Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris Noel has memories on "A Date With Chris"

Don Browne has details "Date" was started expressly for the Vietnam War to counter AM broadcasting from "Hanoi Hanna". The first show with Chris Noel was aired 12 December 1966, 5-55:00, RP 23-7. As the Vietnam War began to wind down in 1969, the last AFRTS 13-week "flight" of 5-55:00 was 14-0 to 26-0 (Oct - Nov - Dec 1969). "Date" was demoted to "flights" of 1-55:00 and the last-ever Date With Chris AFRTS 13-week "flight" was 27-1 to 38-1 (Jan - Feb - Mar 1971).

Roland Bynum 1977

Time for another visit to the Creators Workshop with Roland Bynum.

AFN Berlin 1973

Bill Stewart 1969

Today Bill talks with with Mel Lewis and Thad Jones.  They had a wonderful big band.  The music's great and so is the conversation.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Concert Hall 1947

We did a lot of classical music.  During WWII, Lionel Barrymore started doing "Concert Hall" with live performances.   The program continued for many years.  Edward Grieg's "A Minor Concerto" in a 1947 broadcast.  Recently I've picked up a lot of great classical broadcasts. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Roger Carroll - 1977

Roger Carroll with Doc Severenson

Roger Carroll had an interesting story about how he became a DJ:

"Many years ago when ABC never played records live orchestras were dropped TV was just starting . I was at TV  and told by my boss ABC Chief announcer  Dresser Dalhstead I was going to radio and play records on the network daily three hour record show (the older guys refused to play records) I told Dresser , a good guy I was a network TV announcer and I did not play records. Dresser's exact response "get your ass over to radio or you ain't gonna be a network announcer" .

Dress told me later he was even attempting to cross toes so he wouldn't   break out laughing with my response.

ABC started selling quarter hours and I was getting network talent fees then of course the older guys wanted to do record shows. Then I got afternoon drive on ABC O&O KABC and then the Cowboy , Gene Autry offered ask me to come over to KMPC when my ABC contract ended...playing records was the best thing that happened in my long career"

It was a good thing for everyone.  Thanks Roger!

Jim Pewter 1980

Jim Pewter was great.  Such a mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar that was the Jim Pewter show.  Jim was an AFKN vet, starting a super Los Angeles run shortly after. 

This time it's back to 1980.  Friday night, I was at SCN, getting ready for "Evening of the Isthmus".  Time for Jim Pewter

Joe Ferguson 1983

Live from Portland, OR it's the "Joe Show" on AFRTS. I'm grateful Joe shared these with us.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

This was home in 1983.  Panama was a beautiful place.  Beaches, ocean, music.

Here's Mary Helen Barro,  Bailar!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Don Tracy - 1980

Don Tracy went big in Hartford and from there to Los Angeles.  KGFJ, KDAY, KMBY, KABC, KNX. And a 20 year run with AFRTS  In 1997 Don opened an ad agency, "Malloy and Associates"

If Freedom Failed - 1951


In the 1940s and 50s AFRTS did some nice Command Information shows.  They were in Los Angeles.  Hollywood's finest were available and wanted to do These are great.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

AFRTS Spain - 1976

This is fun.  Vicente recorded a bunch of excerpts from the Torrejon station in 1976.  An extended visit with Wolfman Jack.  We also hear from Don Tracy, Roger Carroll and Tom Campbell.  A basket of memories.

AFRTS Spain - 1977

We had quite a network in 1977, this tape features Don Tracy, Kris Erik Stevens, Roger Carroll and a bunch more.  Recorded from the Torrejon station by Vicente, thanks again!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chris Noel - 1967

Chris was the girl back home for Vietnam era troops.  In the beginning middle of the road music.  By 1968, she was rocking out.

She still supports the troops, with the Vetsville Ceasefire House.  Support our brothers with a donation.  Buy cool Chris Noel stuff.  Just click here

Let's hear Chris!

AFRTS Record labels - part three

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Joe Ferguson - 1983

It's a Wednesday in the summer of 1983 and blogfan Joe Ferguson has "The Joe Show".  I ran these on SCN... Thanks again for sharing the memories Joe!

John Doremus - 1969

John Doremus has your music for the dinner hour

Gene Price - 1973

When I arrived in Panama and was settled into the temporary quarters in 1980 there was Gene Price.  Gene and Leonard had a long run on the network.  Gene followed fellow KFOX vet Charlie Williams as one of the AFRTS country voices and truly made the show his own. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Steve Johnson and Rich Halten podcast

Check out new podcast...AFNer Rich Halten and I produce...


AFRTS Record Labels - part two

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

AFN Earl Freudenberg 1973

Earl Freudenberg 1970 with Minnie Pearl

I originally had orders to Viet Nam in 1972..  Got to Oakland, CA.  It was worth it because a group of use got to go to baseball game.  They took us back in this Room and Gene Autry came out and shook out hands.  4 days later, Pres. Nixon diverted a group of us to Germany.  I ended up in Heidelberg. 

