Friday, May 26, 2017

Jim Pewter 1970


Jim was a rocker before the radio.  In the 60s to AFKN then Los Angeles radio.

But, let's start with a question "Do you wanna dance?"




Don Tracy 1980

Don Tracy in Hartford


A few years ago I had a chance to chat with Don.  I wish I'd have taped that.  Interesting guy.  Longtime AFRTS favorite.  Right now, some magic.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chris Noel 1968


Chris Noel was the heartthrob of the 1960s military radio.  Hear why...


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Joe Ferguson 1983




Joe Ferguson from Portland OR KUPL radio was part of the 1983 experiment when AFRTS had jocks from around the country record shows.  Bob Moke and Danny Kramer from Salt Lake City were some of the others.  The deal was supposed to be 13 weeks.  Whoever was after Joe turned out to not be available and Joe got another 13 weeks.

A couple of years ago he asked me if I'd be interested in all of the shows on transcription disks.  He wanted the opportunity for us to hear them again.  I'm very thankful.

Turn Back the Clock 1958


Just scored a LOT of these.  Andy and Virginia Mansfield with their view of oldies, from Andy's personal collection.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

John Doremus 1967


What an incredible voice. Mr Doremus began this style of late night radio on WMAQ Chicago and syndicated on the BIG stations. He also 'invented' in flight music.





AFN Bremerhaven 1968 - Paul Hennessey


Left to right are SP5 Dave Stewart (later became a SGM), SP5 Paul Wetterhahn (aka Paul Drake), myself SP5 and SP5 Dick Dalrymple (not sure of spelling). 

A little while ago we posted AFN Bremerhaven in 1968. Paul Hennessey was there and sent some great memories of AFN Bremerhaven in 1968.   "I never worked as a dj after my AFN experience. I felt very fortunate to have been able to do it back then. I’m 72 years young and living in the MO Ozarks for the past 13 years. Also, am trying to get some screenplays I’ve written made into movies. Haven’t been able to make the right connections yet even though I worked at SAG Union Headquarters for 20 years from 1984-2004."  It must be morning, it's time for the Bremerhaven Bugle Call!



Monday, May 22, 2017

Gene Price 1975


Time for another visit with Gene Pierce, er Price with a 1975 look at some great music and the reasons you should see your recruiter.


Kris Erik Stevens




Milwaukee born Kris was with us after taking Chicago by storm WCFL, WLS (replaced Art Roberts) and to CKLW and Los Angeles.  Visit his website http://kriserikstevens.com/ In 1981 here's what happened...

 


Ira Cook 1973



 

Ira's back with more happy music...

Ira was playing some classy middle of the road music, like at KMPC



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mary Helen Barro 1983


Our weekend fiesta begins!





Charlie Tuna 1983


Is that what they mean by disk jockey?

Charlie Tuna comin back at you for another 60 minutes in the radio.

It was always great stuff.  Easy to see why Charlie entertained the troops for a quarter century.
Today, it's 1983 and great once again.




Joe Allison 1965





Joe Allison is back with more of your favorites from the Country Corner. Joe Allison was country music.  A performer, writer, producer and he brought back home to the radio.




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chuck Cecil 1979


Chuck Cecil was playing the big band oldies around Los Angeles by the 1950s.  He got it on KFI, syndicated it and ran it for decades.  We were pretty lucky to have it so long on AFRTS.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1982



KRE, Berkeley was the station in American Graffiti.  A low powered struggling AM, still using historical studio gear.

Roger Carroll 1968



I'm still excited about Roger Carroll sending several of his shows for us to hear.  The Happy Hour continues for a long time to come.  We start with a Fall 1968 show.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mary Turner 1985



And we were proud to have her.  Mary started her show with us in 1982.

From her official biography:
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 aired on 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. She received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California Graduate Institute—now affiliated with The Chicago School—in 2008. Today she continues to be active in the field as a counselor and group leader and serves on the boards of DARE, the Musicians Assistance Program, Cedars-Sinai Medial Center’s COACH for Kids, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares, the Betty Ford Center, and the Betty Ford Institute. Dr. Pattiz is married to Norman Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One Companies, and lives in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.




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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Roland Bynum 1977

Old school magic from Roland Bynum.  1977. 

Bill Stewart 1969



Larry McClellan had a memory of Bill  Stewart:
"I got nostalgic and decided to do a search for Bill Stewart and came upon your blogspot pages.

My ex-wife and I attended the concert at the Palladium in 1969 (thanks for pointing up the year -- I wasn't sure about it after these years.) The house was a little over 400 and we were among less than a dozen civilians in the audience; and we were there because a friend who was a DJ on KRHM was on the air at the time and comped us his tickets.

The story we heard was that Bill's wife had developed cancer and they had gone completely through all their savings trying (in vain) to find treatment. She passed and Bill was destitute -- emotionally and financially. Some performers who felt that he had been instrumental in establishing their careers staged a benefit concert for him. I don't know what the tickets cost -- as I said, ours were comped -- but my understanding at the time was that they were not cheap.

There were four acts: Henry Mancini, with a scratch orchestra (most of whom, I heard, were there pro bono); Johnny Mathis; Andy Williams, with the Osmond Brothers; Peggy Lee. Williams interrupted a rehearsal schedule to appear, and Miss Lee flew in a couple of hours before the show, performed, and flew out again immediately after, to meet appearance obligations somewhere else (Vegas, I think, but memory lapses after 55 years and I was only a spectator anyway.)

Mancini's opening line was "So this is where Lawrence Welk works. Doesn't record here." The acoustics were second-rate. It took Peggy Lee two numbers to get the sound system adjusted so she could hear herself perform.

