Friday, March 31, 2017

Don Tracy - 1980

In 1968 Don Tracy was winning in Hartford.  A handful of years later Los Angeles and the world...




Chris Noel - 1969


Chris toured the world many times bringing home that much close.  Thank you Chris!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AFN Latin Tempo - 1980


In the early 1980s Guenther recorded a lot of AFN off air.  Most of the time just the music but there are some neat breaks on these tapes.  I've heard from several Germans that really liked the latin shows.  There were some interesting similarities in the music.  Question for you, I've seen the local AFN Spanish show listed as Latin Tempo and Latin Tiempo (Time).  Do you remember?



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jim Ameche - 1965




Before Pete Smith, before John Doremus there was Jim Ameche with 'the most beautiful sounds around' . Jim's radio career started with "Jack Armstrong the All America Boy" in the 1930s. When radio changed in the 1950s Jim adapted his career and became one of the first successful syndicated DJs.


Monday, March 27, 2017

An AFN Mystery... 1945

On eBay a few weeks back was a WWII radio script.  Very few details but it sounded interesting.  It's a variety show, for the 321st Bombardment Group.  The 321st still exists as an Air Expeditionary Group, they were in Iraq.

The 321st Bombardment Group (Medium) flew B-25 Mitchells in combat with the Northwest African Strategic Air Force in 1943 and the Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force in 1944-45.  That narrows the timeframe.  Maybe Italy, Maybe Germany.

Starring is Hollywood Star Jeffrey Lynn.  Lynn was a legitimate Hollywood star, that had supporting rolls with the biggest stars.  He returned to Hollywood in 1948.

In 1954 Bill Kenneally was working at KNX

My best guess is 1945, but it's a fun piece of history to have in your hands. 


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1975

Charlie wrote in a few years ago to clear up a mystery I had been wondering about:
"I guess whoever tagged that photo at AFRTS didn't check the spelling on my name. The photo is one of a series of shots that world famous photographer Henry Diltz who's done a bunch of magazine covers of every music star in the world took that day at in Topanga Canyon, and I remember him commenting at the end of the session "We got lucky today, no snakes crawling around in the grass this time"! Thanks Henry:)"
 
 

 

AFRTS 75th Anniversary reunion.


There are a lot of people planning to participate in this one.  Familiar names from the network and troops from all over.  This will include a tour of the network in Riverside.

Join past and current members of the Armed Forced Radio and Television Service as we celebrate 75 years providing education, information and entertainment for our Armed Forces overseas.

September 12 - 15, 2017 Moreno Valley, CA

There's still time to register!


Joe Allison 1965


Joe was a very successful songwriter, performer, record label executive, producer, DJ and I'm sure I left something out.  He was the AFRTS voice of country on the Country Corner in the 1960s.  Both Joe and the music were slick (In the good sense).  It was right after the hillbilly years.  Here's a visit to the Country Corner...



AFN Operation Information 1953


Operation Information was a weekly "Radio Newsreel" on AFN Berlin. Let's go back to January 1953.

 
 


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.






Roland Bynum - 1973

 
In 1973 Roland was making magic for AFRTS and for Roger Carroll's company with these shows for Air Force recruiting.  Off to the Creators Workshop and "Soul In Motion"
 
 



Friday, March 24, 2017

AFN Reunion 2017

Stephen Johnston checks in with our first reunion update of the year.

Hi...just thought I'd let you know that 20 of us are meeting in Laguna Beach October 5-8 from the 1966-70 era of AFN Frankfurt. So much of AFN was still profoundly affecting our military culture then that we are collectively a substantial prepositive of a "Good Morning Vietnam" German style. It was a strange and wonderful time!

Soundrich1@gmail.com 

Staying at The Tides in Laguna...October 5th-8




Please be sure to pass on your reunion updates!

Jim Pewter - 1980

Jim and Laurie Allen (another Minnesotan!!)on tour

The weather's getting nice in Minnesota.  Our most famous Minnesotan was Jim Pewter.  Jim was on the network shortly after leaving AFKN and stayed on until 1996.  Here's memories of memories from 1980.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Don Tracy - 1980

Young Don Tracy at WTIC, Hartford

It's a Friday with Don Tracy.  The party starts now...



Jazz International - 1960


There's always been great jazz on AFRTS,  Howard Leucroft hosts Buddy Collette.  Here's some great music.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Joe Ferguson - 1983




In 1983 AFRTS brought in jocks from all over the country to record shows.  Today it's to Portland OR for the Joe Show!




Monday, March 20, 2017

Chris Noel - 1969


In 1969, Chris Noel was bringing America to the troops around the world on AFRTS.  She still has a lifetime commitment and I'm very grateful.



