Thursday, September 26, 2019

Joe Ferguson 1983


Home sure was an awful lot of places.  In 1983 AFRTS contracted with local jocks all over the country to bring it closer.  Joe Ferguson was at KUPL and brought Portland radio worldwide.




AFN Roger Williams 1975



Let's take a look at the greatest hits of 1975 with AFN and Roger Williams.






Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mary Turner 1985


Mary Turner rocks.  But after winning at that, she made the world better as a psychologist and philanthropist.





Pete Smith 1976



When I was in the field, the easy listening shows felt painful. As I "mature" I can understand the genius behind them. Thanks for asking, Chris!


Monday, September 23, 2019

Date With Chris 1971


Thank you Chris for all you've done.  Here's a rockin Date with Chris.






Tom Campbell 1980












One of the things I miss about radio in general is breaking talent. Can you believe at one time the industry would promote unknowns? I don't believe it either. Tom Campbell had such a neat conversational interviewing style. Here he is with Michael Allen, promoting him worldwide.

 





Saturday, September 21, 2019

Gene Price 1973


Gene had been doing the show for about a year, starting a quarter century of making friends around the world.




Ira Cook 1974



In the early 60s, AFRTS was an extra gig for a lot of the talent from Gene Autry's KMPC. Roger Carroll, Pete Smith, Gary Owens and Ira Cook.

Ira was still recording shows in the 70s for us. They always had style.

The picture makes more sense if you know that Mr. Cook was one of the leading proponents of Hawaiian music, playing at least one every day on KMPC.



Friday, September 20, 2019

Charlie Tuna 1982


Charlie Tuna 1969

Charlie was with us from the Vietnam years until 1996.  Easy to tell how he was a morning tradition for such a long time.




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Jim Pewter 1992

(Picture - Laurie Allen) Transmitter site of Iraklion Radio Transmitter site, Crete, 1992 Station Manager Msgt Scott Kirby (who, but I didn't know this at the time, was going to my future husband), Ssgt Kevin Renshaw, Laurie Allen, Jim Pewter

This is fun, Laurie Allen and Jim Pewter musing about the great music of the 1960s and 70s.


This is one of my favorites.  Jim had been playing our music for three decades.  Laurie was helping out.






Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison really was country music, starting as a DJ in Texas in 1945.  He went on tour hosting Tex Ritter and got Tex to record one of his songs.  From there, Nashville radio until going to a station in Pasadena CA.  Penning "He'll Have To Go". Later to run the country department of Dot Records.  Starting in the mid 60s Joe was recording the Country Corner for AFRTS.




Monday, September 16, 2019

Roger Carroll 1972

Roger with Johnny Magnus (who's the other guy?)

I sure wish I had both parts of every show, but every 27 minutes has it's magic.  This is part two of a 1972 RC get together.  Always smooth.  Take a listen.



Don Tracy 1984


Don Tracy has the music.  It's 1984 and here comes the party...




Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sound Off 1942


I've only seen a handful of these. Prior to AFRS, Special Services recorded shows on 12" disks to be used with a record player, generally in whatever passed as a Mess Hall or Rec Center as the troops were battling on the ground.

Sound Off continued with the newly formed AFRS.  Here's Harry VonZell



Joe Ferguson 1983


From KUPL in Portand OR, Joe Ferguson is back on a Wednesday in 1983.  Thanks again Joe, these are great!




Thursday, September 12, 2019

AFVN Pat Sajack 1968



Patrick Leonard Sajdak

Pat Sajak was one of the bigger stars that went through the network.  Pat won a contest to be a disk jockey on the WLS Dick Biondi show, after that news at WEDC.  Then the army beckoned.  After a few months as a finance clerk, he was the morning star at AFVN.  By the early 1970s he was jocking at flamethrower WSM Nashville and bigger and brighter things.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Jingles the Voice of Home 1967



I loved this jingle package.  I was playing it before gold at SCN in the 1980s.  I've been looking for it for years and it turned up on the end of a production reel from AFKN in the 1960s.




Johnnie Darrin 1973

And yes, they spelled his name wrong.

Talk about someone who's worked everywhere, it's Johnnie Darrin. 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 1968

Nice work if you can get it. (courtesy and copyright of Playground Productions)

In 1967 Jim was managing Forever Records.  They put out a two record set to benefit the USO.  "Jim Pewter Salutes the USO Shows with 21 Hits From The Past"  I've got to pick up a copy.  Jim shared this original artwork picture with 21 teen models in Pasadena.





Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pete Smith 1993


Pete Smith has your easy favorites, with great stories.  "Sketches in Sound".





Tuesday, September 3, 2019

AFKN Ed Tooma 1980




 Ed Tooma has some memories of 1980 "I kept some of my old airchecks which are all telescoped from my days at AFKN 80-81. I was the NCOIC of Network Radio at that time and the CO was LTC Pete Barrett. I was stationed there when (we lost) Ed Masters. He was the civilian boss under the commander."

AFKN Ed Tooma 1980

More From AFKN




Mary Turner 1991


Mary Turner had a great career as a jock and interviewer, we ran her AFRTS-LA show and her syndicated "Off the Record" show. From there she went on to big things:




Dr. Mary Turner Pattiz (CGI Psy.D. ’08)From the mid ‘70s to the early ‘90s, Mary Turner was the most popular female air personality on contemporary music radio. She was the highest-rated disc jockey on L.A.’s legendary KMET, the host of “Off The Record,” Westwood One’s nationally syndicated interview show, which airedon more than 300 stations weekly, and the host of the “Mary Turner Show”on Armed Forces Radio. After leaving radio in 1994, Dr. Pattiz attended UCLA where she became a certified drug and alcohol counselor and began working in the field of substance abuse.







Ira Cook 1967


Ira Cook is back again.  The star of the day is Xavier Cugat..




Sunday, September 1, 2019

Gene Price 1980


Gene wrote a holiday book for kids of all ages, it's a nice read and great for holiday giving.

Gene Price is back with your kind of country.  It's memories of 1980 on AFRTS




Collectors Corner 1968


AFRTS was the introduction for a lot of troops to classical music.  In 1968 the University Of Virginia was producing Collectors Corner with rare performances from around the world.   Here's Rod Collins.