Sunday, March 22, 2020

AFN Munich 1973

In 1973 the "Free Radio Campaign" visited AFN and spoke with engineer Air Force Tech Sgt Bob Strite and morning jock Mark Abbott. The picture is Jim Sampson at AFN Munich.

AFN Munich 1973

More from AFN

Roger Carroll 1969

There was a Happy Hour in 1969?  Every day when Roger Carroll is at the mic.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Charlie Tuna 1991

Sad day when we lost Charlie.  Broadcasting at it's best.  Waking up the world for a quarter century.  Who did anything close to that? . 

Jim Pewter 1976

A Friday, a new year and Jim Pewter.  Jim celebrated this music every day.  Writing, performing, playing the songs on the radio and being a record dealer.  He loves and shares this music.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mail Call 1944

Mail Call. May 24, 1944. Program #93. The program is dedicated to the state of Kentucky. Borah Minevich and His Harmonica Rascals do a spectacular arrangement of, "Brazil." Mortimer Snerd tells Paulette Goddard about his first date. Charlie McCarthy tries to apologize to W. C. Fields for setting a skunk trap in Fields' garden. This is a well-known routine, using the same script as in, "The "Chase and Sanborn Program" recording from September 21, 1941. This time, W. C. loses his place in the script and mis-reads several lines. The date above is the recording date. The program was released June, 1944.

Early AFRS and WC Fields, total win.

Ira Cook 1965

KMPC had a lot of talent that was part of our team.  Ira was another Minnesotan.  He was a WWII vet.  It was quite a story.

Gene Price 1973

Willard is back, with your favorite silliness. Gene Price Country World is nice way to start the back to work crunch.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

LaRita Shelby 1994

LaRita Shelby saved some of her favorite shows and is making them available to us. Today a visit with Blair Underwood. Thank you Jazzy! Visit her website, A Date With A Song is great music

Wolfman Jack 1975

Wolfman Jack sure was a salesman.  Where can I go for opportunities in today's Air Force? 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Roland Bynum 1981

It's a Wednesday happening on AFRTS with the Bynum...Still has it.

Chris Noel 1969

The weekend is almost here.  Chris Noel has memories of 1969

Tom Campbell 1979

So what kind of jock would put his home phone number in ads?  Tom Campbell would.  You can say he was accessible... In 1971 Tom joined the network for a long run.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bedside Network

Many troops were first exposed to military "radio" via closed circuit stations in US hospitals. After the war, the stars toured the VA hospitals. This program would have been heard on the "Bedpan Network".  Here's a 1954 magazine story about The Bedside Radio Network

From 1955, Rand's OTR is featuring a Hospital Radio show
Hospital Radio Christmas Show 1955

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Pete Smith 1971

Pete Smith took up the tradition of easy listening after John Doremus.  He was another Los Angeles legend.  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."

Mary Turner 1986

Mary Turner brought the rock in the 1980s and 90s.  She had the daily show and "Off The Record".  The music was great and she really had a way with an interview.  She always treasured her time as one of the AFRTS-LA talent.

Joe Ferguson 1983

In 1983 Joe Ferguson was at KUPL.  AFRTS picked him up for a series of shows from around the country, really being the voice of home.  It's a Tuesday in 1983 and time for the Joe Show!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Don Tracy 1983

Don Tracy was from Hartford.  Learned his trade at the Conneticut School of Broadcasting with gigs in Hartford and New Haven before the lure of California.  Then to KGFJ, KABC TV and KDAY and KMBY in Capitola CA then where most of us found him AFRTS.  In 1997 Don was selling at KNX after that he was a part of Malloy and Associates, an advertising agency in Los Angeles. Here's a short piece from 1983.

Monday, February 17, 2020

George Homcy AFN 1951

I was at AFN, Europe, 1951-53, as a newscaster and news writer. Had my own local news show and was on air during the world news show at 7 p.m. In 1952, we had a big celebration on the Fourth of July, featuring the then-famous singer, Hildegard. It was quite a blast, with several hundred in attendance.

My assignment to AFN in the fall of 1951, along with John Keel, was a mystery, although my MOS reflected my prior service as a newspaper reporter. I was a reporter 1948-51 before I was drafted, so being assigned to AFN was great. I remember a staff car picking up me and Keel at the banhof in Frankfurt. On the way, the driver asked if we knew where we were going. We had no idea or knowledge about AFN. He told us, just as were pulling into the castle entrance in Hoechst. You can imagine our reaction!

I was assigned to the newsroom, Keel to Continuity. After a few months of writing newscasts for our news chief, Vince Lambros, I got to do some headline newscasts in the afternoon. More and more airtime followed. In 1952, I was assigned to be the AFN correspondent in Bremerhaven. In early 1953, I was reassigned to be the correspondent in Munich. In both cases, I had my own local news shows and also participated in the world news show in the evening, depending on what was happening. I do have some recordings of my shows, cut in the old vinyl records.

Some of my big news reporting was the saga of the Flying Enterprise at sea, the floods in Holland and the arrival of the SS United States in Bremerhaven, after setting a new transatlantic crossing record. We did a liv e broadcast from the ship. It was the top of the line at the time. I still have the official program from the ceremony.

Breaking into radio in 1953 was difficult. They all wanted commercial radio experience. I was not willing to leave the New Jersey-New York area, I had one job offer: To be the third man on the News-sports staff at WCTC in  New Brunswick, NJ which to this day covers Trenton and Rutgers. The salary was $50 a week. I turned it down and returned to newspaper work, putting in 20 years as a reporter, columnist and night editor. In 1974, I became president of the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce and served for 28 years, retiring in 2002. Then for three years I was executive director, a part-time gig, for the Nicholas Martini Foundation, a private multi-million dollar foundation which gave away money.

That is an abbreviated version of my career. Have a wife of 57 years, four kids and seven grandkids. I'll be 84 next month, God-willing.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Roger Carroll 1974

So the station is burning off some Public Affairs time and at least one boy-dj is wondering how much of this is true. Thanks again Roger Carroll.

Charlie Tuna 1986

Charlie's career was amazing.  Oklahoma City to Boston to Los Angeles. He was part of our team from 1971 until 1996.  An incredible run.

Charlie has a neat biography with sound at the Radio Hall of Fame. Click here Find out what it sounds like to be on the air during a major earthquake.

More jingles!

Several years ago Dyo sent a jingle reel that he had.  Several of these I had heard.  Which packages are these from?

Command Performance 1946

Command Performance was the BIG variety show that went into production almost at the birth of the network.

(from radiogoldindex)  March 14, 1946. Program #215. AFRS origination. June's first tune is, "Give Me The Simple Life." Larry Storch imitates Frank Morgan (without receiving credit). He then imitates Ed Gardner, Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Desi Arnaz sings, "Cuban Pete" and an extended arrangement of, "Ba-Balu." Red Skelton appears in, "Never Again" as "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Verna Felton blows a line and stops the show. The recording date above is subject to correction. June Haver (m. c.), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Larry Storch, Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra, Red Skelton, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Jim Pewter 1968

I miss these songs.  Most markets had the Oldies Guys that new everything and Jim sure was of those. Charlie Gracie, the Coasters.  It's always a great listen.