Monday, April 15, 2024

Chris Noel 1969

 


Chris Noel is back with another hour of great radio.  Date With Chris went from 1966-70 and was an important link to home for thousands of GIs.



Joe Ferguson 1983

 


The Joe Show returns.  Joe Ferguson was at KUPL in Portland OR and the show went worldwide.  Joe was kind enough to share his copies and these are good...



Friday, April 12, 2024

Adventure Theatre 1977

 

Well into the 1980s, we ran a lot of oldtime radio.  We had access to huge libraries, restrictions on the television product made it another way to present a good story.  When it was being presented as a 'story', it was done well.  When it was 'nostalgia', it was a harder sell.  By 1980 90% of the troops hadn't been there for network radio, making it quaint.  They didn't understand where the joke even was with Fibber McGee joking about 'ration points'.  But drama, mystery and some comedy could be very entertaining.

Here's a 1977 repackaging of a 1940s broadcast.


John Doremus 1967

 


Great music, wonderful stories, and... that voice.   John Doremus was one amazing talent.  



Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Welcome!

 I hope that you enjoy our AFRTS history.  There's this site, where you can pull up the shows "on demand".

There's also streaming memories.

"My Best Sounds" is like the stations were with a mix of the best radio talent in LA being heard worldwide.. again!

https://www.mybestsounds.com

I've been tinkering with a 50s-80s station.  Great music and memories from Tom Campbell, Jim Pewter and Chris Noel

Listen to the Hook!

Both streaming stations are on the Online Radio Box app, for every cellphone and tablet.   Take us along!


Thank you for your support!!!

Charlie Tuna 1980




 The Breakfast Serial continues.  Thanks Charlie for letting me make this available.  It's time for another visit with the biggest Tuna of all.  1980, the music pretty darn good.  Recording has a large piece of an AFN newscast at the end.

Gene Price 1990

  



Our visit to Soesterberg continues with Gene Pierce, er Price make another hour of magic.  Listen to the PSA at the beginning.  Talk about a non-denial denial...

Monday, April 8, 2024

Wolfman Jack AFN 1975

 



Sometimes the AFRTS-LA jocks would visit the stations and possibly do a show.  In 1975 Wolfman visited the Frankfurt station.  Anyone have the story behind this?


Roger Caroll 1979

 

Roger Carroll with Johnny Magnus

Roger was with us over four decades.  1979 became RC.



Sunday, April 7, 2024

AFVN Jim Lull 1966

 


It wasn't quite AFVN in 1966, the Armed Forces Radio Service, Vietnam was rocking out with Jim Lull.  This is part two of some great tape Dennis sent along.  Many many thanks.



Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Mary Turner 1991

   


Mary Turner really rocked.  Hard to believe how much that rattled the brass and talked to the troops.  An amazing talent.  Hard to conceive the amount of talent at Fort McCadden..


 
 

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

Monday, April 1, 2024

Roland Bynum 1983

 


Roland was rocking in the 60s and still makes it happen.  In 1983 we were proud to have the Creators Workshop and Roland Bynum



Andy Mansfield 1964

 


Andy Mansfield continues his 1964 tribute to Major Glenn Miller.  Here's part 11:



Sunday, March 31, 2024

Laurie Allen 1990

 

Photo: Original Minnesotans  Laurie with Jim Pewter in Crete, courtesy Laurie Allen

Here's a double batch of memories,  Laurie Allen with the best in classic rock.


Friday, March 29, 2024

This Is The Story - We Take Our Stand Korea 1951

 

 
In 1951, the big question about Korea was "Why are we here"?".  AFRTS stepped up to the plate and produced a lot of documentary product.  In this docudrama, we learn the story of communist aggression.  William Woodson, who did tons of voiceover work over the years (Remember the imposing narrator on the 1960s TV show "The Invaders"?) was the announcer, making every word the most important thing that ever happened.  AFKN/AFN-K has been delivering the truth for over 70 years now.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Chris Noel 1967

 


Chris Noel is having a lot of pictures scanned.  This one is previously unseen, recording the show.  Here's a 1967 Date With Chris.  Visit Vetsville, click here



Monday, March 25, 2024

Don Dornberg AFVN Pleiku 1968





Don Dornberg was born 21 February 1944, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Dornberg of suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul.  A 1962 graduate of Mahtomedi High School, he enlisted in the Army and was sent as a SP5 to Vietnam in 1967-68.  At AFVN's Detachment 3 at Pleiku, Don filled a radio deejay slot with occasional fill-in jobs on the TV news desk.

Back in civilian life, Don worked in Minnesota for a time before leaving for the warmer climes of the South. 1978, Don transferred to Atlanta's WGST, an all-news station which was soon to broadcast on 50,000 daytime watts.  As Assistant News Director, Don stayed with the station 19 years until a format change in 1997 prompted him to move to WSB.  During his two-decade Atlanta radio career, Don's team won two Excellence in Journalism awards -- one for Deadline Reporting and one for Sports Reporting.

At about the turn of the century, Don signed on as a correspondent with Metro Source News, a private news service company which provides text and audio nationwide to some 800 affiliates.  As of this writing in 2012, Don is currently general manager of the organization and lives happily in an Atlanta suburb.

Biography from www.macoi.net





Joe Ferguon 1983

 


From Portland OR, Joe Ferguson is back with more of the greatest music of 1983





Monday, March 18, 2024

John Doremus 1969

 


Talk about a voice.  John Doremus was an Easy listening giant.  In the states he was probably the first voice of music in flight.  Had nightly radio shows on the biggest AM stations for the airlines, and did his show for AFRTS.  Music for the dinner hour...



Gene Price 1980

 

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

So is it inspired silliness, wonderful radio or country music at it's best?  All three, it's the Gene Price show from 1980 on AFRTS...



