Saturday, December 30, 2017

World Of Folk Music 1969


The World of Folk Music was an interesting show. First Oscar Brand did a conventional Folkie show, then the ones I've heard were great profiles of country music.  A couple of weeks ago someone asked for one.  A few days ago, Dan sent one.  I can take a hint.  Take a listen to  Hugh Jeffrey tell the story of Merle Haggard.




New Year Dancing Party 1946

Happy 1946!  In 1945 the network assembled the top bands in the country to celebrate the win:

New Year's Dancing Party. December 31, 1945. AFRS origination. Happy New Year's from bands around the country. An assembled program. Harry James and His Orchestra, Count Basie and His Orchestra, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Woody Herman and His Orchestra, Henry King and His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra, Louis Prima and His Orchestra, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra, Don Wilson


Friday, December 29, 2017

AFKN New Year 1970 wiith Roger Schulman


 
This is fun, from Yongsan, Roger Schulman plays the greatest hits of the 50s and 60s all the way to 1970. Roger went on to great radio things in Tampa radio.

 
AFKN Roger Schulman 12/69

Monday, December 25, 2017

John Doremus 1967


Great music, wonderful stories, and... that voice.   John Doremus was one amazing talent.  



Joe Ferguson 1983




Joe Ferguson is back with some memories of 1983.  Thanks again Joe for sharing these!!!
I was just finishing up at SCN Panama when this aired.  Good times!

Joe is joining the team at http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com  Give a listen.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gene Price 1974


I just received a new bundle of these.  Now I have most of the shows that Gene did for Roger Carroll Productions.  But I won't rest until...

Gene is still with us enjoying the California sun.  Recently he completed a book for kids (great for holiday giving).

Bolero Time - 1964


Vance Graham did some very neat radio here, celebrating the Latino culture at Christmas

Ira Cook - Xmas 1963



Every Christmas week we would receive a full week of Christmas programming, recorded the prior September in Los Angeles.  This is from Christmas week 1963.  Ira Cook and winter and snow, with songs of the holiday season.





Monday, December 18, 2017

Mary Helen Barro 1983


I remember the Canal Zone..  It sure would be nice to stretch out on the beach.  Mary Helen Barro has the music.  You'll have to bring a beverage.




Hootenavy 1967


The services had a lot of recruiting shows running on US stations.  Several of those were picked up by AFRTS.  WSMs Ralph Emery did "Hootenavy", today with Ferlin Husky.







Sunday, December 17, 2017

Charlie Tuna Christmas 1978



Christmas away from home could be a difficult time, Charlie and the rest of the team made home not quite so far away.  I'm off to the mess hall for lobster...

Here's Charlie Tuna and a 1978 Christmas show.

Charlie Tuna Christmas 1978

More Charlie Tuna

We're running 24 hour Christmas Shows at http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com with Roger Carroll, Ira Cook, Chris Noel and more.


Joe Allison - 1967


First couple of minutes on this are a little rough, but Joe has a nice show here.  Rich Green from AFRTS Kwajelein visits with Joe




Ed Masters, International Man Of Mystery



I was paging through an AFKN yearbook.  I knew all of the places and some of the people. Ed Masters I've always wondered about.  Ed came to AFKN from FEN (prior to John Buey) during the Korean War, was there when I was 25 years later.  Well over 30 years as a DAC is a story in itself. Ed's legs were were handicapped.  He never was.  His pain had him awake and monitoring the network 24 hours a day.  I'd make a mistake. Ed's on the batphone patiently explaining how to do it correctly.  I learned a lot.  At the time it was said that he was a rising star in radio, his niece said that a motorcycle accident put an end to that.  Normally such things are easy enough to get details about.  Ed just seems to start with the Korean war, 

 
 

Herman Griffith 1968


Sure was some great music.  Herman Griffith came to us from KGFJ.  A while back I found out what the deal was where he's not "hitting the posts", when AFRTS upgraded their studios there wasn't a proper headphone output.  Herman would have been more dependent on a headphone output that most. Love the energy and the music.



