Thursday, December 31, 2020

AFKN New Year 1970

 


We're on our way to Yongsan.  Maybe Itaewon.  AFKN is bringing in the New Year 1970  First with Roger Schulman who went on to big things in Tampa radio and then Bruce Dorton, later with WABE Atlanta and NPR.  I can smell the kimchi!

Happy New Year 1946!

 


Happy 1946!  In 1945 the network assembled the top bands in the country to celebrate the win:

New Year's Dancing Party. December 31, 1945. AFRS origination. Happy New Year's from bands around the country. An assembled program. Harry James and His Orchestra, Count Basie and His Orchestra, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Woody Herman and His Orchestra, Henry King and His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra, Louis Prima and His Orchestra, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra, Don Wilson


Monday, December 21, 2020

Wolfman Jack Christmas

 



Here's a 1975 visit with the Wolfman.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year!  Mark sent this in last year.  Great stuff!



Roger Holste

 


Had this since 2010, the Korean Won dates from the mid 60s. He apparently did time at AFKN and AFVN.  Anyone know Roger Holste?

Chris Noel 1967

 


Chris Noel had a wonderful visit the late Dean Jones on a Friday in 1967.



Tuesday, December 8, 2020

SCN John Lennon tribute 1980

 





Okay it's a repeat, but 40 years ago we lost John Lennon. Here's how the next day sounded on the Southern Command Network in Panama.


















Monday, November 9, 2020

Charlie Tuna 1982

 

Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna spent a quarter century entertaining the troops on AFRTS and showing us how it was done. Time for another visit.  It's 1982 "Stay Tuna'd".Visit Charlie's website at charlietuna.com interesting stories, histories and your chance to get on the boards and say what the Charlie Tuna Show meant to you.

Jazzbo Collins 1967




 Al "Jazzbo" Collins was quite a talent, broadcasting from the "purple grotto", inspired by horrible paint in the WNEW studios..


"I started my broadcast in Studio One which was painted all kinds of tints and shades of purple on huge polycylindricals which were vertically placed around the walls of the room to deflect the sound. It just happened to be that way. And with the turntables and desk and console and the lights turned down low, it had a very cavelike appearance to my imagination. So I got on the air, and the first thing I said was, "Hi, it's Jazzbo in the Purple Grotto." You never know where your thoughts are coming from, but the way it came out was that I was in a grotto, in this atmosphere with stalagtites and a lake and no telephones. I was using Nat Cole underneath me with "Easy Listening Blues" playing piano in the background."

There was a very jazzy imagery.


In 1967, Al "Jazzbo" Collins brought a retrained Purple Grotto to AFRTS.



Monday, October 12, 2020

AFVN Duke Miller 1968

 

Found this old photo and decided to share with the group. It's of me doing the afternoon show on AFVN-AM shortly after the onset of the Tet Offensive in 1968.

I was AFVN-FM's only announcer. We were live 6:30p.m.-Midnight each night and simulcast otherwise. But, after Tet, all staffers were 24 on, 24 off (in case half of us got wiped out). That's why I was doing the afternoon gig in the photo, subbing for Don Burns. Note the tape on the studio window to the left, put there to prevent shattering from ordnance percussions. Weeks later, after a nearby rocket attack, the window stayed in tact, but most of the ceiling tiles fell, spewing insulation throughout.

Like many, I endured the Army's penchant for snafu's. I enlisted for a broadcasting MOS; they spent six weeks teaching me to type in admin school at Ft. Dix (even though I already could type 65 words per minute); after a brief stint at an intelligence unit at Ft. Meade, MD, I was assigned to the personnel department at a military intelligence unit seven miles north of Saigon. After several months, I went into Saigon, auditioned, and was "hired" shortly thereafter. Strangely, my transfer happened the afternoon of the Tet Offensive. My former unit was blown away the next day. By the grace of God and some trusted informants, the unit was abandoned prior to the attack and all survived.

AFVN, Saigon, was actually about as good as it could get in 'Nam. We lived in a hotel, The Ky Son. Except for AFVN staffers, it's nine stories housed Aussies and New Zealanders, which made staying sober a real challenge! I complete my enlistment at Ft. Meade, MD, producing the U. S. Army Recruiting public service radio shows.

