Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Herman Griffith 1968


It's time for the Records Caravan!!  Great music. amazing host.

Date With Chris 1969

 It may have been a Monday but Chris says "hi"!

Jim Pewter 1979


Album Jim did for the USO

Jim lives the oldies.  From his time with his band to AFKN, Los Angeles radio and then the worldwide network it's just really hard to describe.  Fire up the grill, grab a beer and remember.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Lyndon Johnson - Memorial Day 1963


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


Wolfman Jack 1972


Wolfman is back.  In 1972 he was still working on what the character looked like.  The sound was down.

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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Solitary Singer 1951

 Terry (Ted) Gilkyson was an ex-Air Force PAO type and had this show where he'd tell stories of American history through folk music.  AFRTS was experimenting with producing entertainment programming on a limited budget.  This worked well.

Terry was a performer/songwriter.  If you ever heard the Easyriders version of "MaryAnn" you heard Terry's biggest song.  He also wrote "Memories are Made of This", which was huge for Dean Martin.

By the 1960s, he was working for Disney studios.  Among other things, wrote "Bare Necessities" in Jungle Book.

We Lost Terry in 1999.

Herman Griffith 1967


You need some rocking soul, for the brave and the bold from the Records Caravan!!!

Herman Griffith can make that happen.

Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson brought a little bit of Portland to troops around the world.  It was a 1983 experiment where some of the best jocks, usually with an AFRTS connection were the voice of home.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Joe Allison 1965


The early 60s were a neat time in country music.  It got slicker.  Joe Allison was a big part of it.

Monday, May 23, 2022

JIngles from the 70s


This is from one of the TM packages.  Stereo and  nice.

Mary Turner 1994

Mary Turner was rocking.  In 1994 it had already been a ten year run.  Take a listen..

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Silly spots



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

Wolfman Jack 1977


Weekend is here, let's rock with the Wolf.  It's 1977.  I was at AFKN.  Where were you?

Friday, May 20, 2022

Rebel Randall 1951


Rebel Randall has a fairly short run during the Korean War, but was popular.  At the time they thought her a little too sultry, but it was the biggest mail getter at AFRTS.  Great show.

Harry Newman 1994


In the early 1990s Matt was in England enjoying the sounds of AFN from hundreds of miles away:

I recorded these in east Anglia (approximately 800 miles away from the transmitter at Weisskirchen) using my trusty old boom box. Sometimes, at night, when the weather was right, you could get a pretty good signal. The recordings were all somewhere between 1991 and 1996. Sorry I’m not sure of exact dates.  Because I was limited to 30 or 45 min audio cassettes, I didn’t tend to record whole shows, instead recording a section where I was interested, I also seem to have  a habit of sometimes stopping the recording if the DJ was playing a song I could get in the UK.

He recorded a lot of things I didn't have.  Thanks for sharing!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Herman Griffith 1967


Herman Griffith is underrepresented here.  Hard to find the shows.  That makes it all the more exciting when some turn up.  During the week, Herman was mostly at KGFJ put once a week he brought it to the brave and the bold getting a weeks' worth of shows for AFRTS.  This is around the time that they were starting to record the shows on McCadden Ave so I'm not sure where he made this magic.  It's gonna be soulful...

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)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Quick Look at DINFOS

 DINFOS 1972 

Over the years a lot of military broadcasters took their civilian skills to AFRTS, sometimes with formal training, sometimes without.

The Army began their Army Information School in 1946 at Carlisle Barracks PA. In the following years the school did varying degrees of joint service training until 1951. That was the year that The Armed Forces Information School opened at Ft Slocum NY. The Navy operated their own school at Great Lakes.

1964 brought us the Defense Information School at Ft Slocum, moving to Ft Benjamin Harrison in 1965

In 1992 DINFOS was merged with the Defense Photography School (DPHSCH), and the Defense Visual Information School (DVISCH) at Ft Meade MD.

