Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Night Stand - 1945 - Cab Calloway




For "One Night Stand" AFRTS would repackage music remotes from the states.  It started during WWII and continued for about 20 years.  Cab Calloway was a great talent.  I had him on the show once when I was a boy DJ in Minneapolis.  In 1973 him and Anita O'Day were in a packaged oldies show.  Great music then, great music now.


Roland Bynum - 1973


Roland's back with Old school when it was new.  1973 for the US Air Force.



AFRTS anniversary - Command Performance 1947

2017 will be the 75th anniversary of AFRTS.  The 70th was largely ignored.  What should we do about it?  LaRita Shelby was saying that we could have the beginnings of a committee on this.  There's enough lead time.  Who has ideas?

In 1947 the network was five years old, and the stars came out..






Chris Noel - 1969


Thanks again Chris Noel!  For a lot of troops you were the thing that made a hard time livable.


Chis is an active facebooker.  You should say hi! Click here

Friday, February 27, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1969


Our friend KMPC good guy Roger Carroll is back from a 1969 Thursday.  Roger sent his collection of shows to the blog to be shared.  I'm very grateful for such wonderful radio.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wolfman Jack - 1974


It howls!  Been quite a winter so far.  Play this really loud. It's late 1974 and the Wolf Rocks!!  Thanks again Hans Knot!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jim Pewter and Laurie Allen


(Picture - Laurie Allen) Transmitter site of Iraklion Radio Transmitter site, Crete, 1992 Station Manager Msgt Scott Kirby (who, but I didn't know this at the time, was going to my future husband), Ssgt Kevin Renshaw, Laurie Allen, Jim Pewter

This is fun, Laurie Allen and Jim Pewter musing about the great music of the 1960s and 70s.


This is one of my favorites.  Jim had been playing our music for three decades.  Laurie was helping out.





Monday, February 23, 2015

Radio Novels - 1967


The Radio Novel is sort of a mystery.  No one knows when they were recorded or for whom.

AFRTS was airing hour long ones on 1965, by 1967 it was a half hour.  They repackaged a lot of shows, but if that was the case there would be an occasional known performer.  In 1967 it was part of the Voice of Home.



Sunday, February 22, 2015

AFRS Alaska - 40th anniversary

There's a lot of great video stories.  Larry Rogers shared with us the 40th anniversary of the Alaska network.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Charlie Tuna - 1985

Charlie Tuna with Bobbie Ocean

Easy to see why Charlie was on top for so very long. Most of the shows could be scheduled pretty much any time day or night.  Charlie was in the morning and woke up the world. Stay tuned for Mister Hollywood!  Nothing sounds quite that easy without a lot of work..


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Help on AFKN...

I'm working on a list of all of the AFKN stations, their mobile names and city. I can't find any complete listing. Over the years, stations were moved, decommissioned and deactivated, making this much harder than it should be. What do you remember?



So, by the 1970s the active stations appear to be:

Vagabond - Seoul
Kilroy - Taegu
Homesteader - Pusan
Comet - Osan
Indianhead - Munsan
Mercury - Kunsan
Gypsy - Camp Kaiser
Bayonet - TDC

The Munsan station was named:
Cavelier until 1965
Tomahawk - 1965-70
Indianhead - 1970

The 2nd Division returned to ROK in July, 1965 and Cavalier (at Munsan) was renamed Tomahawk. On 1 May 1971, Bayonet at Tongduchon was renamed Tomahawk and Tomahawk at Munsan was renamed Indianhead

After the war, there's documentation that the following stations were "closed".  They continued as satellite stations rebroadcasting the feed from Seoul.
Meteor - Pohang, Camp Mujuk
Nomad - Uijongbu, Camp Red Cloud
Rambler - Chunchon, Camp Page
Troubador - X Corps, 24th Infantry Div (where was this?)




Richard Makse saved notes from a long time ago...




Who wouldn't have wanted an assignment at Cheji-do?



If you're interested in the pre-Korean War history of AFKN click here


Chris Noel - 1969



Chris began in show business in Mister Roberts on stage with Hugh O'Brien, then kept very busy.

Chris's filmography from imdb Working with Elvis and being in Soldier In the Rain, incredible.  Starting in 1966 AFRTS got Chris in "A Date With Chris", a pretty incredible piece of radio.

