Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jingles, what time IS is?

The the MISC library there were many generic jingle packages.  One of them with a very hokey band and these lyrics:
"For the best music on wax
it's time to sit back and relax
with your favorite disk jockey show"
How could I not play that?

What I did find recently was MISC-249

Did you have a favorite jingle?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Herman Griffith 1967

Jim Pewter, Herman Griffith and Roger Carroll

Herman Griffith kicked up a storm, with KGFJ and with AFRTS.  I wish I knew more of his story.  Roland Bynum says that Herman helped him get his job with us.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Mary Turner 1994

Mary Turner was rocking.  In 1994 it had already been a ten year run.  Take a listen..

Saturday, June 8, 2019

LaRita Shelby 1994

I'm always going to be grateful to LaRita and Roger Carroll for helping us get a LOT of new material.  In there was a bunch of her AFRTS shows.  Wonderful radio.  Take a listen!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Jim Hawthorne Comedy Theatre

Jim Hawthorne was a genius.  He was doing freeform radio in the 1940s.  "The Hawthorne Thing" was the final NBC radio show to originate on the west coast.  He did short films, records, television. 

He did many shows for AFRTS.  I can't date this one, but it looks to be from the late 60s or early 70s.  The Comedy Theatre sounds a bit like the comedy show that Jack Carney and Dick Cavett did in the 1980s..

The Hawthorne Thing was a series of 5 minute fillers

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Well, that's unusual.

If you've been battling with this trying to play/download stuff, just wanted to let you know that's all been fixed.  Apologies and thanks for your support!!!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Wolfman Jack 1973

I can now say that we have most of the Wolfman Jack USAF shows.  Billy's contribution made that happen and I'm very grateful.  Where were you in 1973?

Joe Allison 1969

Joe Allison sends us to the Country Corner for some 1969 vintage classics.

Roger Carroll 1979

Roger Carroll and Los Angeles radio were the same thing. From 1948-58 at KABC and 1959-79 at Gene Autry's KMPC.

"KMPC was one of the most successful radio stations in the country, and had the lineup -- the most envied talent in the radio business," said Roger Carroll, who played records on KMPC. The key to their success, he said, was a rapport with the audience. "Everybody who listened to the station thought we were their friends."

Roger brought that sound to McCadden Av. and AFTRS. Part of the reason he related so well was that he was one of the few network personalities that were a veteran.

"I served two years active duty 1953-55 then 26 years doing my AFRTS show every Tuesday for five hours....my William Morris agents knew and told clients who wanted me to do their voice overs he is not available Tues 8a-1p doing his AFTRS shows many client who served in the military we will wait for him..."

Roger said it was very special "when parents of our guys in Viet Nam and around the world would call me at KMPC or write a letter, telling me their son wanted to thank me for doing the show that they hear on AFVN, FEN, AFN and all around the world."

Mr. Carroll's company was responsible for the recruiting shows done by Gene Price, Roland Bynum and himself heard every Sunday morning on hundreds of radio stations in the 70s and 80s

The theme was an edit of one of the KMPC jingles . Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.

Roger Carroll - 1979

More Roger Carroll

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bob Kingsley 1974

Bob was an AFRS Keflevik vet (1960), then a career of jocking around Los Angeles before becoming the longtime voice of American Country Countdown for many years. In the mid-70s he was doing an AFRTS rock show. Bob is still Doing the Country Top 40 Visit the website, listen to the show!

Bob Kingsley - 1974

More Bob Kingsley

Kris Erik Stevens 1980

Young Kris Erik Stevens

Kris Erik was with the network for a long time and always did a great show. 

He's still involved in a lot of great things.  Visit Kris at http://www.kriserikstevens.com/

Polka Party - 1961

Dick Sinclair was one of our first jocks.  He was in that first class at Fox Film studios in 1943, went to the Mosquito Network.  When he got back he made polka music incredibly popular, a syndicated radio show, several TV shows.  He loved his work.  By the 1950s Polka Party was on AFRTS and continued through the late 1960s.

Herman Griffith 1972

Herman Griffith with Jim Pewter and Roger Carroll

He sure rocked. Here's more of the KGFJ vet. I've only found one picture and no other biographical information. 

Herman Griffith - 1972

More Herman Griffith

Charlie Tuna - 1986

Charlie Tuna with Hershel Bernardi 1981, Hershel
was the original voice of Charlie The Tuna, as
I was recently reminded.

Such a loss, Charlie Tuna.  So many of us listened closely and TRIED to absorb.  He always worked harder than anyone else and it showed.

Charlie Tuna 1986

More Charlie Tuna

Friday, May 17, 2019


I was just reading the 1968 DINFOS course catalog.  Interesting stuff.  In 1968 they were ramping up the training.  In 1966 the Broadcast Specialist Course was 3 weeks long.  Sounds scary.