Every year DINFOS graduates another 4,000 Public Affairs professionals.

DINFOS is where a lot of memories began.

Charlie Tuna 1987


Charlie with "Mama" Cass Elliott

I have never heard a scrap of tape where Charlie didn't have his groove.  It's talent and working hard.

Banners Of Faith 1970


Yongsan Chapel

Every Sunday morning all of the stations (in cooperation the Armed Forces Chaplains Board) ran religious programming.  It was something done sine 1943.  Sometimes from a local service, sometimes transcribed.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Pete Smith 1982


In the 1980s Pete Smith was the voice of your easy favorites on AFRTS.  Pete had worked all over Los Angeles including KNX, KDAY, KRKD, KNOB, KPOL, KJQI/KOJY, KGIL but had an almost 30 year run at KMPC, later at Music of Your Life.  Pete Was smooth

Gene Price 1975

Here's Gene's Facebook profile be sure and say "Hi!"

Thursday, May 12, 2022

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"

AFRS Alaska - Steve Phillips 1967


Here's our first visit with AFRS Alaska.  It's 1967 and Steve Phillips brings the music.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Kris Erik Stevens 1978


Kris Erik Stevens left Michigan to take over Chicago radio and was a star at WCFL and WLS when that really meant something. At WLS he worked with AFVN vet Gary Gears. After Chicago he went for the bigger challenge of Los Angeles and won. He was with AFRTS before and after disco. Remember disco? And he's still around and sounding even younger.


Kris Erik Stevens - 1978

More Kris Erik Stevens

Gary Owens 1969

 A little bit more from the G.O. show, with the Director of Comedy for the Golden West Stations.

A very mod Gary, from "Laugh In"

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Love - with Tony Pigg 1971


These are fun.  By 1971 "Free-form" rock stations started in many markets.  In New York ABCs WPLJ sounded great and Tony Pigg was a great example.

Ira Cook 1961


In 1961shows weren't regularly being recorded at the McCadden Street studios.  Here's Ira Cook and a show he did at KMPC.

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!"

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Record Labels


How many of these do you remember?  We're taking a look at the 12" program disks.  The 16" used many different labels and numbering schemes.  The library disks added  a lot of labels too.

In about 1960 the network transitioned from 16" to 12" records.  The first label for 12" was the same as the last one for 16".  It's formatted a little differently because of the size.

For cataloging these disks have "Call Dates" stamped in the runoff grooves (Due 9/22/61).  That seems roughly comparable to the week numbers on the labels starting in 1963.

The only exception seems to be for Rocketing Rhythms/Capitol Cloakroom, presumably because the material was so timely.

There's still no easy way to date a program disk.  In approximately 1963 they stopped printing in color.

In early 1964 we start getting week numbers.  The 7-4 on the following disk indicates it was shipped week 7 of 1964.  In 1967 Christmas week was week 25.

In 1967 the black ink was replaced with blue ink.  For a long period they used multiple fonts.  That was apparently at random.

The late 60s blue labels had a notable exception.

In 1969 the labels started getting stylish...

In 1970, a full redesign that looked sharp.  This was the first label for the newly renamed American Forces Radio and Television Service.

Very shortly after that a hipper redesign.

In 1975 another label change to a mustard-yellow color.  Recently I heard that the idea was to make it look like a gold record...

In 1976, we went for silver records...

In 1978 another redesign:

In 1982 a redesign.  This was the longest used label in network history.  It was used until the end of vinyl transcriptions.

An that's what I know about these things.  If I missed something please let me know.

January 2017 Don Browne from AFRTS had more information Click here

Tom Campbell 1975


Tom Campbell always had a fun show and sometimes the strangest mixes... Tall Tom revisits 1975.  The mustard colored labels were the ugliest ones ever.

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.

Jim Pewter 1967


Jim Pewter was the music, his love of great songs shines through. I always waited for the songs that I forgot to remember.

Thank you Deviny James...

Jim Pewter - 1967

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.