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

Herman Griffith 1966

 

Herman with Jim Pewter and Roger Carroll


It's easy to see Herman Griffith as the voice of a community in 1966. There's a lot to his presentation that others refined and copied. Herman talks about Savings Bonds, with an interest rate very similar to today... Let's take a listen.

Herman Griffith 1966

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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


Monday, June 20, 2022

Kris Erik Stevens 1980

 


Kris Erik Stevens sent in a nice promo picture for the collection (pictured). Kris had been a legend in Chicago radio before Los Angeles. Thanks! 

Erik Stevens 1980

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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
 
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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:


Monday, June 13, 2022

Tom Campbell 1971

 


Tom Campbell is back with what's happening stateside.  Today we see what's going on in Honolulu from KPOI.

Tom has sent over a bunch of shows that he did and his best wishes.  Enjoy!



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!


Friday, June 3, 2022

RIP Gene Price

 


Some sad news:

 Gene Price passed away last night. He'd been ill for the last couple years with various ailments. 

I'm forwarding the email I received tonight from Gene's wife Janet.
Regards,
Marc Yablonka
From: Janet Price Date: Thu, Jun 2, 2022 at 11:20 PMSubject: Yesterday
Dear Marc, Rudy and Cathy,Sad to tell you that Gene passed at 8:24 last night. He had been holding his own for quite awhile, but began declining quickly at 4:30 p.m.We were married for 52 years, tho wanted more. But God wanted him Home, so grateful for every memory.You were special friends and I do appreciate all you have meant to us both.

From happier times, a few years ago I got Gene on the phone.  He was a very special person






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