My broadcasting career was short-lived. It got me through high school, college, and the Army. I went on to a successful career in the advertising agency business and spend half my retirement in Florida and half in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Duke Miller

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Jasin Street 1971

 



Bob Scobey

Jay Jasin with traditional jazz (don't call it Dixieland).  Jasin Street





Monday, August 10, 2020

Dick Sinclair 1959



 Dick Sinclair was in the very first group of AFRS talent.  Before we even had a network, this group was training at Fox studios.  Dick was at the station on Guadalcanal.

After the war, Dick Sinclair helped to make polka a national joy.  Polka Party was heard on hundreds of stations and made the jump to TV.



Thursday, July 23, 2020

Back on the air



You probably remember the streaming station that we did with Roger Carroll a while back.  Roger was a wonderful guy and it was great to do it.

The big news is we're back with something similar, that I think you'll enjoy.

http://www.mybestsounds.com  streams all day long with our AFRTS friends.  Let me know what you think,

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Mary Turner 1985

Mary Turner today

Mary Turner really rocked the house.  Normally when any of the jocks got a reaction, it'd be split.  The ones that were really liked would draw complaints.  I never remember fielding a complaint about Mary.  I remember the barracks rocking.  Thank you Mary.  Continued success!





Joe Allison 1965


Joe Allison had a neat part of history.  He's been called the DJ that bridged the gap between hillbilly radio and what he call country radio today.  Take a listen:

Joe Ferguson 1983




Joe Ferguson makes Portland the voice of home.  It's a Monday in 1983.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Don Tracy 1995

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Thanks George for taking the time to record these in 1995. It's a Don Tracy Friday. The party starts now!


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Benny Brown AFN 1995





Benny parlayed his AFN time into a BIG gig over at Radio Luxembourg, hear why in this Veterans Day show.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Roger Carroll 1977





Been almost a year ago that we lost Roger.  I had worked with him, making his streaming station happen. That was a great two years.  I miss the calls...

Roger brings us back to the best of 1977




Saturday, July 4, 2020

Charlie Tuna 1986



So how many days were started with a Breakfast Serial?  Some day I'll try to figure out who did shows for us over the most years.  Charlie would be on the short list.

This broadcast includes something that didn't happen often,  the disk sticks...  Most of it has been edited out, but memories...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Jim Pewter 1968


Jim Pewter was a giant in "Oldies Radio".  After he did his time in Korea with AFKN, he did a lot for the music that we love.  Almost immediately after ETS Jim on the full network.



Jubilee 1945




Jubilee. April 16, 1945. Program #129. The second tune is, "If You Can't Smile and Say Yes, Please Don't Cry and Say No." Benny Carter and His Orchestra, Barney Bigard, The Nat King Cole Trio, Judy Carroll (vocal), Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Ernest Whitman (m.c.), Verne Smith (announcer).


Ira Cook 1965


Here's Ira, today in the spotlight it's Connie Francis.  Ira even speaks in some Hawaiian.  He did that daily on his KMPC show.  From Duluth MN to the Battle of the Bulge, Ira got around...



Saturday, June 27, 2020

LaRita Shelby 1994


The party is NOW, with L.A.Rita!





Gene Price 1974



Our friend Gene Price is in rehab after a fall and should be cowboying pretty soon.  Prayers amigo!

I have most of these now, it's some good listening.  In February 1974 Gene was doing his second month of shows for Army recruiting:

All aboard the Country Express!





Wolfman Jack 1974




While Wolfman was doing his AFRTS shows he was also doing shows for Air Force recruiting. These shows aired in the states, usually very early Sunday mornings (they counted as 30 minutes of PSA time).  While he was doing those he was jocking on WNBC NY and doing "Midnight Special" for NBC TV.  Kept busy...







Thursday, June 25, 2020

Roland Bynum 1981



Roland has the best Soulin' 1981 style



Chris Noel 1969


While Chris was doing the show, she did a lot of tours to see the troops.  They look back wistfully...



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tom Campbell 1980




Tom was another guy who worked Minneapolis.  He was Paul Bunyan at WDGY before getting to the coast and killin' it in San Francisco.

Phone number doesn't seem to work..


Pete Smith 1969




Pete Smith has your favorite easy listening music and cool stories...


Mary Turner 1984


Time for another visit with Mary Turner, She started at the network in 1981 or so, bringing a new perspective.  It was rocking...

Mary checked in last time with good words about her AFRTS time. 


