Friday, April 28, 2023

Wolfman Jack 1976


You need some Wolf.  Here are some summer 1976 memories.  Time to howl!

Mary Helen Barro 1983



Time for a helping of Latin Music from Mary Helen Barro.  Mary Helen was a DJ and an actress, appearing in American Gigolo and Marcus Welby MD.

Joe Ferguson 1983


I still say it was one of the nicest things the network ever did.  For a while starting in 1983 AFRTS had jocks from all over the country do a series of shows and be the Voice of Home.  One of the first was Joe Ferguson in Portland OR.  Joe sent us copies of all of the shows.  Thank you my friend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Jimmy Wakely 1969


Jimmy Wakely was one of the last singing cowboys.  Singer, film star, songwriter and record company owner.  In films he was in Roy Rogers and Gene Autry films.  Working with Gene Autry eventually led to long-term performances on Melody Ranch.  In later years Jimmy performed on the Grand Old Opry and did a tour for the troops with Bob Hope.  We lost Jimmy to emphysema in 1982 

In 1969 Jimmy played your country favorites worldwide.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Roland Bynum 1981


Roland with daughter and son

Here's some truly good Bynum.  

Gene Price 1975

Gene Price mailed me an autographed promo picture (displayed). It means a lot to me. Gene did a similar show to his AFRTS program for army recruiting through Roger Carroll's company. ...

Gene started a lot of our days at zero dark thirty, with Leonard Finsterwall and the crew. 

Gene Price - 1975

More Gene Price

Pete Smith 1971


Pete Smith took up the tradition of easy listening after John Doremus.  He was another Los Angeles legend.  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."

Sunday, April 23, 2023

JIm Hawthorne Comedy Theatre


Jim Hawthorne was a genius.  He was doing freeform radio in the 1940s.  "The Hawthorne Thing" was the final NBC radio show to originate on the west coast.  He did short films, records, television. 

He did many shows for AFRTS.  I can't date this one, but it looks to be from the late 60s or early 70s.  The Comedy Theatre sounds a bit like the comedy show that Jack Carney and Dick Cavett did in the 1980s..

The Hawthorne Thing was a series of 5 minute fillers

Charlie Tuna 1984


Here's part of Charlie's biography from :

Charlie Tuna has worked as morning drive personality for more stations and formats than anyone in Los Angeles radio history: Top 40, AC, Hot AC, Oldies, Talk, Sports Talk, Country.

In 1990, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Charlie with his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, January 10, 1990. Charlie was the first KHJ Boss Jock to receive a Star on the Walk of Fame, and was inducted in 2008 into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was inducted into his home state Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
In 1997, Los Angeles Radio People readers voted Charlie one of the Top 10 L.A. Radio Personalities of All Time, and in 2007, Charlie was once again elected by his broadcast peers as one of the Top 10 Los Angeles Radio Personalities. Among his L.A. Radio credits are: Being part of the legendary KHJ Boss Jock line-up; starting KROQ radio; starting KIIS and serving as both Program Director and Morning Man for KIIS AM & FM.
Tuna was heard around the world daily on the Armed Forces Radio Network for a 25 year – 6000 show run from 1971 to 1996, as well as on numerous nationally syndicated radio shows, since the early 70’s. 

Friday, April 21, 2023

Chris Noel


Video of Chris cutting a Date With Chris

Thursday, April 20, 2023

BIll Stewart 1969


Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Leonard Feather

Bill Stewart swung.  He played a lot of the best of jazz.  AFRTS had a lot of famous guests on the radio shows.  Leonard Feather had a unique role in the history of jazz, responsible for a lot of legendary recordings.  By the 1950s he was documenting the "Encyclopedia of Jazz" with a lot of first hand knowledge and friendships.  In 1969 volume two had come out and Leonard made an appearance on the Bill Stewart show..

Love 1971 - Tony Pigg


Back to early AOR.  In 1971 it was being done by a handful of stations, usually bigger markets, usually the first time the station made any money.  Tony Pigg was in that first group that made it happen.  Tony brought "Love" to AFRTS.

Mary Helen Barro 1980


  Let's remember the beaches, con salsa with Mary Helen Barro.

Kris Erik Stevens 1980


Kris Erik was with the network for a long time and always did a great show. 

He's still involved in a lot of great things.  Visit Kris at

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Joe Allison 1968


Joe Allison was a Nashville songwriter and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame who's credits included "He'll Have To Go" ,"Live Fast Love Hard and Die Young" and many others.  His songs were recorded by Elvis, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and The Limeliters. He died in 2002 aged 77 from lung disease.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Captain Madrac AFTN 1973

 Before they made him use his real name, Ralph Gebes was Captain Madrack on AFTN Odapau, Thailand.  

There's a really great website with AFTN memories click here.

Jim Pewter 1980


Jim with Chris Noel and Gypsy Boots. Photo: Jim Pewter

I hope you're having a great weekend!  Jim Pewter brings the memories in this 1980 broadcast. We went to different high schools together. Don't bunch up!

Sports Interviews 1942


Sports has always been a huge draw, but in the beginning we had no way of reliably broadcasting it live, eventually via shortwave and then landlines.  So there were a lot of interviews.  In 1942 Joe Hassel spoke with runner Greg Rice.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Chiquita 1955


Starting in 1945 Chiquita Juarez  started her show for our Spanish speaking troops.  I wish I had more information on Sre Juarez.  She showed up on at least one Duffy's Tavern and had smaller parts in several movies.  For AFRS, she was Chiquita...

Joe Ferguson 1983


Time for another visit with Joe Ferguson. In a very cool move the network got jocks from all over the country to records a series of shows. Joe Ferguson was working at KUPL in Portland and brought the hits.  It's a Friday in 1983...

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Roland Bynum 1981

 Time for some good bynum.  Roland Bynum.  It's a Monday in 1981

Gene Price 1974


I was pretty excited to get a bunch of Gene Price Army recruiting shows that I hadn't heard before. I'll give them a good home. Gene had a two and a half decade run on the network. Roger Carroll worked out a deal to make these Sunday morning recruiting shows. Let's go back to the Summer of 1974 and Watermark studios.

Pete Smith 1975


When I was in at the stations the Easy Listening shows felt painful. As I "mature" I can understand the genius behind them.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Gary Owens 1967


Gary Owens always made silly radio fun.  The executive in charge of comedy at Golden West, really.. Remember his radio announcer test "Can you say six silly words without laughing...and MEAN them?"  Thanks Gary.

Charlie Tuna 1985


In 1985 we stayed Tuna'd with Charlie

Monday, April 3, 2023

Chris Noel 1969


Chris Noel made difficult times better.  On A Date With Chris she reached out to Vietnam era  troops all over the world.  We have most of the shows (Thank you Chris!!) They're a joy.

WGBY Guantanamo Bay Cuba 1966 Bill Stiles


The picture is Miguel Fernandez at WGBY, the AFRTS station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Today we hear Bill Stiles, with "something for the ladies."  1966.  Bill's guest is Dorothy Lamour.  Jeremy found the tape:

"Those tapes came so close to getting lost forever. Dorothy Lamour is definitely "old Hollywood" I like her observations about people in Hollywood going out and spending money to seem rich." I totally agree.  Great radio and thanks for sharing! 

She would be totally lost in today's Hollywood scene.