Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chris Noel 1967

 
It's a Monday in 1967 and Chris Noel is starting a brand new week.  She's beginning to really hit a nice groove, she's already made her first trip to Vietnam. Chris still helps the troops, with her shelter in Florida.  Please send a few bucks.  http://vetsville.org/ 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Laura Lee - 1986

 
 
Laura Lee kept it very jazzy with the Jazz Beat.
 

Herman Griffith 1972

Here's Herman with Roger Carroll, Jim Pewter, Gary Owens and the rest


In the early years of the Vietnam war there was not a lot of rock programming coming from the network.  Herman Griffith played rockin soul for the "brave and bold on the Records Caravan."
 
Herman was at KGFJ between 1963-66 and we know little else.
 
Herman had helped Roland Bynum get is first big Los Angeles gig and a few years later disappeared.
 
During those years, Herman was on our team.  I just wish I had more of these...

 

Love - 1971 with Tony Pigg



 
These are fun.  By 1971 "Free-form" rock stations started in many markets.  In New York ABCs WPLJ sounded great and Tony Pigg was a great example.




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wolfman Jack 1980


So can you help but remember the station you first heard these on?  I would have just arrived in Panama, and the Wolf howled supreme around the world...



Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Are We Fighting For 1943


In 1943, there were a handful of stations/networks but the whole AFRS thing hadn't come together yet.  CBS helped produce "What are We Fighting For".  The War Department made sure it was heard worldwide.  Edward R Murrow was the journalists journalist and a fascinating story in his own right.






Friday, June 29, 2018

AFRTS shortwave 1964

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When I was a kid in the late 60s sometimes I'd catch AFRTS-W on the shortwave, I remember it as continuous news items and pretty cool.

In 1964 the shortwave service ran a lot of news/public affairs but also ran entertainment programming. Ira Cook, Perry Como, Hawaii Calls, CBS Radio Workshop, Les Crane and more.  It was a full service station.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Charlie Tuna - 1982


Charlie Tuna had been doing the show on AFRTS for ten years already and it was only the beginning...



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Charlie Williams - Country Corner 1972



Charlie Williams in 1990
After Joe Allison left the Country Corner in the early 70s the show went to KFOXs Charlie Williams.  In 1972 Charlie moved to Nashville, managed Bobby Bare and did a talk show on WSIX.  Charlie passed away in 1995. It was Charlie who suggested to Gene Price that he get down to McCadden Ave and try for the gig..





Mary Turner - Off The Record 1983


In the 80s and 1990s Mary Turners show was so popular she had two programs on the network.  Her regular Mary Turner Show and "Off The Record", where she interviewed rock's biggest stars.

She made waves in Los Angeles radio too, and eleven year run at KMET and returning in the 90s to KSLX.  Now she's involved in many charitable causes including the Betty Ford Center in Ranch Mirage.







Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gene Price 1980


Dolly sure loves the Gene Price show!  Time for some inspired silliness from Gene



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Herman Griffith 1967




Martha Reeves and the Vandellas "Jimmy Mack"

"Time for something for the brave and the bold, it's the Records Caravan".  The music was changing.  Herman made it better.

Play it loud

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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.



Suspense 1950



Suspense has a long history with AFRTS, from WWII when the new shows were being broadcast off and on until well into the 1980s.  Quality Radio. Edward G Robinson is featured in a typical role about an evil little man, his invalid wife, and temptation in this 1950 "A Case Of Nerves".  This particular disk had made the rounds at our stations in Canada.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wolfman Jack 1974


You're never gonna believe this.  Wolfman has heard about what could be your perfect career opportunity, in the US Air Force!



Friday, May 18, 2018

Roger Carroll 1970

Frank Bresse with Beverly and Roger Carroll

"RC that's me", Roger was with us for a long long time with a big enthusiasm for the job.  Easy to see how he was so successful at the radio networks, television, Los Angeles radio and AFRTS. 

