Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mystery Playhouse - 1945

AFRS assembled shows from various network shows,  more great material was available that time slots.  In 1944 Mystery Playhouse was generally Inner Sanctum, Mr. District Attorney, Mr and Mrs North, the Whistler and this time This is your FBI. We were running that show well into the 70s.  Today "Robert Perry, Imposter"

Our friend T4Y does his impression of the Inner Sanctum announcer.  He alternated with "Sgt X" (Howard Duff).

Wolfman Jack - 1976

Are you ready to rock and roll baby?  Wolfman has the good on a 1976 show for the Air Force.  Delicious...

Roger Carroll - 1974

Roger Carroll put together a bunch of 1974 memories with the Happy Hour, seems like only yesterday..

Monday, June 27, 2016

Clem Stein AFN - 1964

A few years ago Clem Stein checked in with a great aircheck. His last "Bouncing in Bavaria" show on AFN. After the service Clem became a very successful businessman and had a book with financial advice. We lost Clem in 2013

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Invitation to Learning - 1965

Information and education were the primary drivers of AFRTS.  Quality informative programs from the US networks found a good home.  Easy to imagine a troop taking the time to learn with the "Voice Of Home"

Invitation to Learning was a CBS show that started a quarter century run in 1940. Dr.  Stringfellow Barr of St Johns College in Annapolis brought academics and entertainers to share understanding of complex issues.

It's difficult to determine when we started carrying it, it was running in 1950.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Las musica mas major en el mundo!  Mary Helen Barro plays your Latin favorites on a Monday in 1983.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Continental Varieties - 1961

Orchestral, light classical, sometimes a waltz.  Continental Varieties. Dick Crawford with a Continental salute to the month of April.

Joe Allison - 1968

Joe Allison brought a lot to country music, writing classic country songs in the 1950s and 60s.  In 1946 Tex Ritter recorded Joe's "When You Leave, Don't Slam the Door".  It was a top five hit.  1949 was his arrival in Nashville with shows on both WSM and WSIX.  Later a very successful recording executive. 

We had Joe in the 1960s.  He brought a one-to-one style which wasn't common in country radio at the time.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jim Ameche - 1965

From the archives around the world, the most beautiful sounds around, on the Jim Ameche show.  At the time I think we thought it was exclusively for the Colonels..  It's classy.

Wolfman Jack - 1984

He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, DC, on Friday Night, June 30, 1995.

Wolfman Jack was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and was officially known as "Reverend Jack".

Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966 for the (then) 250,000 watt radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas, USA.

He died almost immediately after returning home from a promotional tour for his autobiography, "Have Mercy." He entered his house, hugged his wife, said "Oh, it is so good to be home!" and literally died in his wife's arms.

"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.

Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel with producer Bruce Wendell

I can never thank Chris enough for making these available again. She sent her collection of the shows for us to remember to.  It's 1969, better get ready, you have A Date With Chris.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Andy Mansfield - 1964

Andy Mansfield continues his 1964 tribute to MAJ Glenn Miller.  It's part 14 of America's Popular Music.

I'm going to the library

I spent a lot of time poking through the disks.  The vast majority of the AFRTS library was mediocre MOR and all of the songs that weren't hits from the albums.  But libraries that started in the 40s and 50s and were mostly intact were pretty special.  First time I heard the Glenn Miller AEF band it was from the original WWII ETs.  Over on the country side it went back too.  Sometimes in Panama the jocks would be kinda perplexed at the sort of things I'd listen to.  Great opportunity...

Roland Bynum 1983

Here's a 1984 visit with Roland Bynum.  Hear Roland In Los Angeles, weekends on KJLH, Radio Free 102.3

Monday, June 13, 2016

Okinawa ends it's broadcast day

A 1980s sign off.

It's official...after 55 years of telecasting on TV channel 8, AFN-Okinawa (formerly AFRT/FEN-Okinawa) ceased broadcasting at 1030am JST, June 30, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Afrtsarchive Worldwide 06/11/2016

So I guess we are international.  Here's where visitors have come from this week.  Thank you for being an important part of this.  Tell a friend!

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel in Pleiku 1967

Chris Noel was the girl next door to Vietnam era troops.  Movie star good looks and caring.  It showed.  Date With Chris was very very popular.  Chris made hundreds of these shows available to us and it's a great listen.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Air Force Hour - 1951

It's 1951, with some pretty incredible Korean War stories and music/

AFN Latin Tempo 1980

Norteno is a type of primarily Mexican music that's closely related to polka.  Not surprisingly it was quite the hit with Germans listening to AFN.  It's a small world after all...

AFN Frankfurt did a local Spanish show.  Take a listen.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Guess Who - 1944

In the early years of the network, we rebroadcast a lot of stateside shows and created our own "Guess Who" was sort of a reverse request show.  Joan Marshall would play records and the folks at home see if they knew what they were.  Joan was a dancer that later was on the original pilot for the Munsters and was later on a Star Trek.  How many songs do you know?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Seemed like every time I was at finance, trying to guess what they did to my check Mary Helen Barro was on.  It was great mid-day show.  Take a listen.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016