Thursday, October 7, 2010

AFRTS transcriptions

Chris asked for more information about the AFRTS transcriptions.  There were three different types of transcriptions

RP "Radio Priority", these were time critical with usually the top hits, like Charlie Tuna or Gene Price or Wolfman. These were to be destroyed after use.

RU "Radio Unit", these were things that were not time critical. Programs that would be forwarded to other stations in the network. Usually they'd start at a big network and be shipped to smaller and smaller stations. Programs like Jim Pewter or Golden Days of Radio. It really didn't matter if the disk was several years old when broadcast.

RL "Radio Library", these were the albums for the local DJs to use in their programs. These were indexed and filed. The older stations had most of the records going back to 1943. There were sub classifications here including P- (pop) W- (western) L- (latin) R- (religion) SP- (symphonic pops) MISC-(miscellaneous) included comedy albums, jingles and some very weird audio TP-(top pops) were the new hits of the week from 1962-75 making a neat oldies library. Radio jingles and production music were not in a series.

This disk would have been from 1967.  Mostly really great tunes.  "Little Girl" was a super tune.  Is it even in print?  Probably on Nuggets.

While not directly related, Jose Fritz says there was such a thing as a 16" V-disc and will be sending a scan of one.

These do not seem quite as exciting..

1 comment:

  1. My favorite program on AFN-Europe from 1971-75 was "Weekend World." I'd love to be able to hear some of the interesting features that ran during the several hours that programming ran each weekend. Travel, food, music, personality features -- Weekend World covered it all. I especially remember the intro to the segment that featured a train horn. It made me imagine I was actually traveling with the program to the places that were featured. And the music of the 70s that played between the features was spot on. I hope some of those programs still exist in AFN's library and can be made available for us "old soldiers" who remember that program fondly.


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