Saturday, December 30, 2023

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

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Roland Bynum 1984


Here's the Roland Bynum show, from 1984 recorded in Iceland.
Nowadays Roland works at Stevie Wonder's station in Los Angeles, KGLH

Roland Bynum - 1984

More Roland Bynum

Rocketing Rhythms 1961


Here's something for the kids.  KLACs Bill Stewart fills in for Jack Brown.  Rocketing Rhythms was sort of a countdown show sometimes with guests.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Jim Pewter 1968


Jim Pewter rocks up a storm.  I miss this music.  I miss hearing it being played by someone that breathed it.  Thanks Jim! Jim also made a bunch of neat records

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Chris Noel - Christmas 1967


Because of the way the transcription disks were sent out, there was no way to tell when they were actually broadcast... Except for Christmas week.  That week we would get disks with actual airdates.  They'd send them almost a month early to make that happen.

Chris Noel rings in Christmas 1967, take a listen

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Don Tracy 1985


Here's Don Tracy with some memories of 1985

Jubilee - Christmas 1948


It's Christmas 1948.  Bud Widdom with some amazing talent, it's Jubilee!!!

Jubilee. Program #302. 12/0/1948. A Christmas show with all the continuity in rhyme. Well done! The first tune is, "The Peanut Vendor." Kay Starr sings, "Ain't Misbehavin'." This sounds like an assembled program. Bud Widdom (announcer), Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Toni Harper, Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra, Kay Starr, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie. 

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Chris Noel - Christmas 1966


Chris had just started doing "Date With Chris" and it was the holiday season

Bob Hope -Christmas in Vietnam 1968


We've made it to December.  Christmas is coming. This is Bob Hope's 1968 Christmas show from Long Binh, Vietnam.  Whet was it like to be at one of these shows?

Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson brings us the best from Portland in another 1983 get together.  Thanks for sharing these Joe!

John Doremus 1967


What an incredible voice. Mr Doremus began this style of late night radio on WMAQ Chicago and syndicated on the BIG stations. He also 'invented' in flight music.

Command Performance - Christmas 1942


Command Performance was an amazing thing.  All of the biggest stars made themselves available for the troops.  It didn't matter which network or studio.  It was the biggest stars and it was all for he troops.  This is the big Christmas show from the first year of the network.  Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Kris Erik Stevens - Christmas 1979


Kris Erik Stevens was a longtime star of ours.  Kris went on to be THE voice of the theaters before the movie.

From Krismas 1979, the American Disco Network presents Kris Erik Stevens.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Feliz Navidad de Puerto Rico


Ramey AB, Puerto Rico

Ralph Gebes sent along some 1971 memories from AFCN.  Ramey was (mostly) closed with a 1973 base re-alignment.  Time for "Radio Strikes Back"

NORAD Tracks Santa


Our pals at NORAD track Santa every year.  In almost 20 years I've never posted it.  By request...

Take a listen

The story about how that happened

Gene Price 1981


Gene Price starts the show and suddenly it's 1981.  Super talent, great memories.

Wolfman Jack - Christmas 1975


Have a howlin' Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Roger Carroll - Christmas 1979


That's a long day...

Roger brought the holiday season.  Vicente was in Madrid, recording the station at Torrejon.
I really wish Roger Records was playing Carols on this..

Christmas is coming...

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!

Monday, December 4, 2023

Vance Graham Christmas 1964


Vance Graham did some very neat radio here, celebrating the Latino culture at Christmas

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

More Herman Griffith

Andy Mansfield 1964


Andy Mansfield continues his tribute to Glenn Miller in a 1964 "America's Popular Music"

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Roland Bynum 1973


Roland Bynum has "Soul in Motion" from the Creators Workshop.  It's coming up on Christmas 1973.  Roland is still making magic on the radio, in Los Angeles.

Bill Stewart 1971


Bill Stewart sure kept it jazzy.  From the mid-60s through the late 70s Bill brought a special sound.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Jim Pewter Christmas In Korea 1964


Jim Pewter with Little Richard and Bumps Blackwell 1966

Jim Pewter sent this along,  Greetings during the Christmas season 1964.  At the time I was PFC Jim Pewter, soon to be SP/4.  I wrote Don French, PD at KFWB Los Angeles and requested the DJs send a holiday greeting to Radio Cavalier, which later became radio tomahawk.

In 1959 Don French was the PD at KDWB in St Paul.  Don added my beta single Little Girl b/w Blue Blue Denims to the KDWB fab 40.

Greetings from, Johnny G, Larry McCormick, Bill Balance, Roger Christian, Gene Weed, Joe Yokum, Sam Riddle.
From 1958-1963 KFWB was the best top 40 station I ever heard.  Later when I returned I became close friends with Roger Christian and co-hosted rock n roll shows with Bill Balance.

Hear Jim every night at 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern on the Hook:

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Don Tracy 1980

Imagine my surprise when I checked the website voicemail and there was a message from Don Tracy, offering whatever help he could.  Don sounds great.   Don started with AFRTS in 1973 and it was largely a weekend gig that got more interesting as time went by. It took a while for the fan mail to start and he had received a letter from Germany, asking if he'd like to come over as a morale builder. He went to in Nuremberg, to support AFN.  A big memory of that was when the Stars and Stripes reporter was going to make him look bad by asking about the government paid boondoggle.  It didn't work.  Don had taken vacation and paid for the trip out of pocket.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Chris Noel 1970


Chris Noel has always been a special person from being such an amazing film talent through the Date With Chris years to running veterans shelter in Florida.  We have a lot to be thankful for.  Here's a plate of memories:

Hear Chris every night at 9pm Pacific, Midnight Eastern on the Hook:

John Doremus 1967


What an incredible voice. Mr Doremus began this style of late night radio on WMAQ Chicago and syndicated on the BIG stations. He also 'invented' in flight music.

