Friday, April 29, 2016

Don Tracy - 1993


So tell me you believe Don Tracy had been doing this show for 20 years and sounding this good.



Chris Noel - 1969


The weekend is here and Chris Noel brings the entertainment.  When you think about the importance of the show to troops all over the world it's hard to believe it was only on for a half dozen years.  Seems like only yesterday.


Ira Cook - 1965



Ira has some of the biggest Stars of the Day.  Today it's Frank Sinatra and Count Basie.  Along with stories and fellowship, the Ira Cook Show.



Jim Pewter - 1980


Photo: Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

I was in Jim's old neighborhood last week.  He lived in St Paul, just a little off of University Avenue.  It's still the same houses.  Working class then and now. 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Continental Varieties - 1961


Today Dick Crawford has highlights from "Camelot"



Chuck Cecil - 1979


Chuck Cecil started playing the music of "The Swingin Years"s on KFI in the late 50s.  Those oldies were popular and he was on AFRTS in 1960.  On the Big Band Countdown, Chuck would pick a time and Count 'em down.  The show ran well into the 1980s.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Joe Ferguson - 1983

Joe at KFOX

Joe Ferguson is back.  It's 1983 and Portland OR had some neat radio.



Monday, April 25, 2016

Roland Bynum - 1980


Let's see what's shaking in the Creators Workshop.  It's Roland Bynum and time to enjoy!



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dick Sinclair - 1961


Dick Sinclair was one of our first jocks.  He was in that first class at Fox Film studios in 1943, went to the Mosquito Network.  When he got back he made polka music incredibly popular, a syndicated radio show, several TV shows.  He loved his work.  By the 1950s Polka Party was on AFRTS and continued through the late 1960s.



Johnny Bond - 1961



We had a lot of cowboys, both Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Bonds did country shows for the network before Joe Allison and the Country Corner.  Jimmy was backup talent for Gene Autry and was a frequent guest at the Melody Ranch. Johnny had a long successful recording career.  His greatest hit was "Ten Little Bottles" Here's Johnny in a 1961 show from Ft McCadden.

John Doremus - 1967

John Doremus had stories... and that amazing voice.  It's the dinner hour in 1967.




Saturday, April 23, 2016

If Freedom Failed - 1951


If Freedom Failed continues with a look at what will happen when the communists take over the trade unions.



Chris Noel - 1969


It's a "Date With Chris".  Chris Noel has spent her life giving to the troops, for doing to the AFRTS show to running a shelter for our homeless brothers. Support Vetsville





Gene Price - 1974


Gene Price and Leonard Finsterwall with your country favorites.  1974 memories for the Army.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Mary Helen Barro has your Latin favorites from a Monday in 1983.  Bailar!



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Backspin - 1979


Backspin was a neat show, Charlie Van Dyke had memories .



Charlie Tuna - 1975


We're gonna miss you Charlie...

Charlie Tuna - 1975

More Charlie Tuna

Visit Charlie's website at http://www.charlietuna.com

Joe Allison - 1965

Joe Allison had a neat part of history.  He's been called the DJ that bridged the gap between hillbilly radio and what he call country radio today.  Take a listen:



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wolfman Jack - 1974


Don't touch that dial.  Here comes the Wolfman.  He was with us for decades and did his part for the Air Force.  Take a listen..



Mary Turner - 1985


Mary Turner rocks.  But after winning at that, she made the world better Take a look



Andy Mansfield - 1964

Andy Mansfield had a long run with AFRTS, from Turn Back The Clock in the 50s to America's Popular Music in the 1960s he had those oldies.  In 1964 he did a tribute to Glenn Miller..  Here's Part 10.



Monday, April 18, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1974



RC with Johnny Magnus

In the 70s RC was recording recruiting shows to be played on stateside stations.  These were phenomenal compared to the other things being sent to CONUS stations.  Right now it's 1974 and Roger Carroll will help with your Air Force questions.



Roland Bynum - 1973



The earliest Roland Bynum show in the collection is this one, recorded for the Air Force by Roger Carroll's company. The disc has seen better days, but the transfer is in stereo.



Roland Bynum for the USAF Feb 73 a
Roland Bynum for the USAF Feb 73 b
More Roland Bynum

Sunday, April 17, 2016

USMC Guadalcanal



I was at the record store and saw a used album by the USMC Band (heard earlier this week here).  The thing was too thick.  With the record were 2 12" 78s that sound like they were done for the troops as a command information thing.  This one has a short clip recorded in the studio at Guadalcanal.  There's just not much audio from the Mosquito Network.  It's a good listen.



AFRS Guadalcanal


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bill Stewart 1969



Here's the man who can fill the musical bill, Bill Stewart.  Today he has a guest, Bob Cameron singer on the Don McNeil "Breakfast Club" shows and of course some swinging jazz.



Jim Pewter at AFKN




PROGRAMMING--PFC Doug Broxon points out the programming schedule to SP4 Jim Pewters.  PFC Broxon is responsible for the "Morning Report Show" from 6:15 to 8:00am.  SP4 Pewters show, "The Music Man" is from 4:05 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Photo by PFC Ray Lambert)

The picture is from Stars and Stripes in 1964, taken at AFKN Radio Cavalier.

