Monday, April 29, 2024

Mary Turner 1994


Mary Turner was rocking.  In 1994 it had already been a ten year run.  Take a listen..

Vance Graham 1973


"Vance Graham", was a radio announcer, on-the-scene news reporter and later disc-jockey. He was born in Denver, Colorado. In 1927 he received a scholarship from the United Daughters of the Confederacy to attend the University of Virginia where he studied journalism. After graduation he traveled to Los Angeles. Soon after his arrival, he worked as a cook in a downtown hotel.

Blessed with a deep, clear and resonant voice, he soon found work at radio station KMPC in Hollywood as an announcer, newscaster, interviewer and disc jockey.
During World War II, he worked as "Assistant News Editor" for KMPC and because he was bi-lingual, speaking both English and Spanish, he recorded Latin American music shows for the Armed Forces Radio Network. He did live reports for the station in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In the 1950s and 60s, there was a huge surge in the popularity of Latin music with the "cha cha cha" and "bolero", so he had a radio show called "Bolero Time" heard every Sunday on KMPC.  A recorded version of Bolero Time was also heard on AFRTS.   He was married from 1954 to 1958 to Estrellita Santos who acted as co-host for his radio program during that time.

In the 70s he had 2 more Latin American shows on KMPC, KFI and KTYM. Graham hosted the shows called "Latino" and "Viva" as a character he named "Victor".

We lost Vance Graham in 1984, his ashes were spread over the Pacific.
(a more complete version of the above is at  )

But now, from 1973, here's Victor and Latino!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

The Old Woodsman 1974

 I don't know what this is, but it ran on the Thailand network in 1974.  It may have been a local production.  After Chickenman a lot of stations and syndicators tried their hand at short comedy features.  I get a kick out of it.  Any idea who did it or where it originated?  

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Tom Campbell 1975


Tom Campbell always had a fun show and sometimes the strangest mixes... Tall Tom revisits 1975.  The mustard colored labels were the ugliest ones ever.

Roland Bynum 1980


Let's see what's shaking in the Creators Workshop.  It's Roland Bynum and time to enjoy!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

USAF Recruiting


Before you go home, I need you to knock out some recruiting spots...
Roger Carroll's company put these together with the assistance of Ralph Carmichael's wife Vangie and his daughter Carole who did the arrangements and vocals.
RC did recruiting projects for the Army, Air Force and Navy. 

Chuck Cecil 1979


Chuck Cecil is back with the Big band Countdown.  This time looking at 1939.  Seems ancient now but when this aired in 1979 it was music of 40 years ago. Yikes.  Chuck also did "The Swingin Years"  Great radio, take a listen.  After the show we check into the AFN newsroom.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Bill Stewart 1968


Bill loved his jazz.  For a while he was a very successful rock jock but this was his music.  He was having a "Musical Bill Affair" well into the 1970s.

Jim Pewter 1980


Welcome back Jim.  Minnesotan Jim Pewter was an AFKN vet in the mid 60s and then took on Los Angeles radio and was a part of rock, writing, producing, performing and jocking.  A quadruple threat?  Jim made the memories happen again and introduced me to a lot of great music.  Here's a 1980 visit.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Don Tracy 1993


So tell me you believe Don Tracy had been doing this show for 20 years and sounding this good.

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


 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!

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: