Friday, March 30, 2018

Laura Lee 1986

Laura Lee brought us jazz worldwide on Jazzbeat.  After a long day it was great.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

GI Jill

GI Jill with Bing Crosby

Martha Wilkerson (1908-99) was the first star built by the network.  During WWII she inherited the program GI Jive.  That was our response to Tokyo Rose and many similar shows being broadcast to our troops.  GI Jive was focused on the current hits.  Eventually there was an oldies show "Jill's All Time Jukebox", playing memories.

She continued with the network until at least 1949.

Date With Chris 1967

Chris Noel and George Church

Date with Chris was Chris's second show for AFRTS.  Before that she was in "Small World" a show largely of features.  Did a great job there and A Date With Chris was born.  It's Friday in the second week of the show.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

AFVN Billy Williams 1971-72

Billy in Da Nang
Billy found a bunch of AFVN tape and put together a composite, which is great to hear and I'm grateful that he shared it with us.  He has the full story over at
Billy went between Saigon and Da Nang and there's a nice bunch of stuff here.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

AFN 1963

Our friend Ernst in Germany grew up listening to AFN.  Some short pieces of tape have survived the years (tape was pretty expensive at the time).  So from Orleans France and The Castle here's AFN

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Radiothon 2018

Hi all.  You may notice that some of the links aren't working.

I couldn't swing the payment for the storage of everything, the free version is much smaller.

I've never really asked before, but you could help out on the PayPal "Donate" link I'd be able to get this back to what it was.  PayPal will convert from any currency to US dollars.

Whatever you could do would help a lot.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mary Helen Barro 1983

Maria Elena Barro tiene la musica mas buena en al mundo!

Charlie Tuna 1980

That picture is from the AFRTS-LA promo set of 8x10s that went to every station. We lost Charlie a while back.  The family is working on a tribute at

It's a trip to 1980, a Friday and time for the Charlie Tuna Show.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison is the newest talent at
He has some of your Wednesday country favorites and memories of 1969

Sunday, March 4, 2018

AFVN Scott Manning 1968

1968 was a particularly interesting time for music and radio, great pop music and great album rock. Let's let Sgt Pepper (Scott Manning) show us the way.

AFVN Sgt Pepper 1968

More From AFVN

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Suspense 1961

AFRTS played a lot of Old Time Radio.  Some places we didn't have television.  Some places we had television, but there were so many programming restrictions that it was hard to enjoy.  Sometimes the troops were in the field without televisions.  Most radio dramas from the 40s and 50s were available and reissued well into the 1980s.
"Suspense" was one of the last radio dramas, finally being cancelled in 1962.  This disk is the 1961 issue of a program broadcast on CBS October 8, 1961 "Dreams" starring Phillip Sterling.