Thursday, March 14, 2024

Charlie Tuna 1992

 


What a great way to tart themornin.  Here, have some Breakfast Serial.  Stay Tuna'd...



Monday, March 11, 2024

Joe Allison 1969

 


Joe Allison, songwriter, promoter and DJ.  Joe was one of the first to de-hillbilly Country music DJs. It's a fun listen.  Joe Allison, The Country Corner, 1969




Sunday, March 10, 2024

Wolfman Jack 1982

 



KRE, Berkeley was the station in American Graffiti.  A low powered struggling AM, still using historical studio gear.

Roger Carroll 1969

 


It's another visit with RC on a Friday get together.  It swings and Frank Sinatra has more of "A Man And His Music".


Thursday, March 7, 2024

Mary Turner 1983

   


In the 80s and 1990s Mary Turners show was so popular she had two programs on the network.  Her regular Mary Turner Show and "Off The Record", where she interviewed rock's biggest stars.

She made waves in Los Angeles radio too, and eleven year run at KMET and returning in the 90s to KSLX.  Now she's involved in many charitable causes including the Betty Ford Center in Ranch Mirage.





Tom Campbell 1971

  


Tom Campbell is back with what's happening stateside.  Today we see what's going on in Honolulu from KPOI.

Tom has sent over a bunch of shows that he did and his best wishes.  Enjoy!



Roland Bynum 1982

 


Roland Bynum invites us to the Creators Workshop for memories of 1982



Tuesday, March 5, 2024

We've Got Your Music- jingles

 


"We've got your Music" was the 1985 jingle package but very short.  Normally we'd get half an hour (or more) of cuts.  This time about 10 minutes and most of that production music. Here are the jingle parts.



Bill Stewart 1968

 


Time for a musical Bill affair (Listen to the jingle).  Bill was still with us in the late 70s with a neat brew of swing.  Bill was the one on "Quarter Century of Swing" for AFRTS.  We lost Bill in 1993 to heart failure. Bill graced KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Jim Pewter 1970

 


Jim was a rocker before the radio.  In the 60s to AFKN then Los Angeles radio.

But, let's start with a question "Do you wanna dance?"



Don Tracy 1983

 


Don Tracy with some 1983 fun.  Party starts NOW!




Thursday, February 29, 2024

Chris Noel 1970

 




Chris Noel brought home to a lot of soldiers.  Her Date With Chris shows were worldwide hits and she toured and toured with several stops in Vietnam.  Thanks Chris!

Chris still keeps the faith with her veterans shelter click here.  See what you can do to help out...


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Joe Ferguson 1983

 




Joe Ferguson from Portland OR KUPL radio was part of the 1983 experiment when AFRTS had jocks from around the country record shows.  Bob Moke and Danny Kramer from Salt Lake City were some of the others.  The deal was supposed to be 13 weeks.  Whoever was after Joe turned out to not be available and Joe got another 13 weeks.

A couple of years ago he asked me if I'd be interested in all of the shows on transcription disks.  He wanted the opportunity for us to hear them again.  I'm very thankful.

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.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Gene Price 1973

 


Gene had been doing the show for about a year, starting a quarter century of making friends around the world.



Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Charlie Tuna 1973

 



Time for another of our 1973 visits with Charlie Tuna.  What do you think?

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Joe Allison 1969

 



Capitol recording artist Joe Allison has another hour of your country favorites

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Face The Nation 1967

 







In 1967, much of the longform news programming came on transcription disk.

On todays "Face the Nation" Senator William Fulbright updates us on Vietnam


Thursday, February 15, 2024

Wolfman Jack 1980

 



He sure had the magic.  Only one we'd get complaints about.  Wolfman could connect to the troops in the field.  Complaints would come from Colonels, compliments would come from Corporals.  We got him a better time slot.

Roger Carroll 1972

 


Been almost 5 years since we lost RC.I'll always value the time I helped him with his online station.

He sent us all of the shows that he saved.  Here's another.





Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Hook

 Well, that was embarrassing.  Over on the "listen live" link both of them pointed to MyBestSounds, which of course is amazing radio.

"The Hook" is something I've been tinkering with.  A wider variety of favorites...

https://onlineradiobox.com/us/thehook/


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. 


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.



Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024

BIll Stewart 1970

 



Bill Stewart was another of the KMPC talent that had the AFRTS gig, He was the Bill of the KMPC jingle..."Ira, Johnny, Bill and Dick!" Bill graced LA playing his mixture of Swing, jazz and MOR at several great stations.
KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75. For Armed Forces Radio he hosted "A Quarter Century of Swing." In 1969, the 30-year veteran was honored with a concert at the Palladium. For 20 years he did in-flight airline music programming. Bill died in 1993 of congestive heart failure.


Bill Stewart - 1970
 
More Bill Stewart

Jim Pewter and Laurie Allen -Valentines 1993

  

Jim and Laurie on tour

In 1993 Jim and Laurie Allen did a Valentine Day special "Hooked on a Feeling".  Jim says him and Laurie did about five of these specials.  They started working on them after they returned from Europe in 1992.  The music was their choice and the they had a great time producing, writing and recording the shows.  Here's Part one:





Friday, February 9, 2024

Don Tracy 1983

 

East coast Don Tracy, way back when...

Let's get the party started with some Don Tracy fun!


Chris Noel 1970

 


Chris Noel... still making memories.  She's still giving her all with her veterans shelter.  You should help out Click here



Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Joe Ferguson 1968

 




In 1983 AFRTS tried an experiment with local jocks from all over the country doing shows.  Joe Ferguson was doing great things in Portland OR and gave it a go...  Joe shared these shows with us.  Thank you my friend.