Mark White AFN Berlin 1980


The late Mark White had his claim to King of Jazz.  He brought some wonderful music to Berlin for well over three decades.  Chris Muermann was a big fan at the time and recorded several of his broadcasts.  Garry made them available.  Today it's a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, coming to Berlin for a concert.  Mark, keep swinging...


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Charlie Williams - Country Corner 1972


Charlie Williams didn't host the show for very long but he brought a big piece of rural America worldwide.  Charlie had the show between Joe Allison and Gene Price.

Wolfman Jack 1974


July 1995 we lost the Wolfman and that piece of a great radio heritage. Wolf, you're missed.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Peter Troy 1965

 By the 1960s, there wasn't much drama being produced in the United States.  AFRTS reached out to British, Australian and South African radio,

In 1963 South Africa's Springbok radio produced "Walk Softly Peter Troy".  Well written.  We ran it in 1965.

 "The Blonde With The Delicate Air". Peter's been framed for murder by a very lovely lady.  Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

AFTN New Show Preview 1069


There are some great new shows coming up to celebrate 1969 in Thailand on AFTN!

Roger Carroll 1969


Roger Carroll didn't want to be DJ.  He was at the pinnacle of success for an announcer.  Booth announcer at ABC.  They needed DJs.  None of the announcers wanted to do it. He was the new guy.  Do it.  That decision was the start of a new life for RC.  Let's remember 1969.  Your happy hour awaits...

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. 

Vance Graham 1974


Victor was Vance Graham.  Vance had entered Los Angeles radio in the 1930s and found his greatest success as a spanish DJ.  Bolero Time was heard on multiple stations and recorded for AFRTS well into the 1970s.

Herman Griffith 1967


Herman with Jim Pewter and Roger Carroll

 Feeling brave? If you're young  or old Herman Griffith is here with the Records Caravan. Bold?  If you

Herman was at KGFJ in Los Angeles in the early 60s, was with us into the 1970s and not much else is known.

Andy Mansfield 1964


Andy Mansfield continues his tribute to MAJ Glenn Miller.  If you didn't already know, Glenn was at the top of his game with one of the hottest dance bands in the country, and was way to old to go in the military.  He did.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

AFVN Day After Thanksgiving 1970


On Thanksgiving it's hard to not think about home.  When Billy Williams was at AFVN a few years later, he found a station composite of the day after Thanksgiving with AFVN.  Nicely done.  Take a listen.

Happy Thanksgiving 1944


Surprisingly hard to find Thanksgiving shows.  From 1944 Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter on It's a Wonderful Life)  and an all-star cast share the holidays.

My best to you and yours. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Roland Bynum 1979


Roland brings the dancing!  It's 1979 and in the Creators Workshop there's Stephanie Mills, Donna Summer and Michael Jackson.

Bill Stewart 1969


He sure kept it jazzy.  Heck of a jock Bill Stewart.  

Jim Pewter 1980

 I miss this music.  As the years go by there are less and less opportunities to hear it, particularly from someone that understands it.

Jim was at AFKN in 1966 and shortly after went too the network for a three decade run.

The weekend starts.... it's Friday

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Chris Noel 1967


In 1963 Chis Noel was a fashion model.  In 1966 we had A Date With Chris.  Thank you Chris!

Joe Ferguson 1983


In 1983 AFRTS brought in jocks from all over the country to record shows.  Today it's to Portland OR for the Joe Show!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Pete Smith 1983


Pete Smith was part of the EZ listening tradition at AFRTS.  He followed John Doremus, who followed Jim Ameche.  He had quite a career in Los Angeles radio KNX; KDAY, 1956-58; KRKD, 1958-61; KNOB; KPOL; KMPC, 1961-88; KJQI/KOJY, 1993-95; KGIL, 1998. Pete was part of "Music of Your Life."

Roger Carroll was telling me that Pete was fulltime swing at KMPC.  What a gig.

Gene Price 1980


Dolly sure loves the Gene Price show!  Time for some inspired silliness from Gene

Mary Helen Barro 1983


Seemed like every time I was at finance, trying to guess what they did to my check Mary Helen Barro was on.  It was great mid-day show.  Take a listen.

Charlie Tuna 1974


Our Breakfast Serial continues with this visit with Radio Hall of Famer Charlie Tuna. A lot of people started their duty day with Charlie. He started with us in 1972 and was there until the end of originated network programming in 1996. We lost Charlie in 2016.

Charlie Tuna - 1974

More Charlie Tuna

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Ira Cook 1961


Ira Cook with Elvis Presley

Ira started with us in 1960, still there 20 years later.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Sugar Report 1945

This one was sure a story.  Sugar Report was apparently never sent out on vinyl.  Each disk apparently unique and broadcast on shortwave at the time.  Bakedalaska got this one for us, thanks for the donation!.  When it came in there was a thick gray film and severe chipping and cracking.  Doing anything aggressive to remove the film will cause the chips to come off.  So... I gently cleaned it as best I could and did a transfer.  It was noisy but mostly complete.  With that being done, I tried a much better cleaning.
Acetate disks are actually made of organic cellulose.  When stored poorly something called palmyric acid leeches into the grooves.  That's important because it looks like a normal dirt.  Warm water and soap tends to make it worse.  Water with a small concentration of vinegar will dissolve it.  Windex is pretty close.  Most of it dissolved, Noise reduction removed the majority of the pops but it was still rough.  The pops were places where the cellulose was actually cracked.