Saturday, December 31, 2016

Jazzbo Collins - 1967

Al "Jazzbo" Collins was doing a show for us in 1967.  Neat feel. Big talent from the Purple Grotto..

Thursday, December 29, 2016

ATC anniversary - 1952

1952 was the tenth anniversary of the Army Transportation Corps.  Must have been a big deal.  Both Mark Warnow and Lynn Murray were huge at the time.  They recorded this song:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Chris Noel - Christmas 1969

Here's Chris Noel with memories of Christmas Eve 1969.

If Freedom Failed - 1951

If Freedom Failed is back with Program 11 of the series.  This time starring Raymond Burr and Mala Powers.  Years later Mala showed up on several Perry Mason shows.

Andy Mansfield - 1965

Andy Mansfield is back with records from his personal collection.

Roland Bynum - 1973

Roland Bynum at KJLH

Roland Bynum had a long run with us.  Talent is talent and he's still slamming out the hits in Los Angeles for many years to come.  In 1973 he was doing the show for us and doing a show for Air Force Recruiting, for Roger Carroll's company.  Good stuff, great music.  The Roland Bynum Show.

Jim Ameche - 1961

Jim Ameche played the most beautiful music.  The voice of the Longenes Symphonette was the first to successfully syndicate a DJ show.  We had him for many years on AFRTS.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

AFN - 1993 Schedule

0005 Jim Pewter - Oldies
0030 Radio Theatre
0105 Mary Turner Rock
0205 LaRita Shelby - Urban
0305 Harry Newman - Country
0405 Gene Price - Country
0505 Local Program/AM Edition
0600 News Sports and
Word in The World
0610 Local Program / AM Edition
0700 News, Sports, Weather
0730 Local Programs / AM Edition
0905 AM Country (AFN)
1105 Charlie Tuna
1200 AFN News, Sports, Weather
1210 NPR Morning Edition
1305 Power Lite - Easy Listening
1505 Local Program / Don Tracy
1605 Local Programs / Country Roads
1800 AFN News, Sports, Weather
1905 Power Traxx - Urban
2105 Laurie Allen - Classic Rock
2200 AP News, Sports, Weather
2211 Armed Forces Digest
2217 Paul Harvey
2230 Jazz Beat
2305 NPR All Things Considered
2357 Sign On

0005 American Dance Traxx
0305 The Countdown - Urban
0505 Dick Clark
0805 NPR Car Talk
0905 Sports Wrap-up
0910 Saturday Gold
1200 News, Sports, Weather
1210 Local Program / Paul Harvey
1230 Dvorak on Computers
1305 American Country Countdown
1705 NPR Weekend Edition
1905 The Countdown - Urban
2105 American Top 40 (thru 0100)

2357 Sign On

0005 American Top 40 (cont'd.)
0105 American Country Countdown
0505 Cross Country - Religion
0530 Heralds of Christian Science
0605 Lift your Heart - Religion
0630 East of Eden - Religion
0705 Sounds of Sunday - Religion
0855 AFRTS Sports
0905 Amen Corner - Religion
1005 All That Jazz
1105 Doug Ordunio - Classical Music
1200 AFN News, Sports, Weather
1220 Paul Harvey
1230 Focus on the Family
1305 American Top 40
1705 The Comedy Show
1805 Dick Clark's Rock, Roll and Remember
2105 David Sanborn - Jazz
2305 Golden Days of Radio

2357 Sign On

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Joe Ferguson - 1983

It was a discussion we had many times ""There's no one good in Milwaukee, Miami, Dallas or anywhere else?"  In 1983 the network bid out contracts with talent from all over the country.  Joe Ferguson from Portland OR was with us for a while.  On this show, Joe talks about being a dependent and in the radio club at AFN.