Jim knew Don French at KFWB and asked for some promos.  French suggested that Jim drop the 's' from Pewters.  At the time, Roger Christian, Bill Ballance Sam Riddle and Gene Weed were rocking KFWB.

In 1982, Jim was still playing the greatest hits. 


Don Tracy - 1984


Don Tracy has the music.  It's 1984 and here comes the party...



Marine Band Concert 1962


In 1962 CBS was broadcasting weekly concerts by the Marine Corps Band.  AFRTS aired them worldwide.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Chris Noel - 1968



Chris Noel got a lot of people through some difficult times with "A Date With Chris".  She was the girl back home.  A few years ago Chris made her shows available to us so we can hear them again.  Thanks Chris!!!  Take a listen.



Enchantment of Music - 1961



Here's some light classics for your dinner hour. "Enchantment of Music" was originally from KCBH-FM, Beverly Hills. They presented their shows in "the matchless fidelity of frequency modulation".  Bruce Wendell was the host.  Most of the time they would have been heard on AM stations.  Such is life.




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joe Ferguson - 1983




Joe Ferguson makes Portland the voice of home.  It's a Monday in 1983.


John Doremus - 1969


Talk about a voice.  John Doremus was an Easy listening giant.  In the states he was probably the first voice of music in flight.  Had nightly radio shows on the biggest AM stations for the airlines, and did his show for AFRTS.  Music for the dinner hour...



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sound Effects.


So do you remember these?  I think it was a repackaged Major library.  Valentino kept repackaging the same library from the 1940s over and over again.
 
 
There was a long history of sound effects libraries.  Usually awful ones.  If you have to read the jacket to figure out what it is, it wasn't done very well.  But when we got the CBS library it was a world of difference, no download  link on these.  I don't know anyone at Major to ask...
 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Gene Price - 1980

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

So is it inspired silliness, wonderful radio or country music at it's best?  All three, it's the Gene Price show from 1980 on AFRTS...




Ira Cook - 1965


Here's Ira, today in the spotlight it's Connie Francis.  Ira even speaks in some Hawaiian.  He did that daily on his KMPC show.  From Duluth MN to the Battle of the Bulge, Ira got around...



Saturday, April 9, 2016

If Freedom Fails


In 1951, AFRTS addressed communism and our freedoms.  All star casts, good writing "If Freedom Failed".  It certainly has a message/



Mary Helen Barro - 1983


We're having the winter that won't really end.  Time for some tropical music.



Chris Noel - 1969


Chris Noel brought a little piece of home to Vietnam era troops.  If you get errors trying to play this, use any non-Microsoft browser.  Google Chrome, Firefox, any Macintosh or Android browser work.



Charlie Tuna - 1982


It was a shame when we lost Charlie.  I remember.
I'd be finishing up "The Morning Show" on SCN and running Charlie Tuna transcriptions after. I'd listen in amazement how this guy could have such consistency. I'd have tapes of his civilian shows sent in and it was the same but live.

Charlie Tuna - 1982


Visit charlietuna.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Joe Allison - 1965


Joe Allison has your country favorites.  Apparently Mrs. Allison was looking for shows awhile back.  Anyone have contact information?



Wolfman Jack - 1974


Wolfman was on AFRTS and did a show for the USAF for Roger Carroll productions.  In 1974, here's what you needed to know about the Air Force!



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Why We Fight - 1942



In 1942, Troops needed to understand what we were getting into.  There was no AFRS yet so outreach was very hit and miss.  CBS broadcast a series of speeches to help.  The mandate was to get these to the troops.  Difficult to say how effective that was.  Correspondent Lee White was in Europe when that part of the war started.  He shares his thoughts.



Roger Carroll - 1972


Roger Carroll is having a lot of fun on this 1972 show.  A few years ago RC made these shows available to us and I'm very grateful.  Thanks again Roger!  There's another bundle that he's located that I for one can't wait to hear and share!



One Night Stand - 1962 Teddy Wilson

This is my favorite "One Night Stand". The show was mostly big band remotes from all over the country.  It's surprising how many orchestras were working well into the 1960s.  Mostly regional ones that never had a national impact, but take 12-20 musicians playing well with good scores and it can be great.


"One Night Stand" wasn't always big bands.  Teddy Wilson was a great pianist on hundreds of sessions backing Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and the rest of the best.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Mary Turner - 1991


Mary Turner had a great career as a jock and interviewer, we ran her AFRTS-LA show and her syndicated "Off the Record" show. From there she went on to big things:




Dr. Mary Turner Pattiz (CGI Psy.D. ’08)From the mid ‘70s to the early ‘90s, Mary Turner was the most popular female air personality on contemporary music radio. She was the highest-rated disc jockey on L.A.’s legendary KMET, the host of “Off The Record,” Westwood One’s nationally syndicated interview show, which airedon more than 300 stations weekly, and the host of the “Mary Turner Show”on Armed Forces Radio. After leaving radio in 1994, Dr. Pattiz attended UCLA where she became a certified drug and alcohol counselor and began working in the field of substance abuse.






Andy Mansfield - 1964



Andy Mansfield loved the music.  Here's part 9 of the Glenn Miller tribute


Friday, April 1, 2016

Roland Bynum - 1983


Roland was rocking in the 60s and still makes it happen.  In 1983 we were proud to have the Creators Workshop and Roland Bynum