Saturday, July 30, 2016

Chris Noel - 1967

1967 sure brought great music.  Chris Noel brought America to your radio on A Date With Chris.  It was a very nice combination.

Bud Widom - 1964

Bud Widom was a jack of all trades at AFRTS, doing many many programs. IMDB says that he was born in 1918 and was in "Mister Cory" and "The Green Slime".  We lost Bud in 1976.  In 1964, music of the stage from AFRTS and "Footlights and Spotlights"

Wolfman Jack - 1981

When I came back from Korea I met Wolfman at LAX. The only time in my life I was totally blown away by meeting a celebrity. Only thing I remember was that he was nice with magic. I've been a fan ever since.

Wolfman Jack - 1981

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1970

Here's Roger at the Hollywood Palladium

Roger spent decades with us and did some wonderful radio.  His day job was at KMPC but he grabbed a lot of announcing work at the civilian networks.  A few years ago he shared his collection with us and I'm glad I can help share it.

Roger did some very stylish radio.  But you've never heard it  begin quite like this...

Andy Mansfield - 1965

Andy and Kay Starr

In the 1950s Andy Mansfield did a program with his wife Virginia.  It Was Called "Turn Back The Clock", featuring the oldies of the last 30 years.  In the 60s, he did the program by himself.  Now it was called "America's Popular Music".

A shipping box and history

In the 1940s and 1950s we used 16" ETs.  They were shipped in strapped boxes.  I had been looking for one for years.  Generally when one comes up for sale it's full of a bunch of mixed disks with no documentation and pretty pricy.  I just got one.  This one is history.  A Marine Chaplain mailed a box of ETs to a different Chaplain in the APO.  It was 1951 and this was in the middle of the Korean War.  The disks were from Korea AFRS (Later AFKN).  The Bob Hope show that was posted a couple of days ago is from this lot.  I'm very thankful. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Roland Bynum - 1973

This week a couple of the Air Force Recruiting shows from Roger Carroll's company.  Last night I was watching a clip of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on PBS and heard that familiar voice as the announcer...

Here's Roland Bynum

Bob Hope - 1951

This was part of a historic set.  The Korean War had just started.  Korea AFRS was driving near the war zones, broadcasting from mobile studios.  Private Casey Kasem was one of the troops making it happen and Bob Hope was on the air.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rocketing Rhythms - 1961

We counted them down.  The first rock countdown show was Rocketing Rhythms, usually hosted by Jack Brown.  Today Jack is on vacation and KLACs Bill Stewart steps in with the hits from the pages of Cash Box.  Here are the pre-Beatles years hits!

Myron J Bennett

We had some odd filler programs.  Myron J Bennett was a big deal in Des Moines radio for many years.  Apparently "Talk Digest" went out on Mutual and AFRTS picked it up. 

I'd always wondered what the deal was with these until I got out of the army and went to work at a very profitable daytimer (in 1984), near Christmas about 15 minutes of news and up to 27 of commercials.  THAT'S what these were designed for.  For us in the early 70s they were shipping shows with strange lengths.  Charlie Tuna, John Doremus and Gary Owens were 45 minutes and it did need some fillers.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

AFRTS By the year

The 1940s

1942  1943  1944  1945  1946  1947  1948  1949 

The 1950s

1950  1951 1952  1953  1954  1955  1956  1957  1958  1959

The 1960s

1960  1961  1962  1963  1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969

The 1970s

1970  1971  1972  1973  1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  1979

The 1980s

1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jim Pewter - 1976

 Jim shared this 1969 picture with Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. 
Picture was taken at AFRTS and is copyrighted Playground Productions. 
Used with permission.

Finally it's almost SUMMERTIME, cue the Jaymies, Billy Stewart or Eddie Cochran. Jim Pewter knew these things. Every day an encylopedia of the music. I learned a lot.

Jim Pewter - 1976

Fixed. Enjoy!

Enchantment of Music - 1963

The matchless fidelity of Frequency Modulation.  FM was almost magic.  KCBH-FM in Beverly Hills was programming light orchestral music.  It was a time when few if any were actally making money with FM. Seems odd...  In 1959 Don Steele was there.  We ran the show, but very rarely on FM.

Now IHeart owns it "Alt 98.7" just doesn't seem as special. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chris Noel - 1970

Chris Noel has another hour of your favorites on AFRTS.  If you're getting error messages it's a long story but it's because you're using a Microsoft browser, it'll play just fine using Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or most anything else. Those are all free alternatives.  Apple or Android users do not have problems. 

