Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Don Tracy 1980


Young Don Tracy at WTIC, Hartford

It's a Friday with Don Tracy.  The party starts now...

Wolfman Jack 1973


Summer in the city.  The summer of 1973...

Wolfman's back with more information about the Air Force .  I remember these from when I was a kid....

Monday, January 30, 2023

Roland Bynum 1983


Call from the  Creators Workshop!  Roland Bynum is back with some great tunes.    He is on the air at KJLH in Los Angeles.  Visit their website Saturday morning is streaming live with Soulin with Roland...

On AFRTS he made magic.

Gene Price 1973


Gene Price has your country favorites in this 1973 memory.  The world needs more silliness.  Thanks Gene!

Sunday, January 29, 2023

GI Jive 1943


This is fun, Beverly Jean (Ruth) from Reveille for Beverly hosting GI Jive..

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Gary Owens 1969


Gary's back with more of his patented brand of silliness.  KMPC, the voice of Space Ghost, Laugh-In.  Somehow it ties together but always great.

In 1969, heard worldwide on AFRTS

Charlie Tuna 1975


Charlie Tuna comin' back at you for another 55 minutes in the radio. A Monday visit with Charlie with super music and Dickie Goodman!


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Chris Noel 1969


Chris Noel is back, with your "Date With Chris".  Check Chris's Facebook page click here and say "hi"

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

AFVN News, 1973 with Robert Morecook and Gerry Elliott

AFVN News!  I worked with Gerry in Panama.  I had heard he ended up at Fort Lewis.  Any idea after that?

Herman Griffith 1968


Sure was some great music.  Herman Griffith came to us from KGFJ.  A while back I found out what the deal was where he's not "hitting the posts", when AFRTS upgraded their studios there wasn't a proper headphone output.  Herman would have been more dependent on a headphone output that most. Love the energy and the music.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Kris Erik Stevens 1983


Kris Erik Stevens made a lot of great radio, taking Chicago then Los Angeles by storm.  Over the last few years, Kris has been the voice of the pre-show music at the theatre.  Here's part of 1983 with Kris Erik:

Wow Thomas........
Hearing my radio show performed years ago was
quite a wakeup call on my Sunday morning ----- 
Takes me back in time..... 
Thanks for sharing memories of my AFRTS radio days.
Kris Erik Stevens

Mary Turner 1985


And we were proud to have her.  Mary started her show with us in 1982.

From her official biography:
From the mid ‘70s to the early ‘90s, Mary Turner was the most popular female air personality on contemporary music radio. She was the highest-rated disc jockey on L.A.’s legendary KMET, the host of “Off The Record,” Westwood One’s nationally syndicated interview show, which aired on more than 300 stations weekly, and the host of the “Mary Turner Show” on Armed Forces Radio. After leaving radio in 1994, Dr. Pattiz attended UCLA where she became a certified drug and alcohol counselor and began working in the field of substance abuse. She received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California Graduate Institute—now affiliated with The Chicago School—in 2008. Today she continues to be active in the field as a counselor and group leader and serves on the boards of DARE, the Musicians Assistance Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s COACH for Kids, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares, the Betty Ford Center, and the Betty Ford Institute. Dr. Pattiz was married to the late Norman Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One Companies, and lives in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.

Charlie Williams 1971


Charlie picked up the Country Corner after Joe Allison. Charlie was another songwriter/DJ came from KFOX, 1960-72, where he did afternoon drive. Charlie moved to Nashville and built a home on a lake. He managed Bobby Bare and hosted a talk show on WSIX. Charlie passed away in 1995.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Jubilee 1945

 I've never heard one of these without wonderful music. 

The first tune is, "Blowing The Blues Away." The All-American Quintet consists of Les Paul, Sid Cattlet, Vic Dickenson, Willie Smith, and Eddie Heywood (obviously a great group). Archie, Eddie the waiter and Clifton Finnegan visit from "Duffy's Tavern." The program was previously released as program #119. Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra, The All-American Quintet, Lena Horne, Ed Gardner, Charlie Cantor, Eddie Green, Les Paul, Vic Dickenson, Willie Smith (alto), Eddie Heywood (piano), Sid Catlett (drums), Ernest Whitman (m. c.), Verne Smith (announcer).

Jim Pewter 1968


Jim knows his stuff.  We went to different high schools together...

Saturday, January 21, 2023

AFKN Tony Booth 1969


Booth, has been galvanizing radio listeners since before the Beatles invaded America. "The Southern Gentleman" was spinning discs for troops in Korea and was a major voice in the Top-40 format; once the announcer for the Texas Rangers baseball team, Starting out in broadcasting at the tender, voice-changing age of 13.  In 1962, TONY BOOTH started to work as a DJ at KFTV RADIO in Paris, Texas. By '65, he was Music Director of the station besides his afternoon drive shift.  After that a run at some really great stations..

