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.