Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sugar Report - 1946

Joan Edwards has a full plate of the Sugar Report.  The program touched on the news from the entertainment world and played clips from current shows.  We only have part one.  Each of these shows are unique.  They were one of a kind disks for one time airings on the AFRS shortwave station.  The closest I can come to dating this is Wayne King started up his post-war band in 1946.

Friday, November 28, 2014

AFN SHAPE Bob Switcher 1977

It's a summery night in Soesterberg, 1977 and Bob Switcher has Music Off The Record..
Thanks Hans Knot!!

AFN SHAPE - Bob Switcher 1977

Hans says that this is really Bill Swisher.  This sounds like the makings of a good story...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chris Noel - 1967

The run wasn't that long but "A Date With Chris" was a very important thing to a lot of Vietnam era troops.  It's easy to hear why.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Could This Be You? - 1961

Staring in the 1950s, KVI Seattle was producing an interesting show "Could This Be You?" ran on the Golden West stations and later on Mutual.

The program was live recordings of people being pulled  and is a precursor to Highway Patrol and Cops.

It's a pretty amazing job of educational radio, making it perfect for AFRTS.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

American Country Countdown - 1977

Before Bob Kingsley took over ACC it was hosted by Don Bowman on this special, Johnny Cash is the guest host on this 1977 visit.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jon Rivers - Countdown Magazine 1990

Jon Rivers was a Marine in Vietnam that came back and worked for a ton of great stations.  His radio ministry was heard everywhere on  “POWERLINE” , “COUNTRY CROSSROADS, “MASTER CONTROL”, “THE BAPTIST HOUR”, “GOSPEL AMERICA”  and “TWENTY THE COUNTDOWN MAGAZINE”.

Jubilee - 1943

I certainly wish I had both parts of this.  In 1943, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Red Allen and an All-Star cast were part of Jubilee.

Los Angeles 10/April/1943  Henry Allen Sextet
Henry ‘Red’ Allen(t), J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Don Stovall (as), Alfred Williams(p), Benny Moten (b), Alvin Burroughs (d), Billie Holiday (v)
NBC Studios in Hollywood, and dubbed March 22. The broadcast took place on April 9 or 10, as they were normally transmitted on a Friday night.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanks John!

Longtime friend of the blog John just made a contribution. A bunch of really great early 60s shows will be finding a new home. I'd like to say thank you!  When you click the "Donate Via PayPal" button it does two things, it allows us to get better things.  Many times thing come up and I'm just a few dollars short of being able to make it happen. It says that this is important to you.  You never have to but I'm very grateful if you choose to do it.  Thank you for visiting!

We Who Fight

This was a great show from WWII with the troops telling their stories.  I've located a few partial shows, recently transferred.  Take a listen:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chris Noel 1968

Chris Noel was very important to Vietnam era troops.  Her show A Date With Chris was the girl next door to thousands.  Today Chris still serves with her shelter for homeless veterans.  She needs you help, please click here.

But here's how it sounded in 1968

Army Hour - 1970

The Army Hour had a long run.  PAO shops all over the country getting the message out.  Aired on hundreds of stations in the US, most of the time it was also aired on AFRTS.

Top Pops

Between 1962 and 1975 the weeks new hits would ship on special albums, the "TPs" would have this weeks 45s in a handy place.  These 650 albums were a wonderful, easy to find oldies library.  After 1975 they made similar disks but they'd be filed at random in the regular library.  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jill's All Time Jukebox 1944

Martha Wilkerson did the GI Jive show.  Starting near the end of the war was the "All-Time Jukebox", memories with GI Jill.  Here's a 1944 visit

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Invitation to Learning - 1950

"The Voice Of Information and Education", over the years the network took that very seriously.  Part of that was being done by stateside radio and part of it was an obligation to the troops.  In 1950 "Invitation To Learning" had a panel discussion about the writer Cicero.  I wonder if such things will ever find a mass audience again.  The program continued well into the 1960s

Walt "Baby" Love - the Countdown - 1990

Walt "Baby" Love has spent almost four decades in radio.  In 1990 he was doing "The Countdown", which ran every weekend.

While still making great radio, Walt practices his ministry, visit his website:

AFVN PSAs 1970-71

Duke Miller at AFVN

We pause for Command Information.  These are from 1970-71.  Primary voices are Doug Jennings, Phil Davies and Bob Kohtz

FEN - Frank Knauer 1980

Chip Barris recorded this on Kedena AB. Frank Knauer was running the AFKN Taegu station 1977.  This is the second hour of an East Of Midnight that was posted a few years ago.