Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mystery Playhouse - 1945




AFRS assembled shows from various network shows,  more great material was available that time slots.  In 1944 Mystery Playhouse was generally Inner Sanctum, Mr. District Attorney, Mr and Mrs North, the Whistler and this time This is your FBI. We were running that show well into the 70s.  Today "Robert Perry, Imposter"

Our friend T4Y does his impression of the Inner Sanctum announcer.  He alternated with "Sgt X" (Howard Duff).





Wolfman Jack - 1976


Are you ready to rock and roll baby?  Wolfman has the good on a 1976 show for the Air Force.  Delicious...




Roger Carroll - 1974


Roger Carroll put together a bunch of 1974 memories with the Happy Hour, seems like only yesterday..




Joe Ferguson - 1983


Time for another visit with Joe Ferguson. In a very cool move the network got jocks from all over the country to records a series of shows. Joe Ferguson was working at KUPL in Portland and brought the hits.  It's a Friday in 1983...



John Doremus - 1969


A legendary talent, in a style that probably won't return.  John Doremus could tell a story, with words, delivery and music.




Monday, June 27, 2016

Clem Stein AFN - 1964




A few years ago Clem Stein checked in with a great aircheck. His last "Bouncing in Bavaria" show on AFN. After the service Clem became a very successful businessman and had a book with financial advice. We lost Clem in 2013




Sunday, June 26, 2016

Invitation to Learning - 1965


Information and education were the primary drivers of AFRTS.  Quality informative programs from the US networks found a good home.  Easy to imagine a troop taking the time to learn with the "Voice Of Home"

Invitation to Learning was a CBS show that started a quarter century run in 1940. Dr.  Stringfellow Barr of St Johns College in Annapolis brought academics and entertainers to share understanding of complex issues.

It's difficult to determine when we started carrying it, it was running in 1950.


Gene Price - 1975


Gene Price mailed me an autographed promo picture (displayed). It means a lot to me. Gene did a similar show to his AFRTS program for army recruiting through Roger Carroll's company. ...

Gene started a lot of our days at zero dark thirty, with Leonard Finsterwall and the crew. 




Gene Price - 1975

More Gene Price

Ira Cook - 1965


Ira has some really great tunes today.  I had never heard the Kingston Trio version of "Seasons in the Sun".  It's easy to see why Terry Jacks picked it up almost ten years later.  What should you do with a mop handle?  Ira has answers.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Las musica mas major en el mundo!  Mary Helen Barro plays your Latin favorites on a Monday in 1983.



Charlie Tuna - 1973



In 1973 the show was only 45 minutes with a lot different feel to it.  It was near the beginning of Charlie's quarter century with us.  Stay Tuna'd




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Continental Varieties - 1961


Orchestral, light classical, sometimes a waltz.  Continental Varieties. Dick Crawford with a Continental salute to the month of April.


Joe Allison - 1968


Joe Allison brought a lot to country music, writing classic country songs in the 1950s and 60s.  In 1946 Tex Ritter recorded Joe's "When You Leave, Don't Slam the Door".  It was a top five hit.  1949 was his arrival in Nashville with shows on both WSM and WSIX.  Later a very successful recording executive. 

We had Joe in the 1960s.  He brought a one-to-one style which wasn't common in country radio at the time.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jim Ameche - 1965



From the archives around the world, the most beautiful sounds around, on the Jim Ameche show.  At the time I think we thought it was exclusively for the Colonels..  It's classy.


Wolfman Jack - 1984




He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, DC, on Friday Night, June 30, 1995.

Wolfman Jack was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and was officially known as "Reverend Jack".

Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966 for the (then) 250,000 watt radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas, USA.

He died almost immediately after returning home from a promotional tour for his autobiography, "Have Mercy." He entered his house, hugged his wife, said "Oh, it is so good to be home!" and literally died in his wife's arms.

"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.

Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108)





Friday, June 17, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel with producer Bruce Wendell

I can never thank Chris enough for making these available again. She sent her collection of the shows for us to remember to.  It's 1969, better get ready, you have A Date With Chris.




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1974



Roger Carroll

I sure didn't understand how it would play out, but my introduction to our AFRTS friends was Sunday mornings on Minneapolis radio.  In the 70s Sunday mornings were the "public service ghetto" where mostly boring PSA shows would run.  But then there was the Wolfman, Gene Price, Roland Bynum and Roger Carroll doing record shows for the recruiters.  I didn't know who they were then but they were great then and now.  The programs were recorded by Roger Carroll productions over at Watermark.  The pacing's different.  Enjoy!




