Sunday, April 26, 2015

AFRTS Canada

Sometimes overseas wasn't overseas.. In Canada, we built up mostly with radar stations making up the Pinetree Line of Ground Control Intercept (GCI) radar sites. The buildup began in the mid 50s and was largely over by 1962. AFRTS was there.

Tip of the hat to the stations that were at:

Armstrong, Ontario
Frobisher Bay Goose Bay Labrador
Harmon AFB Stephenville Newfoundland
Hopedale Newfoundland
Pagwa River, Ontario
Prince George BC
Ramore Ontario
Resolution Island
Seglek Bay, Newfoundland
St Anthony Newfoundland
Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Those were all on the air in 1961.

In 1971 we had stations on the air at:
Byron Bay
Goose Bay

Friday, April 24, 2015

At Ease - 1945

It's young Les Paul with Martha Mears and music for the dinner hour on "At Ease"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Leatherneck Legends - 1947

In 1947 the Marines teamed with NBC to tell their story in "Leatherneck Legends" "Landing At Waya". A doctor on a small island in the South Pacific needs a bottle of iodine. The Marine Corps investigates the murder of two traders and find themselves in a battle with three hundred savages. A recruiting message was read live near the end of the program. Tiny Ruffner (announcer)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Downbeat - 1945

This is a great show.  DJ, promoter, record guy Gene Norman tells the history of early jazz in the 1920s.  Downbeat was always danceable  , but this kicks.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chris Noel - 1971

By 1971 Chris was doing a rocking show.  In the beginning it was more MOR/standards based.  She did both great.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frank Bresee and the Golden Days of Radio

Frank Bresee was "Little Beaver" on the Red Ryder show in the 1940s. He started recording the Golden Days of Radio for AFRTS in 1967, he was there until the changeover in 1995. He's in the process of making them available again.  More information about that project when it's available.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Music Views From Hollywood - 1955

In the 1950 and 60s the artists came out for "Music Views From Hollywood" on AFRTS  Pianist Lou Busch sold a lot of records as Joe "Fingers" Carr, playing ragtime and 20s music.  Take a listen.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AFRTS 2015

This is interesting.  Here's what AFN radio is doing right now.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bob Kingsley - 1973

Bob Kingsley at SCN Panama 1972

Bob was a heck of a jock, he was Mr. American Country Countdown, but before that it was slamming rock on the AFRTS Bob Kingsley show.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Fibber McGee and Molly - 1945

This is a 1961 AFRTS rebroadcast of a 1945 show "Fibber the Magician".  Fibber takes a challenge from Doc Gamble.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GI Jive - 1945

GI Jill is back with another jive session.  It starts with Bunny Berigan...