All That Jazz 1968



Sometimes there's a show with zero information.  Jack Taylor was playing some smoky jazz in the 1960s




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Bobby Troup 1968

Bobby Troup in MASH

Well, here's something we've never heard before.  Bobby Troup was an actor, musician, DJ and husband to Julie London.  He did a show for AFRTS:


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1975


I was visiting a radio pal "Somewhere I have a Wolfman ET, want it?"  That's an easy question.  The disk was trashed and I've spent most of a year trying to get it to track.  The recruiting shows were recorded at the big deal recording studios rather than AFRTS.  Wolf is on a tear...







Roger Carroll 1976


Here's some more fun from Hollywood with Roger Carroll!  Roger has been a part of this crazy business since the 1940s.  Now, internet streaming http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mary Turner 1984


Time for another visit with Mary Turner, She started at the network in 1981 or so, bringing a new perspective.  It was rocking...

Mary checked in last time with good words about her AFRTS time. 


Andy Mansfield 1963


Andy Mansfield loved his oldies, but when you start doing an oldies show in the 1950s we hear big band and before.  His first show was with his wife but always it was some of his favorites from his collection.



Roland Bynum 1980


Time for some soulin' with Roland.  Roland still makes the magic at KJLH, Los Angeles.


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.




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jim Pewter 1978

PV2 Jim Pewters and Jill St John in Korea 1964.  Jill was with the Bob Hope show.  Copyright Playground Productions.  Courtesy Jim Pewter.


Jim Pewter has your favorite oldies.  These guys did such a great job with Command Information.  I was just listening to this one and realized I had spent a minute being interested in a spot about hepatitis .  I would have been in Korea around this time.  Street vendors, things swimming in the water.  I did avoid the tattoo parlors..

Jim is also part of the greatest airteam ever at http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com

The music's great.  C'mon down to the malt shop..








Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Don Tracy 1980



Welcome back Don Tracy.  Just to learn about his audience Don took a vacation out of his own pocket, to visit Germany and meet us.  We will hear more from Don Tracy. Good stuff.  It's Thursday!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Chris Noel sings for the Troops in Korat


Joe Ferguson 1983


Thank you once again Joe Ferguson for sharing your shows with us.  1983 was a great year for me, finishing up in Panama.  Quite a tour.



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WGBY Guantanamo Bay - Bill Stiles 1966


The picture is Miguel Fernandez at WGBY, the AFRTS station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Today we hear Bill Stiles, with "something for the ladies."  1966.  Bill's guest is Dorothy Lamour.  Jeremy found the tape:

"Those tapes came so close to getting lost forever. Dorothy Lamour is definitely "old Hollywood" I like her observations about people in Hollywood going out and spending money to seem rich." I totally agree.  Great radio and thanks for sharing! 

She would be totally lost in today's Hollywood scene.




Gene Price 1975


A couple of weeks ago we had some details about Gene Price's new book (still time to order!!!).  So today, it's 1975 Gene and Willard have all of the updates on Today's Army!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Ira Cook 1967


There was some really nice MOR music in the late 1960s.  Here's Ira with a 1967 visit.



Mary Helen Barro 1983


Celebrate with a 1983 show with Mary Helen Barro y la musica mejor!



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Charlie Tuna 1983



A few years ago a friend of mine was visiting family in Duluth MN.  I was texted "Charlie Tuna's on the radio up here!!!"  Charlie had a syndicated show heard from coast to coast (through Black Card). 

Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison is back with another hour of your country favorites.  Hello Dottie West...


Monday, October 23, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1974


Back in the Golden Days of Radio stations blocked out Sunday mornings with Public Service programming.  Recruiting was a Public Service.  Wolfman, Gene Price and Roland Bynum did these programs for Roger Carroll's company. I guess it's some kind of a circle.

Mary Turner 1984





Time for another visit with Ft McCadden's Mary Turner.  Mary really did rock the world.  KMET, AFRTS, Off the Record.  Classy and always done well.

