Friday, October 22, 2010

US Army Germany

Welcome visitors from the website.  Walter does a great job with it and there's a lot of AFN infomation I haven't seen before.  Take a look!

Happy Birthday AFKN

AFN-K (I still find that hard to say) has put together their 60th anniversary tribute. 
What do you think?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chris Noel's Petition

Here's the Chris Noel that we remember

Chris Noel has asked for our help with this.  She's lobbying for a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Click here to sign Chris Noel's petition

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Command Performance

Command Performance was a star-studded jamboree.  It was probably the biggest thing produced by AFRTS.  In 1977 Frank Bresee assembled a 35th anniversary tribute.  Guests for the tribute include Ken Carpenter and Bob Hope, sharing memories.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

History of AFN

In 1990 began the 'downsizing' of our bigger networks.  MediaNetwork discussed the history of AFN with Roy Neal.

He had a big career before WWII worked at AFN and later came back as a civilian.

Take a listen:

There's more about Roy Neal at

Friday, October 8, 2010

See AFRTS disks on PBS-TV

Jon checks in to let us know about something coming up on PBS

I was just checking a satellite feed of an upcoming PBS program, "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" and spotted a collector with some some serious WWII-era AFRS vinyl transcriptions and V-Discs.

Feinstein discussed the use of the AFRS discs and their procurement, and there was some great performance footage of Lena Horne, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland taken from "Jubilee" and "Command Performance USA."

This is in episode #2 of the series, entitled "The Best Band in the Land."

After doing a QC check of the feed, it was a segment of the show where Michael Feinstein met with former AFRS producer Marty Halperin (Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters).

Halperin was showing him the master tapes he kept over the years in the basement of his home, along with a few AFRS 12" transcription discs (in the familiar manila shuck with "Armed Forces Radio & Television Service" and "Property of U.S. Government" over the center hole.

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook

Best Band in the Land

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00pm (your date and time may vary)

The roles that popular music played during WWII, providing emotional solace and boosting morale, are remembered. Michael Feinstein also discusses the era's big bands, USO shows, V-Discs and war bond rallies; and prepares an original patriotic song.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Laurie Allen

Photo: Original Minnesotans  Laurie with Jim Pewter in Crete, courtesy Laurie Allen

Here's a double batch of memories,  Laurie Allen with the best in classic rock.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Golden Days of Radio

No recent word on Frank Bresse's condition.  He had an amazing run on the network.  Recently his amazing record collection has come on the market.  But these were the days, a 1951 Lux Radio Theatre production of Sunset Boulevard.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Goodbye MSG Pat Daigle, RIP

I was a 19 year old kid and ended up at the 2nd division field station. I was a bit of a rebel and so was Pat, that's why they shipped him out to there. A really total scoundrel. He was a lot older than the rest of us. Taught me a lot about life.

He could charm the honey out of a rock.

Pat spent 1969 at AFVN Nha-Trang.  I ran into him in Korea in 1976

We had our own two quonet hut compound on Camp Casey. The one star would come over most every week to cook gumbo with Pat and be able to drink beer, without it being a federal case.

The AFKN CO that we had would periodically come out to bother us. One time he came out to the Division, looking strac. He was all but arrested at the gate, brought to the General who dressed him down for being an officer wearing Class As in the division area. We never saw the Colonel again. Somehow I've always believed Pat was involved in that one.

We drank too much, partied too hard and had a helluva time.

We got back to the world, I went to horrible FT Devens Mass and Pat to be the DINFOS SGM at Ft Harrison. I'd call sometimes and we'd shoot the bull. I was getting ready to ETS and wanted to blow off all my leave, they wouldn't let me until my replacement actually arrived. Almost everyone got out of their orders to Devens.

"Pat, I need a favor. Please get a 71r sent here."

"I'll get two"

Pat sent the two of them. The one that was originally scheduled to arrive did. One more appeared totally out of nowhere. I was replaced by four people. Pat retired somewhere in that time frame (1980??) Thanks Pat.

MSG Patrick R. Daigle, U.S. Army (Retired) age 74 of LaVernia, a graduate of Louisiana State University and Vietnam Veteran passed away September 19, 2010. He had over 20 years of distinguished military service, loved his country, LSU football, his family, and close friends. Born in Alaska and raised in Louisiana he was preceded in death by his parents, Alton & Eva (Lejeune) Daigle, Sr.; brother-in-law, Jim Puckett; sister-in-law, Carol Daigle and father-in-law, Walter Miller. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathy Daigle; brothers, Alton Daigle, Charles Daigle, Dale Daigle; sister, Mildred Puckett; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and good friends, Tim Richardson, Perry Bullard, Preston Cluff and Judge Jim Burdette. A strong proponent of animal rights he loved his family pets and is survived by his beloved German Shepherds, Hondo and Harley, and family cats, Moe, Blue and Skeeter. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at

Friday, October 1, 2010

I miss the record library...

I was cleaning up and re-sleeving some transcriptions and remembering the libraries.

I don't think the network ever tried to be eclectic, but with a dozen disks coming in every week since 1943 there was a lot of music. I'd go in and listen to a genre I hadn't heard in a while, early R&;B, Western swing, Gospel... totally amazing libraries. The majority of the libraries were mediocre MOR. AFKN in the field stations would have random program disks from the 50s and 60s. "Yours Truly Johnny Dollar" "Bob and Ray" "Date with Chris" there was probably a complete set at the Camp Casey station, at the time I didn't know what they were. In the 1970s and 80s, there were RP and RU disks. RP were to be destroyed after broadcast. RU disks were to be shipped to another station. SCN in Panama had a mostly complete set of library disks. It was the first time I'd heard all of the MAJ Glenn Miller sides. Shuffling through them was always like Christmas for me. AFN had saved a copy of probably every disk ever received. In the early 1970s those were cleaned out. Around the time that the network talent wasn't renewed cds went to the stations and the program vinyl was recalled for the Library of Congress. In 1982 was one of the earlier times they tried that. At SCN we said "No, we need everything we've got." and they let that pass. Now the libraries get their weekly CDs, but they're rebranded Superdisks, the same as used by hundreds of stations in the United States. I’m sure they’re a lot easier to program from, but an era is gone.