When I Reported for duty the SGT learned I had radio experience and call Mr. Moore at AFNE and asked them if they needed a broadcaster.  He said we’ll Find him a job.  The Colonel was off that day for they used his car to take me to Frankfurt.  A SGT from Kingsport, TN said our country announcer Is rotating Friday, this was Tuesday.  He said we need a replacement to start next Monday.  That will be your program. 

They had not even heard my tape.  I made one. I Guess they liked it, never said.  Was accepted after being told what I was going to do.  Hosted “Town and Country” for over 12 months.  AFN program director Bud Miller did my introduction.  He died last year 2016.  I was told at that time that my  mail was among the highest.  Still have most of those letters.  Also did several other programs.  Filled in when other announcers were sick.  Came back home and worked in radio doing about everything anyone could want. 

Spent more of my career at WDOD.  I’ve posted a lot of pics about My career.  I was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame last May.  Radio was good to me for nearly 55 years.  Retired at the end of last August.  I tried to save as much as I could.  Put a lot of my stuff on reel and sent it back home to my parents.  A missionary friend of Mine in Germany who listened to me said the old AFNE building has been leveled.  Last picture is an view of German broadcasting.  You’ll see AFNE to the right. 
Several AFNers that were there when I was, Herb Glover, Dave Perry, Chris Davala and John Dedekis.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ira Cook - 1963

In 1963 Ira Cook was recording his show at KMPC rather than at McCadden place, that came later.  The jocks were recording their shows and sending in the tapes.  Quality standards were all over the place.  This sounds nice.  It's a Thursday in 1963.  Here's Ira Cook.

Chris Noel - 1968

During Vietnam, actress Chris Noel did the “Date With Chris” show, one of the most popular programs in the history of the network. There are some examples in the blog. Since the war she’s run a shelter for veterans, still fighting the good fight. Take 10 seconds and help a great person.  Now she needs your help.  Please do what you can. Vetsville

Monday, January 9, 2017

Charlie Tuna 1982

Sure was a sad day when we lost Charlie.  He still had it in 2011. 

Joe Allison - 1965

Here's Joe Allison with another visit to the Country Corner.  The disk was misfiled, unjacketed and was crying out to be heard.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Good morning from AFN 1972

Earl Freudenberg shared a neat recording.  In every country, somewhere very early in the morning we would do a sign on.  Generally the stations were 24 hours so it's a programming element.

"This short announcement played every morning on AFNE at 5:55. It was the entire network when I was there in 1972-73.  Things Have really changed.  The 150,000 watt AM station at Frankfurt Went silent.  Don’t think there is anymore AFN Berlin."

The Berlin station went off in 1994, but AFN still serves.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Top Pops

The TP series ran from 1962-75 and was the weekly disk with the new hits. They made a very good oldies collection when I was at AFKN/SCN. Take the current top 40 and a handful of TPs and there was a show. The rest of the library was VERY random and neat in it's own right. The TPs had a lot of songs from small labels that ended up "lost".

Random TP disk: TP 311 1969

Supremes "Love Child"
Dion "Abraham, Martin and John"
Dells "Always Together"
Bobby Goldsboro "The Straight Life"
Glen Campbell "Wichita Lineman"
Dean Martin "Not Enough Indians"
Peggy Scott "Pickin Wild Mountain Berries"
1910 Fruitgum Company "Goody Goody Gumdrops"
Stevie Wonder "For Once In My Life"
Jackie Wilson "For Once In My Life"
Jose Feliciano "Star Spangled Banner"
Gary Lewis and the Playboys "Main Street"

Good stuff from a good year, other than the scandalous version of the National Anthem, the suits had a fit.  Was it really that radical?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wolfman Jack - 1974

July 1995 we lost the Wolfman and that piece of a great radio heritage. Wolf, you're missed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

AEG Magnetophon

Been to Mecca. In Minnesota there's a museum that has one of Jack Mullin's AEG 'Magnetophon' tape recorders. The Nazis built these things and Mullens got two of them out right after the war. After being taken apart and improved, these were the genesis of Ampex. For testing, these were at AFN for a short time.

The Pavek Museum is in St Louis Park, Minnesota and is a house of memories,

Monday, January 2, 2017

Latino with "Victor" 1973

KMPCs Vance Graham sees Amelia Earhart off.

Latino! A special program, presented five times a week. With Victor, at your service.

"Victor" was Vance Graham.  An announcer who's career went back to WWII when he was doing news at KMPC.  Later he worked at KFI.  Prior to Latino, Vance did the "Bolero Time" program for AFRTS.  "Vance Graham Bolero Show"  was a daily feature at KTYM Los Angeles in the 1950s.

We ran TWO Latin shows at the same time? I didn't know this. The other show was Viva!

Roger Carroll - 1977

"The Air Force, a great way of life".  Roger will have another go at it.  This time from 1977.  I was in Korea and it was the Best Sounds in Town.