Monday, October 28, 2019

Roger Carroll 1981

Roger at ABC

Roger didn't want to be a DJ.  He was a "network announcer".  Wouldn't that have been the coolest gig ever?  ABC needed a DJ, Roger was the new guy.  That settled that.  He found his groove and a legend started.






Don Tracy 1984


No holding some people back.  Don was in Hartford, parlayed that into Los Angeles.  At the top of his game was doing the AFRTS show for a long time.  Thanks Don!

Don Tracy - 1984
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

One Night Stand 1964



One Night Stand was the AFRTS package of big band remotes.  It had been broadcast through the 40s 50s and 60s.  Leon Keltner had the classy society orchestra in New Orleans.  This recording is from WWL/CBS in 1964, roughly the same time that Cal LaMartiniere was the booth announcer for these programs, the announcer  (Don Lewis) sounds similar to Cal, possibly an influence? 


Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson from KUPL Portland, OR did a series of shows for us in 1983.  For a while the network had jocks from all over the country doing shows for us.  It was some great radio.




Rebel Randal - Jukebox USA - 1951

Rebel Randall (l) with Shemp

Rebel was in several Three Stooges shorts.

Arabian Nights (1942), Booby Dupes (1945), Where The Pest Begins (1945) Society Mugs (1946).
By 1951 she was doing Jukebox USA for our Korean War era troops on AFRS.





Monday, October 21, 2019

AFVN-FM 1969




By 1969, the AM station was missing an important element, the "Golden Sounds of Music".  Mike Halloran was one of the first on the new AFVN-FM.

Halloran had a radio career prior to the army and went on to great things after.  Before the FM station, he had been been commuting in for a weekly show on the Saigon station, sometimes under fire.

Let's relax with the Golden Sounds of Music


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wolfman Jack 1975



Time for a 1975 look see with Wolfman Jack.  Much better if you play it loud!






Mary Turner 1985


And we were proud to have her.  Mary started her show with us in 1982.

From her official biography:
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 aired on 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. She received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California Graduate Institute—now affiliated with The Chicago School—in 2008. Today she continues to be active in the field as a counselor and group leader and serves on the boards of DARE, the Musicians Assistance Program, Cedars-Sinai Medial Center’s COACH for Kids, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares, the Betty Ford Center, and the Betty Ford Institute. Dr. Pattiz is married to Norman Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One Companies, and lives in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.





Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pete Smith 1983



Pete Smith was part of the EZ listening tradition at AFRTS.  He followed John Doremus, who followed Jim Ameche.  He had quite a career in Los Angeles radio KNX; KDAY, 1956-58; KRKD, 1958-61; KNOB; KPOL; KMPC, 1961-88; KJQI/KOJY, 1993-95; KGIL, 1998. Pete was part of "Music of Your Life."



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Chris Noel 1967


Chris Noel is waiting for your Date With Chris.  Great music and a one of a kind talent.  Thanks Chris! 





Tom Campbell 1971





After serving in the United States Air Force, Campbell was hired for his first radio job, at KEEL in Shreveport, La., by Al Hart, who would later become a newscaster and radio personality in San Francisco.

Campbell subsequently worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota at WDGY and at WONE in Dayton, Ohio  before his move to KYA 1260 AM San Francisco in 1967. He was known to loan his personal phonograph, record collection and even his car to individual listeners under the caveat that they simply return them, which they apparently did.

 His home and car phone (yes, he had one of the rare car phones in 1967) numbers were publicly listed in the white and yellow pages of most Bay Area phone books, and he would receive calls from listeners at home.



Monday, October 7, 2019

Gene Price 1974



Gene Price was there for us on Armed Forces Radio, but also on your hometown stations telling us about Today's Army.  These shows were done for Roger Carroll's company and usually heard early Sunday mornings.





Ira Cook 1975


Here's Ira Cook with his mix of music and stories.  He could have been a doctor, then the radio bug bit...




Thursday, October 3, 2019

Turn Back the Clock 1958


Andy and Virginia Mansfield did a charming, quirky show with records from Andy's personal collection.  These are the oldies.




Jim Pewter 1967


When we ask enough, there are answers. Mike Brown checked in to say that Jim Pewter worked at Radio Cavalier in the 1964-65 time frame. By 1967 Jim was doing the AFRTS-LA show. Something I hadn't heard was that Jim worked at the station with the late Richard Nader. Nader was responsible for the big oldies rock and roll shows in the 1970s

 
More Jim Pewter

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison's back with your country favorites.  It's 1969 and welcome to the Country Corner.




Roger Carroll 1980


For many years we had a lot of the talent from KMPC in Los Angeles.  Ira Cook, Bill Stewart and many more.  Roger Carroll had the longest run.  Three decades of the Happy Hour on the voice of home.  







Don Tracy 1993


So tell me you believe Don Tracy had been doing this show for 20 years and sounding this good.