Sunday, October 2, 2022

Tom Campbell AFRTS demo

 




Tom Campbell is one of the AFRTS-LA friends that's been great in keeping this whole thing running.

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 and at WONE in Dayton, Ohio before his move to KYA San Francisco in 1967.

In 1971 was one of the periodic restructurings of AFRTS.  They were concerned we'd be rocking too hard..   AFRTS sent a demo...


Tom Campbell 1971 AFRTS demo


Update

  So, for about 15 years we've been using a company called 4share for file hosting. The paid service worked just fine.

Early this year I tried to renew. No response 

So the hosting went to their free service. With the extra landing pages. 

I'd start all over with a different provider, but no one offers....

A reasonable amount of storage.

Uploads that don't expire, the most common companies delete after 90 days or so.

Direct url downloads, I don't want to use a landing page.

Ive received reports that trying to download from the landing page doesn't play well with Windows.

Playback button appears to work.

I'd advise against downloading.

Any ideas for a new storage provider?



Saturday, October 1, 2022

Jim Pewter and civilians

 


Our friend Chris was growing up in Frankfurt in the 70s and taped a lot of AFN. No way to put a date with any certainty on this, but here's a bunch of Jim Pewter.





You might well choose to re-phrase slightly, emphasizing that I was a German kid, and that - as a lot of German kids then - listened to AFN as a daily routine, which helped in improving our English significantly (I have had with some of my teachers a running battle when using american slang, instead of proper (university-style) English as they had been taught); pretty sure US-service people were unaware of Germans being part of their general audience!



Quite a few forums exist in which Germans emphasize the significant contribution AFN had on them and their lives, it is mentioned there that per year about 100.000 letters were pouring in to AFN in Germany, of which the bigger part was probably AFN Frankfurt (the APO number was I believe APO 057), and I remember getting one of my postcards actually being put "on the air" (you got that clip on the DVD as well, when Jim Powers - the Bostonian -  presents "Baby Child" by Robin Luke "going out to Christoph in Offenbach, who hit it right on the head when he said that the most important bridge is "The bridge over troubled water".

Another German ex-AFN-listener - and I believe he has got a definite point on that  - actually attributes the German radio-system targeted at young people as it still is today to the very existence of AFN and Germans listening to it!




The German public radio stations ran along the lines of the federal states, and were very much targeted to the mature establishment with German Schlager and orchestras. As young Germans were listening to AFN (and BFBS) with their stylish, amusing way of presenting modern (i.e. non-German) music, those national chains had to develop similar offerings in order not to loose their grasp on future audience. These turned out to be the "third program series" such as HR3 in Frankfurt, WDR3 in Dusseldorf, SWR3 in Stuttgart, etc. that today are actually the lynch-pins of their programs!


I remember as of early 1970s, these made big inroads into the German listeners-base of AFN, with SWR3 being the first specifically youth-oriented radio coming "on the air" with music and presenting techniques very much reminiscent to "my" AFN.

Still, I remained faithful to AFN as You see from the tapes.

regards
Christoph

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Hospital Radio

 If you've been following the story, many troops were first exposed to military "radio" via closed circuit stations in US hospitals. 

I was looking for this to attach to that story. 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

Friday, September 9, 2022

Kris Erik Stevens 1980

 


Kris Erik was with the network for a long time and always did a great show. 

He's still involved in a lot of great things.  Visit Kris at http://www.kriserikstevens.com/



Wolfman Jack 1976

 


An amazing amount of wizdom in 3 minutes.  We had it every day.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Joe Allison 1965

 


Joe Allison has your country favorites.  Apparently Mrs. Allison was looking for shows awhile back.  Anyone have contact information?



Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Turn Back The Clock 1958

 


Turn Back the Clock was a regional show that ended up on NBC (regional?) in 1955.  They came over to AFRTS and shared songs from their personal collection.  They've got some good ones today.






Saturday, September 3, 2022

Tom Campbell 1978

 


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.

Tom Campbell did two shows for us.  "Tom Campbell Stateside" and a more album oriented "Playback".  Tom went out to the garage and shared a couple boxes of these. I'm very grateful. It's time for Playback..



Thursday, September 1, 2022

Chris Noel 1969

 




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