Monday, March 31, 2014

Date With Chris - 1967

Chris Noel at AFVN

Chris Noel is back with A Date With Chris.

Right now she's visiting Germany:

Hi everyone, Chris Noel here. Next week I'll be in Europe, appearing at a very special event at the Hotel Kaiseralm in Bischofsgrun, Germany, for an ELVIS WEEKEND! I'l be speaking and signing autographs. Sorry, the event has been sold out for weeks now, 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

AFN Latin Tempo 1980

In Mexico there's a form of music called Norteno it's 3/4 time and sounds like a polka.  There's something full circle about Sunday morning, AFN and Latin Tempo.  Today Santiago Minchaga, I know I spelled that wrong, plays some wonderful music.  The program was popular with the Germans...

Serenade In Blue - 1967

The military used commercial radio stations for recruiting in a big way starting with WWII.  Most of the programs were good entertainment.  Sometimes these shows would end up broadcast by AFRTS.  That puzzled me.  Although there were places like Germany and the Canal Zone with many dependents, most of our stations were on ships or in non-command sponsored areas.  Was there a purpose in playing an Air Force recruiting show on a Navy ship?  

Serenade in Blue was quality music from Air Force bands.  Here's a 1967 visit:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Johnny Bond - 1961

Johnny Bond was a movie star, recording artist and radio star.  He was with us for many years.

Suspense - 1963

We ran "old time" radio well into the 1980s.  There were places where we didn't have television.  Sometimes it was classic.  Suspense was classic.

This is a 1964 rebroadcast of this show:

Suspense. May 26, 1957.  "The Big Day". Which is the fastest car on Earth? The Stanley Steamer of course! A humorous story about the man who proves it! John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Chat With Mark Moss

Mark Moss had quite a career, Army, Air National Guard, tours at SEB Italy, AFKN Korea, Desert Storm and was a DINFOS instructor... 

Country Music Time

Country Music Time had a long run for USAF recruiting.  Today Perry Bullard features Leroy Van Dyke.

Roger Carroll - 1981

Thanks again Roger for sharing your shows with us.  There is some great listening.  Roger;s history with AFRTS started with the Korean War.  Because he was an ABC staff announcer he was assigned to AFRTS.  It was the start of decades of RC.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chris Noel - 1968

Chris Noel is back with another hour of the voice of home.  From 1968 a Date With Chris.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jubilee - 1942

I normally don't bother with "split" shows but Jubilee is always special.  In late 1942 we recorded the (Nat) King Cole trio, Mantan Moreland with wonderful comedy, Judy Carroll and Noble Sissle. Supporting the troops should always be this good.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Roland Bynum - 1981

Roland Bynum with the late Don Cornelius

The music was so good.  Here's Roland Bynum cutting loose for the weekend.  He was that good and brings the future to America through teaching.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1981

Roger spent a long time with the worlds biggest radio network, bring the Best Sounds in Town.  Here are some 1981 memories:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Magic Carpet - Jack Teagarden 1945

Magic Carpet was a catchall show that featured remote band broadcasts from all over the country.  Usually a pretty swinging band.  Jack Teagarden's history goes back to the "Hot" jazz bands of the 1920s.  He's always been a favorite of mine.  From the Trianon:

As a side note, XUSF was in Chungking China, after that part of the network was shut down in 1945-46 the disks went the new FEN network in Japan.  I wish I owned this disk...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Is it spring yet?

I did want to thank Steven for making a contribution to the blog.  They help a lot.  There will be some acquisitions that I think we can all enjoy.  If you'd like to help, just click the "Donate" button on the left to start.  I won't be naggy.  Have a wonderful day!

Chris Noel - 1970

Here's Chris Noel with another hour of great music and memories.

Chris is on facebook, you should say "hi"!

What were your memories of the show?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Off the Wing Tip - 1967

We ran filler shows.  Prior to 1971 many of the DJ shows were 45 minutes.  With five minutes of news it left a ten minute hole.  "Off The Wing Tip" was a ten minute show.  I had assumed it was a recruiting program but I don't think so.  On this one from New York they spend some time with the pilots of the NYPD.

AFTN - Captain Madrac 1973

Before they made him use his real name, Ralph Gebes was Captain Madrack on AFTN Odapau, Thailand.  

There's a really great website with AFTN memories click here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1981

Roger and Beverly, a team for almost six decades.

Yank Bandstand - 1946

In WWII many of the top US bands were in uniform for the war effort.  Yank Bandstand would present these bands.

Monday, March 10, 2014

GI Jive 1944

Armed Forces Radio's first heartthrob was Martha Wilkerson.  During WWII she started doing GI Jive and kept doing the show into the 1950s.

Chris Noel - 1967

Chris Noel did the shows, then toured and brought a Date With Chris worldwide.  This is from the very first week of shows.  Thanks again Chris!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Roland Bynum - 1982

Call from the  Creators Workshop!  Roland Bynum is back with some great tunes.    He is on the air at KJLH in Los Angeles.  Visit their website Saturday morning is streaming live with Soulin with Roland...

On AFRTS he made magic.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Link to us

Do you have a website?  Is it related to radio, military or were you an AFRTS vet?  I would like to link to it on the link page Just let me know

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1987

Roger Carroll and Hal Oiler at AFRTS

Time for the best sounds in town.  Here's Roger with a 1987 visit

We recently lost Jim Lange, former KSFO jock later at KMPC.  Roger had a hand in producing some wonderful jingles.

Gary Owens - 1967

Gary's back with more of his patented brand of silliness.  KMPC, the voice of Space Ghost, Laugh-In.  Somehow it ties together but always great.

Hear Gary as the announcer on AntennaTV.  Still has the pipes.

In 1967, heard worldwide on AFRTS

Monday, March 3, 2014

Music From Around the World - 1967

We did "World Music" when?  Irwin Frankel made a career of promoting music from around the world.  From 1959-1972 he promoted it on a radio program on WABC-FM New York.  In 1967 the network ran a lot of Local New York programming, probably having something to do with our relationships with the networks.

AFN Frankfurt - Derrick in the Morning 1994

1994 and Derrick Brennell starts your day

Chris Noel - 1967

Chris did a lot for us over the years.  "A Date With Chris" brought memories than and now.  A very interesting life.  Click over to for information and to get her books.

Chris Noel with Bob Hope at the 1966 Christmas show.  

It's a Monday on Armed Forces Radio and time for your Date With Chris

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Banners of Faith - 1971

Every Sunday, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board presented "Banners of Faith", a potpouri of faith based programs.

Billy Pearl - 1975

Billy was one of the jocks hired by Roger Carroll enterprises to do Army recruiting shows.  Very Talented.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Music From Your Hometown - 1947

One of the nicer things about being the Voice of Home were things like this.  Stations would send acetates of broadcasts to the network.  These would be made into new shows.
Leo Reisman - 1919
From roughly 1947 this is a "Music From Your Hometown" with Leo Reisman.  Reisman had been around since the early 20s.  By then he had a hotel band playing sweet music.  So from 1030 WBZ Boston, here's Leo Reisman: