Thursday, December 27, 2012

LaRita Shelby 1995

 
LaRita still keeps it happening.  Take a look at her filmography. We were lucky enough to have her doing a show for us.  This is another one of George's recordings.
 
At her website, http://www.laritashelby.com there are some wonderful videos (buy the cd!).


 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Tex Williams Show 1955


So I get a bundle of the Tex Williams Show from 1955.  Really nice music but there wasn't such a thing.  So what are these?  Apparently in 1955 "Town Hall Party" ran on NBC radio with parts of it televised on KTTV-TV in Los Angeles which were kinescoped for AFRTS.

You may have heard Commander Cody and his Planet Airmen sing "Smoke That Cigarette".  The original was by Tex Williams.  Before leading his own group, Tex was the singer for Spade Cooley

Fred Hessler with sports

Fred Hessler was the voice of UCLA football for 25 years but before that was one of us.  During WWII he was with AFRS at an unknown station but after that went to the network as a civilian for about 10 years.  One of the many programs he did was Sports Forum, an interview show.

He also worked at KMPC 1953-83

 

Mr. Hessler died in 1993

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jubilee 1948


It's Christmas 1948.  Bud Widdom with some amazing talent, it's Jubilee!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

AFRS Keflavik - Karl Phillips 1971

Karl Phillips sent some great pictures of the Reykjavik Iceland Station in the early 1970s.  His story is on this page.



Mark Lazer, Karl Phillips and Tom Hughes

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Gene Price Story

Journalist Mac Yablonka worked with Gene Price (and Harry Newman) at KLAC.  He did a story on Gene for Stars and Stripes.  Fun memories


While you're reading the story, here's a 1975 visit with Gene
Gene Price - Country Express 1975
Marc Yablonka is a military journalist whose reportage has appeared in the U.S. Military's Stars and Stripes, Army Times, Air Force Times, American Veteran, Vietnam magazine, Airways, Military Heritage, Soldier of Fortune and many other publications.
Between 2001 and 2008, Marc served as a Public Affairs Officer, CWO-2, with the 40th Infantry Division Support Brigade and Installation Support Group, California State Military Reserve, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. During that time, he wrote articles and took photographs in support of Soldiers who were mobilizing for and demobilizing from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Command Performance Christmas 1942


 
Command Performance was an amazing thing.  All of the biggest stars made themselves available for the troops.  It didn't matter which network or studio.  It was the biggest stars and it was all for he troops.  This is the big Christmas show from the first year of the network.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

AFVN Gerry Elliott 1973


Gerry Elliott, Alexis Wright, SGM Young at SCN c 1982

Gerry Elliott almost got me to stay in the Army.  In the early 1980s SCN in Panama was controlled by the 193rd Infantry Brigade.  No big problem by itself but the command had made it clear that we weren't going to be promoted.  Okay, I won't do the boards.  I was a E-4 with well over 3 years in grade.  That's life.  In 1983 Gerry and SGM Bob Young conspired to get me to go to the boards after the Army Broadcasting Service took over.  Young and Elliott were on that board, it wasn't too brutal and I did well.  Wherever you are Gerry, thanks.


Let's see what was going on in Saigon in 1973.  Here's Gerry with sports.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wolfman Jack 1974

 
Welcome back Wolf, here's a 1974 USAF recruiting show.  Will there ever be radio like this again?
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

AFRS Adak

Michael Brown sent a ton of airchecks of his work at AFRS Adak, Alaska



Yes, Adak, Alaska, (halfway out the Aleutian chain), has a radio station.  Two of them actually,  The AM station on 890 kHz (yep WLS) and an automated  FM.

I was in the Navy and was a CTM-2 when I arrived on Adak, June 1970.  I  left 1 year, 22 hours and 15 minutes later (plane landing to plane takeoff).

My main job had nothing to do with radio, but since I had an interest in being a DJ, I managed to get a weekend shift in the late night hours on Sunday, for 1.5 hours.  I eventually got moved to Sat afternoons for 2 hours and then expanded to 3 hrs.  I have tapes of pretty much all of my shows, which I've recently transferred to WAV files on the computer.

While there, the staff of the station did a radio series called Ptarmigan Tim.
At my last tour of duty, which was Edzell, Scotland, I did four DeeJay gigs at the EM club near the end of 1973. Did some private party deejaying for a few years after getting out.

During the hey-day of Doctor Who on PBS, I did pledge drives answering phone banks and a few times did on camera pledge drives.
Otherwise, I got into electronics as well as computers; self taught Unix system adminstration long before Microcrap came along. So, I am one of those computer geeks and my house has the computers to show for it.

 

AFRS Adak - Michael Brown May 29, 1971 Last show

Saturday, November 10, 2012

USMC Birthday

 
237th birthday of the Corps.  Here's how the network celebrated it 60 years ago.
 

