Sunday, October 16, 2022

The Other Air War 1967



 Sometimes I find the unexpected.  In the 60s, we received news panel shows on vinyl ETs.

In a bunch of them was this.  Jerry Golden and a team from WLS in Chicago produced a documentary about the air war in Vietnam.  Take listen to what can be done on recording tape...


The Other Air War 1967

Roger Carroll 1970

 


It was a long story but several years ago Roger wanted an internet station and I was thrilled to help.  He was in his 80s and still sharp as a whip.  I learned a lot and am grateful.

This is the show before Roger went to AFN to record some shows in 1970. from his original ET.  The Happy Hour continues!


Roger Carroll 1970

Friday, October 7, 2022

Signature Sounds jingles

 



In 1978 we got the Signature Sounds jingles.  It's been a while.  These transcriptions had "locking grooves", so they're awful to transfer.  But fun to hear again!  Crank it up!

Jingles 1978


Garry had heard part of this before....


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Tom Campbell AFRTS demo

 




Tom Campbell is one of the AFRTS-LA friends that's been great in keeping this whole thing running.

After serving in the United States Air Force, Campbell was hired for his first radio job, at KEEL in Shreveport, La., by Al Hart, who would later become a newscaster and radio personality in San Francisco. Campbell subsequently worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at WONE in Dayton, Ohio before his move to KYA San Francisco in 1967.

In 1971 was one of the periodic restructurings of AFRTS.  They were concerned we'd be rocking too hard..   AFRTS sent a demo...


Tom Campbell 1971 AFRTS demo


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Hospital Radio

 If you've been following the story, many troops were first exposed to military "radio" via closed circuit stations in US hospitals. 

I was looking for this to attach to that story. After the war, the stars toured the VA hospitals. This program would have been heard on the "Bedpan Network".
Here's a 1954 magazine story about The Bedside Radio Network

 
From 1955, Rand's OTR is featuring a Hospital Radio show
 
Hospital Radio Christmas Show 1955

Friday, September 9, 2022

Wolfman Jack 1976

 


An amazing amount of wizdom in 3 minutes.  We had it every day.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Turn Back The Clock 1958

 


Turn Back the Clock was a regional show that ended up on NBC (regional?) in 1955.  They came over to AFRTS and shared songs from their personal collection.  They've got some good ones today.






Thursday, September 1, 2022

Chris Noel 1969

 




Vetsville Cease Fire House
291 NE 19th Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Phone: (561) 736-4325
FAX: (561) 736-4325

We are running out of money to run our operation. It’s very hard to keep a charity going in the current economy, with most people struggling from paycheck to paycheck. Now, Cease Fire House is in danger of closing its doors forever. I need your help!

I’m Chris Noel. In Hollywood, I did films with Elvis and Steve McQueen. In Vietnam, I performed live, and my radio show was broadcast to our troops, both in Vietnam and worldwide.

Then, in 1993, I founded Vetsville Cease Fire House, a non-profit charity based in Florida that is dedicated to providing food, shelter and care for indigent military veterans.

Vets make great employees. They’re dependable team players who work with pride, but finding full-time employment is often extremely difficult. And that's where Vetsville Cease Fire House comes in. Among the great organizations sponsoring us are the Nam Knights MC, a group of police officers and Vietnam veterans.

We’re also sponsored by groups like Rolling Thunder, Paul Revere and the Raiders, “Good Morning Vietnam’s” Adrian Cronauer, and various community organizations. We also hold popular yearly fund-raisers such as Veterans Day celebrations and Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday!

Our mission is to provide homeless American military veterans --regardless of race, creed, color, sex or age -- with food, shelter, and a secure environment as we aid them in returning to society. That’s our goal -- and Vetsville Cease Fire House is making it happen ... with the help of your generous contribution!
Thank You For Your Time!
Chris Noel






Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Charlie Tuna 1983

 



Charlie in the movie "Rollercoaster"


Radio Hall of Fame member Charlie Tuna was great. A quarter century with AFRTS. 40 years on the air in Los Angeles. We lost a great talent. When I was overseas Charlie was one of the key voices of Armed Forces radio. See why...


