panama Canal Zone, this was kind of a big deal.  Every Christmas on the Southern Command Network, Christmas on the Isthmus:
 
Cal Hackman and  Pete Franquet   recorded this song in the SCN studio in 1969 or 1970.  The song was written by a young girl named Carrie Ellis.  Pete played it on his radio program and it became a hit.  I'm trying to locate a copy of the tape.  We were still playing it ten years later.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
a pico feo in a mango tree.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
two crocodiles...
On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
three kinkajoos...
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
four screaming buzzards...
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
five coconuts...
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
six gato solos...
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
seven golden frogs...
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
eight boa constrictors...
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
nine armadillos...
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
ten green iguanas...
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
eleven traipsing tapirs...
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
twelve fat conejos...
eleven traipsing tapirs, ten green iguanas, nine armadillos,
eight boa constrictors, seven golden frogs, six gato solos,
— five coconuts —
four screaming buzzards, three kinkajoos, two crocodiles
and
a pico feo in a mango tree!!



More from SCN

Friday, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Boston Pops - 1957


Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops and AFRTS had a long relationship.  From WWII well into the 1970s they shared the same stage.  Here's a 1957 visit, with works of Ferde Groffe.





Joe Ferguson - 1983


From KUPL in Portand OR, Joe Ferguson is back on a Wednesday in 1983.  Thanks again Joe, these are great!



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Command Performance - Christmas 1942


So AFRS did run on US radio.  As a special treat, the Christmas 1942 show ran on all of the US networks.  Merry Christmas to you and yours.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Chris Noel - Christmas 1969




She worked hard.  Chris would have had a lot of frequent flier miles.  She brought home to troops all over the world.  It made the world a better place.  Now Chris is a prolific writer.  She just completed a new book about the making of "Beach Ball", you should read this.  Click here


Here's a Christmas 1969 visit.



Jimmy Wakely - Christmas 1968


Jimmy Wakely wishes you a very Merry Christmas 1968.





Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gene Price - 1980


Gene has details about the book at his website Click here It's a great read and a nice gift.

Gene Price is back with your kind of country.  It's memories of 1980 on AFRTS



Mary Helen Barro - 1983


It's a mild winter in much of the Midwest, but I remember come Christmases in the Panama Canal Zone.  Head down to the car port, fire up some steaks, drink some beer, turn on SCN-TV and laugh at the snow..  This was the music for such things.  Mary Helen Barro and your latina favorites...



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ira Cook - Christmas 1976


Ira Cook has Christmas memories.  Some songs, some stories.  Home was far away.  The troops of Fort McCadden brought it closer.



Monday, December 14, 2015

Spectrum USA - 1971


Dick Stark is back with the music of Millard Fillmore.  Not really, but in 1971 he did a great series of shows for Marine Reserve Recruiting.  Soft music and great stories, Spectrum USA.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jim Pewter

 
Jim Pewter sent along a nice collection of photos, with the stories behind every one.  Thanks Jim!
It's coming...



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Roger Carroll - 1972

There must be a story on this...

Roger has the first half of a Happy Hour from 1972.  He has found even more shows and it's going to be great listening.  I know what I want for Christmas!



Friday, December 11, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1973


Roland Bynum has "Soul in Motion" from the Creators Workshop.  It's coming up on Christmas 1973.  Roland is still making magic on the radio, in Los Angeles.



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jack Spector - WMCA - 1969


Back to the Coke shows!  No one seems to know what the story is on these.  In 1969 AFRTS had some sort of arrangement with some of the great jocks in the states and shows were pressed.  These disks did not have AFRTS labels, most had commercials.  Coke paid the have the albums distributed.  WMCA NY seems to have been represented the best.  Here's a visit with Jack Spector.  Jack mentions the Coke funding.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Martin Block - Christmas 1954



Christmas time is coming, Martin Block did his show for AFRTS-NY (Hi Jim!). Christmas was a special time in the Make Believe Ballroom...


Monday, December 7, 2015

SCN Panama - Thom Whetston - 1980 - John Lennon memorial



Okay it's a repeat, but 35 years ago we lost John Lennon. Here's how the next day sounded on the Southern Command Network in Panama.












Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hold High The Torch - 2nd Marine Division - 1947


In the late 1940s AFRS did many shows to explain the mission.  A lot of why and how.  Glenn Ford had spent WWII as a Marine.  He stars in this production highlighting the Marines in Tarawa. Take a listen.
 
 

Chris Noel - 1968




Chris has a brand new book about filming the movie "Beach Ball".  Take a look Click here.  In 1968, she was on AFRTS making some amazing radio.  Thank you Chris!


Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson brought a piece of Portland OR to the world with the shows he did in 1983, the network had a great goal, top talent from around the country being "The Voice of Home"



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AFVN Billy Williams - 1972


“Here's part one, Thom. I started in Vietnam as a Signal Corps bench technician at AVEL Central (Avionics/Aviation Electronics) in 1971. While on the bench repairing helicopter radios at AVEL, most of us also had a radio tuned to AFVN 540 KHz in Saigon. 10 hour shifts--sometimes days and sometimes nights if the backlog justified double shifts. I heard a "cattle call" on AFVN 540 one day. A few weeks later, I arrived at AFVN Saigon and trained on the "backboard" in AFVN television master control for a week or two. Then up country to Qui Nhon AFVN on Vung Chua Mountain to run the TV station mounted in a van. Qui Nhon detachment closed after Tet 1972 when Vung Chua Mtn signal site (where AFVN was co-located) came close to being overrun. Then on to Da Nang AFVN on Monkey Mountain to work TV master control. Also did TV news/sports there and the C&W afternoon show--they must have been very short-handed. When Capt. Webb went to Saigon, I filled in on DDB. Then he came back as Army Spec. Brett Webb and DEROSed not long after. They were daring me to send out "One Monkey" to a General at the bottom of the hill--but no thanks. A few weeks later...on to Saigon. Did Nightbeat and then Orient Express overnight show until returning to U.S. in late Sept. 1972. More on the historical web site that I maintain for the local Amateur "ham" Radio group.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gene Price - 1980

Buy the book! Click here!

It's always a mixed thing when I get some disks that weren't stored correctly.  I'm always very thankful but the transfers get hit and miss.  I rescue what I can.  This is from some 1980s disks that came in earlier this year.




Ira Cook - 1965


The talent was always so good, the particular music they played wasn't that important.  Radio used to be a companion and a friend.  Ira played MOR, some Hawaiian... Take a listen.



Friday, November 27, 2015

Silhouette - 1969


Sunday mornings AFRTS ran chapel shows.  Silhouette was contemporary music and stories.  Jerry saved this one.  He was in Thailand and AFTN ran this one was focused on the Vietnam war.  It's a powerful show.







Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving - 1944


Surprisingly hard to find Thanksgiving shows.  Paul sent a good one.  From 1944 Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter on It's a Wonderful Life)  and an all-star cast share the holidays.


Upgrade 2016

My best to you and yours. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1979

Roger and Beverly Carroll

Roger's back!  It's a Friday in 1979 and time for the best sounds in town, with the happy hour!  Thank you Roger for sharing these.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dan Daniel - WMCA - 1969

Dan Daniel

In 1969 the Coca Cola Company and AFRTS somehow arranged for a series of albums to be recorded to be distributed to the troops.  I can't find documentation of the project. Some of the top jocks in the country recorded them. These are hard to find.  Dan Daniel was a mid 1950s AFRTS vet in the Navy.  Last week Neil found this one.  Enjoy!



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Andy Mansfield - 1963


Here's part 3 of America's Popular Music, Andy Mansfield continues his tribute to Glenn Miller.



Roland Bynum - 1974


These were the disks that Roger Carroll products sent to radio stations in the US.  January 1974, waethers pretty awful.  Have you considered going somewhere warm with the US Air Force?



Friday, November 20, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1967


Jim Pewter was the music, his love of great songs shines through. I always waited for the songs that I forgot to remember.



Jim Pewter - 1967

Thank you Deviny James...


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chris Noel - 1969


Chris did so much for us, The Date With Chris show, toured all over the world, particularly in the hotspots and has been one of the most outspoken advocates ever. Today Chris has a homeless shelter for veterans.  Take a look Click here Please do what you can.  Here's how it sounded in 1969.



Mary Helen Barro - 1983




Mary Helen Barro brought the best in Latin music.  When suffering a violent winter, the music made it warmer.  See the beach?



Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson is back. Joe was one of the US jocks that AFRTS contracted to really be the Voice of Home.  Joe sent the shows along to share and I for one am very grateful.



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1980




In 1980, singer Leslie Gore popped to the Happy Hour with Roger Carroll.  She talked about her career, Brother Michael had just done "Fame", Roger gets us some neat stories.  We lost Leslie back in February.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Benny Brown - AFN

Benny Brown went from AFN to great career in European radio, including Radio Luxembourg blasting all over Europe. In February we heard a different part of this broadcast. Benny Skype'd be to talk about AFN and Radio Lux.  He explained that the breaks sound sloppy in this because of he was feeding the rest of the network.




Welcome back Benny, thanks for great radio!


Andy Mansfield - 1963


In 1963 the loss of Glenn Miller was still fresh.  Here's part two of Andy Mansfield's tribute.  He did a great job and talked with a lot of the people that knew Glenn.  





Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1979


Roland brings the dancing!  It's 1979 and in the Creators Workshop there's Stephanie Mills, Donna Summer and Michael Jackson.



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1972


In all of the stations we had promo photos of the AFRTS-LA talent.  Roger really didn't like his.  It wasn't a bad photo, but a very 1970s haircut.  Here's something we can all agree on from 1972:






One Night Stand - 1959


The great big bands continued touring well into the 1970s.  In the 1940s, 50s and 60s AFRTS aired remote broadcasts of the best on One Night Stand.  On this night in 1955 it was the music of Charlie Barnet from the Hollywood Palladium



Jim Pewter - 1968


I miss these songs.  Most markets had the Oldies Guys that new everything and Jim sure was of those. Charlie Gracie, the Coasters.  It's always a great listen.



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Chris Noel - 1967


Chris did one of the most popular shows ever.  A pretty girl, great music and caring.  She brought "home" everywhere.