Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris did the show for roughly four years and still has an impact over four decades later.  A while back she shared her copies of these shows with us.  There will be new ones every week for a long time. Thank you Chris!

Now Chris helps vets with a shelter for homeless vets.  Visit Vetsville (click here)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Air Force Weekly - 1983

Air Force Weekly was the official news  show of the USAF
Jan Garman and Dave Ellswick were the anchors but PAO shows from all over the world phoned in the latest.

We had horrible network lines.  These were probably 2k.  That's how all news broadcasts sounded...

Danny Kramer - 1983

Danny Kramer from KSL Salt Lake City was one of the jocks that did shows for a 1983 project when the Voice Of Home included cities all over the country.

Vicente in Madrid recorded many of these.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Golden Days Of Radio - 1969

Frank Bresee started doing the Golden Days of Radio show in 1968.  "Network Radio" had stopped in 1962 with the last of the big shows going off of the air so the memories were fairly recent.  Frank had the biggest moments of radio from the 1930s-50s and kept that going until 1996, making the last recrorded show for AFRTS-LA.  They are in the process of digitizing all of the shows to make them available online.  When I have more information, I'll be passing it along.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Clem Stein - 1964

Last year we lost AFNer Clem Stein.  Clem had shared memories and sent along a couple of nice airchecks.  This is a 1964 "Weekend World" broadcast with him being the booth announcer.  Before that sharing some memories.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Marine Band Concert - 1962

"The President's Own" The United States Marine Band had been on the radio back to the 1920s.  BY the 1960s they had weekly broadcasts on CBS.  Those broadcasts were rebroadcast by AFRTS.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Enchantment Of Music - 1962

"Enchantment of Music" was a light classical show originated by KCBH-FM, Beverly Hills "in the matchless Fidelity of Frequency Modulation."  I'd bet it was usually run on our AM stations.

That was the studio.  Bruce Wendell was the talent he bounced through several stations before becoming an executive at Capitol records.

World Of Show Business - 1962

Bud Widdom was a jack of all trades at AFRS, hosting variety shows during WWII, hundreds and hundreds of interviews.  He did it all.  In 1962 Bud was making "The World Of Show Business" a nice interview show.  On this one he talks with Jackie Gleason.

Friday, May 16, 2014

AFRTS - 1978 from Torrejon

Here's more memories from 1978.  We'll hear from Johnnie Darren, Gene Price, the Bishop show (who was that guy??) Tom Campbell and a bunch of other memories.  This is my weekend barbecue tape!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Freedom Sings - 1962

We had patriotic shows... We had martial music...  The Freedoms Foundation sponsored a lot of patriotic radio programs.  Freedom sings was one of the better ones.  All of the services bands had radio programs at one time or another.  This one featured the Army Band and chorus.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AFRTS - 1961

That'll keep us busy...

Arrived.  It's a good day when the postman is cursing me.  Bunch of One Night Stands, Grand Old Opry, Rocketing Rhythms, Continental Varieties, Swingin' Years, Broadway is My Beat and many more...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Many thanks!

The following contributors are some of the people that have made this a better place.  With your help we get more material and better tech for better transfers. Thank you very much, it goes a long way!

Linda Lord
Erkan Acar
Ken Hissong
William James
Dale Nulik
John Miller
Chris Andrews
Glen May
Burt Schneider
Steven Kuhn
Jeff McKnight
Gary Schneider
Robert Baucik
Joseph Webb

AFRTS Torrejon - Keith Anderson 1981

Aerial view of Torrejon AFB 

May of 1981 and Air Force SGT Keith Anderson has your favorites.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Jim Ameche - 1965

From the greatest orchestra libraries, it's the best sounds around.  Easy Listening music from large orchestras was something we don't hear much of anymore.  AFRTS had a long tradition of it going back to the beginnings.  Jim Ameche (Don's brother) was the first to succeed with a nationally syndicated DJ show in the 1950s.  He really began the tradition continued by John Doremus and Pete Smith.  Dinnertime, the end of a long, hard day and time for some easy favorites.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Benny Brown - AFN - 1994

Nice surprise in the mail last week.  Benny had sent in a 1994 "Saturday Gold" show.  Benny had been a trooper in Vietnam and eventually parlayed that into rocking at AFN.  After that staying in Europe with a long-term gig at flamethrower Radio Luxembourg.  Play it loud!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

AFN to a local citizen

I'm Julius, living in Munich, Germany.

I was born in Mannheim in 1950 and lived there till 1975. My absolute favorite Station was AFN FRANKFURT.  I heard them all: Wolfman, Roger Carroll, Charlie Tuna, Caseys' Count Down, Old Gold Retold, Hawaii Calls etc.

 I recorded a lot of their music, but not the complete shows. Sometimes only the trailers with the voice of the DJs.

 For decades I tried to find out the name of the title music from WEEKEND WORLD. Last Year, the SHAZAM-Program on my Mobile answered the question: "Super Chief" by Bob Thompson. I was happy like a child!

 My "AFN-YEARS" in Mannheim were an important part of my life, and when I now listen to the clips on your web-site, I always feel the spirit of that time.

Ride on ....