Thursday, March 30, 2023

Bill Stewart 1969


Bill Stewart swung and swung hard.  Record producer, DJ.  A great talent. AFRTS had Bill in the 1960s and 70s.

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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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. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Johnny Bond 1961

 From when they called it "folk music" here's a 1961 visit with Johnny Bond

 He got his first break working for Jimmy Wakely in the late 1930s and went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940. He also acted on occasion in films including Wilson and Duel in the Sun; and was later a regular on the 1950s Los Angeles country music television series Town Hall Party.
He is best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at age 50 he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at No. 2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).
He died of a stroke in 1978, at the age of 63. Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (wikipedia).

Don Tracy 1980


Don Tracy now

The weekend is always almost here!!  On a Friday in 1980 it began like this...

Paul A. Bottoms AFVN 1969


Paul enlisted in 1967, leaving his job at KEWI radio. A year later he was in Vietnam, where he stayed for two tours from July 1968 to June 1970. By volunteering for a second consecutive tour, Paul was able to cut five months off his service obligation.
He spent the first month at Chu Lai working in the information office, before being selected to visit the Saigon station in preparation for bringing television to AFVN's Detachment 7. Although on TDY, he did not leave Saigon again. He was assigned a six-hour night shift, including hosting the "Orient Express" show, which ran from 0100 to 0400 hours. Later, he did the "Dawnbuster" show, but with a pre-recorded version of the elongated "Good Morning, Vietnam" sign-on. For a time he was designated "Chief Announcer." He remained on TDY status for the entire two years, which meant that he had to return to Chu Lai for outprocessing when he rotated back home in June 1970.  (Biography from, be sure to visit).

Monday, March 27, 2023

Jazz Festival 1967


This must have been quite the gig, Jazz Festival was an AFRTS production.  It was hosted by Marine Sgt Dan Doherty.  Would you have more information about him?

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Jim Pewter 1988


(Clip of the Skyliners on American Bandstand)
Jim Pewter is back with another program of songs from the malt shop.
Always a surprise, always great.

Tom Campbell 1980


Tom is still around.  Great guy who helped a lot with the Best Sounds stream.  And now from Torrejon..

Roger Carroll 1981


Thanks again Roger for sharing your shows with us.  There is some great listening.  Roger's history with AFRTS started with the Korean War.  Because he was an ABC staff announcer, he was assigned to AFRTS.  It was the start of decades of RC.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

The Return of My Best Sounds

 It's back and you can listen to your friends throughout the day.  It's a different host so it looks a little different.  Thanks for listening!


Friday, March 24, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Roland Bynum 1981


We're in the Creator's Workshop on a Wednesday in 1981 and Roland is making it a "good Bynum"

Gene Price 1974


Gene, Charlie and Jim
It's been a privilege to stay in touch with all three.  Here's Gene Price with your 1974 country favorites:

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.

Gary Owens 1969


This is a much better transfer of something that was presented a while back.  I was sent a bunch of disks that weren't stored in sleeves and were in pretty rough shape. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Charlie Tuna 1972


Charlie had an amazing 25 year run with us.  He was telling me years later tourists from countries around the world would be amazed to meet him because of that AFRTS work.  Amazing talent woke the world.

Chris Noel 1968


Chris Noel makes a Monday in 1968 a whole lot better.  You have a Date With Chris!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Herman Griffith 1972


Herman Griffith with Jim Pewter and Roger Carroll

Hey, brave and the bold! He sure rocked. Here's more of the KGFJ vet. Herman's story is here.

Herman Griffith - 1972

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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

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Mary Turner 1984


Time for another visit with Ft McCadden's Mary Turner.  Mary really did rock the world.  KMET, AFRTS, Off the Record.  Classy and always done well.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Joe Allison 1963


Joe Allison with his gold record
for writing "He'll Have To Go"

Time for another visit with Joe Allison.  Joe and the Corner started in the early 60s and continues through the decade.  Here goes:

Mostly Dixie 1955

 In the 1950s, there was a musical "Dixieland revival".  The purists really hated the term but America celebrated the hot jazz of 30 years prior.  Many of the biggest stars were still around.  Don McCall had this show, apparently run on several west coast stations and AFRTS.

It's sweet to beat your feet...

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Thom Whetston Frank Sinatra 2018


In 2018 I was doing Roger Carroll's streaming station.  Roger really wanted a variety of programs, we tried a lot of thinks on Saturday afternoons.  The one that really got a response was this one. Roger loved it, since he was an announcer on several Sintra TV shows I was grateful So allow me an indulgence.  Good times.

Jim Pewter 1967


So many great songs.  Jim's show was a master class in rock and roll.

Rebel Randall 1952


Rebel Randall (l) with Shemp

Rebel was in several Three Stooges shorts.

Arabian Nights (1942), Booby Dupes (1945), Where The Pest Begins (1945) Society Mugs (1946).
By 1951 she was doing Jukebox USA for our Korean War era troops on AFRS.

