Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Gary Owens 1969

  


Gary Owens does silly things...

Sports Forum 1952

 



Fred Hessler was with an AFRS station during WWII.  After the war did a lot of sports in Los Angeles, eventually ending up the voice of UCLA football.  Here's an early 50s interview show.  


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

AFVN Tet Offensive - January 30, 1968

 The Tet Offensive was launched on January 30, 1968 by the North Vietnamese forces against the forces of South Vietnam, the United States and their allies. The purpose of the offensive was to utilize the element of surprise and strike military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam, during a period when no attacks were supposed to take place.

Six men assigned to AFVN were taken prisoner during the Vietnam war, five  spending about five years in captivity before being released. The sixth, Steven Stroub,  was executed shortly after capture. Three AFVN’ers were killed, others taken as prisoners, to spend the rest of the Vietnam war as captives.  Today, only one of those men, SFC Harry Ettmuller (USA, Ret) remains alive to recall those days.  Today is also a day to honor all those men and the memory of their sacrifice. -- following a fierce fire fight during the Tet holiday -- on Feb 5, 1968. 


Two other men also died that day at AFVN. SGT Thomas Franklin Young, USMC was Killed in Action in that fight. Also killed that day was Courtney Niles, a civilian with NBC International, who died defending the station. One AFVN'er escaped.

Duke Miller made the following memo available.  It had been posted on the bulletin board at AFVN.



AFVN Tet Offensive memo 1968

SFC Harry Ettmueller (Ret.) describes the fighting at AFVN Detachment 5 [Hue] Tet 1968


Friday, May 26, 2023

Charlie Tuna 1980

 


In Korea we had a wall of 8x10s of the AFRTS-LA talent, sort of a reminder.  Vicente was recording the Torrejon AFB station and saved the tapes.  Here's a 1980 look at Charlie Tuna "coming back at ya for another hour in the radio."



Chris Noel 1970

 

 
By 1970 the music was rocking and Chris Noel made it happen.  You have a "Date With Chris"
 


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Herman Griffith 1965

  


"Hello Gang!  Here's Herman Griffith with exitement in sound and music in motion!! The rock AND the roll for the young and the old, the brave and the bold on the Record Caravan!!!! "

Don Browne shares some memories:

"When I first heard "The Herman Griffith Show" on AFRTS (at FEN in 1969), I was appalled.


He was "stepping on" the starting vocal (later called "the post") of every song, "talking over" the entire lyric of many songs, and worst of all, mispronouncing AFRTS. Griffith called it "Aye-Eff-Argh-ugh-Tee-Ess!

He was definitely relegated to the "vampire squad" (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.) on FEN!

It was two years later that I discovered what caused "the Herman Griffith syndrome".

I visited AFRTS-LA and took a closer look at their so-called "broadcast studios".

They had been designed as "recording studios" by a contractor who was told that "they were making records" at AFRTS-LA.
A true enough statement. But not making records like for orchestras and singers, with separate channels each with EQ, separate tape-recorder playback of selectable sources designed for multi-track, and combination of audio sources "down-stream" for multi-track. They initially didn't have "mute" when a microphone was "live" because "recording studios" didn't "mute" mikes.

A typical "recording studio", not for broadcasting purposes.

The multi-channel audio control consoles were manufactured by "Unidyne" for four studios at 1016 North McCadden Place in 1965.

When Herman Griffith recorded his show, he heard the music on playback from the tape recorder, two-seconds after the "live" recorder input. Playback was for confidence-only, to ensure that a recording was being made. Herman's voice was combined "down-stream", so Herman in natural radio procedure "cupped-his-ear" to hear his "live" voice.

Therefore, in real time, Herman stepped on every starting vocal.

The radio producers weren't experienced in the R&B format and thought this was normal.
The "Unidynes" were eventually replaced with "broadcast" consoles."

 This would have been the place to rock.  Roland Bynum said that Herman introduced him to the AFRTS gig.



Monday, May 22, 2023

Joe Allison 1965

 


Joe Allison is back, starting a new week with a Monday show from 1965.  Take your shoes (boots?) off and get ready for the Country Corner!



Saturday, May 20, 2023

Jim Pewter 1967

  


Jim Pewter was the music, his love of great songs shines through. I always waited for the songs that I forgot to remember.

Thank you Deviny James...



Jim Pewter - 1967





Friday, May 19, 2023

Tom Campbell 1973

  


Welcome back Tom Campbell, after Tom Campbell dominated San Francisco Radio he came to Los Angeles, jocked, found a bunch of voiceover work and was doing his show for AFRTS..

Tom Campbell - 1973

More Tom Campbell

Roger Carroll 1974


Roger with Petula Clark and Johnny Magnus.

 Roger Carroll had come up with a great idea.  The services had been doing recruiting radio shows since WWII.  The majority of them not as slick as they could be.  Roger assembled some top talent.




Thursday, May 18, 2023

Wolfman Jack 1974

 


It howls!  Been quite a winter so far.  Play this really loud. It's late 1974 and the Wolf Rocks!!  



Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Early AFN part one

 


In the hustle and bustle of getting something on the air, sometimes it's hard to realize how we touched our listeners.

Karoline gives a perspective:

I was born in 1947 in Berlin, Germany and from the fifth year in school we learned English. And from that year on it was not far away to AFN.
Me, my brother and our friends liked the fresh and cool presentation and of course the music, from the rock 'n roll to the beat period.

I remember especially our ultimate DJ Army Sergeant George Hudak. He made the afternoon show "Frolic at Five" very very well. Later on in the mid sixties Jan Wood made the show, also very well.

We also heard the country-and western music show "Stickbuddy Jamboree" with Bob Burns, that aired from AFN-Kaiserslautern and later from AFN-Stuttgart. I also remember the Saturday afternoon show "Weekend World" from Frankfurt, the "Fitch Bandwagon" and the Music-Show in the evening "Sounds of the Sixties" and "Music in the Air".



Joe Ferguson 1983

 

 
I ran these shows on SCN.  The network had jocks all over the country record shows. It was the nicest surprise a few years ago when Joe found a box of them and asked if we would would like to hear them.  That was an easy question.  Thank you Joe!
 
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Johnny Bond 1961

 


Johnny Bond was a star on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and sung with fellow AFRTS host Jimmy Wakely (and Scotty Harrell) as the Jimmy Wakely trio.  1965 brought Johnny his biggest hit record "Ten Little Bottles" which still gets me to laugh.  Pull out the gramophone Johnny...



Roland Bynum 1973

 


1973 was an amazing year for Soul music.  Was the music great or did Roland make it that much better?  I think it was a bit of both.  We just received several "Soul In Motion", the Air Force recruiting show Roland did for Roger Carroll's company.  These are great listening:


Click that link and hear some Good Bynum...


Monday, May 15, 2023

Gene Price 1980

 

Gene Price with another show of magic. Gene was one of the first to say okay when I asked if we could share these memories.  
He was a great guy...


Gene Price 1980

More Gene Price

Pete Smith 1969

  




Pete Smith has your favorite easy listening music and cool stories...


Benny Brown AFN 1995




 Benny is still wowing the continent after over 15 years.  It started at AFN.  Here's another hour of the weekend show from the network..




Benny Brown remained until 15 July 2015 the “last man standing” from 2-0-8, the fabled English Service of Radio Luxembourg, with his Benny Brown Show that captivated RTL Radio L√ętzebuerg listeners. Now he presents Time Out on Radio 100,7.



Friday, May 12, 2023

Charlie Tuna 1987

 

Charlie Tuna now

70s, 80s and 90s that's a lot of shows.  Charlie started our days in 1971 and continued until 1996.  All that time waking Southern California, doing voiceover, TV and film.  Busy guy.




RIP Mary Turner

 Mary Turner has died May 9, 2023 . Turner was one of the top personalities at the iconic album rock powerhouse KMET, Los Angeles.  AFRTS was proud to have her on the team for many years.

imMary did a daily show and the Westwood One syndicated series “Off The Record With Mary Turner” in which she presented interviews with and personality profiles of some of the biggest musical stars of the day. Turner and Westwood One's Norm Pattiz were married in the early 80s and the two shared what friends described as a happy relationship until his death this past December at 79 due to throat cancer. She became a UCLA-certified drug and alcohol counselor and received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She went on to be appointed chairwoman of the Betty Ford Center.  as a pioneer in album rock radio and an iconic role model for women in the industry. Further details not available at this time.

Monday, May 8, 2023

Chris Noel 1967

 

 
Chris Noel is back with a 1967 visit.  It's a Date With Chris.
 
 

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

Mary Turner 1992

  



It was a scandal.  In the early 80s when the network started the Mary Turner show.  Loud Rock and Roll.  What will the generals say?  We'll find out.  Mary brought her KMET show to the world and it was a very good thing.



Saturday, May 6, 2023

Harry Newman 1982

 





Today we bring to Archive AFTRS another golden piece of radio history. It´s a Harry Newman aircheck from the American base radio in Torrej√≥n de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain, in 1982.

Emmylou  Harris is a country music legend and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. By that time, 1982, Harry Newman was one of the best dj´s of country music along with Gene Price. And both of them worked for the American Forces Radio. On its program he played the best country music  and interviewed the best country music acts like Emmylou Harris or Crystal Gayle. He knew his country music.




Friday, May 5, 2023

Jim Pewter 1980

 


Jim Pewter brings the memories in this 1980 broadcast. We went to different high schools together.
Don't bunch up!





Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Melody Roundup - Hollywood Barndance

 


Andy Parker and the Plainsmen

Melody Roundup was a catch-all.  Stations all over the country would send recordings of their local "hillbilly" shows, they'd be repackaged into a 15 minute program.


The "Hollywood Barn Dance" was KNX, Los Angeles version of the Opry..




Tom Campbell 1971

  

Thank you Gunnar!

Tom Campbell had just started doing the show for AFRTS.  He was still rocking along in the 1980s:




Roger Carroll 1981

 


Roger and Beverly, a team for almost six decades.