Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Places to go - 1963

This is a 1963 station listing from the Broadcast Guide.  They list the networks separately:

Alaska Network (AN)
American Forces Korea Network (AFKN)
American Forces Network Europe (AFN)
Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) Canal Zone
Far East Network (FEN)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

AFVN Paul Bottoms 1969

Here's a mostly complete AFVN Orient Express from 1969 with Paul Bottoms.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stan Major - AFN 1955

Stan was at the castle in 1955, after AFN a great career with NBC.  Here's his story:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AFRS Adak - The Great Dogsled Race

Everywhere we did community programming, carnivals, fairs, blooddrives.  This was a February day in 1971.  AFRS Adak TV and radio covering "The Great Dogsled Race".  After that it's Michael Brown playing favorites.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Melody Roundup - Hollywood Barn Dance 1948

Melody Roundup was a catch-all.  Stations all over the country would send recordings of their local "hillbilly" shows, they'd be repackaged into a 15 minute program.

The "Hollywood Barn Dance" was KNX, Los Angeles version of the Opry..

Andy Parker and the Plainsmen

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mail Call - 1943

During WWII Hollywood made their biggest and brightest stars available to shine worldwide over AFRS in several variety shows.  Mail Call was one of these.

November 1943.  Here's Fanny Brice, Dennis Day, Lionel Barrymore, Harlow Wilcox and many more.

Date With Chris - 1967

Chris had been doing the show for less than a month, she's already making magic.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Latino! - 1973

Vance Graham had been doing shows for AFRTS since the 1950s.  He was originally a Utah resident moving to California in the 1930s.  He became a latino community leader.

For much of the US, IT'S COLD OUT!  Time for some music to warm up.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Jubilee - 1944

Time for the all-stars at Hot Horn Hall to blow up a storm.

Count Basie, Teddy Wilson and Thelma Carpenter.  This is GREAT!

Johnny Bond - 1961

Johnny Bond was a star on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and sung with fellow AFRTS host Jimmy Wakely (and Scotty Harrell) as the Jimmy Wakely trio.  1965 brought Johnny his biggest hit record "Ten Little Bottles" which still gets me to laugh.  Pull out the gramophone Johnny...

Friday, January 10, 2014

O Henry Playhouse 1965

By the 1960s not very much was being produced in radio drama, comedy or mystery.  But it was being produced in England, Australia and South Africa.  Many places didn't have television yet.  AFRTS made it available.

The O Henry Playhouse was an Australian production from the Grace Gibson company.  She was an American ex-pat that moved there in the 1930s and made Australian radio.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Swingin' Years 1961

Chuck Cecil did the Swingin' Years for a long long time.  In the late 1950s he started the show at KFI and eventually brought it over to AFRTS.  A quarter of a century later it was still going strong.
"It's a beautiful day in southern California!".

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Words And Music - Ann Richards 1942

The "Words and Music" program was usually a pretty girl reading poetry.  Sounds like a winning formula.

Here's Australian actress Ann Richards

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Blue Danube Network - AFRS Austria 1954

After WWII, BDN,  Blue Danube Network was in Austria.  In 1955 American Forces left the country.  From 1954 BDNs Bill Murray tells us about Austria.

Pride of Unit - Great White Ship 1948

Selena Royal

After WWII AFRS had to battle to be relevant.  At this time they took the "Information and Education" part of the mission a lot more seriously, producing hundreds of hours of programs about unit histories, great battles and military heroes.  On this program, a tribute to the hospital ships.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The AFKN Dropbox

AFRTS NBS Keflevik 1998 - Tom Jones

The radio show was hosted by  Thomas E Jones.  he was the station manager of AFRTS Keflavik Iceland The show was on air during Fridays  from 11.00 to 13.00  The show was divided first hour  oldies and the second hour country.

It's  September 18, 1998 in Iceland.  Our friend Larus Oskar had dropped by

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Johnny Bond - 1961

From when they called it "folk music" here's a 1961 visit with Johnny Bond

 He got his first break working for Jimmy Wakely in the late 1930s and went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940. He also acted on occasion in films including Wilson and Duel in the Sun; and was later a regular on the 1950s Los Angeles country music television series Town Hall Party.
He is best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at age 50 he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at No. 2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).
He died of a stroke in 1978, at the age of 63. Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (wikipedia).