Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969

It's 1969 and Chris Noel made home much closer.  Thank you for sharing these.  Thanks for all you've done!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Spectrum USA - Time Capsule 1975

By 1975 Spectrum USA got hipper.  Dick Stark seems to be having a lot of fun with these in his 13th year of doing the show.  41 years in radio.  The USMC Reserve needs you...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Early AFN Munich

Here are some memories of the early years of AFN in the 1950s.  I wish I had more information but it's a fun listen. Starting with a 1954 visit with Larry Butcher.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

GI Jive - 1945

In WWII GI Jill was big.  The show started in San Francisco as "Hi Neighbor", a request show with news tidbits about back home with Martha Wilkerson and her husband, Robert Warner.  After 56 shows Warner was out but GI Jill kept the show going well into the 1950s.

AFN 1989

Here's what's coming up on AFN!  Thank you Bernd for sharing these.  It took a long time to get them posted.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Living Doll

"My Living Doll" is an American science fiction sitcom that aired for 26 episodes on CBS in 1964/65.

Just got off the phone with Peter Greenwood. Peter is a producer/archivist trying to get the TV series "My Living Doll" out on DVD, streaming maybe syndication. This would be a totally legitimate release. Julie Newmar is still around and she's really like to see these again.

The issue is that there were 26 shows. He's only located about a dozen. It was never in proper syndication. The only known syndication was on Teleprompter cable in NYC.

We get involved because AFN Berlin aired it in the late 70s. I'm sure I saw it on SCN in the early 80s. There were AFRTS prints. They were in libraries.

1. Would you have any of these, in any format.
2. Where did the film libraries go and when? I've always heard they were sent to AFRTS-LA and from there to the Library of Congress. Is that correct?
3. Do you know anyone who may be able to assist?

Please let me know. Click here to email Thom

Charlie Tuna - 1974

Charlie was very much a friend of the blog.  It really was an honor when he posted this:

Charlie Tuna Having done almost 6000 shows, I never thought about saving those AFRTS vinyl discs each week, but thanks to people like Thom Whetston, I can take a walk down memory lane with digital quality, and all those shows shrunk down to CD size for storage!

Stay Tuna'd!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Andy Mansfield - 1965

We've always had oldies.  In 1965 that would have been music from the 1930s and 40s.  Andy Mansfield did a pair of oldies shows for AFRTS.  First was one with his wife Virginia in the 50s "Turn Back The Clock".  Later he did this one "America's Popular Music".

On this broadcast Andy plays requests for our shadow audience, Americans that live overseas, residents of other countries.  We always knew they were there but they were rarely acknowledged on the network.

Roland Bynum - 1982

Roland brings the party. Play it loud...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969

One of my favorite movies, with Chris Noel

It's 1969.  The Beatles have "Hey Jude" and Chris Noel brings home to you radio.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bob Kingsley - 1973

Bob with Johnny Cash

Bob Kingsley was an AFRTS.  He bounced around as a jock but became the voice of country music when he took over American Country Countdown.  Bob did a rock show for AFRTS.  Take a listen..

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jim Ameche - 1965

Jim Ameche was on "Jack Armstrong, the All American Boy" and later became one of the first to successfully syndicate a DJ show, the voice of the Longenes Symphonette.  In the 1950s he became a part of AFRTS, playing "the most beautiful sounds around".  The spotlight is on Hal Mooney...
We lost Jim in 1983.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Chris Noel - 1968

Before Chris shared her disks with us it was a trick to get these shows.
Finally they've arrived, 5 disks from 1968-70, a little hacked up but I think we all are.  The disks themselves were from AFVN but the specifics are gone "Grampa brought them back from Vietnam."

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Major Glenn Miller 1944

If you ever come across these, they have nothing to do with AFN or AFRTS but are very interesting.  The American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE) was a propaganda station we piped to the Nazis.  Glenn Miller made several broadcasts at EMIs Abbey Road studios with Ilsa Weinberger with Glenn speaking in phonetic German. These particular broadcasts were recorded October 30th and November 6th, 1944 and aired November 8th and November 15th respectively.
Joseph Krug of the Colony Record Shop in NYC somehow acquired dubs of these and issued them as bootlegs circa 1951.  These bootlegs actually had wide distribution at the time, being sold by major retail chains, to include Sam Goody.  The Miller Estate started the lawsuits in 1951 and it took five years to resolve.
Decades later a more complete better sounding version was issued on RCA as "Glenn Miller - the Lost Recordings"

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Navy Hour - 1950

The Navy Hour was very well done and usually pretty entertaining.  The program ran on NBC for many years.

Windows 10 update

Microsoft just put up a Windows 10 anniversary update.  I don't recommend it.  It made some big system changes here, which I'll battle for a couple of days and then probably roll back to something that works.

It killed Citrio, a Chrome clone browser that I have to use with some applications.

It's giving me issues with Edge, that's the new Microsoft Explorer for Windows 10.

The tech in me is trying to figure out exactly what they did, but you've been warned...