Tuesday, May 26, 2020

AFTN - The Torch is Passed


The 1971 crew put this together to celebrate their tour.  Take a listen


Roger Carroll 1969


A brand new bunch of 1968-69 memories have come in.  Roger brings you the Happy Hour and once again in fine fettle.  Time for the Best Sounds in Town!



Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 1948



In the late 1940s, the network produced a lot of "troop information" programs.  For a variety of reasons it was a lot harder to produce things like Command Performance.








Sunday, May 24, 2020

Jim Pewter 1968





Today Jim has memories of Johnny Ace, one of the most haunting talents ever.

Sugar Report 1945

More from your Sugar Report.  A few more have been found.  Most of the time WWII shows in AFRS are fairly common.  A few hundred were pressed, several were saved.
The Sugar Report was different.  The show was apparently recorded to acetate for broadcast from the government's shortwave station in California.  So each disk that is found is unique.
The show isn't documented.  The last time I found some of these, Jinx Falkenburg was the host.  I had assumed it was her show. Today Joan Edwards from Your Hit Parade plays excerpts from radio back in the states

This was a project at it's best.  I was contacted and asked "If I pay for those, can you transfer them?"  I asked around and found someone to do the transfer.  In the same time frame, we received a donation that covered the postage (click the PayPal box).  It took a lot of people.  



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

LaRita Shelby 1994


Love that picture.  Here's LaRita.  Matt recorded these in England from about 600 miles away.  It's a bit noisy but a bunch of fun.




Ira Cook 1965



Ira has some of the biggest Stars of the Day.  Today it's Frank Sinatra and Count Basie.  Along with stories and fellowship, the Ira Cook Show.




Sunday, May 10, 2020

Gene Price 1980

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

So is it inspired silliness, wonderful radio or country music at it's best?  All three, it's the Gene Price show from 1980 on AFRTS...




Wolfman Jack 1975


Don't touch that dial.  Here comes the Wolfman.  He was with us for decades and did his part for the Air Force.  Take a listen..



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Roland Bynum 1981



Roland and his daughter are Lakers fans...

But on the radio 1981 never sounded better


Monday, April 27, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chis Noel 1967





"Chris Noel was and is a hero ... supporting the troops with dedication and integrity even while we were treated like lepers at 'home.' She continues to support veterans, especially those of us who are homeless or suffer with PTSD. She came under fire in Nam more than once and suffered her own nightmarish events in her life. This is a beautiful person, both inside and out." Mike Blackford


Chris Noel was the voice of home to thousands of Vietnam era troops.  This is the Friday show from her first week on the air over AFRTS.  The program evolved over the years, better and better.




Tom Campbell 1975,

Time for another trip down memory lane with Bay Area fave, Tom Campbell (for Cal Stereo). Here's a neat 1975 show..

When Tom got out of the Air Force, he got a gigs in Shreveport, WDGY Minneapolis (The Twin Cities connection continues) and Dayton. 1967 it was to San Francisco where fame struck. between radio and agency work he bounced around southern California including for us at AFRTS



I finally located Tom Campbell, who sends his best.





Monday, April 6, 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."




Sunday, April 5, 2020

Mary Turner 1984





Time for another visit with Ft McCadden's Mary Turner.  Mary really did rock the world.  KMET, AFRTS, Off the Record.  Classy and always done well.


Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson has some 1983 fun on AFRTS




Don Tracy 1995




The network kept rocking til the end.  In 1995 the Network we all knew was changing but Don Tracy still had his chops...


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? http://www.charlietuna.com . 




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.




Jim

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?