Thursday, August 22, 2019

Charlie Tuna 1982

It's summer 1982, I'm enjoying life in what was left of the Canal Zone and Charlie Tuna had us staying Tuna'd

Friday, August 16, 2019

Tony Booth AFKN 1969

Tony in Stars and Stripes

It's always great to hear the stories.  Tony Booth shared his:

My time doing "Good Morning, Korea" from 1968-1970 are some of my most fond memories of my 51+ years in broadcasting.  Just so happened I was lucky enough to have Lt. Col. Frank Tennant as the CO at AFKN when I arrived and his support of the entire unit was a credit to his career. (Just so happens that tomorrow 10/28) is his birthday so Happy Birthday, Colonel.)

The unit had some of the best talent probably assembled in the Army at the time except in Vietnam since so many of us were drafted.  I volunteered for the draft so I could get AFRTS (remember the MOS? 71Q and 71R).

To those who served with me in those years regardless of what you did or where you were stationed, let me say "Welcome Home."  I heard that for the first time about 5 years ago.

Today in addition to hosting my afternoon show at Big Oldies 107.3 in Richmond, Va ( on the web), I do about 35-40 hours a month at the USO/Richmond International Airport.  The rewards are endless. Someone asked me recently if my dedication to those in uniform today had anything to do with the way we/I was treated when I came back home from Korea and the Vietnam War was still the hot topic, I said, "maybe a little but, honestly, I like the fact I get a new audience about every hour and can tell my jokes and stories and the only ones bored are the other volunteers...LOL"

Here's Tony at AFKN

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Chris Noel 1970

A few years ago, Chris sent her original disks for us to share.  Wonderful radio.  When I was in Korea, several years of her shows were saved at the TDC station.  Great listening then and now.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Tom Campbell 1971

Tom Campbell is back with what's happening stateside.  Today we see what's going on in Honolulu from KPOI.

Tom has sent over a bunch of shows that he did and his best wishes.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Johnny Darin 1978

Johnnie Darrin's resume included: KIIS; KRLA, 1968-71; KDAY, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KNAC, 1975; KGOE, 1975; KNX, 1976; KGIL, 1976-83; KJOI, 1978; KBLA, 1989-92; KGIL, 1993; KFWB, 1998-2008.  

Jim Pewter 1976

Has there ever been someone that could program music as neat as former AFKN'er Jim Pewter?  Can't see him ever hanging up his rock and roll shoes.. We went to different high schools together.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Roger Carroll 1928-2019

We lost Roger on 7/31/2019.  He was in the ICU, with family and it was peaceful.

I knew Roger for about 10 years.  We'd trade stories and argue, always repectful  It was the internet.  He had saved a few boxes of his shows, which he sent over so we could hear them here on the blog.  It was gracious.

A few years ago he told me "I have Roger Carroll Radio".  When I figured out what that actually meant, he had a URL.  That would just be the start.  We talked about what would be necessary to do something with it.  Someone else eventually setup a website, with streaming that was sort of functional.  I sent over the audio I had.  I don't blame the guy who set it up, there aren't many web folks with broadcast experience.

Roger and the other guy had a falling out and he asked if I could help,  Took a couple hours and was on the air.  He loved it.  Smaller scale but it was being the front office again.  So for the last few years, I'd keep it running.  RC would let me know what he liked and didn't like and I'd tune it up.

At almost 90 he was very, very sharp.  Every idea made sense and made it better.  

I was doing some shows, all of the promos. He would give me critiques. Things that held me back when I did this for a living he saw immediately.

We'd chat, he sure could tell stories of an amazing life, career and family.

Roger started at a small station in Maryland, was one of the first announcers for the newly formed ABC network.  Went to work for Gene Autry at KMPC, did voiceover for CBS, decades with AFRTS.  

He made my life better.  He was a friend.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Roger Carroll 1966

Celebrating the Happy Hour wit Roger Carroll 

I'm ready for my fix of the Best Sounds in Town.  Roger was a giant of the industry.  Top DJ, network radio and television announcer and three decades with the worlds largest radio network.  All of that when it really did matter.  Let's remember 1966

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Whistler 1946

The Whistler ran from 1942-55 in the states.  Sometimes nationally, sometimes only in the Western states. There were movies, books.  It was big.  AFRTS had it many times well into the 80s.  In the 1981 run it had apparently been picked up by a syndicator.

This appears to be an early 60s reissue of a 1946 show. The lawyer for the biggest crook in town finds himself the only witness that can convict his client. The story has a surprising and uncharacteristic finale.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Adventures In Good Music 1970

Karl Haas at WJR

Classical music had a home on AFRTS.  The lead for that was Karl Haas.  He started his program in Detroit in 1959.  Somewhere in the early 60s it was picked up by AFRTS.  "Adventures in Good Music" became the world's most listened to classical music program.

The theme music for Adventures in Good Music was the 2nd movement from Beethoven's "Pathétique" Sonata (Sonata No. 8 in C minor), performed by Haas himself.

Monday, July 22, 2019

AFVN Steve Sandoz 1969

From the late AFVN'er Paul Bottoms.  Steve's daughter wanted to hear dad.  It's the 1969 AFVN year end countdown

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jim Pewter 1967

We never had Router issues when they played "Let's Go".  I've never heard anyone else that could program a show as well as Jim Pewter.  Play it loud.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Chris Noel 1968

Chris has a book about filming the movie "Beach Ball".  Take a look Click here.  In 1968, she was on AFRTS making some amazing radio.  Thank you Chris!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Harry Newman 1980

Harry always told the story of the music.  Harry was on the air in southern California for 30 years including KBLA, KBBQ and KLAC.  Last word I could find had him retiring in 1995 and living in Central California.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Coffee Break 1978

Bruce Phillip Miller did "Coffee Break" for AFRTS.  His day job was at KIIS, he had been at KWIZ and KKDJ prior.  Later Bruce was the Captain in the "Alien Worlds" radio show.

Pull up a chair and take a Coffee Break.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Charlie Tuna 1973

This was sourced from the mastering reel with the slug still intact. 

Charlie was at KKDJ during the week and was squared off against Charlie Van Dyke at his old KHJ home.  Robert W. Morgan was at K-100.  Talk about a radio battle!  But we can treasure the Saturdays at the McCadden studios, making radio like this:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Chris Noel 1971

Chris Noel - 1963

Chris did the show during the height of the Vietnam War and toured the theater several times.  Thanks for everything Chris!

Please consider supporting homeless vets through Ceasefire House, Chris runs this in Florida Click here