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day in the United States.  Originally the holiday was Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of WWI.  In 1968 AFN produced some powerful radio for the 50th anniversary.



Friday, November 9, 2012

AFVN Tet Offensive 1968

The Tet Offensive was launched on January 30, 1968 by the North Vietnamese forces against the forces of South Vietnam, the United States and their allies. The purpose of the offensive was to utilize the element of surprise and strike military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam, during a period when no attacks were supposed to take place.

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. Three AFVN’ers were killed, others taken as prisoners, to spend the rest of the Vietnam war as captives.  Today, only one of those men, SFC Harry Ettmuller (USA, Ret) remains alive to recall those days.  Today is also a day to honor all those men and the memory of their sacrifice. -- 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.

Duke Miller made the following memo available.  It had been posted on the bulletin board at AFVN.


AFVN Tet Offensive memo 1968

SFC Harry Ettmueller (Ret.) describes the fighting at AFVN Detachment 5 [Hue] Tet 1968


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Grand Old Opry


Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Foley, Minnie Pearl, AFN announcer Bob Norwood and Roy Acuff
 
 
The Grand Old Opry had a big history on AFRS.  Parts of the Opry were on Melody Roundup in the first AFRS shipments in 1943.  The Opry was still running 40 years later, making it one of the longest running programs on AFRTS. 
So from Berlin, it's 1949 and time for the Grand Old Opry: 
 

 
 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

AFN Halloween 1970



 
 
Spooky spooky.  Robert Barker sent along the first part of another great aircheck:
This is the first 30 minute segment of four of the AFN Monster Rally which aired on Saturday night, 31 October 1970, over AFN Europe network.
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

AFVN, the story


The AFVN Story. Scott Manning (Sgt Pepper) gave us the history of the network.


This was presented before, but something was wrong with the link.

Friday, October 19, 2012

1963 Halloween in K-Town

 

Carl Balduf, Roy Johnson, Chuck Droege, Hans Huber, Don Shipman, Ted Pasco and Kurt Loch in the 1963 AFN Kaiserslatern production of:

 
I didn't explain this as well as I should have, it links to an external website.  After a longish (depends on your connection speed) it automatically plays the show.  He doesn't make it available for download and I'll respect that.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween's coming (Mystery Playhouse)

The Mystery Playhouse was one of the first series on AFRS.  The networks were sending over more good material than could be readily used.  A lot of it was used in anthology programs, sort of the best of radio back home.  "SGT X" (Howard Duff) was the host of the Mystery Playhouse..




Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward in Graham Greene's novel, "Brighton Rock." was originally aired on the CBS show "This Is My Best", in 1944

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Barbara Randolph 1971

Barbara Randolph c 1962
 

Barbara Randolph brought a lot of rock to AFRTS. Detroit born Randolph was born in 1942 eventually adopted by actress Lillian Randolph with a singing career that included a stint at Motown. Her movie roles included Guess Who'd Coming to Dinner.
 
In the late 60s, she joined our network
 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Archive find: Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson
 
In the jumble of ETs and kines that were returned to AFRTS.  Some previously unknown early clips.  Apparently 5 minute filler programs from kinescope.  Somewhere there's a storage facility that must look a lot like the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
 
Due to the expense of preserving videotape, NBC saved next to nothing prior to 1972.
 

Happy Birthday Air Force 1948




So when is the USAF birthday?  In 1948 AFRS said it was the 41st anniversary...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

AFN Berlin 1970 - Henry Michaels



Robert Barker shares more memories of 1970 in Berlin:

AFN building Berlin 1945-79


Here is Specialist Henry Michaels hosting his AFN-Berlin morning Wake-Up Easy program from 26 Oct 70. It is apparent that Henry was still waking up at the beginning of his program for he misreads his time-check several times. Preceeding Michaels program you will hear a "Project Partnership" (the German word for tank is "panzier") promo, AFN Europe Morning sign on with the the songs of our armed forces, station frequencies, the National anthem, six hrs European time check, news with Jan Wood, USO Mail Call promo, Hymns from Home and NATO promo. Henry's program begins at 15:30 into the segment. Enjoy. Robert

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Your comments!

It's really great when you comment on any post here.  There's been some confusion about how to do it.  At the bottom of every post they'll be something similiar to 0 comments if you click that, it takes you to a page where you can enter comments.  When you're done, press the "publish" button.
 
A while back the spammers started hitting the page so I have to manually approve everything. Everything that isn't spam gets approved.  If you were with the network or a listener and have a business/book/promotion, it isn't spam.  I'd like to see it.  After approval it's posted. 
 
