Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Roger Carroll 1979


1979 had some great songs and Roger Carroll made them better.  Happy Hour is now!
This was recorded from the station in Torrejon Spain (thanks Vicente!) but we had the same magic worldwide.  Hear Roger on www.rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com along with the rest of our AFRTS friends!




Small World 1965

Small World was a magazine show, similar to NBC's Monitor in many ways. This was the series that Chris Noel made her debut on AFRTS. This particular program has Bud Widom hosting. Talk about a full career with AFRS. He was on Command Performance and Jubilee during WWII, went on to host Bud's Bandwagon in the 50s and then ran radio at FEN in the 1960s.



Small World 1965
More Small World

Monday, February 25, 2019

Roland Bynum 1981




Cold enough for you?  There's always a party in the Creator's Workshop!



Bob Kingsley 1973

Bob Kingsley visting SCN in the Canal Zone

With American Country Countdown Bob Kinglsy was the Dean of Country music.  Before that came together he was one of us, first with the Air Force in Iceland (love to hear an aircheck of that)  and later at McCadden Place rocking up a storm.





Sunday, February 24, 2019

Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison has your country favorites from a Wednesday in 1968



Herman Griffith 1967

Jim Pewter, Herman Griffith and Roger Carroll

Herman brought rock and soul to the troops.  These are great!

Herman Griffith 1967


More Herman Griffith

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Top Pops #63




I was listening to some TPs, the early ones had locked grooves.  LOCKED GROOVES, who remembers those?  If you don't, what a locked groove would do is just stop after the song.  That made it harder to leave the switch open and run the next song accidentally.  Pronunciations?  It was never a regular thing, I only remember rarely seeing them.  At least no one could say Joe Maphis wrong!

1978 CMA Awards - Jay Derkash







In 1978 AFN celebrated the Country Music Awards with shows from the affiliate stations being broadcast across the entire network.  Today from Kaiserslautern Specialist Jay Derkash has the update.




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AFRTS Ethiopia



Sam Hale was the station manager at the station in Eritrea 1957-58.  He's working on the history of AFRTS Kagnew Station.  This is well researched and a work in progress.

Wolfman Jack 1978

In 1978 Guenther was recording a lot of AFN.  Here are a bunch of early 1978 memories.

Redd Harper 1948


Redd Harper with Carolina Cotton

Redd Harper (1903-1992) was raised in Oklahoma, gigged around the midwest with a Western Jazz band.  He moved to Los Angeles.  World War II started and he did his time in the Coast Guard.  After the war Redd had a very popular show on AFRS.  The Hollywood Roundup focused on the music and the movies.  Here's a 1948 visit with Gloria Henry.


Redd had his own Hollywood credits appearing the 1948 The Strawberry Roan and 1947s Under Colorado Skies (uncredited role as stagecoach driver).  His final bigscreen appearance was in Oiltown USA in 1955.