Roger Carroll 1961


This is a fun one, My old friend  Roger is swinging up a storm, Life Of Helen Trump.  Couldn't ask for more.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Wolfman Jack 1975


The weekend starts any time you have Wolfman Jack.  Once again I'd like to thank Hans Knot for making this available.  

Vance Graham 1973


KMPCs Vance Graham sees Amelia Earhart off.

Latino! A special program, presented five times a week. With Victor, at your service.

"Victor" was Vance Graham.  An announcer who's career went back to WWII when he was doing news at KMPC.  Later he worked at KFI.  Prior to Latino, Vance did the "Bolero Time" program for AFRTS.  "Vance Graham Bolero Show"  was a daily feature at KTYM Los Angeles in the 1950s.

We ran TWO Latin shows at the same time? I didn't know this. The other show was Viva!

Thursday, March 16, 2023

SEN Pledge drive promos - Joe Ferguson 1969


Joe Ferguson sent this over a long time ago.  Joe had a history with us.  AFN, SEN (later changed to SEB and Losa Angeles, Portland and I'm sure more.

But, save those dollars!  The SEN Pledge Drive is coming up!

SEN Pledge Drive 1969

More Joe Ferguson

Johnny Grant - Small World 1967


Somehow I've never gotten around to Johnny Grant.  "The Mayor of Hollywood" hosted many shows for the network during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He made 15 trips to Korea and 14 to Vietnam.

He was another KMPC guy and made some great radio.  In 1967 Johnny hosted Small World.  That program had been around for years as sort of a clone of NBCs Monitor.  Johnny added a lot of personality.  We lost Mr. Grant in 2008.

On this broadcast, a report from Vietnam.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Roland Bynum 1979


Roland brings it old school. 

Gene Price 1974


Gene Price starts our week with some 1974 fun for Todays Army..

Pete Smith 1976


When I was in the field, the easy listening shows felt painful. As I "mature" I can understand the genius behind them. Thanks for asking, Chris!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Gary Owens 1969


From the "familiar love theme" to the ongoing silliness.  Gary did some wonderful radio. Gery's last big job was the announcer on AntennaTV.  On this show Gary has some guest to talk about old movies. He'll be missed.

Charlie Tuna 1984


Charlie gets his star!

Memories of 1984, Charlie starts your day and talks with a guy with a new trivia game.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Chris Noel 1970


Chris was the voice of home, but she had quite a career on screen. Here are some of Chris's credits:
B.L. Stryker (TV Series) 
Mrs. Tevander
- Blues for Buder (1989) ... Mrs. Tevander
 1986 Sin of Innocence (TV Movie) 
 1985 Cease Fire 
 1981 CHiPs (TV Series) 
 1980 Detour to Terror (TV Movie) 
 1980 Wild Times (TV Mini-Series) 
 1971 The Tormentors 
 1968 For Singles Only 
 1967 The Glory Stompers 
 1966 Occasional Wife (TV Series) 
 1966 Marilyn (TV series)

In 1970 troops around the world had an important Date With Chris:

Herman Griffith 1967


Jim Pewter, Herman Griffith and Roger Carroll

Herman brought rock and soul to the troops.  These are great!

Herman Griffith 1967

More Herman Griffith

Thursday, March 9, 2023

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? .

Kris Erik Stevens - 1978

More Kris Erik Stevens

Mary Turner 1986


Mary Turner brought the rock in the 1980s and 90s.  She had the daily show and "Off The Record".  The music was great and she really had a way with an interview.  She always treasured her time as one of the AFRTS-LA talent.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

AFVN - The GIs Companion


Mike Pitts and "Peaches"

For the 3.4 million Americans who served in Vietnam and the surrounding theater during the war, AFVN (American Forces Vietnam Network) was the soundtrack of their lives while in Southeast Asia. AFVN disc jockeys, newsmen, sportscasters and special program hosts brought the sound of home to Vietnam. American servicemen, servicewomen, civilians and even South Vietnamese citizens regularly listened to AFVN for music, news, entertainment and other important information. AFVN was heard everywhere: on bases, aboard ships, in cockpits, and in the fields of battle. AFVN was with our troops on demand 24 hours a day throughout Vietnam and several other countries in the region. Wherever Americans were, AFVN accompanied them.

Hundreds of military personnel and civilians diligently served with AFVN on the air and behind the scenes to make it such an important and positive element of the Vietnam experience. It is the radio network where Adrian Cronauer signed on with "Gooooooood Morning, Vietnam" (which was the basis for the film "Good Morning, Vietnam" starring Robin Williams). Standout, Pat Sajak (of "Wheel of Fortune" fame) also served at AFVN-Saigon in 1968 and 1969. In April 1975, AFVN in Saigon famously played Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" as a signal for the remaining Americans that the final evacuation of Saigon had begun. The importance of the AFVN radio stations cannot be overstated. The purpose of this tribute broadcast is to honor our Vietnam veterans and the role AFVN played in providing Americans a sense of home back in the States.
Marine Corporal Harry Simons (later Sergeant Harry Simons), using the on-air call sign "Your Brother", was stationed at both AFVN-Saigon and AFVN-Danang from 1967 - 1969. Mr. Simons, a life-long broadcaster, recently provided WEBY with many hours of original studio master tape recordings of his "Boss Radio" style rock and roll music programs. These programs that aired nearly 50 years ago have been provided for the purpose of sharing these historical broadcasts with his fellow veterans.
WEBY is compiling these time-capsule recordings into a special week-long commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and to honor our Vietnam veterans. It will air during the 2015 Veterans Day season. Authentic AFVN program recordings of Pat Sajak, Scott Manning, Joe Rowland, Allan Moore, and other radio personalities will also be featured.