Welcome to a visit from not that long ago:



Roger has a streaming internet radio station, streaming 24/7
Give a listen

Mary Turner 1991


Mary Turner

Time to rock with Mary Turner.  And AOR daily show, it was quite the scandal in the early 80s and great.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Harry Newman 1991


Time for a look at your country favorites with Harry Newman.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chris Noel 1967

Chris Noel in Vietnam
 
The first hundred plus shows have been recorded and she's finding her groove.  Here's more memories.
 
 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Kris Erik Stevens - 1978


Kris Erik Stevens left Michigan to take over Chicago radio and was a star at WCFL and WLS when that really meant something. At WLS he worked with AFVN vet Gary Gears. After Chicago he went for the bigger challenge of Los Angeles and won. He was with AFRTS before and after disco. Remember disco? And he's still around and sounding even younger.



http://www.kriserikstevens.com/







Kris Erik Stevens - 1978

More Kris Erik Stevens


Before there was an AFRS - 1942

Thanks to Ian Grieve

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

AFN 40th Anniversary



In 1983, AFN was 40 and published a booklet about their history. It's a great history of the early years of the network and writeups of all of the stations. They do say that the Alaska network was first (It was really the Canal Zone). A very good read.


AFN 40th Anniversary

More From AFN

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ShockWave Jingles 1974


In 1974, we received the ShockWave jingle package from TM.  It was fast paced.  And with the disc we received a lesson on how to use jingles.  Really...



Jim Pewter 1976
















Jim was another giant, I wish I had more tape of the show. Jim was an AFKN vet, who went on to be a successful producer, songwriter and jock. Today we take another look at rocks beginnings. The top seven hits of 1964.

Straight ahead, don't bunch up...


Jim Pewter - 1976
More Jim Pewter

 

 



Friday, April 27, 2018

If Freedom Failed - Jeff Chandler


It's been awhile.  Thanks Max for bringing it up.  These are hard to describe but very well done.



Monday, April 23, 2018

Your favorite jingles



Here's another bit from the 1969 package from Totalsound.  Say everything you want to say about radio... in ten seconds.



Charlie Tuna 1983



"Charlie Tuna, comin' back at you for another 60 minutes in the radio". Just say it, you'll feel better!


Thanks for the memories Charlie.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mary Turner 1992



It was a scandal.  In the early 80s when the network started the Mary Turner show.  Loud Rock and Roll.  What will the generals say?  We'll find out.  Mary brought her KMET show to the world and it was a very good thing.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Roger Carroll 1979

Roger with Glen Campbell

Roger Carroll starts the weekend with a Friday visit of the Best Sounds in Town.
Roger and friends stream live worldwide on the internet 24 hours a day. http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com



Saturday, April 14, 2018

John Doremus 1968




That voice, here's John Doremus with symphonic music and stories.  It's always a treat.





Thursday, April 12, 2018

Andy Mansfield - 1958

Andy Mansfield and Kay Starr
 

Turn Back the Clock was a fascinating show.  Andy and Virginia Mansfield were playing the songs of 20 and 30 years ago. Of course in the mid-50s that could mean Al Jolson and acoustic cylinders.  Let's revisit 1958 and Turn Back The Clock.


Roland Bynum 1973


Here's Roland, with something a little bit different for the United States Air Force.



Monday, April 9, 2018

Wolfman Jack 1983


Ready to howl?  These came in with a bunch of wonderful disks from when I was at SCN.  Ah, the memories.

Let's howl with Wolfman Jack


Friday, April 6, 2018

Gary Owens - 1969

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From the "familiar love theme" to the ongoing silliness.  Gary did some wonderful radio. Gery's last big job was the announcer on AntennaTV.  On this show Gary has some guest to talk about old movies. He'll be missed.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jim Pewter 1967


Jim Pewter had pretty much just gotten back from AFKN and scored a deal on McCadden Ave.  The music was great!



Don Tracy 1983


"You can tell it's hot" Don Tracy starts the weekend with this Friday show from 1983.



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Chris Noel 1967


The Date With Chris project is up to show 81.  Some nice radio.

Thanks Chris, for sharing!



Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson is back with 1983.  A while back Joe donated these shows to the archive and it's quite a feeling to run the same disks that I ran three decades ago.  Thanks Joe!!