Joe Ferguson - 1983

I still say it was one of the nicest things the network ever did.  For a while starting in 1983 AFRTS had jocks from all over the country do a series of shows and be the Voice of Home.  One of the first was Joe Ferguson in Portland OR.  Joe sent us copies of all of the shows.  Thank you my friend!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

John Doremus - 1967

John Doremus tells stories and creates moods in a 1967 broadcast.

If Freedom Failed - 1951

We're up to program 8 of "If Freedom Failed" with a pre-Godzilla Raymond Burr and young Mercedes McCambridge.

Early AFN - The Host Country gets it.

In the hustle and bustle of getting something on the air, sometimes it's hard to realize how we touched our listeners.

Karoline gives a perspective:

I was born in 1947 in Berlin, Germany and from the fifth year in school we learned English. And from that year on it was not far away to AFN.
Me, my brother and our friends liked the fresh and cool presentation and of course the music, from the rock 'n roll to the beat period.

I remember especially our ultimate DJ Army Sergeant George Hudak. He made the afternoon show "Frolic at Five" very very well. Later on in the mid sixties Jan Wood made the show, also very well.

We also heard the country-and western music show "Stickbuddy Jamboree" with Bob Burns, that aired from AFN-Kaiserslautern and later from AFN-Stuttgart. I also remember the Saturday afternoon show "Weekend World" from Frankfurt, the "Fitch Bandwagon" and the Music-Show in the evening "Sounds of the Sixties" and "Music in the Air".

Country Music Time - 1961

I was surprised to find this in a record store.  Airman Jerry Keller has a visit from Jim Reeves.  When these shows were done, the songs were recorded especially for the shows.  Take your shoes off and think about opportunities in the US Air Force!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Busy Busy Busy

I haven't been able to post as often as I should, but busy.  I finally picked up a record washing machine.  Spin-Clean makes the most economical one that works.  If you've been thinking about getting one, they're half off until the end of the month.  No I'm not getting anything for bringing it up.  It's a sweet product. I'm in the process of cleaning thousands of LPs. Click here

1963-65 are done.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Gene Price - 1980

Gene Price with another show of magic. Gene was one of the first to say okay when I asked if we could share these memories.  
Thank you Gene!

Gene Price 1980
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ira Cook - 1965

a 1967 show

Ira was with us for a long long time.  His easy going ways and stories made the time go by well into the 70s.  Today it's Friday and Ira's ready for the weekend.  Henri Rene the artist of the day and Alan Sherman.

Marine Band Concert - 1961

Many times since WWII the Marine Band had radio programs. Most of the time rebroadcast on AFRTS.  Here's a 1961 show from CBS.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Mary Helen Barro kept the Latino beat alive.  She started with the network in the late 70s and was there a long time.  Bailar!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chris Noel - 1967

The world changes in one picture Chris Noel in Vietnam 1966.  Chris made overseas tours, all over the world pass that much faster on a Date With Chris.  She's dedicated her life to the veteran cause, from going to war zones to running a homeless veteran's shelter today.  Chris, America owes you a lot.  Thank you.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Charlie Tuna - 1973

Charlie and Michael Jackson

I used to do the morning show in Panama then run the Charlie Tuna show...and listen.  Charlie had an awful lot of what we wanted to grow up to be" Years later I was working at a station in Manchester and the PD was asked me how I could do content that wasn't cliché "topical" or "music related" but was 'one on one'.  It was something I think we learned from all of the AFRTS guys, but Charlie in particular.

Thanks for the memories!

Joe Allison - 1968

Couple of years ago I found many of these programs. Joe's style was a graceful transition from Hillbilly to modern country. Mr Allison was a songwriter, music executive and a bit of a philosopher.

Country Corner - 1968

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Wolfman Jack 1983


Wolfman was the only one that we'd get complaints about.  First thing I did at SCN when I could was get his airtime changed from 3am to 8pm.  There was only one Wolfman, I'm proud we had him.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1981

Mr and Mrs RC

Memories of 1981 with the Happy Hour. Such memories. It was quite a hit on SCN..

Monday, July 4, 2016

July 4, 2016

Have a happy and safe 4th!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Jim Pewter - 1968

Dean Torrence, Jim Pewter, Jan Berry and Roger Christian
Photo copyright Playground Productions. thank you Jim!

Straight ahead, don't bunch up!

Jim Pewter 1968

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel brought America to thousands of Vietnam era troops.  The years pass, the memories remain.  Chris's birthday is Saturday 7/2.  Wish her a Happy Birthday! Click here

In 1969, here's what home sounded like.