Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mark White -AFN Berlin 1980

The late Mark White had his claim to King of Jazz.  He brought some wonderful music to Berlin for well over three decades.  Chris Muermann was a big fan at the time and recorded several of his broadcasts.  Garry made them available.  Today it's a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, coming to Berlin for a concert.  Mark, keep swinging...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Chris Noel 1970

I'm still reading Chris's book "Vietnam and Me".  It's highly recommended.

But right now, it's 1970 and time for a Date With Chris

RIP Mark White

One of the great voices of radio history has been silenced. After spending a wonderful Christmas day with his family, Mark White went to bed and passed away in his sleep 12/29/2013. He would have been 89 on the 2nd of January. Mark was the manager of AFN Berlin from the 1950s until 1988. He left behind a great legacy and many friends. (David Glen Andersen facebook feed)

News Censorship at AFVN during the Vietnam War

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Melody Roundup 1944

Melody Roundup brought top Western talent.  This time with Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.

Hard to tell what the source material was 78s, radio transcriptions, movie soundtracks. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

GI Jive - 1946

Martha Wilkinson was one of the first big stars of AFRS.  During WWII there was a show called "GI Jive", one of the DJ shows.  Pretty non-descript until Martha became GI Jill and the voice of home.

Roger Carroll - 1981

Young Roger at WMFD

There's always time for a Happy Hour.  When I was working civilian, one time I had a PD wondering how I could do so many "universals".  To him that meant being able to do a break without necessarily doing a station promo or talking about the record.  I learned it from the Roger and the AFRTS-LA talent.  Many thanks.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gary Owens

Thanks Jerry for sharing these, they were airchecked off of the Thailand network.  I finally heard from Gary, letting us know it's okay to share these.  When I was a boy DJ, I kept the postman busy with incoming KMPC airchecks.  Amazing.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas and thank you for visiting.   It's been a nice year with family, my day job and people in general.  More and more people are stopping by every month so I guess it serves a purpose.

If you haven't checked in yet, you can email  afrts@live.com or facebook Thom Whetston or the afrtsarchive.blogspot.com page (click "Like" on that one).

Approximately every week I send out an email about what's new, sometimes asking questions, sometimes looking for people.  Just let me know if you'd like to be on the mailing list.

If you saved any recordings or memorabilia about the network, please let me know.  There are a lot of people that'd like to remember it.

Chris Noel

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Enchanted Keyboard - 1951

By the early 1950s radio had changed.  Prior to that the networks were doing great comedy, mystery variety shows and AFRTS could clip the commercials and send them out.  But now they were tasked with creating a lot of programs.  Many information and education programs were produced along with entertainment offerings.

"Enchanted Keyboard" was typical.  Classical piano with Don Thompson announcing.  Some wonderful talent was available to come in and play the piano.

On this broadcast, Edward Rebner

Charlie Tuna - 1983

"Boss Angeles" Charlie was one of the guys that made KHJ happen.  The things Bill Drake did with that station had a lot to do with every top 40 station in the United States.  Charlie started there in the mid-60s and went with us in 1971.  Thanks for the memories.  Stay Tuna'd!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ronnie Landry - 1959

Ron Landry, later of Hudson and Landry was drafted into the Army in 1958.  By 1959 he was doing a show on the network from AFRTS New York.

I was usually assigned with the infantry, this was a classic:

Jim Ameche - 1965

"The Most Beautiful Sounds Around"  Orchestral music just isn't heard anymore.  Jim Ameche brought it to AFRTS.

Jim was a huge star during the "Golden Days of Radio" and managed to stay very successful as a DJ.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


We're back on the air.  About a week ago Comcast pushed out an update that killed my Motorola SGB6580.  I managed to get it back to defaults and running again.  I own my modem, rather than paying the 7 bucks every month.

Yesterday it was the same thing and I couldn't get it back online.

I spent four years working for Comcast, getting modems activated and online.  I do know this stuff.

Just wanted to let you know that Comcast and Motorola have a long history of not playing well on certain Motorola models.

On with the show...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gary Owens - 1969

A little bit more from the G.O. show.  

A very mod Gary, from "Laugh In"

Sunday, December 15, 2013

AFVN The Early Years - Adrian Cronauer

Adrian Cronauer explains the early years of AFVN and block programming.

Chris Noel Christmas 1969

Because of the way the transcription disks were sent out, there was no way to tell when they were actually broadcast... Except for Christmas week.  That week we would get disks with actual airdates.  They'd send them almost a month early to make that happen.

This was aired worldwide December 19, 1969

Friday, December 13, 2013

Good Morning Vietnam - the real story

Paul Bottoms  let me know about this:

"Adrian Cronauer, Tony Booth who was at AFKN in Korea and I gave a presentation in February 2011 for two days at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond."

Here's the first part:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Charlie Tuna - 1982

If you see the film "Rollercoaster", there's a DJ MC...

Charlie's back with another sixty minutes in the radio.  I hope that you've visited his website charlietuna.com He really has taken the show... trivia, humor and great stories and made the transition to the internet.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

FEN - 1964 the start of the Vietnam War

Here's live coverage from FEN August 5th and 6th 1964 of the Gulf of Tonkin, pretty much the beginning of the Vietnam War.

Chris Noel - Christmas 1966

Chris had just started doing "Date With Chris" and it was the holiday season

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mosquito Network - The Ulithi Encyclopedia

During WWII we had a base in the Western Carolines and a LT (jg) John Vollbrecht  found the local Ulithi population interesting.  He studied them and presented talks on AFRS WVTY.  There was enough interest where the station published a book about the culture.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Johnny Bond - 1961

To the strains of Les Paul's "Cimarron" and a bushel basket full of gramophone records.  It's old school country from 1961.

Happy listening!

Bob Hope - Christmas 1968 Long Binh

We've made it to December.  Christmas is coming. This is Bob Hope's 1968 Christmas show from Long Binh, Vietnam.  Whet was it like to be at one of these shows?