John Doremus 1967


Jose Fritz did a very nice writeup about the life of John Doremus.


Now some music for the dinner hour:


AFRS Iceland 1971

We've located Karl Phillips!

Before I joined the Navy in 1970 I was a part time gofer at WQXI 790 in Atlanta where I learned ratio from some of the greats...Skinny Bobby Harper...Randy Robins (who is still a close friend here in the Atlanta area) ..Bob Bolton, Barry Chase. Went into Navy and went to Iceland as first duty station. Found my way to the quanset hut where AFRTS was and got them to let me go on air all nights on my time off from my regular job as a CT (communications technician) on the base. Loved it and yes we did have fans. The board was old - big cumbersome and what I would call a boat anchor. Found out later DJ Bob Kingsley was there when he was in the service and saw where he had actually carved his name in the control board....


Went to my next duty station in San Juan (guess they wanted to thaw me out) after a year in Iceland. I was there for 2 years and was able to get part time jobs at WBMJ 1190 (air name Scott Brady) and - WIAC-FM and a new start up station WRAI before discharge in 1974. Went back to Atlanta although got offers from those stations in PR.

Went to work for WGST here in Atlanta and lost that job because they went NEWS. Worked for MCA Records for a while and got out of radio. I spent about 8 years in radio. Should have stuck with it. I did do a little time in 2000 at WLKQ -FM with Randy Robins here in Atlanta.


I have been here at Ricoh since 1976 and about to hang it up soon. I sure miss radio. I am however a voting member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame since 2007 so I still dabble in it.


AFRS Keflevik - Karl Phillips 1971

More From AFRS Iceland

Gene Price 1975



Gene Price is back.  Time to board "The Country Express"



Roger Carroll 1972


RC has your Happy Hour for a Friday.  I do hope that you've popped over to Facebook and said Hi to Roger. Take a listen to our streaming internet station at www.rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com 



Friday, March 30, 2018

Laura Lee 1986


Laura Lee brought us jazz worldwide on Jazzbeat.  After a long day it was great.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

GI Jill



GI Jill with Bing Crosby



Martha Wilkerson (1908-99) was the first star built by the network.  During WWII she inherited the program GI Jive.  That was our response to Tokyo Rose and many similar shows being broadcast to our troops.  GI Jive was focused on the current hits.  Eventually there was an oldies show "Jill's All Time Jukebox", playing memories.

She continued with the network until at least 1949.

Date With Chris 1967

Chris Noel and George Church

Date with Chris was Chris's second show for AFRTS.  Before that she was in "Small World" a show largely of features.  Did a great job there and A Date With Chris was born.  It's Friday in the second week of the show.




Sunday, March 25, 2018

AFVN Billy Williams 1971-72

 
Billy in Da Nang
 
Billy found a bunch of AFVN tape and put together a composite, which is great to hear and I'm grateful that he shared it with us.  He has the full story over at http://nofars.net/
 
Billy went between Saigon and Da Nang and there's a nice bunch of stuff here.
 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

AFN 1963

Our friend Ernst in Germany grew up listening to AFN.  Some short pieces of tape have survived the years (tape was pretty expensive at the time).  So from Orleans France and The Castle here's AFN


AFRTS November 1977




In November 1977 I was rocking AFKN TDC and we were running these same shows from AFRTS-LA.  Bruce Phillip Miller has a "Coffee Break", Roger Carroll with a Word or Two, Roland Bynum and Kris Erik Stevens.



Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon station but they all ran everywhere.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Radiothon 2018

Hi all.  You may notice that some of the links aren't working.

I couldn't swing the payment for the storage of everything, the free version is much smaller.

I've never really asked before, but you could help out on the PayPal "Donate" link I'd be able to get this back to what it was.  PayPal will convert from any currency to US dollars.

Whatever you could do would help a lot.

Thom

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Gene Price 1974




Gene Price did Army recruiting shows for Roger Carroll's company. I remember these things from before I joined.  Here's the first one.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ira Cook 1971

A 1967 Ira Cook show

Have a happy day, you can make the most of it.... Ira is back from KMPC with a Friday in 1971 visit,