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Sports Interviews - 1943

 


Joe Hassle is back with Sports Interviews talking with early 1900s baseball legend Honus Wagner.



Thursday, July 21, 2022

Jim Pewter 1968

 



Dean Torrence, Jim Pewter, Jan Berry and Roger Christian
Photo copyright Playground Productions. thank you Jim!

Straight ahead, don't bunch up!

Jim Pewter 1968

More Jim Pewter

Friday, July 15, 2022

Friday, July 8, 2022

Harry Newman 1985

 


Harry's daughter shared the following:

My dad was a HUGE fan & supporter of those in the military & was thrilled that one of my daughters was born on Nov 10...just a few hours away from Veterans Day. He ALWAYS reminded me when Veteran's Day was coming, bc he just had so much reverence & respect for those who served. And if I happened to be visiting in November, we always ate out on the 11th!


And Harry was the voice of "Cops".  On today's show, it's a summer day in 1985 and Ed Bruce stops by.



Thursday, July 7, 2022

Turn Back The Clock

 



Andy and Virginia Mansfield brought their brand of oldies to NBC and shortly around that time to AFRTS.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

AFN Pam Windsor 1984

 


This came in on one of Chris's great tapes that he'd been saving for years.  When I asked Pam:

I left AFN in 1986, came back to the states, got a radio job in Roanoke, Virginia, then moved into TV and worked my way up to becoming News Director at the ABC Affiliate in Lynchburg, VA. Afterwards, I took a job at CNN International but my kids weren't happy in Atlanta so I ended up moving to Louisville, Kentucky to take an Executive Producer job at the NBC Affiliate. I'm currently not working in TV and am instead doing Public Relations but now that my youngest is in college, I'm thinking of trying to get back into something more fun. I'm still trying to figure out on exactly what that might be. :)


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

AFN and AFRTS jingles

 

 
Some days the jingles rock.  This is from several jingle packages. Some are voiced AFN, some voiced AFRTS.  Ed Tooma is on the voice drops.
 





Monday, June 27, 2022

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


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

AFRS Iceland - JIm Rourke 1971


Jim Roark checked in with his memories of AFRTS in Iceland:

Karl Phillips directed me to this site: he worked the Nite Owl show on nights when I was off. I was full time at the radio station from sometime in 71 to sometime in 73. Prior to that I volunteered as Karl did, canning an oldies show called Shake, Rattle and Roark from 70 to 73. Other DJ's from that time were Tom Weicks (mgr), Mark Lazar (Morning Man), Tom Hughes (drive time), Bob Howard (replaced Tom) and Karl. We were given credit by someone for introducing rock music to the Icelanders.

I i left Iceland in 1973 and got out of the navy in October. In November I started the radio/electronics course at Elkins Institute in Atlanta, took the FCC exams in February and got my 1st and 2d Class licenses. As for any further broadcasting, my father, who put DJ's just slightly ahead of used car salesmen, sent me to law school (which occupation, it could be argued, was beneath both of the above).

I practiced law for 12 years then became a judge. I got my old band back together in 2008 and played for two years. I'm now remastering some songs I wrote in Iceland, one of which has been selected to appear on an album.




AFRS Reykjavik -  Jim Rourke 1971


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Love with Tony Pigg 1971

 


In 1971 no one was even sure what AOR was but Tony Pigg was doing it in New York at WPLJ. AFRTS was rockin..




"Love" with Tony Pigg

Love With Tony Pigg - 1971
 
More Tony Pigg

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Bob KIngsley 1975

 


For someone who went on to host American Country Countdown, Bob Kingsley could sure rock up a storm.  Bob was an Air Force AFRS Iceland vet.  Take a listen:


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Charlie Tuna 1973

 

Charlie and Michael Jackson

I used to do the morning show in Panama then run the Charlie Tuna show...and listen.  Charlie had an awful lot of what we wanted to grow up to be" Years later I was working at a station in Manchester and the PD was asked me how I could do content that wasn't cliché "topical" or "music related" but was 'one on one'.  It was something I think we learned from all of the AFRTS guys, but Charlie in particular.

Thanks for the memories!


