Monday, March 28, 2011

Bob Moke

In 1983 AFRTS started sending shows of DJs from all over the country.  Neat part was that all of these guys had a prior AFRTS connection.  Bob Moke was an AFN vet that went on to great things in Baltimore and in satellite radio.

Sgt Moke in Frankfurt (Photo: Bob Moke)

Great shows!  Thanks for sharing these Bob. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AFN Benny Brown 1995

Benny is still wowing the continent after over 15 years.  It started at AFN.  Here's another hour of the weekend show from the network..

Benny still rocks on the internet version of Radio Lux

Benny, I still want to hear those tapes!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AFN SHAPE 1975 Ken Rubin

Always wanted to go to Belgium.  After being attached to the infantry twice (they used to do that), SHAPE sounded as far from that world as possible.  Almost pulled it off a couple of times.  I wasn't the only one with that idea aparently...

Here's Ken Rubin with "The Rock Garden". 

Here's what they're doing now.

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's like poking deep in the library...

It's not perfect, but I can finally transfer 16".  Modified a Technics table.  Works okay for most.  I have a LOT of disks that have been waiting for transfer.

From there, it's to the rest of "the studio"

Bill sent a great tapedeck, which is my next project.  So it's humble, yet functional.  I worked at several civilian stations with worse gear!

I'd wander through the libraries and just find neat things.  While I was transferring some "Personal Albums", I  found this.  In WWII Andy Williams was working regularly and was a featured singer on some radio stations but by no means the national star that he became ten years later.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What was your story?

Party in Phu Bai!

Lately we've been lucky enough to hear more and more of your AFRTS stories.  They're always interesting and the similarities have always interested me.  Doesn't seem to be a huge difference between Germany in the 1950s and Panama 30 years later.  Did you save any pictures?  Did you stay with it?  Do something else?  Was there anything that surprised you?

There are a few ways to stay updated on the new things that show up.  I post updates on facebook right after they go on.  Weekly I email updates to everyone on the mailing list ((just click here)

Finally, if you like this thing tell a friend!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reykjavík Redux

Jim Roark checked in with his memories of AFRTS in Iceland:

Karl Phillips directed me to this site: he worked the Nite Owl show on nights when I was off. I was full time at the radio station from sometime in 71 to sometime in 73. Prior to that I volunteered as Karl did, canning an oldies show called Shake, Rattle and Roark from 70 to 73. Other DJ's from that time were Tom Weicks (mgr), Mark Lazar (Morning Man), Tom Hughes (drive time), Bob Howard (replaced Tom) and Karl. We were given credit by someone for introducing rock music to the Icelanders.

I i left Iceland in 1973 and got out of the navy in October. In November I started the radio/electronics course at Elkins Institute in Atlanta, took the FCC exams in February and got my 1st and 2d Class licenses. As for any further broadcasting, my father, who put DJ's just slightly ahead of used car salesmen, sent me to law school (which occupation, it could be argued, was beneath both of the above).

I practiced law for 12 years then became a judge. I got my old band back together in 2008 and played for two years. I'm now remastering some songs I wrote in Iceland, one of which has been selected to appear on an album.

Bob Kingsley of American Country Countdown fame was a AFRS Iceland vet, even carved his name into the board.  Jim wrote Bob at the time and he shared his memories.


The Icelanders have a Facebook group celebrating the station.  Unfortunately it's not in English.