But now, it's Yongsan and Tony Booth:

Tom Campbell 1971


The music was great and so was Tom Campbell.  Tom was one of the greatest one on one voices and through that was very successful being the voice of several great sponsors.   Tom's still around, and taking your calls...

Roger Carroll 1972


Roger Carroll and Hal Oiler at AFRTS

Starts a little silly and its wonderful.  Roger Carroll and a Thursday show on AFRTS.  Roger was an amazing talent.  We did an internet station together a few years ago.  At almost 90, still smart as a whip.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Wolfman Jack 1972


Your weekend howls with Wolfman Jack.  

In 1972 the Air Force had Wolf magic...  I remember these, making the military much cooler.

Roland Bynum 1978


Roland Bynum now, with daughter April

Are you ready for the weekend?  Here's Roland with a Friday party from 1978

Gene Price 1980


Gene Price is back, Leonard is ready to go.  It's 1983 and great!

Thursday, January 19, 2023


 We had a crazy spam problem with comments a few years ago.  I've turned it back on.  Let's hear from ..you...

Gary Owens 1967


You may find this a bit garish.   From the big 810, here's the insegrevious Gary Owens.


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson is back. Joe was one of the US jocks that AFRTS contracted to really be the Voice of Home.  Joe sent the shows along to share and I for one am very grateful.

Charlie Tuna 1995

Charlie was with us for 25 years, thousands of shows.  Thousands of us at the stations studying how to do that.  In 1995 AFRTS let all of the network jocks go.  The system changed.  From October 1995, here's Charlie Tuna's last show to the world on AFRTS.

Chris Noel 1967

Chris was the girl back home for Vietnam era troops.  In the beginning middle of the road music.  By 1968, she was rocking out.

She still supports the troops, with the Vetsville Ceasefire House.  Support our brothers with a donation.  Buy cool Chris Noel stuff.  Just click here

Let's hear Chris!

Herman Griffith 1967


Herman Griffith leads the records caravan in this 1967 visit.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Chiquita 1949


We tried to serve all soldiers.  Part of that being our native Spanish speaking troops.  Chiquita debuted during WWII and was still going strong in the 1950s.  I'm trying to locate more information about her.  Apparently, she had some small movie roles in the 1940s.

Gracias amiga por todo!

Kris Erik Stevens 1981


Milwaukee born Kris was with us after taking Chicago by storm WCFL, WLS (replaced Art Roberts) and to CKLW and Los Angeles.  Visit his website http://kriserikstevens.com/ In 1981 here's what happened...


Monday, January 16, 2023

Mary Turner 1985


Mary Turner rocks.  But after winning at that, she made the world better as a psychologist and philanthropist.

Clark Taylor AFN 1978


Recently we lost Clark Taylor:

At AFN-SHAPE, I did the morning show for two years and since I was an experienced interviewer, I was tasked to interview most celebrities coming through Paris, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam.  So I met Jerry Lewis the actor in Paris, Abba and Barry Manilow in Holland and Merle Haggard and many others in Rotterdam.  Clark Taylor biography

Jazz Beat 1985


We played a lot of jazz well into the 1980s and spread the music worldwide. In 1986 Laura Lee hosted the Jazz Beat, give a listen:

Gene Price 1974


Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

Gene had quite a run in Los Angeles radio: KDAY, 1966-67; KLAC, 1970-71; KFOX, 1972; KIQQ, 1973-74; KIIS, 1974; KLAC, 1975-84; KIKF, 1985-90; KLAC, 1990-93. In 1972 he signed with AFRTS.  Here's a memory of 1980

Gene Price and Company with your Country Favorites.  Inspired silliness.

Jim Pewter 1976


 Jim shared this 1969 picture with Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. 
Picture was taken at AFRTS and is copyrighted Playground Productions. 
Used with permission.

I'm thinking SUMMERTIME, cue the Jaymies, Billy Stewart or Eddie Cochran. Jim Pewter knew these things. Every day an encylopedia of the music. I learned a lot.

Blog update

 Many of you have been following the adventure of 4Shared.  Let's just go with there were a lot of problems.

Timmy (Radio's best friend), found me a much better host.  It's more pricey, but so far seems worth it. 

Please consider throwing a few bucks at the donate link.

We're back!

Charlie Tuna 1987


Somewhere on planet earth it was morning and Charlie Tuna was doing a morning show all day long, somewhere.  That's pretty awesome and it's something we probably won't see again.  In 1987 here's what it sounded  like:

Meet the Press 1967


In the 1960s we didn't have reliable network connections.  Sometimes shortwave.  Sometime the talk shows would be on transcription.  On this Meet The Press, it's Senator WIlliam Proxmire.