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Johnny Bond 1961


 


Johnny Bond did a lot of songs, movies and had a long term radio gig with AFRTS.  Archive.org has much of his music click here  He brought the back home music



Monday, May 30, 2022

Lyndon Johnson - Memorial Day 1963

 


Vice president Lyndon Johnson on Memorial Day 1963 as broadcast by AFRTS 


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Harry Newman 1991

 


There's two more weeks to go on the first Gulf War and time for the Harry Newman show.  Harry had a big career in country radio in Los Angeles KBLA, 1965-66; KBBQ, 1967-68; KLAC, 1970-84. Harry retired in 1995 and was living the good life in central California.



Monday, May 23, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Silly spots

 

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So somehow almost 50 years later, I'm still making silly spots.  Here's how they did it at AFN:

Finding sweet spot between informative and zany at AFN


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Chris Noel 1969

 




Vetsville Cease Fire House
291 NE 19th Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Phone: (561) 736-4325


I’m Chris Noel. In Hollywood, I did films with Elvis and Steve McQueen. In Vietnam, I performed live, and my radio show was broadcast to our troops, both in Vietnam and worldwide.

Then, in 1993, I founded Vetsville Cease Fire House, a non-profit charity based in Florida that is dedicated to providing food, shelter and care for indigent military veterans.

Vets make great employees. They’re dependable team players who work with pride, but finding full-time employment is often extremely difficult. And that's where Vetsville Cease Fire House comes in. Among the great organizations sponsoring us are the Nam Knights MC, a group of police officers and Vietnam veterans.

We’re also sponsored by groups like Rolling Thunder, Paul Revere and the Raiders, “Good Morning Vietnam’s” Adrian Cronauer, and various community organizations. We also hold popular yearly fund-raisers such as Veterans Day celebrations and Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday!

Our mission is to provide homeless American military veterans --regardless of race, creed, color, sex or age -- with food, shelter, and a secure environment as we aid them in returning to society. That’s our goal -- and Vetsville Cease Fire House is making it happen ... with the help of your generous contribution!
Thank You For Your Time!
Chris Noel






Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Jim Pewter

 


Jim Pewter and Mamie Van Doren

Jim Pewter just sent up a bunch of 1995 shows.  Didn't we go to different high schools together?  Thank you Jim.  Thank you Timmy (Radio's best friend)



Thursday, May 12, 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

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

 
 

 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Battle of Guadalcanal 1942

 


I was at the record store and saw a used album by the USMC Band.  The thing was too thick.  With the record were 2 12" 78s that sound like they were done for the troops as a command information thing.  This one has a short clip recorded in the studio at Guadalcanal.  There's just not much audio from the Mosquito Network.  It's a good listen.






Bob Kingsley 1975

 

Bob Kingsley visits SCN in the Panama Canal Zone 1972 (photo: Gerry Fry)

Somehow it still amazes me.  Bob Kingsley was a really good rock jock.  He was one of us.  He'd done a tour at our Iceland station.  Bob later went on to be the voice of country music on American Country Countdown.    In 1975, it was time to rock.

Charles Goyette remembers that picture " I was also more than a little surprised to see myself on the page in a photo with Bob Kingsley at SCN.  That was in summer of ’72.  Also in the shot are LtC. Dan Maguire (our CO and a very fine man), Tom Colvin, John Fisher, Bob Rupp, Paul Warhanik, and Phil Lane.  I’m surprised the talented Lee McGowan wasn’t in that shot.

We were good hosts to Kingsley during his visit to Panama.  And some time later Bob was an equally good host when Lee, Gerry Fry, and I visited him in L.A.  As I recall, Robert Fuller, the actor in TV westerns like Wagon Train, was Bob’s brother-in-law.  Among other things, Bob took us on the lot for a shooting of the series Emergency that Fuller was starring in. 

Great seeing that picture again!"


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Roger Carroll 1981

 



RC thanks for the memories and some great radio!!



A while back I had a chat with Roger.



