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.

Gene Price - 1974

This is another program from a nice cache of transcriptions I picked up last month, Gene Price's Country World


Friday, August 26, 2016

Ira Cook - 1965

Ira Cook with Elvis Presley

Ira Cook has memories of 1965. He was a long termer in Los Angeles.  Harry Belefonte in the spotlight.

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Mary Helen Barro, "la voz de su casa" She carried on on the Latino tradition of Chiquita, Victor, Hernan Escodon and others.

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!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Joe Allison - 1965

By 1965 Joe Allison had it down and brought the music worldwide.  Let's start out with that good new singer from Nashville, David Houston.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Wolfman Jack - 1976

Wolfman sure rocked it.  Even Tony Orlando!  Probably the most the best one to one communicator ever.  Have you heard about opportunities in the Air Force?

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...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bill Stewart - 1968

Great jock, swinging tunes.  Bill was also a successful record producer that played a lot of his songs on the air.  The conflict led to issues. 

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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Jim Pewter - Civilians and AFN

Our friend Chris was growing up in Frankfurt in the 70s and taped a lot of AFN. No way to put a date with any certainty on this, but here's a bunch of Jim Pewter.

You might well choose to re-phrase slightly, emphasizing that I was a German kid, and that - as a lot of German kids then - listened to AFN as a daily routine, which helped in improving our English significantly (I have had with some of my teachers a running battle when using american slang, instead of proper (university-style) English as they had been taught); pretty sure US-service people were unaware of Germans being part of their general audience!

Quite a few forums exist in which Germans emphasize the significant contribution AFN had on them and their lives, it is mentioned there that per year about 100.000 letters were pouring in to AFN in Germany, of which the bigger part was probably AFN Frankfurt (the APO number was I believe APO 057), and I remember getting one of my postcards actually being put "on the air" (you got that clip on the DVD as well, when Jim Powers - the Bostonian -  presents "Baby Child" by Robin Luke "going out to Christoph in Offenbach, who hit it right on the head when he said that the most important bridge is "The bridge over troubled water".

Another German ex-AFN-listener - and I believe he has got a definite point on that  - actually attributes the German radio-system targeted at young people as it still is today to the very existence of AFN and Germans listening to it!

The German public radio stations ran along the lines of the federal states, and were very much targeted to the mature establishment with German Schlager and orchestras. As young Germans were listening to AFN (and BFBS) with their stylish, amusing way of presenting modern (i.e. non-German) music, those national chains had to develop similar offerings in order not to loose their grasp on future audience. These turned out to be the "third program series" such as HR3 in Frankfurt, WDR3 in Dusseldorf, SWR3 in Stuttgart, etc. that today are actually the lynch-pins of their programs!

I remember as of early 1970s, these made big inroads into the German listeners-base of AFN, with SWR3 being the first specifically youth-oriented radio coming "on the air" with music and presenting techniques very much reminiscent to "my" AFN.

Still, I remained faithful to AFN as You see from the tapes.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

The Latina voice of home in the 70s, 80s and 90s was Mary Helen Barro.

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."

She needs our help for the vets shelter. Donate NOW. Thanks

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

John Doremus - 1967

I found some complete 1967 John Doremus shows. John originated in-flight music on aircraft and did a nighttime show in Chicago that was eventually syndicated by the airlines to a lot of stations. John was one of the giants of broadcasting in general and to AFRTS in particular



    Joe Ferguson - 1983

    I ran these shows on SCN.  The network had jocks all over the country record shows. It was the nicest surprise a few years ago when Joe found a box of them and asked if we would would like to hear them.  That was an easy question.  Thank you Joe!

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    Roger Carroll - 1974

    Time for another visit with the Happy Hour!  Roger Carroll for the USAF.  Roger's getting the internet thing down. Roger was the booth announcer for the Smothers Brothers, Bobby Darren, Bing Crosby and other national things too numerous to mention.  Thank you RC!

    Sunday, August 7, 2016

    Charlie Tuna - 1995 - The last show

    Charlie was with us for 25 years, thousands of shows.  Thousands of us at the stations studying how to do that.  In 1995 AFRTS let all of the network jocks go.  The system changed.  From October 1995, here's Charlie Tuna's last show to the world on AFRTS.

    Gene Price - 1974

    Gene Price always had a fun show, characters, comedy. Leonard Finsterwald says listen now!

    Ira Cook - 1965

    About half of the network guys were vets. To me there always seemed to be a difference.  Ira Cook was a WWII guy, who trained in medicine but the radio bug bit.  He was another of the KMPC guys.  Today Edmundo Rios is in the spotlight.

    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.

    Joe Allison 1963

    Joe Allison was a songwriter, performer, record company executive and a DJ.  Joe came along around the time of "Modern Country" and was responsible for modernizing "Hillbilly" radio.  It was great.  I just remastered this, enjoy.

    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...