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"

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

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

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

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. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

If Freedom Failed - 1951

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

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.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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.

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.

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!

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.