Andy Mansfield - 1964


Andy Mansfield continues his 1964 tribute to MAJ Glenn Miller.  It's part 14 of America's Popular Music.



I'm going to the library

 
I spent a lot of time poking through the disks.  The vast majority of the AFRTS library was mediocre MOR and all of the songs that weren't hits from the albums.  But libraries that started in the 40s and 50s and were mostly intact were pretty special.  First time I heard the Glenn Miller AEF band it was from the original WWII ETs.  Over on the country side it went back too.  Sometimes in Panama the jocks would be kinda perplexed at the sort of things I'd listen to.  Great opportunity...

Roland Bynum 1983



Here's a 1984 visit with Roland Bynum.  Hear Roland In Los Angeles, weekends on KJLH, Radio Free 102.3


Monday, June 13, 2016

Rocketing Rhythms - 1961

Here's something for the kids...


KLACs Bill Stewart fills in for Jack Brown.  Rocketing Rhythms was sort of a countdown show sometimes with guests.




Okinawa ends it's broadcast day

 
A 1980s sign off.

It's official...after 55 years of telecasting on TV channel 8, AFN-Okinawa (formerly AFRT/FEN-Okinawa) ceased broadcasting at 1030am JST, June 30, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jim Pewter - 1979

Album Jim did for the USO

Jim lives the oldies.  From his time with his band to AFKN, Los Angeles radio and then the worldwide network it's just really hard to describe.  Fire up the grill, grab a beer and remember.



Don Tracy - 1983


Don Tracy's back with some 1983 fun.  Last time we talked he had some plans we should know about...



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Afrtsarchive Worldwide 06/11/2016

So I guess we are international.  Here's where visitors have come from this week.  Thank you for being an important part of this.  Tell a friend!
 
 

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel in Pleiku 1967

Chris Noel was the girl next door to Vietnam era troops.  Movie star good looks and caring.  It showed.  Date With Chris was very very popular.  Chris made hundreds of these shows available to us and it's a great listen.



Friday, June 10, 2016

Air Force Hour - 1951


It's 1951, with some pretty incredible Korean War stories and music/



John Doremus - 1967

It's songs about movement.  Sounds like a simple concept.  John would take the songs and weave them together with poetry and ideas.  He had shows booming across the country for the major airlines. He produced some of the first music on the airlines.  Great talent..




Parts of this have been posted before, but this is a complete show in much better quality.


AFN Latin Tempo 1980



Norteno is a type of primarily Mexican music that's closely related to polka.  Not surprisingly it was quite the hit with Germans listening to AFN.  It's a small world after all...

AFN Frankfurt did a local Spanish show.  Take a listen.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gene Price - 1974






I was pretty excited to get a bunch of Gene Price Army recruiting shows that I hadn't heard before. I'll give them a good home. Gene had a two and a half decade run on the network. Roger Carroll worked out a deal to make these Sunday morning recruiting shows. Let's go back to the Summer of 1974 and Watermark studios.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ira Cook - 1961


In 1961shows weren't regularly being recorded at the McCadden Street studios.  Here's Ira Cook and a show he did at KMPC.



Guess Who - 1944




In the early years of the network, we rebroadcast a lot of stateside shows and created our own "Guess Who" was sort of a reverse request show.  Joan Marshall would play records and the folks at home see if they knew what they were.  Joan was a dancer that later was on the original pilot for the Munsters and was later on a Star Trek.  How many songs do you know?


Monday, June 6, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Seemed like every time I was at finance, trying to guess what they did to my check Mary Helen Barro was on.  It was great mid-day show.  Take a listen.



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Charlie Tuna - 1983



Charlie in the movie "Rollercoaster"


Radio Hall of Fame member Charlie Tuna was great. A quarter century with AFRTS. 40 years on the air in Los Angeles. We lost a great talent. When I was overseas Charlie was one of the key voices of Armed Forces radio. See why...


Joe Allison - 1965


Joe Allison is back, starting a new week with a Monday show from 1965.  Take your shoes (boots?) off and get ready for the Country Corner!



Wolfman Jack - 1975


Summer of 1975 is coming and Wolfman Jack has some magic for you. 



Thursday, June 2, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1973





Roger Carroll taken at sea on the USS  Voladore sub SS 490.broadcasting KMPC show

Roger had a very interesting career, take a look at this: Roger Carroll biography

Roger Carroll 1973

More Roger Carroll

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Andy Mansfield -


Andy Mansfield continues his 1964 tribute to Major Glenn Miller on "America's Popular Music" on AFRTS,