Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Chris Noel 1967


Chris Noel did the shows, then toured and brought a Date With Chris worldwide.  This is from the very first week of shows.  Thanks again Chris!

AFRTS 1977


In November 1977 I was rocking AFKN TDC and we were running these same shows from AFRTS-LA.  Bruce Phillip Miller has a "Coffee Break", Roger Carroll with a Word or Two, Roland Bynum and Kris Erik Stevens.

Larry Scott Gold Country 1972


Larry Scott celebrates the history of country music on "Gold Country"

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Thanks Comcast

 They changed my IP address...

 For another project I'm working on, I needed to learn "RadioDJ".  Best way to do that was to setup a station and tinker.  This will probably be temporary, but if you'd like to hear an oldies station with a big playlist from the 1950s through the 1980s...  A normal oldies station can run as few as 200 songs.  That's why they can get fatiguing. Here's 1200 of the greatest.

Just click here

And of course, there's always  My Best Sounds.  

Monday, August 28, 2023

Craig Miller 1975 AFN


Bands have traded on famous names for years, at SCN we had the Platters visit (Hollywood Brown had been with them since 1967 and was the senior).  The Supremes were supposed to have stopped by.  it was the early 80s, the group was some cute kids who probably weren't even born when they had their first hits.

Craig Miller tries to get to the bottom of the "Original Drifters"

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Joe Allison 1968


Joe Allison brought a lot to country music, writing classic country songs in the 1950s and 60s.  In 1946 Tex Ritter recorded Joe's "When You Leave, Don't Slam the Door".  It was a top five hit.  1949 was his arrival in Nashville with shows on both WSM and WSIX.  Later a very successful recording executive. 

We had Joe in the 1960s.  He brought a one-to-one style which wasn't common in country radio at the time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

AFN Lunchbox - Lou Biel 1980


Share your lunch with Lou Biel on AFN!

Roger Carroll 1974

I'm very grateful to Roger.  Decades of service to the troops then donating a lot of his shows so that we remember together.

The military had done recruiting shows with DJs since WWII but Roger had put together a deal with the top LA talent and they sounded great.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Wolfman Jack 1984


He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, DC, on Friday Night, June 30, 1995.

Wolfman Jack was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and was officially known as "Reverend Jack".

Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966 for the (then) 250,000 watt radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas, USA.

He died almost immediately after returning home from a promotional tour for his autobiography, "Have Mercy." He entered his house, hugged his wife, said "Oh, it is so good to be home!" and literally died in his wife's arms.

"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.

Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108)

Roland Bynum 1973


Roland Bynum has the party and the lowdown on opportunities in Today's Air Force! THese were done for Roger Carroll Enterprises and heard all over.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Chuck Cecil 1983


Chuck Cecil has a special Swingin Years.  Today it's airchecks of the bands performing live.

Chuck Cecil had a quarter century run with the music of the 1930s-50s.  That sounds like such a long time ago but then it was the best memories of 30 years ago.  This year Chuck retired.  The Swingin Years had been a feature of Los Angeles radio for six decades...

Joe Ferguson 1983


From Portland, Joe Ferguson brought America to the world.  There was a project where several top jocks recorded shows for AFRTS.  Joe was the first.  Joe sent his shows in to hear once again.  Thanks Joe!

Gene Price 1990


How come these guys never aged?  Here's Gene, almost 20 years into his AFRTS run.  How did they do it?

Friday, August 18, 2023

Suspense 1963


We ran "old time" radio well into the 1980s.  There were places where we didn't have television.  Sometimes it was classic.  Suspense was classic.

This is a 1964 rebroadcast of this show:

Suspense. May 26, 1957.  "The Big Day". Which is the fastest car on Earth? The Stanley Steamer of course! A humorous story about the man who proves it! John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Gary Owens 1967


KMPC and "Laugh-In" star Gary Owens did shows for us in the 1960s.  Prime silliness.

On February 12, 2015 we lost Gary.  He was 80 years old and died at home.

Charlie Tuna 1985

 Memories of 1985 with the Art of Tuna.  Charlie did a quarter century of worldwide wakeup and he made the days brighter.

A 1974 show

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Chris Noel 1971


We're up to 1971 and it's time for your Date With Chris.

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

More Kris Erik Stevens

Monday, August 14, 2023

AFRTS 1980


I was going through the AFRTS Spain recordings that Vicente did.  I was listening to this one and was going to cut it up and it's just too cool.  There are nice clips of the summer 1980 AFRTS-LA talent.  An hour and a half worth.  I think it tells a story by itself.  Wherever you were, we had this memory:

Harry Newman 1994


In the early 1990s Matt was in England enjoying the sounds of AFN from hundreds of miles away:

I recorded these in east Anglia (approximately 800 miles away from the transmitter at Weisskirchen) using my trusty old boom box. Sometimes, at night, when the weather was right, you could get a pretty good signal. The recordings were all somewhere between 1991 and 1996. Sorry I’m not sure of exact dates.  Because I was limited to 30 or 45 min audio cassettes, I didn’t tend to record whole shows, instead recording a section where I was interested, I also seem to have  a habit of sometimes stopping the recording if the DJ was playing a song I could get in the UK.

He recorded a lot of things I didn't have.  Thanks for sharing!!!

Friday, August 11, 2023

Charlie Williams Country Corner.1972


It's Friday with KFOX's Charlie Williams and the Country Corner.  Charlie had suggested Gene Price put in for the gig.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Big Picture - Bringing the World to All of the Troops

Here's some 1971 video about how we used to do it. This time they visited AFKN. Ed Masters is having a staff meeting at about 16 minutes.  In the AFRTS-W segment, that sure looks like Cal Lamartinere

Jim Pewter 1982


The man with the amazing beat!  Jim Pewter has your favorite memories. Jim had some pretty good records with his own group (look for them).   Ended up in the army at AFKN.  Very shortly after in Los Angeles radio and doing the show from McCadden Place. (1967).  Jim was around until the change in 1996.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Bill Stewart 1969


Relax and pull up a chair.  Bill Stewart with another really swinging hour from 1969.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Monday, August 7, 2023

Wolfman Jack 1977


This is nice, Wolfman recorded off of AFN in Germany in 1977, at the end Wolfman is on voice tracks talking about USAEUR.  Did all of the AFRTS-LA team record these?  Howl!

Roland Bynum 1983


One of the more distinctive voices from AFRTS-LA was Roland Bynum. Roland always did a great show. Lately I've received a bunch of requests for his program. It was always "Good Bynum". Roland currently does shifts at Stevie Wonder's station in Los Angeles...and sounds GREAT.

Roland Bynum 1983

More from Roland Bynum

Joe Ferguson 1983


A young Joe Ferguson had done some shows as a dependent at the stations.  Years later Joe was jocking in Portland OR.  AFRTS had done one of the coolest things they ever did.  Asked jocks from around the country if they'd like to do shows for the network.  Joe saved his copies and made them available/  Thank you Joe!

Friday, August 4, 2023

Mary Helen Barro 1983


Mary Helen Barro continued a long line of latin hosts on the network, with a broad spectrum of hits.

Gene Price 1974


Gene and Willard are back with your country favorites.  

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Gary Owens 1967


Gary Owens was having quite the year, KMPC radio, Rowan and Martins Laugh-In and AFRTS.

Take a listen:

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Charlie Tuna 1985


We have your wake-up call.  Charlie Tuna spent a quarter of a century waking the world on AFRTS.  Be sure to visit his website Here's a 1985 visit.