Mathis performed straight up, just like it was a recording session. We later saw him at the Greek Theater and he was doing his "African Queen" routine for the West LA audience. Same singer, two different performers.

At the time, my ex and I were friends with Skip and Lynn Weshner. Skip had been with AFR in 1945-46 and worked the first show that used Ampex tape decks. A Bing Crosby show, if I remember the story correctly. Lynn had been a torch singer in front of, among others, Benny Goodman. She was also the chick singer of the Rooftop Singers when they cut their first version of "Walk Right In." The tickets were comped to us by Paul Rhone, a regular evening DJ at KRHM. I seldom listened to Bill Stewart's show because he was on at a time of day when I was not around radios. But I know that the DJs all respected and admired him and his work.

I want to recall that Bill's title on the air during the war and early postwar years was "The Master of C" or something similar. I talked with some WWII overseas vets who remembered him fondly.

I hope this is of some interest to you and that it might lead to some research that could round out his biography a bit."

Thank you Larry!  From 1969 here's Bill with guest Mort Garson, the writer of "Our Day Will Come", Mort did neat things with the early synthisizers.



Friday, May 12, 2017

AFN Bremerhaven 1968

 
This is fun, Hans Knot sent this along. It's wonderful.  His friend Paul was a big fan:
 
I came across a 1968 AFN Bremerhaven aircheck for a almost complete broadcast day. I started listening to AFN Bremerhaven in 64 and stayed with the station till closedown in 93. Especially those 60s recording for me are the best. The programs and the jingles, that’s my AFN Bremerhaven. I did work on the sound quality of this unique recording and was able to enhance  it from poor to fair AM quality for those aging radio listener ears.
 
 
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jim Pewter 1980

Jim with Little Richard


Hey everybody, jump up in your seats.
Here is the man with a million beats.
They make you jump, they make you sing.
He'll do just about anything.
Everybody gonna rock and roll steady with the Jim Pewter Show.

Jim lived up to the slogan.  I could always feel the respect and love for the music.  He introduced me to a lot of amazing memories.

Don Tracy 1980

Don Tracy now

The weekend is always almost here!!  On a Friday in 1980 it began like this...



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Chris Noel 1967


Thank you Chris for all that you do.  Even today the Ceasefire house is a home to our brothers.  Please throw a few bucks to help. Vetsville Ceasefire House on Facebook


Joe Ferguson 1983




In 1983 AFRTS tried an experiment with local jocks from all over the country doing shows.  Joe Ferguson was doing great things in Portland OR and gave it a go...  Joe shared these shows with us.  Thank you my friend.






Monday, May 8, 2017

Pete Smith - 1969




Pete Smith has your favorite easy listening music and cool stories...


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gene Price 1974


And now Gene Pierce, er Price will tell us all about joining todays Army.  This is pretty close to the time where I'm sure they had something to do with me doing just that.


These were produced by Roger Carroll's company for the Army and others for the Air Force, featuring Gene, Roland Bynum, Roger and Wolfman Jack.


AFN Latin Tempo 1980


In 1980, Germany based Latin soldiers had the Voice of Home with Latin Tempo from AFN.  Guenther, a German who liked the music used to record it a lot.  It had an impact.  Here's another of his tapes.



Sports Reel 1948


Sportsreel, with inside stories about the events and personalities in the sporting world.  Today Bill Stearns and Bill Brand have stories:



Thursday, May 4, 2017

FEN "The Way Back"

 
 
I see a lot of things where the story has been lost.  This is from the "Philippine Air Force Show".  I'd have to presume FEN, most likely the Philippines.  PAF was created in 1947, late 40s?  Any ideas?

Ira Cook - 1974



Young Ira

Ira has another happy day on tap.  Today he has a guest, western author Louis L'Amour.

Between 1960 and 1972, Ira hosted over 3,000 AFRTS programs "It was really fascinating getting letters from servicemen in Iceland asking about Hawaiian music. It seemed to be as popular there as country music." We lost Ira cook in 2007


Rebel Randall 1952



Ladies on the radio, from GI Jill, Chris Noel, Mary Turner, LaRita Shelby, Laurie Allen.  Voices from home.  During the Korean War that voice was Rebel Randall.

Huge audience, doing a civilian show in the states where families could call their troop overseas.  Eventually picked up by AFRTS to do a show.  "Jukebox USA".  It only ran for a couple of years.  Rumor at the time was she was talking too sexy for the brass...



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Charlie Tuna 1983


Charlie, thanks for all of the memories.  This would have been one of the shows I played, right after my morning show in Panama.  Always the best.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Chris Noel - 1969


Chris Noel was and is one pretty amazing lady.  She brought home to GIs around the world.



AFVN Jolly Jim Lull - 1966


It wasn't quite AFVN in 1966, the Armed Forces Radio Service, Vietnam was rocking out with Jim Lull.  This is part two of some great tape Dennis sent along.  Many many thanks.



Joe Allison - 1965



Display honoring Joe at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas.

Joe Allison wrote Jim Reeve's biggest hit "He'll Have To Go".  With a credit like that a lot of performers could coast but not Joe.  Writer, performer, DJ, executive and succeeding every time.  He was a giant.  We lost Joe in 2002.


Wolfman Jack - 1979



He sure had the magic.  Only one we'd get complaints about.  Wolfman could connect to the troops in the field.  Complaints would come from Colonels, compliments would come from Corporals.  We got him a better time slot.


Roger Carroll - 1976



Thanks again to Roger Carroll for sharing these special moments in broadcasting, the Best Sounds in town.