Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Year 1946



Happy 1946!  In 1945 the network assembled the top bands in the country to celebrate the win:

New Year's Dancing Party. December 31, 1945. AFRS origination. Happy New Year's from bands around the country. An assembled program. Harry James and His Orchestra, Count Basie and His Orchestra, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Woody Herman and His Orchestra, Henry King and His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra, Louis Prima and His Orchestra, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra, Don Wilson



Chris Noel 1967



To find out the history of Chris Noel, her biography at IMDB is a great place to start Click here

Chris sent the radio shows she did for AFRTS to us to hear again.  I'm grateful.

She still does the GIs proud.  Please consider making a generous donation to Chris's Vetsville Ceasefire House.



Pete Smith 1975


Dinnertime, the evenings... AFRTS had your easy favorites from Jim Ameche, John Doremus and Pete Smith.  Interesting stories wove with a mix of fine orchestras.  It's something not heard anymore.  Here's Pete Smith with a 1975 broadcast from AFN Frankfurt.  Many thanks Ray for making it available.




Mary Turner 1984




Received a nice note from Mary Turner:

"I often think about my 18 years at Fort McCadden with great fondness. Loved that Roach Coach-I remember always getting teased for actually paying for a bottle of water. I was ahead of my time!"
And she certainly was.



Saturday, December 28, 2019

Joe Ferguson 1983

In Panama, my biggest complaint with the network was how LA centric the programming was "There's nobody good in New York?" would usually be how that tirade started.  They surprised me with series of jocks from around the country with an AFRTS connection.

In the weeks before the Bob Moke show, Joe Ferguson from KUPL in Portland had his turn.  Joe also saved the disks and has made them available once again:
First of all, I was an army brat with my dad a 30 year career man. In the early sixties, we were stationed in Germany and I attended high school in Frankfurt. The school had a radio club and produced a weekly program for teenagers. We produced and recorded it at AFN studios just outside Frankfurt. I was part of that club and got my first exposure to radio and was hooked.


When I graduated, I returned to the US for college and got a job as a dj at a local station to pay for my education. After graduation, I went to visit my family, now stationed in Italy. On the way I had a stopover in Frankfurt and went to see a couple of people that were still at AFN from my high school days. They told me there was a civilian announcer job open in Italy and I should talk to the SEN folks, so I did.

SEN was interested and offered me the job. As a result, I was in Vicenza for a couple of years. It was great and I have many wonderful memories from the experience. Next stop, (1971) KFOX AM-FM Los Angeles, where I was the afternoon jock. I was working with people whose programs I had played while at SEN. While I was at KFOX, I was on staff with Charlie Williams, Hugh Cherry and Gene Price as well as some other great talent. I had to pinch myself frequently to convince myself I was actually there.

I also did some syndication work in Hollywood for Programming DB which was one of the pioneers for syndicating long form programming. It was a partnership of two of the innovative programmers of the day, Ken Draper and Chuck Blore. At one time, I think I was doing a daily 4 hour program in 20 or so markets, all via voice track and automation equipment.

My next encounter with AFRTS was in 1983 when they contacted me at KUPL AM-FM in Portland, Oregon, where I was the program director. They asked if I was interested in doing a 30 minute, daily show from Portland for 13 weeks. It was part of a project where they selected a personality from a different part of the country to highlight a new area every quarter. Of course I was delighted to accept.



Don Tracy 1980



Never really mattered what day it was, it always felt like the weekend during the Don Tracy Show.




Thursday, December 26, 2019

Robert W Morgan 1976

Roger Carroll's company produced most of the big DJ shows that ran on Sunday mornings, for the recruiting commands.  One of his shows featured Robert W Morgan.  In the 1980s Robert was doing the Special of the Week in stateside syndication that was picked up by AFRTS.  By 1976 the big recruiting shows were winding down and being replaced by short features.

Here's the last Robert W Morgan show for the Army


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Arthur Godfrey Xmas 1964

Arthur Godfrey was broadcasting, from his mournful coverage of the funeral of President Roosevelt to the franchise he had built in the 1950s, to his CBS radio show which was the last bigtime network entertainment show, he was America with a genius in giving America what they wanted.  The Christmas 1964 show (recorded Christmas 1963).


Monday, December 23, 2019

Roger Carroll Christmas 1973


I really wish I had audio of one of Roger's Christmas shows, with that familiar open... (Do you have one??)  But this is very nice, in 1973 he did an Air Force recruiting show with Ray Conniff.  Great radio!  Have a Happy Holiday!



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Wolfman Jack Christmas

It's 1975 and the Wolf brings in the holiday.  Christmas week the AFRTS network talent did a week of Christmas shows.  Rare when it wasn't week 48-x did they ever play songs of the holiday season.  It was too unpredictable when the shows would be aired.  The Christmas week shows went out 3 or 4 weeks before Christmas week so we'd be ready to go.


This Is Your FBI - Christmas



Stacy Harris

In 1976 we were still airing Old Time Radio like "This Is Your FBI", starring Stacy Harris, who you may remember from Dragnet.  Here's the Christmas show..

The system cue at the end of the show sure sounds like George Fenneman..




Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Charlie Williams 1972


Charlie Williams didn't host the show for very long but he brought a big piece of rural America worldwide.  Charlie had the show between Joe Allison and Gene Price.




Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Chris Noel 1970


Chris Noel brought America to thousands of Vietnam era troops on a Date With Chris.  By the 1970s it rocked.




Sunday, December 15, 2019

Herman Griffith 1967



Jim Pewter, Herman Griffith, Roger Carroll

Such music and such a talent. The rock and the roll for the brave and the bold...







Friday, December 13, 2019

Don Tracy 1983


Don Tracy's back with some 1983 fun.  Don just called earlier this week, had a great chat.




Joe Ferguson 1983,


Time for another visit with "The Joe Show", Joe Ferguson did a run of shows from KUPL in Portland.  AFRTS sought out jocks with an AFRTS connection and put them back on the air.  It's mid 1983, here's Joe!





Tuesday, December 10, 2019

WGBY, Cuba - Bill Stiles 1966


The US military had a radio presence in Cuba for over 100 years.  Jose Fritz did a nice writeup on this.  Click Here. In 1966 WGBY, the AFRTS station had a very special guest on the Bill Stiles show




Mary Turner 1983




Mary Turner and Ted Nugent

Mary Turner was the opposite of GI Jill and Chris Noel, a broadcaster that was a female, it kept with the times, yet still was the girl left behind.

When Mary started her show we were concerned about how an hour of slamming rock and roll would go over.  I knew the troops would love it but the Colonel?  The Canal Zone civilians?  They really liked to complain.  It went over great and was a wonderful addition.