Thom
 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

LaRita Shelby Show 1994

 
I was so happy to find this.  Last year LaRita sent several of her AFRTS shows and somehow this one wasn't posted then.  Here's LaRita Shelby with guest Paul Hardcastle.
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

AFVN Dawnbuster 1972 - John Allgood

 
Biography from macoi.net:
 
John Allgood was born 27 August 1947 in Monroe, Louisiana. He was an only child and his father died when John was young. He lived with his mother who suffered from diabetes, a disease which eventually took her life. Upon his mother's death, he enlisted for a tour in the Navy and then briefly returned home where he worked for a time as a radio deejay in Ruston and Bastrop, Louisiana. He did not finish high school.
 
When he left Louisiana for the final time, this time to join the Army, he largely broke off contact with family members. At some point prior to his assignment to Vietnam, John married briefly and fathered a daughter. Trained as a medic, he was sent to Vietnam in 1972, where his radio experience earned him an audition with AFVN. He was popular with his colleagues, and was soon hosting the famed morning show, "Dawn Buster," where he proved to be a very talented broadcaster. At his next duty station, Fort Lewis, Washington John married a second time, but this marriage, like the first, eventually failed.
 
Back in civilian life, John moved to Southern California and worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. There is no clue as to why he never ventured into radio in the lucrative California market. Although he had no formal training in broadcasting, John's natural talent would easily have allowed him to develop into a first rate deejay.
 
John Dempsey Allgood died in Los Angeles 15 June 2006 at the age of 58.
 
From 1972, from Saigon, here's the Dawnbuster:
 
 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The 70s jingle along

This is from one of the TM packages.  Stereo and  nice.
 

The Wall of AFN Worldwide

The Defense Media Activity Headquarters in Maryland is in a new building and creating a historical wall that will include all AFN facilities worldwide. They have quite a few historical pics.  Some of the best I think are the ones we have in our personal files. It would be great if you could make a contribution to this effort. Just send your photos with the date, location, event and who's in the picture to:
 craig.j.dixson@afn.dma.mil
 
Anything you can provide would be greatly appreciated.



Saturday, September 15, 2012

AFKN 1967 Tony Booth

A few weeks ago, Tony Booth was celebrating 50 years in broadcasting.  Here's what he sounded like from the hill in Yongsan.

 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Updates, facebook and email

If you're on "facebook" the fastest way to get updates is to look up afrtsarchive.blogspot.com and "like it".  Also every week or two I send out an email.  To get on the list, drop me a note at afrts@live.com.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Small World 1964

Small World was similar to NBC radio's Monitor.  Some light music, comedy, features.  It's the program where Chris Noel got her start.  This is from 1964.  Who is the host???

Small World 1964

Ted Herring believes the host George Church.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bob Hope - Clark AB 1987

This was the first Bob Hope USO Show in the Pacific Theater since the Vietnam era and Bob Hope's last show in the Pacific.
Bob Hope



Bob Hope's first USO Show was at California’s March Field on May 6, 1941. Wherever Bob Hope went, from the deserts of North Africa to Alaska to the jungles of Southeast Asia, he represented home. And, for an hour or so, troops were home with an old friend and comrade.
His USO shows included singers, dancers, comedians, actors and actresses, and led the way for celebrities to commit to giving their time and talent to troops and families around the world.

Hope entertained until December 1990, when he brought laughter and Christmas cheer to troops participating in Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on his final USO tour. In 1997, the USO successfully worked with Congress to designate Bob Hope the first honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces.

Bob Larson got a chance of a lifetime to own and produce "The Bob Hope USO Show" on December 21, 1987 at Clark Air Base in the Republic of the Philippines. This was the first USO Show to be held in the Pacific Theater since the Vietnam Era and Bob Hope's last USO Show in the Pacific.
From the Philippines, Bob Hope is joined by guests Lee Greenwood, Barbara Eden, Connie Stevens and her daughters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with the Superbowl Dancers and Miss USA Michelle Royer. Also appearing is the United States Navy Pacific Fleet Band.

Highlights: Lee Greenwood performs his song "God Bless the U.S.A." and "Silent Night".
The show was produced using 7 cameras on site at Clark Air Base's "Challenger Field". It was recorded on 3/4" U-Matic Broadcast Video Tape and in 2001 those videos were converted to DVD masters.

Bob Larson tried to make a go of getting this out a couple of years ago.  Hopefully we'll eventually get the change to see it. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Harry Newman 1978

Harry Newman and Gene Price were the two sides of the coin that was country music on AFRTS.  Gene did a lot of light hearted comedy and Harry lived the music on every show with interviews and anecdotes.  Here's a visit with Harry from 1978.

 
 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

AFN Berlin 1970 - The Robert Barker Collection


Robert is sending in some more great sound. In 1970 he was stationed in Berlin and had a high quality reel-to-reel recorder. He save the tapes and has been sharing them with us. Here is The Stateside Sound Survey hosted by Army Sgt Jim Collinson from 12 Nov 70.