Chris Noel, famed Hollywood actress, has joined our tribute broadcast allowing us to include her #1 rated Los Angeles-produced radio program through AFRTS that aired on AFVN. Chris often traveled to Vietnam under the USO umbrella to entertain the troops in areas considered too dangerous for the Bob Hope Show. A published author, Chris Noel speaks to her Vietnam experience in her best seller “Vietnam and Me”. In 1993, Chris Noel founded Vetsville Cease Fire House, a non-profit charity based in Boynton Beach, Florida. Its mission is dedicated to providing food, shelter and care for indigent military veterans. That mission continues today. 

Exclusive interviews with “Donut Dollies” serving with the Red Cross in Vietnam bring to this broadcast a unique and mostly untold story of these brave young women who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the purpose of lifting the morale of American combat soldiers. These frontline civilians, The Donut

Dollies, also charmed the airwaves of the American Forces Vietnam Network with their own radio program which dedicated songs to wounded GIs they had visited in hospitals around the country.

Chickenman (Dick Orkin) has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Dick is the creator of the extraordinarily popular syndicated radio program “Chickenman.” He has contributed an interview and original episodes that will play a prominent role in the total AFVN broadcast experience. Chickenman was provided to AFVN by Mr. Orkin and aired from the AFVN Network flagship station in Saigon. It was heard throughout Vietnam. Chickenman is credited for maintaining sanity for many GIs.

WEBY will take Vietnam veterans and all listeners back in time as we broadcast the original AFVN programs. Combat correspondents’ interviews with ser vicemen are included. Interviews with veterans of the Vietnam War that have interesting stories about their service and AFVN Radio are included as well. Adding background and color to the broadcast, many of the program hosts (DJs) who proudly served in those very difficult circumstances have been interviewed to share their memories and experiences. Interviews with Mr. Simons will be interspersed throughout the broadcast as he shares the inside story of AFVN.

Americans in Vietnam were kept informed of the news at the top of every hour by dedicated military journalists who compiled newscasts from major American networks, wire services, and military sources. Of particular nostalgic interest as this documentary goes back in time are the AFVN newscasts which report in present tense such topics as former Vice-President Richard Nixon’s campaign for the presidency against Hubert Humphrey, airline hijackings to Cuba (on now defunct Eastern Airlines and National Airlines), the upcoming Apollo missions to the Moon, negotiations between the United Kingdom and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) concerning independence from colonial rule, and many more interesting stories.

The AFVN sports reports give football results for the Los Angeles Rams (now the St. Louis Rams), the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), and the Baltimore Colts (now the Indianapolis Colts) . Major League Baseball coverage refers to the Washington Senators (now the Texas Rangers) and Mickey Mantle's announcement that he would retire from the New York Yankees. The broadcast features coverage of Arnold Palmer and Gary Player at the two-man team match play at the 1968 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship at Wentworth near London (now the Volvo World Match Play Championship). Additional sports reports cover the upcoming 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Don Tracy 1980


Don Tracy has some music to start the weekend.  It's a Thursday show from 1980 but the concept works...  

Jim Pewter 1980


Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim

More memories with Jim.  In 1980 I was at SCN in Panama and would hear the way that he'd craft a show.  Always something that I hadn't heard before...that was good.  Then it was off to the library.  At SCN the 'old library' was typed onto large index cards, with a huge machine that had them sorted.  Do you have a picture of it?  Apparently in the mid 80s it finally gave up.

It's 1980, today Jim tells you "What was Beethoven's favorite fruit?"

Sunday, March 5, 2023

O Henry Playhouse 1965


By the 1960s not very much was being produced in radio drama, comedy or mystery.  But it was being produced in England, Australia and South Africa.  Many places didn't have television yet.  AFRTS made it available.

The O Henry Playhouse was an Australian production from the Grace Gibson company.  She was an American ex-pat that moved there in the 1930s and made Australian radio.

Tom Campbell 1980


Tom was another guy who worked Minneapolis.  He was Paul Bunyan at WDGY before getting to the coast and killin' it in San Francisco.

Great phone number...

So, from Torrejon...

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Roger Carroll 1974


Roger Carroll and Hal Oiler at AFRTS

Time for the best sounds in town.  Here's Roger with a 1987 visit

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....

Friday, March 3, 2023

Vance Graham - Bolero Time 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.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Roland Bynum 1981


Roland Bynum with the late Don Cornelius

The music was so good.  Here's Roland Bynum cutting loose for the weekend.  He was that good and brings the future to America through teaching.