Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Andy Mansfield - 1963

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

End of the year

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


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
a pico feo in a mango tree!!

More from SCN

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you and yours had a wonderful Christmas.

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.

Wolfman Jack - 1973

I can now say that we have most of the Wolfman Jack USAF shows.  Billy's contribution made that happen and I'm very grateful.  Where were you in 1973?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Gary Gears - 1968

After 1968...

So Gary Gears was drafted, promptly aggravated the higher ups and was taken off of his DJ shows.  After that Gary spent a lot of hours in the production room practicing and keeping his chops..

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

Joe Allison - 1969

Joe Allison has your country favorites from a Wednesday in 1968

Wolfman Jack - 1974

Wolfman, he understands.  Sure does.  Here's another 1974 visit with the Wolf for the US Air Force.  I just located another bunch of these and now have most of the series.  Coming up!

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!
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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.