Joe Ferguson 1983


In 1983 Joe Ferguson was jocking in Portland OR and recording shows for the network.  AFRTS found jocks all over the country to be the voice of home.  It's Monday and time for the Joe Show.



Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Don Tracy 1993

Don paid his dues in Connecticut radio, through WPOP, WNHC and WAVZ then to win in Los Angeles.
KGFJ, KDAY, KABC-TV, KNX as a sales executive, his own ad agency and editor of the R&B Report.

AFN Kaiserslautern - Jay Derkash 1978







In 1978 AFN celebrated the Country Music Awards with shows from the affiliate stations being broadcast across the entire network.  Today from Kaiserslautern Specialist Jay Derkash has the update.




Saturday, June 6, 2020

Air Rescue Vietnam 1968


I was going through crates of ETs looking for something else, and found this.  Glad I did.  Air Force SGT Herb Manchester did this from AFVN.  

Sometimes AFRTS-LA would have contests.  If something was really well done, it was distributed worldwide.


Charlie Tuna 1982

Charlie Tuna and Del Shannon


On almost everyone's lists of favorite AFRTS jocks, Charlie Tuna's name is there. Here's another example of radio consistency and perfection... Be sure to check out charlietuna.com 

Charlie Tuna - 1982

More Charlie Tuna

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

AFTN - The Torch is Passed


The 1971 crew put this together to celebrate their tour.  Take a listen


Roger Carroll 1969


A brand new bunch of 1968-69 memories have come in.  Roger brings you the Happy Hour and once again in fine fettle.  Time for the Best Sounds in Town!



Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 1948



In the late 1940s, the network produced a lot of "troop information" programs.  For a variety of reasons it was a lot harder to produce things like Command Performance.








Sunday, May 24, 2020

Jim Pewter 1968





Today Jim has memories of Johnny Ace, one of the most haunting talents ever.

Sugar Report 1945

More from your Sugar Report.  A few more have been found.  Most of the time WWII shows in AFRS are fairly common.  A few hundred were pressed, several were saved.
The Sugar Report was different.  The show was apparently recorded to acetate for broadcast from the government's shortwave station in California.  So each disk that is found is unique.
The show isn't documented.  The last time I found some of these, Jinx Falkenburg was the host.  I had assumed it was her show. Today Joan Edwards from Your Hit Parade plays excerpts from radio back in the states

This was a project at it's best.  I was contacted and asked "If I pay for those, can you transfer them?"  I asked around and found someone to do the transfer.  In the same time frame, we received a donation that covered the postage (click the PayPal box).  It took a lot of people.  



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

LaRita Shelby 1994


Love that picture.  Here's LaRita.  Matt recorded these in England from about 600 miles away.  It's a bit noisy but a bunch of fun.




Ira Cook 1965



Ira has some of the biggest Stars of the Day.  Today it's Frank Sinatra and Count Basie.  Along with stories and fellowship, the Ira Cook Show.




Sunday, May 10, 2020

Gene Price 1980

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

So is it inspired silliness, wonderful radio or country music at it's best?  All three, it's the Gene Price show from 1980 on AFRTS...




Wolfman Jack 1975


Don't touch that dial.  Here comes the Wolfman.  He was with us for decades and did his part for the Air Force.  Take a listen..



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Roland Bynum 1981



Roland and his daughter are Lakers fans...

But on the radio 1981 never sounded better


Monday, April 27, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chis Noel 1967





"Chris Noel was and is a hero ... supporting the troops with dedication and integrity even while we were treated like lepers at 'home.' She continues to support veterans, especially those of us who are homeless or suffer with PTSD. She came under fire in Nam more than once and suffered her own nightmarish events in her life. This is a beautiful person, both inside and out." Mike Blackford


Chris Noel was the voice of home to thousands of Vietnam era troops.  This is the Friday show from her first week on the air over AFRTS.  The program evolved over the years, better and better.




Tom Campbell 1975,

Time for another trip down memory lane with Bay Area fave, Tom Campbell (for Cal Stereo). Here's a neat 1975 show..

When Tom got out of the Air Force, he got a gigs in Shreveport, WDGY Minneapolis (The Twin Cities connection continues) and Dayton. 1967 it was to San Francisco where fame struck. between radio and agency work he bounced around southern California including for us at AFRTS



I finally located Tom Campbell, who sends his best.