Monday, April 28, 2014

Breakfast Club - 1967

Don McNeill had the longest running network show in history.  The Breakfast Club began in 1937 and continued until 1968.  It started on NBC and went to ABC when NBC was split up.  Much of that time we ran it  on AFRTS.  From the Clouds Room of The Hotel Allerton, Chicago it's 1967 and time for a low keyed entertainment.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Command Performance - 1945

 Donna Dae sings, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street." Herb Shriner is introduced as "Sgt. Shriner." Orson Welles (m. c.), Donna Dae, Larry Stevens, Herb Shriner, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Theodora Lynch

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Danny Kramer - 1983

In 1983 the network got DJs from all over the country to do shows for the network.  We've heard from Joe Ferguson and Bob Moke.  From the Torrejon tapes (thanks Vicente!!) today we have Danny Kramer.  Danny's day job was at KSL in Salt Lake City.  He was one of us at the Adak Alaska station in the late 60s.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AFRTS Torrejon (Madrid) Spain 1976

Torrejon studios

We've just received some wonderful tape of the Torrejon station.  Vicente lived in Madrid and saved his cassettes and is making them available to us.  Here's the first.  There will be more.  Gracias!  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jim Ameche - 1961

Jim was the voice of beautiful music, great orchestras and the sounds around.  He had roughly a ten year run with the network, during much of that time with KMPC as a day job.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Goodbye Mickey Rooney

Sunday April 6th was sad.  We lost Mickey Rooney.  Besides his many decades of stardom, Tech Sergeant Rooney was a WWII AFN vet.

Mickey Rooney with Tom Poston 

In 1944 he enlisted and spent 21 months in the army.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for entertaining troops in combat areas.

Goodbye Mickey and thank you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GI Jive 1945

About two minutes into this is video of GI Jill announcing.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Melody Roundup - Spade Cooley 1946

His band sure swung.  This is from a 1946 live remote rebroadcast from Riverside Rancho as a Melody Roundup.

Friday, April 4, 2014

KHJ Real Don Steele 1969

Years ago I had heard about a series of albums that were distributed to the troops overseas.  Top 40 radio broadcasts, off-line with commercials.  Great idea!  I finally located the Don Steele one. The album gives no idea who was responsible. 
From the label:"A fifty minute transcription of an actual broadcast on KHJ radio in Los Angeles, especially produced and distributed free as a public service for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces." If the government was involved, there'd be a credit.  If this was a KHJ project, I can't believe they wouldn't say something about listening to the station when you got home.
Somewhere I had heard Cola Cola was somehow involved, but again no credit.  Do you remember these?

Weird, but some great radio.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AFN Eurospin 1995

So do you remember Sign-on?  Here's the AFN sign-on (No German national anthem?) and Eurospin with PFC Jennifer Lopez (not that one...).  She's really good...