In the 1976 I went through it at Ft Ben.  Good teachers, Bob Runda, Monte Jones, Joe Ciokon, Larry Rogers (most of them on the mailing list).  Learned a lot of things that helped me in the industry for years to come. 

And of course with beer machines, youth and parties a memorable time.

What did you remember most about the DINFOS?

Monday, March 18, 2019

AFKN-FM 1968

Once upon a time, automation wasn't a horrible thing.  We had fun on the AM and the Colonels listened to the FM.  Good trade.  Some day I'll tell you about the first live assist systems...

But in 1968 here were the liners for AFKN-FM.  

AFVN Paul Bottoms

We recently lost AFVN vet Paul Bottoms.  A while back he told his story:

By Paul Bottoms,

AFVN Saigon 1968-1970

Well, AFVN meant a lot to me because I spent almost two years ---two tours---on the air in Saigon. We were the network and had seven AM stations up country carrying our signal.  They were required to produce three hours of their own programming each day.  

Music was the central part of what we presented and we tried to emulate stateside radio in its various formats. But besides the music, we copied the elements of programming we had either learned or heard on stateside radio.  

I did the allnight show , The Orient Express from 1 to 4 a.m. for much of the time I was there. I was on the board until 6 a.m. when Pat Sajak (he spelled his name Sadjak then) would take over.  To show you the variety, after my three hour show ended, we had an R&B show by Herman Griffith at 4 a.m. and a country show with Joe Allison at 5 a.m, both shows from AFRTS.

We had a ten minute newscast at 6 a.m., a five minute sportscast then a feature that ran about three or four minutes….a chaplain giving us a dose of religion.  A different chaplain would come in every week and record five programs. Then came the famous "good morning Vietnam" show opening. 

Later, after Pat left, I was moved to days and also did the Dawnbuster which ran until nine (although at 8 a.m., the up-country stations cut away to do one of their local hours).   The war was winding down in 1970 and we had fewer people to work with.  After 9 a.m., there were two hour-long shows from AFRTS then from 11 a.m., we had another local show.  So by 1970 the guy who did the morning show also had to do the 11 to noon show.  There was a half hour newscast at noon and from 12:30 to one, a lady from the USO came in.  One of our jocks, Roger Ashworth married the USO lady at the time.

it was very hard to please everybody.  In fact, we didn’t.  We only had an AM and an FM in each area.  The FM in Saigon had a morning show geared to older people then later in the day, they aired what we call beautiful music.  On the AM, we did what stations did in the old days before a station specialized in just one kind of music: "block programming".  So we'd have a two hour top 40 show from 7-9 p.m., a two hour country show in the afternoon, a morning show that played the top 40 stuff, except the hard stuff,  and even throw in a march.  

We tried to cover all types of music including "underground," those guys were always ticked off at us. They didn't want to hear the hit from the album, they wanted the other cuts. We had a Hispanic sergeant on the weekend with a program of Spanish music called “Bolero."  We also had a two hour oldies show on Saturday night.

We had a good news department.   There was a newscast at the top of every hour around the clock.

They had to walk a tricky line because of what they could report about the war.  We also carried Paul Harvey who didn't like the Vietnam war and kept throwing in phrases like "that dead end war" that they edited out. 

For sports, we also carried some big games live, like the World Series which means that because of the time difference the game might start at 3 in the morning and end about 7 or so.

Radio stations stateside have commercials. But we had PSA’s, public service announcements which stateside broadcasters use for charities and other good causes. They were our commercials. We tried to make them as interesting as possible, often with nothing more than some talented people, an idea, some copy,  music  and  sounds effects.

We made every reference possible to home, stateside, the world.  Getting out of the Vietnam, if even for a week on R&R, was a very big deal and we made it sound as glamorous as possible. We had  announcements about taking the weekly malaria pill (guaranteed to give you the runs although we never brought that up). 

We ran things about the dangers of getting VD, warning to buy savings bonds and announcements about re-upping and doing another tour.  Once, we ran an announcement saying the mayor of Saigon wanted us to ask our maids in our hotel not to hang out uniforms so they could be seen from the street.   It ended with something like "for a better looking Saigon."

I'm very proud of my association with AFVN. In more than 45 years of doing radio, in some pretty big cities like Chicago, D.C., Dallas/Ft. Worth and Phoenix,  I think the audience at AFVN  may have been the most responsive.  But they usually didn't have a lot of choices.  They needed us more.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Gold Label LIbrary

I saw these at AFKN, did not see the series at SCN. In 1956 a series of 152 of these were issued.   I can only speculate that the new stations that did not have the early P- popular series were sent greatest hits versions of the early library material.  There were many non documented series other than P, W, SP, R, L and misc. 

There was a Standard library series that I never saw in the field, these are the ones with a powder blue label.  100 sides wiith 600 tracks. these were series P-S (Pop) W-S (Western)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Chris Noel 1967

Chris Noel in "Get Yourself A College Girl"

And another great hour of music.  Chris had been doing the show for almost a year and she connects.