John Doremus - 1969



What could be more universal than travel?  John Doremus has songs and stories about going places and seeing things.  




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Roger Carroll - 1967


Roger Carroll

Roger Carroll has the happy hour from another recently saved ET.  At the time there was a lot of KMPC talent on the network, Roger one of the best.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gene Price - 1991


Gene Price is back with some 1991 memories.  Take it away Mr. Pierce...


Ira Cook - 1965



In the 60s a lot of the KMPC talent was moonlighting at AFRTS, Roger Carroll and Ira Cook were there the longest.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Mary Helen Barro is back with the best en musica latina!



Col Tom Lews - 1945


"Victory Through Air Power" normally sounds like an interesting topic, but this time Colonel Tom Lewis talks about the war and the AFRS part.  This is from a 1945 broadcast to the Los Angeles Advertising club.  Happy 75th anniversary AFRTS!



Charlie Tuna - 1975


Charlie Tuna comin' back at you for another 55 minutes in the radio. A Monday visit with Charlie with super music and Dickie Goodman!


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Joe Allison - 1965


Time to visit the Country Corner!  Joe Allison with another hour of your country favorites.  Joe was the first to bring a "modern country" presentation to what had been hillbilly music.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jingles again



I remember in Korea in the 70s and again in Panama they would send us a jingle reel with local sings, AFN, AFKN whatever.  The only ones that I had heard were weak acapela sings fading into tracks from the jingle package.  I know that in Vietnam they "borrowed" demo packages and spent a ton of time editing really great jingles.  That was probably done in other places.

Norman came up with something interesting.  The late 60s Pepper-Tanner set had nice sings.  I don't know what the story is on this.  I wonder if AFN bought them.  Anyhow we only seem to have one cut.  Do you have the rest?



Sunday, March 12, 2017

If Freedom Failed 1951


AFRTS informed the troops about the menace of Communism with the 1951 show "If Freedom Failed".  Hollywood's best turned out for the troops.  Today's star Jeff Chandler.  The programs went into the station libraries and aired many times over the years.



Chris Noel - 1971


Chris Noel makes home that much closer in this 1971 memory.  Remember White Plains?



Wolfman Jack 1975



Back to the mid 70s and more fun with Wolfman Jack.  The night always howled...






Roger Carroll - 1967

Roger Carroll at the ElectroVoice

Here's Roger with another visit to 1967.  It's a classy sort of thing just not done anymore.




Mary Turner - 1986



Mary Turner brought the rock in the 1980s and 90s.  She had the daily show and "Off The Record".  The music was great and she really had a way with an interview.  She always treasured her time as one of the AFRTS-LA talent.


America's Popular Music - 1965



Andy Mansfield  was with the network in the 1950s and 60s, playing records from his own collection.
Andy's original show was "Turn Back the Clock" with  his wife, former big band singer Virginia.  Always some interesting choices...





Saturday, March 11, 2017

Roland Bynum - 1973


Roland was keeping it real in 1973.  Phil had recorded some of his favorite AFN personalities from the Stuttgart station, some noise but that's how I remember it.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Mac McGuire - 1952


I try to not make this all 'Old Time Radio', but there were a lot of at a lot of great shows over the years.  When I was lucky enough to be somewhere with a big library, I'd pull random things down and listen. Sometimes there was a surprise. Here's a morning country music show featuring Mac McGuire and his Harmony Rangers.  Program originated in Philadelphia at WIP and sounds like it was carried on one of the networks, probably Mutual (letters with song requests from around the country are mentioned).  Dated 2-1-52 in the disc matrix.  There's a dedication to a troop in Korea .



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jim Ameche - 1965





Before Pete Smith, before John Doremus there was Jim Ameche with 'the most beautiful sounds around' . Jim's radio career started with "Jack Armstrong the All America Boy" in the 1930s. When radio changed in the 1950s Jim adapted his career and became one of the first successful syndicated DJs.

More Jim Ameche

AFN Park Seward - 1975



Park Seward is on the air with K-Town's biggest and brightest!


Jim Pewter - 1982




The man with the amazing beat!  Jim Pewter has your favorite memories. Jim had some pretty good records with his own group (look for them).   Ended up in the army at AFKN.  Very shortly after in Los Angeles radio and doing the show from McCadden Place. (1967).  Jim was around until the change in 1996.



Friday, March 3, 2017

Humble Harve - 1979


Harve Miller was another great talent in Los Angeles Radio.  His countdown show ran for years and it was a delight.  Just last week someone asked for Humble Harv, I was going through some backups and here we go..



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Don Tracy - 1981


This was from a really nice bundle of transcriptions. Some were very challenging to transfer.  I just finished getting them all transferred.  This was probably the roughest one.  A great show, Don Tracy in 1981.