Friday, April 29, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969

The weekend is here and Chris Noel brings the entertainment.  When you think about the importance of the show to troops all over the world it's hard to believe it was only on for a half dozen years.  Seems like only yesterday.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Johnny Bond - 1961

We had a lot of cowboys, both Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Bonds did country shows for the network before Joe Allison and the Country Corner.  Jimmy was backup talent for Gene Autry and was a frequent guest at the Melody Ranch. Johnny had a long successful recording career.  His greatest hit was "Ten Little Bottles" Here's Johnny in a 1961 show from Ft McCadden.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

If Freedom Failed - 1951

If Freedom Failed continues with a look at what will happen when the communists take over the trade unions.

Chris Noel - 1969

It's a "Date With Chris".  Chris Noel has spent her life giving to the troops, for doing to the AFRTS show to running a shelter for our homeless brothers. Support Vetsville

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Marine Band Concert 1962

In 1962 CBS was broadcasting weekly concerts by the Marine Corps Band.  AFRTS aired them worldwide.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Chris Noel - 1968

Chris Noel got a lot of people through some difficult times with "A Date With Chris".  She was the girl back home.  A few years ago Chris made her shows available to us so we can hear them again.  Thanks Chris!!!  Take a listen.

Enchantment of Music - 1961

Here's some light classics for your dinner hour. "Enchantment of Music" was originally from KCBH-FM, Beverly Hills. They presented their shows in "the matchless fidelity of frequency modulation".  Bruce Wendell was the host.  Most of the time they would have been heard on AM stations.  Such is life.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sound Effects.

So do you remember these?  I think it was a repackaged Major library.  Valentino kept repackaging the same library from the 1940s over and over again.
There was a long history of sound effects libraries.  Usually awful ones.  If you have to read the jacket to figure out what it is, it wasn't done very well.  But when we got the CBS library it was a world of difference, no download  link on these.  I don't know anyone at Major to ask...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

If Freedom Fails

In 1951, AFRTS addressed communism and our freedoms.  All star casts, good writing "If Freedom Failed".  It certainly has a message/

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel brought a little piece of home to Vietnam era troops.  If you get errors trying to play this, use any non-Microsoft browser.  Google Chrome, Firefox, any Macintosh or Android browser work.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Why We Fight - 1942

In 1942, Troops needed to understand what we were getting into.  There was no AFRS yet so outreach was very hit and miss.  CBS broadcast a series of speeches to help.  The mandate was to get these to the troops.  Difficult to say how effective that was.  Correspondent Lee White was in Europe when that part of the war started.  He shares his thoughts.

One Night Stand - 1962 Teddy Wilson

This is my favorite "One Night Stand". The show was mostly big band remotes from all over the country.  It's surprising how many orchestras were working well into the 1960s.  Mostly regional ones that never had a national impact, but take 12-20 musicians playing well with good scores and it can be great.

"One Night Stand" wasn't always big bands.  Teddy Wilson was a great pianist on hundreds of sessions backing Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and the rest of the best.