John Halbert Book

 John Halbert has a new book:





Amazon has just released my biography which includes being deputy chief of the radio & television branch, in there Office of Information at HQ Strategic Air Command, co-manager of the joint AFRTS/Canadian Broadcasting arrangement at Harmon AFB in Stephenville, Newfoundland (VOHF radio & CFSN-TV), US Air Forces Europe manager of radio & television at HQ USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany; Assistant Director of Public Affairs in the Pentagon involving being on the DoD AFRTS policy board and later as EUCOM executive manager of AFRTS for Europe.

Synopsis and chapter previews are available at no cost for review

Monday, May 2, 2022

Wolfman Jack 1977

 

 
Ladies and gentlemen, Wolfman Jack would like you to join the Air Force.  This guy could SELL.  It's an amazing skill at that level.
 


Sound Off 1943

 

Bill Goodwin


I guess there could be quite a project in who was the first network DJ with AFRS.  Bill Goodwin was one of the first with "Sound Off".  "Sound Off" was a request show, with dedications for the troops.

Mr Goodwin was most notable as the announcer/foil for George Burns on his television show in the 50s.  We lost Mr. Goodwin in 1958.


Chris Noel 1971

 


Some rock, some ballads and a voice from home.  Chris Noel.  You have a Date With Chris.



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Charlie Tuna 1983

 


Charlie had almost 50 years in Los Angeles radio.  That's hard for me to even conceive.  Talent..


Charlie was with us from 1971-96.  His day jobs were some of the greatest LA top 40s ever.



Mary Helen Barro 1983

 


It's a Friday in 1983 and Mary Helen has your latin favorites.  Let the fiesta begin!



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Joe Ferguson 1983

 


Joe Ferguson was the first one to share his disks with us.  It's been a few years and the shows keep coming.  I appreciate it very much!



Monday, April 18, 2022

Joe Allison 1969

 


Joe Allison with Red Stegall and Don Light

Joe Allison was the country voice for a long, long time.  Joe was a musician, producer, writer "He'll Have to Go" and a truly fine DJ.  Before Joe, country radio was hillbilly.  He brought it modern.


Sunday, April 10, 2022

AFTN Thailand May 10, 1970

 

Today is the anniversary of a very sad day.







On April 10th 1970 an unarmed photo recon plane was returning from a mission in Vietnam.  It missed the runway, crashed and destroyed the building for AFTN Udorn.

We lost nine airmen that day. 

IN MEMORIAM
TSgt Jack A. Hawley  (37),  Wakeman, OH
SSgt James T. Howard  (27),  Denver, CO
A1C Andrew C. McCartney (20),  Lakewood, OH
SSgt Alfred N. Potter  (27),  Forest Grove, OR
Sgt John Charles Rose ( 25),  Bloomfield, NJ
TSgt Frank D. Ryan, Jr. (41),  Mercer Island, WA
SSgt Edward Wm. Strain (24),  Myrtle Beach, SC
TSgt Roy Walker  (40),  Albuquerque, NM
A1C Thomas L. Waterman  (25),  Roanoke, VA



Friday, April 1, 2022

John Doremus 1967

 




John Doremus tells stories and creates moods in a 1967 broadcast.



Golden Days Of Radio 1970

 
















The Golden Days of Radio ran almost as long as AFRTS itself. It was the last program recorded for the network under the 'old system'. Mr Bresse was a storehouse of information about radio in the 1940s and 50s. It was always fun to hear. 












Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Bob Kingsley 1973

 



For those of us "a certain age" Bob Kingsley WAS the American Country Countdown.  That's why listening to his AFRTS rock show is so fascinating.  It's a style that really bridges the gap.  Take a listen:




Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Roger Carroll 1981

 

Young Roger at WMFD

There's always time for a Happy Hour.  When I was working civilian, one time I had a PD wondering how I could do so many "universals".  To him that meant being able to do a break without necessarily doing a station promo or talking about the record.  I learned it from the Roger and the AFRTS-LA talent.  Many thanks.



Roland Bynum 1981



 Roland's back in the Creators Corner with your Thursday favorites on American Forces Radio




Rocketing Rhythms 1961

 


We counted them down.  The first rock countdown show was Rocketing Rhythms, usually hosted by Jack Brown.  Today Jack is on vacation and KLACs Bill Stewart steps in with the hits from the pages of Cash Box.  Here are the pre-Beatles years hits!