AFN On The Scene - Santa Claus interview

Richard Amaral  was at AFN Frankfurt in 1960-62.  He wrote "AFN-On the Scene--Santa Claus Interview". (produced either Dec '60 or '61) Interviewer played by the Late and Great Sp/4 Marshall Pengra.  Santa played by Airman Chuck Lindsay. (Have lost contact with Chuck since I left AFN in '62) It's a spoof that caused some consternation and was banned from air. But on a late night comedy show, "The Cave" I believe I slipped parrts of it into the two hour mix.

Richard went on to do great things in Boston Television.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas from the Record Library

Every year we'd get a shipment of these... Along with the Christmas DJ shows a bunch of library stuff for the DJ shows....

Golden Days of Radio - Christmas 1982 - part two

Frank Bresee is back with hour two of his 1982 Christmas show.  Many classic stars performing live for Christmas.

John Doremus - 1967

I remember John Doremus and his overnight show, syndicated on some of the biggest AMs in the states, when there was such a thing.  In flight music, without the flight. We had him on AFRTS.

Gene Price - 1990

How come these guys never aged?  Here's Gene, almost 20 years into his AFRTS run.  How did they do it?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Jazzbo Collins - 1967

Jazzbo Collins

Here's Jazzbo from the subterranean Purple Grotto.  He has a style and a bunch of hit records.

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Something to warm up a cold day.  Mary Helen Barro con el musica Buena

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Joe Allison - 1971

The award winning Joe Allison leads the way to the Corner

Wolfman Jack 1975,

Time for another visit with the Wolfman. Always a wonderful talent. Has anyone seen the Midnight Special DVDs yet? You know those have to be great.

Monday, December 12, 2016

William Wintersole, a Soldier's Story

William Wintersole, a soldiers story

Actor William Wintersole checked in and shared his memories of AFRTS:

I was assigned to the Fort Ord Army Hospital's Bedside Network immediately after 8 week basic training in Nov 1953 with PFC Marshall Garrett and PFC Ben DaMotto. The closed circuit system provided captured radio entertainment as well as one channel of AFRTS recordings with some programing of our own invention...such as in-the-field interviews with celebrities and pro golfers at the Bing Crosby Invitational at Pebble Beach, CA in Feb 1954. We used the first portable tape recorders I'd ever seen...the Ampex 15 inch reel unit...weighing about 30 lbs.

We got a ton of stuff including Bob Hope, Phil Harris, Gen Omar Bradley, etc., etc. I understand it was stored at AFRTS, Hollywood, CA. In July 1954 I was sent to South Korea and assigned to AFKN HQ at station KILROY in Taegu, Korea. In addition to doing the midnight to 2am trick, I was also the Producer-Director of network programs for the 10 station operation. A few months later HQs was shifted to VAGABOND on the hill in the
8th Army compound, Seoul and I was assigned network Program Director by Lt Col Stewart who told me when I suggested we look into adding TV facilities to AFKN...."Look, Private...the only thing I know about radio or TV is where to turn it on and where to turn it off....and I want to get full bird by the time I leave here do you understand?" Actually I was Specialist, as I recall. Some of my broadcast buddies were Earl Clayton, Dan Chamberlin, Alan Hirschfield, Edson Foster, Frank Fagan, Jerry Terhune, Rice Paddy Ranger Army Sgt Dick Curless, John Orloff and a bunch of  others. I met Roger Carroll somewhere in there but can't recall where. He got a job at KMPC...I went to KPOL and then to KTLA in '57 but decided on a career as an actor/director and have had a wonderful career working all over the world rather than behind a mike and turntables.

Bill Wintersole

Sunday, December 11, 2016

RIP LTC Frank Tennant 1930-2016

LTC Tennant was the well respected commander of AFKN in 1968-69.  Tony Booth believes he may have returned to the network in the 1970s.

He was born in Dallas, Texas to Frank Tennant Sr. and Marion Tennant on October 28, 1930, at the beginning of the great depression. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1951 with a BFA in radio and television production. Immediately upon graduation he enlisted in the army to avoid the Korean War draft. This allowed him to enter OCS and serve in the Signal Corps where he worked his way up to the rank Lt. Colonel. During his 20 years of service, he saw tours in Korea twice, France once, and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. twice. He earned a MFA in telecommunications from the University of Southern California in 1965 while he was in the service. Retiring from the service in 1971, he entered the private sector in Washington D.C. where he received a commendation for service from the President of the United Stated in 1979.

After retiring from the army, Frank worked in the private sector in Washington DC. After a second retirement, he moved Pensacola, FL where he lived until his death.

Col Tennant died of natural causes, in his home November 27, 2016.

If Freedom Failed - 1951

Our 1951 look at communism continues with show 10 of "If Freedom Failed". It's the "Monkey's Cage" with Walter Kingsford.  These were very well done.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Andy Mansfield - 1964 Glenn MIller

Bust outside of the Corn Exchange in Bedford, England

Andy Mansfield has the final part of his tribute to Maj Glenn Miller on the 20th Anniversary of his passing.

Roland Bynum - 1983

Here's 1983 visit with frequent visitor Roland Bynum (Hi Roland!).  I would have been playing this on SCN in Panama.  Super memories. Play it loud.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bill Stewart - 1969

There were a lot of interviews.  The biggest stars found time to talk for the troops.  Bill Stewart talkd with Mel Lewis from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1969.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Joe Ferguson - 1983

Something very cool that our network did in the early 1980s was do a series of shows from personalities all over the country.  Joe Ferguson from Portland OR radio donated his set of shows.  Suddenly it's 1983...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AFVN - Jim Huntley - 1970

From Saigon, Jumpin' Jim Huntley plays your favorites in a 1970 memory.  Thanks again Doug!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Golden Days Of Radio - Christmas 1982

There was always Christmas.  It was a time of year that AFRTS really brought home to the world.  In 1982 Frank Bresee did a special two hour Golden Days of Radio in front of an audience.  He brings the holidays home.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gene Price - 1974

Gene and Willard are back with your country favorites.  Christmas is coming and Gene wrote a really great book about the magic of Christmas for the kids or the whole family.  Take a look.

Hawaii Calls - 1961

There was one state that did a real outreach and was a perfect match for AFRTS.  Hawaii tourism and businesses funded "Hawaii Calls" from the 1930s until well into the 1970s.  Much of that time it was heard on AFRTS.  Let's put the winter away for a while and listen to Hawaii Calls.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Maria tiene la musica le gusta...

Charlie Tuna- Christmas 1983

Christmas is coming. Losing Charlie Tuna in 2016 was a terrible thing. The week of Christmas shows was always special.  Charlie Tuna's were no exception.  Lets go back to 1983

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Joe Allison - 1969

Joe Allison, songwriter, promoter and DJ.  Joe was one of the first to de-hillbilly Country music DJs. It's a fun listen.  Joe Allison, The Country Corner, 1969

Continential Varieties 1961

In 1961 Dick Crawford and "Continental Varieties" took a look at English artists performing Latin songs and Latin artists performing English songs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wolfman Jack - 1978

Wolfman SURVIVED. The 1950s, the English Invasion, Motown, AOR. He'd connect with his audience and make magic. He always sounded so comfortable.

Wolfman Jack - 1978

More Wolfman Jack

Command Performance - 1949

When the war wound down AFRS had a lot more of the new stars getting it out there for the troops.  In 1949 Steve Allen was starting his career.  Command Performance with Steve, Margaret Whiting and Jack Smith.  It's a great listen.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas in Korea - Jim Pewter

Jim Pewter with Little Richard and Bumps Blackwell 1966

Jim Pewter sent this along,  Greetings during the Christmas season 1964.  At the time I was PFC Jim Pewter, soon to be SP/4.  I wrote Don French, PD at KFWB Los Angeles and requested the DJs send a holiday greeting to Radio Cavalier, which later became radio tomahawk.

