Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Joe Ferguson 1983


It's 1983 and the return of the Joe Show, Joe Ferguson from Portland OR




Roger Carroll



Roger Carroll, Gene Price, Roland Bynum and more. 24 hours a day streaming. Kinda sounds like our stations 


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Herman Griffith 1967


Herman Griffith leads the records caravan in this 1967 visit.


Ira Cook 1965


Ira Cook was born in Duluth MN in 1916.  He graduated Stanford in basic medical science. He had three decades in radio, sixteen years of that at KMPC.  Other stops included KFAC, KABC and KVFM.  Ira was a WWII vet “During World War II I was at the Battle of the Bulge and we lost 10-15 guys in my platoon”.  He started with AFRTS in 1961 and was still with us in the 1970s.  Ira was also a songwriter.  Some of his compositions include “Pony Tail”, “Sunday Barbecue” and “Your Theme”.  We lost Ira in 2007.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

AFRTS shortwave 1964

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When I was a kid in the late 60s sometimes I'd catch AFRTS-W on the shortwave, I remember it as continuous news items and pretty cool.

In 1964 the shortwave service ran a lot of news/public affairs but also ran entertainment programming. Ira Cook, Perry Como, Hawaii Calls, CBS Radio Workshop, Les Crane and more.  It was a full service station.

Mary Helen Barro 1983



After Vance Graham, there were a few false starts but eventually they found Mary Helen Barro for the Latin show.  It's a Thursday in 1983, Vamos...



Joe Allison 1969


Joe's excited.  Program 1500 of the Country Corner.  That should be six full years.



Friday, July 21, 2017

The Green Slime - 1969


Today (July 18, 2017) I saw the movie The Green Slime (1969) again on cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM). It aired at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The thing about The Green Slime was that the monsters were not "green" and were not "slimey". Their alien blood however, was "green".

To my knowledge, this is the only Tokyo-made movie that featured the FEN Production Director, Leonard "Bud" Widom (FEN 1964-1969), in fourth billing, along with dozens of FEN enlisted personnel and wives as "extras". I recognized SSGT Larry Rogers, now called Frank Rogers, in a "party" scene.

The movie was actually filmed in 1968 from studios that were located on the road, as you drove from the "back gate" of Grant Heights FHA to Momote Village.

Some FEN announcers may have been given "bit" parts where they spoke a few words. All the performers were "round-eye"; there were no Japanese actors visible. They all had "appropriate" haircuts for 1968, and senior enlisted personnel (E-7 to E-9) stood out. There were many 20-something females featured from somewhere, but not FEN who had only dependents available.

The Green Slime was featured on TCM with a group of "horror" movies that were considered "camp" or Grade B. The Green Slime was also the premiere movie of the parody-series Mystery Science Theater 3000. That was the series where the host and two robot-puppets were super-imposed on theater seating in opaque and added snarky commentary as the movie was super-imposed behind them.

I was at FEN in 1969 when the movie premiered on the Japanese AAFMPS circuit, to much hoopla and fanfare, in October 1969, at North Camp Drake and Grant Heights Theaters.


Don Browne "LT", FEN Tokyo 1969-1971

Gene Price - 1974


On the Gene Price front, he's going through some health issues and will probably end up in rehab.  There are reasons to be optimistic but I think he's appreciate your prayers.

In 1973 Roger Carroll started the ball rolling on the recruiting shows you may remember from Sunday mornings in the states.  He had the best talent, Gene Price, Roland Bynum, Robert W. Morgan, Billy Pearl and himself.  This is from January 1974, the first Gene Price Country Express.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

AFKN video production 1977

AFKN video production 1977.  So that's how it was done 40 years ago... and kinescopes...




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