She's also been a prolific writer.  Her latest book is about filming "Cease Fire" with Don Johnson.  Click Here


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1969


Roger had the classy side of MOR.  In the late 60s, swinging very hard with the best sounds in town.  Thank you RC!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Matt Willoughby AFKN - 1976


I joined the Army in 1973 with a guaranteed enlistment for DINFOS. I tried to join before to go to Vietnam but my brother was a helicopter pilot over there then and they wouldn't let me go because of the sole surviving son rule. So when I could join they weren't sending anyone to Vietnam anymore. I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone watching SCN and decided to go into broadcasting since I had some radio experience in Arizona when my parents retired. I met my wife Kim at DINFOS and we got married. I was first assigned to SCN but when the Army learned we were married it assigned us to Korea. She was assigned to the Public Affairs Office and I to AFKN. I did radio and television news until 1976. But I convinced Bob Zix to let me do a half hour album rock show with him and others that was recorded and aired late nights. We each DJed our own show. Bob liked my show but the brass didn't like the format and it was canceled. After processing out of the Army in 1976 I went on to jobs in television and radio in Arizona, Washington, D.C..and North Carolina. I am now retired and recently got a job working part time at a Cabelas store in Garner North Carolina. Kim became a teacher and is now retired as well.


It would be interesting if anyone remembers this patch some of us made up.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

AFN Bremerhaven 1950


Thanks Joel. Now I have to find one of these...

RIP Gary Owens


Gary Owens was one amazing talent.  In the late 60s he had a show on AFRTS.  

On February 12, 2015 we lost Gary.  He was 80 years old and died at home.


He made some legendary radio...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Random TP

The "Top Pops" series were the weeks hits, issues from 1962-75.  It made a pretty incredible oldies library...


TP-43 RL7-4 1964

Shelby Flint-Little Dancing Doll
Jack Nitzshe-Lonely Surfer
Nancy Wilson-Tell Me The Truth
Billy Abbott-Groovy Baby
Kim Weston-Love Me All The Way
Gene McDaniels-It's A Lonely Town
Floyd Cramer-How High The Moon
Cliff Richard-Lucky Lips
Bill Purcell-Pride
Jackie DeShannon-Little Yellow Roses
Peter Paul and Mary-Blowin In The Wind
Bill Anderson 8 x 10
Burl Ives-This Is All I Ask
Claude King-Scarlet O'Hara

How many of THOSE are still being played on the radio?

Pendleton Story - 1951

In 1951 there were a lot of radio actors and not a lot of work.  AFRTS was creating historic, patriotic radio

 "The Threat". The "XYZ" Affair threatens relations with France, the Alien and Sedition Acts threaten American freedoms. Lamont Johnson, Vic Perrin, 



Lamont Johnson had a long, successful career from Let's Pretend to Tarzan, Dragnet, Escape and the Whistler.  As a director he was a part of Peter Gunn, Twilight Zone and Name of The Game.

This recording is from a 1967 re-issue.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jerry Thomas - Sounds of the 60s - 1967

It's another show of your mostly MOR favorites.  We did keep the Colonels happy.  I can't find anything about this one.  It almost sounds like one of the shows that Capitol sent out...

Shirley Bassey is Jerry Thomas' special guest.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Chris Noel - 1968


Chris Noel brought America to troops worldwide with a A Date With Chris.  She's dedicated her life to the troops.  I'm grateful.  Now Chris has a shelter for homeless veterans Click here.  She saved most of her shows and is sharing them with us.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1967


Jim Pewter had pretty much just gotten back from AFKN and scored a deal on McCadden Ave.  The music was great!



Monday, February 9, 2015

AFN Jim Collinson - 1970


Jim Collinson is back with the greatest hits on 1970 on the "Stateside Sound Survey"



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

AFVN and the Tet Offensive 1968

The page about AFVN and Tet 1968 has been updated.  It's an important part of our history.
Take a look.  Click here


Wolfman Jack - 1973


Friday and time for Wolfman Jack.  This is a 1973 visit.  Have you heard about your opportunities in the Air Force?





Thursday, February 5, 2015

50 years of DINFOS

The Defense Information School is the Department of Defense school for Public Affairs, writing and broadcasting:


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Charlie Tuna - 1977




There's not a lot more to be said about Charlie Tuna than that he deserves his place in the Radio Hall of Fame. His website has many great bits. Take a look Charlietuna.com



The photo is Gene Price, Charlie and Jim Pewter and Jim Pewter.





Charlie has your favorites in this 1977 broadcast from AFN.  Bill Swisher has news after...


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AFN Bob Cultis 1984

From AFN Germany, Bob Cultis has your country favorites on Country Style.  DO you have more information?


Monday, February 2, 2015

Gene Price - 1974


Before Gene was doing country radio, he was a very kicking top 40 jock in San Francisco.  When the Beatles played the Cow Palace, Gene was the DJ host.  In 1974 Gene had the word about opportunities in the Army:



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Jimmy Wakely - 1969




Jimmy Wakely was one of the last singing cowboys.  Singer, film star, songwriter and record company owner.  In films he was in Roy Rogers and Gene Autry films.  Working with Gene Autry eventually led to long-term performances on Melody Ranch.  In later years Jimmy performed on the Grand Old Opry and did a tour for the troops with Bob Hope.  We lost Jimmy to emphysema in 1982 

In 1969 Jimmy played your country favorites worldwide.