In 1959 Don French was the PD at KDWB in St Paul.  Don added my beta single Little Girl b/w Blue Blue Denims to the KDWB fab 40.

Greetings from, Johnny G, Larry McCormick, Bill Balance, Roger Christian, Gene Weed, Joe Yokum, Sam Riddle.
From 1958-1963 KFWB was the best top 40 station I ever heard.  Later when I returned I became close friends with Roger Christian and co-hosted rock n roll shows with Bill Balance.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Andy Mansfield - 1962

Andy and Virginia

Andy Mansfield must have had quite a record collection.  He played the oldies starting in the 1950s well into the 1960s, first with wife Virginia on Turn Back the Clock.  The later show was Americas Popular music.  Lots of big band music but visits back to acoustic records of the 1910s..

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chris Noel - 1967

Chris Noel's life is a movie that really needs to be made. Model, movie star she found her muse with Date With Chris on AFRTS during the Vietnam war. It's an incredible example of how to speak directly to an audience. She still stays busy helping the troops with the Ceasefire Home for disadvantaged vets. It's a good cause.

Chris's website is over at and always worth a look.

Date With Chris - 1967

More Chris Noel

Joe Ferguson - 1983

The majority of our programming was created at the McCadden Avenue studios.  A lot of US syndicated programming found its way to us.

In 1983 they tried something different.  AFRTS-LA reached out to jocks all over the country to do a series of shows for the worldwide audience.  Joe Ferguson from KUPL in Portland OR was one that signed up.

"Actually my first radio was as a dependent high school student in the radio club, but it was in the castle at AFN Frankfurt..  

 Then after college as a DA civilian with Southern European Network, or SEN as it was known then."

  Joe is sharing all of those shows with us.

Thank you Joe!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

GI Journal - 1945

Linda Darnell hosts a special anniversary show for GI Journal.  GI Journal was one of the big variety shows where the stars came out for the troops.

AFVN Billy Williams 1972

Billy in Danang

Sept. 4, 1972 Saigon/Network Orient Express I recovered the aircheck from an old cassette.It was recorded off the air somewhere in SVN and sent to me by a listener.  Mostly complete except for when the tape was turned over near the bottom of the hour.  Not the best of quality but an idea of what we sounded like in the field.  More information about the recording.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Gene Price - 1974

Gene Price and Marc Yablonca at a 1981 remote at Universal on KLAC.

Here's Gene in 1974 on the Country Express.  There's some great opportunities in today's army!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Downbeat - 1946


By 1946 Gene Norman was building quite the name as a jazz promoter.  He was also doing Downbeat for AFRTS

Joe Ferguson - 1983

From Portland, Joe Ferguson brought America to the world.  There was a project where several top jocks recorded shows for AFRTS.  Joe was the first.  Joe sent his shows in to hear once again.  Thanks Joe!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dick Sinclair 1925-2016

The world has lost a wonderful person. Dick Sinclair passed away on October 14, 2016 at the age of 91. He lived polkas and for 6 decades kept the Polka Party on the air.  In the 1950s and 60s Polka Party ran on AFRTS.  Dick's real claim to fame for us would be he was in the first class off WWII broadcasters, training at Fox Studios for the brand new AFRS.  Dick did his WWII time at the station on Guadalcanal.  I really wish I had had a chance to speak with him,  We've lost a piece of history and a great broadcaster,

Sunday, November 6, 2016

One Night Stand - 1955

One Night Stand had a 20 year run.  Radio had broadcasts from the big bands from all over the country, sometimes aired locally, sometimes over one of the CONUS network.  Starting in WWII they sent recordings of these shows to AFRS.  I wish I had both parts of this but it's a 1955 visit with Les Elgart, from the roof of the Hotel Astor in NYC.

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Las musica latina de Mary Helen Barro.  She did a great job bridging cultures.

Charlie Tuna - 1979

For a while in the late 70s, Charlie Tuna was backed with Wolfman Jack.  Wow...