AFN Stateside Sound Survey - November 1970

AFN Stateside Sound Survey - November 1970 part 2

More Jim Collinson

Friday, August 24, 2012

Wolfman Jack 1976



This is another one from the program set I started a couple of weeks ago.  May 1976, the 59th month of Wolfman doing the show for Roger Carroll's company, filling a recruiting contract for the USAF.

Ed Autry is on the air

Former AFKNer Ed Autry checks in:
 

A 100,000 watt radio station in Carrollton, Missouri, KMZU, has a little program they air three times on Sunday, called "Voices of Veterans". 

I thought you might find this interesting.

Ed Autry interviewed on "Voices of Veterans" on KMZU
http://www.kmzu.com/tsgt-ed-autry-of-norborne/
 
 

 
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Goodbye Starship

In the mid 90s Jim Johnson started afrts.homestead.com.  Last month it ended. 

His website was one of the first places where we could get together.  At first it was a message board and grew into a website.

When the late Bob Stoffel started the AFN group at yahoo, Jim  took the message board down and offered a link to the yahoo group.

Other than at reunion time the hitcount went down.  The hosting company raised their rates and Jim decided to not continue.

Thanks for all you've done Jim.



Friday, August 10, 2012

Wolfman Jack 1976


Wolfman Jack, May 1976.  Two months later I'm at Ft Knox and that part of my story begins.  Wolfman did these shows for the Air Force and there was never a bad one.  Weekend is here and it's time for the Wolfman. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bob Kingsley


For someone who went on to host American Country Countdown, Bob Kingsley could sure rock up a storm.  Bob was an Air Force AFRS Iceland vet.  Take a listen:

Navy Swings - 1967

Tony Motttola

All the services had their recruiting shows.  The Navy had a nice one with swinging jazz.  "The Navy Swings"  In 1967 several of them were broadcast on the network.  Seems puzzling.  99% of the listeners had already seen their recruiter.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

SCN Panama - Ernie Rollag 1983


This just came in.  I had just left SCN a couple of months before so I remembered everyone there.  Some very talented people.  Here's the Afternoon Show.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Zany PSAs..

The technology is newer, but the idea is the same.  Stars and Stripes reports on how AFN creates PSAs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Melody Roundup 1943 - George Hayes


Who on earth was George Hayes?  I felt pretty silly when I found out.  More good radio'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tony Booth - now

Former AFKNr Tony Booth is celebrating 50 years in radio


Tony rocks Richmond with the greatest hits of forever.

Read his story:


Hopefully we'll be hearing more from the AFKN years soon!




Friday, July 20, 2012

Johnny Grant - Small World 1967

Somehow I've never gotten around to Johnny Grant.  "The Mayor of Hollywood" hosted many shows for the network during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He made 15 trips to Korea and 14 to Vietnam.

He was another KMPC guy and made some great radio.  In 1967 Johnny hosted Small World.  That program had been around for years as sort of a clone of NBCs Monitor.  Johnny added a lot of personality.  We lost Mr. Grant in 2008.

On this broadcast, a report from Vietnam.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

FEN Okinawa - Ask What You Can Do 1981

Randy at AFKN

Randy Ashurst sent this along.  "Okinawa 79-83 was my 6th AFRT tour and I started on the morning show there as I had long been on the air in the service by then. In Nov81 the marine running radio said we had to do a special broadcast each holiday coming up. Next one was Veteran's Day and no takers so he went alphabetically. Me. so I  did a half hr show that was super. It won best in the Pacific, then best in air force then DOD with a Thomas Jefferson award for special broadcast.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

AFKN Ed Autry 1986


Lately there's been a lot of AFKN coming in.  Good thing.  Here's a 1986 visit with Ed Autry.
 usually did the afternoon show called 'Rollin' Home, but this aircheck was done during a week when I was 'sitting in' for Air Force Sergeant Tim Johnson, who happened to be sick that week. So, this aircheck is from the morning drive-time show called 'Morning Watch'.

Friday, July 13, 2012

AFKN in the 70s - Brian Hartzell collection

Brian's trying to identify these pictures. 

Gary Thieman

Don Novak

Randy Ashurst, who we'll be hearing from soon.

AFN 30th anniversary


And it's STILL growing!  This is the 30th anniversary magazine.


Many thanks to Hans Knot for this

Saturday, July 7, 2012

American Vet Radio

Former AFNr Clark Taylor is streaming with "American Vet Radio"


Sounds like fun.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Personal Album 1945 Dick Haymes


Dick Haymes did a lot of shows for AFRS.  This just came in.  Personal Album was a series where the singing stars shared some songs with the troops. 


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Larry Scott's Gold Country 1972


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