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...

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.

John Doremus 1968


Amazing set of pipes and smooth.  John Doremus had evening music for many years.  Similar to what Jim Ameche did earlier and what Pete Smith did later but smoother and bigger.  He had recorded Music Through the Night shows sponsored by the airlines that ran on the biggest AM clear channel stations in the country.  He also was the one that started syndicating in flight music.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

AFKN Clem Shamus "Ballad of the Plain Steel Pot" 1967

Clem Shamus from the 1966 AFKN yearbook

 When I was at AFKN in the 2d Division in 1977, someone came up with a 45rpm copy of Ballad of the Plain Steel Pot by Clem Shamus. It was popular I was curious and Clem is fan of the blog, I asked him about it:

Hi Thom, I wrote Ballad of the Plain Steel Pot while at AFKN in 1966. I took a leave and flew to San Antonio, TX to record it for Brazos Records. "Green Beret" was hot (became #1 for the year), but Brazos got tied up with Xmas music for kids and didn't get it out until the spring of 67. I was of course back in Korea (NCOIC of radio in Seoul) and had no control of any kind so I don't know what, if any promotion, distribution or anything about it. They sent me 500 copies and they were sold and the money donated to an orphanage. It was impossible to get around to promote it over there and I of course was busy with the day job.

Update: Clem's wife shared the following with the AFVN group:

"Clem passed away yesterday 5/27/12. He was totally at peace with the very difficult decision he made. It was peaceful and surrounded by the ones that loved him most. Myself, 3 of 5 children and his brother
and sister-in-law."

Monday, February 5, 2024

Gene Price 1973


Willard is back, with your favorite silliness. Gene Price Country World is nice way to start the back to work crunch.

AFVN Det 5, Hue overrub 2/2/68


 From Robert Moorecook
Today is the anniversary of Det 5 Hue was overrun.
I encourage you to take a moment to remember this brave men who served there.

American Forces Vietnam Network - AFVN
Prisoners of War
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. The AFVN'ers were captured when the detachment at Hue was overrun -- 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.

Details follow --

John Thomas Anderson - POW

John Bagwell - Escaped

James V. Di Bernardo - POW

John A. Deering - POW

Harry Lawrence Ettmueller - POW

Donat J. Gouin - POW

Courtney Niles, Civilian Contractor - Killed in Action

Steven J. Stroub - Captured and Executed

Thomas Franklin Young - Killed in Action

More information at Robert's website

Friday, February 2, 2024

Mary Helen Barro 1983


Mary Helen Barro kept the Latino beat alive.  She started with the network in the late 70s and was there a long time.  Bailar!