America's Popular Music 1961


Andy and Virginia Mansfield

Andy did a bunch of shows, starting with Turn Back the Clock, America's Popular Music.  I wouldn't surprise me if there were others.  It's a great look at the earliest popular music.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Roland Bynum 1980



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The Detroit born Roland first got to Los Angeles in 1967 at KGFJ to replace the "Magnificent Montague" eventually rising to Program Director.  1998 started a long run at Stevie Wonder's KJLH. Time for a "good Bynum".  Roland is back with memories of 1980.





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tom Campbell 1975


Time for another trip down memory lane with Bay Area fave, Tom Campbell (for Cal Stereo). Here's a neat 1975 show..

When Tom got out of the Air Force, he got a gigs in Shreveport, Minneapolis (The Twin Cities connection continues) and Dayton. 1967 it was to San Francisco where fame struck. between radio and agency work he bounced around southern California including for us at AFRTS



I finally located Tom Campbell, who sends his best.  Tom's now being heard on Roger Carroll's streaming internet station




Bill Stewart 1968


Time for a musical Bill affair (Listen to the jingle).  Bill was still with us in the late 70s with a neat brew of swing.  Bill was the one on "Quarter Century of Swing" for AFRTS.  We lost Bill in 1993 to heart failure. Bill graced KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75.

Jim Pewter 1982




Our AFKN brother Jim Pewter is back with another oldies party from the malt shop!  If it starts with Louie, Louie it's gotta be great!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

GI Jive 1945



When AFRTS worked best, it was the Voice Of Home, a place to remember. Nowhere was that easier to see than by the presentation of women. During WWII Martha Wilkerson was GI Jill, a friendly neighbor. In the 1950s it was Rebel Randall. In the 1960s Chris Noel was very much a product of the times. Here's GI Jill:




Monday, October 9, 2017

Don Tracy - 1985


Where's the party?  Anywhere Don Tracy is.



Chris Noel - 1968



Chris is okay after the nasty weather in Florida! To celebrate Chris Noel's book "A Blonde Bomb Goes To Vietnam" (get a copy by clicking here , proceeds benefit Chris's veterans shelter "Ceasefire House"), it's time for A Date With Chris.

AF Teen Thirty




With the help of the Frankfurt Radio Club, it's time for Teen Thirty.  We served our communities and sometimes let the dependents rock.  Joe Ferguson was a member, here's some details:

The Frankfurt American High School started a radio club amongst students who were interested and we produced and aired a weekly radio program on AFN Frankfurt.  I believe the first year was the 1961-62 school year and they would bus us from the school out to the castle in Hochst where the studios were located and we would record the program.  I believe it aired on the weekend.  There was music, school activities news and sports news.  The first faculty adviser to the radio club was the speech and drama teacher, Catherine Rotter and she was great fun.
In the castle along with the studios, there also were barracks and an AFN club with a bar and pub food.  My senior year, 62-63 I was the president of the club. 
Imagine the effect on an impressionable teen, interested in learning something about radio.  Having the opportunity to go to a real life castle with big gates and real turrets too was an amazing experience.  And then, throw in studios just stuffed with all this nifty Grundig and Telefunken broadcast gear and all the AFN pro’s we got to work with..  I was hooked! 
Little did I know I would never work in another radio station that had its own bar complete with pub food; =) Or one that had a turret either.
Regards,
Joe


John Doremus 1969


Talk about a voice.  John Doremus was an Easy listening giant.  In the states he was probably the first voice of music in flight.  Had nightly radio shows on the biggest AM stations for the airlines, and did his show for AFRTS.  Music for the dinner hour...



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gene Price 1975

From 1975 Gene Price has the reasons you should join todays Army!  These were done for Roger Carroll's company and were a centerpiece of Sunday morning radio listening.  Gene, Roland Bynum, Robert W. Morgan, Billy Pearl and Roger himself. 


Ira Cook 1967


It's a Monday and Ira's "Star of the Day" is Margaret Whiting!



Mary Helen Barro 1983


Mary Helen Barro invites you to a Friday fiesta!



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Continental Varieties 1960




Here's Dick Crawford with some dinnertime Music of the Continent.  Today the highlight is on the Americans. Dick did the show from the late 50s until the mid-60s.  I can see a lot of Colonels grooving...



AFRS in the 1940s



This is kind of a fun, a YouTube channel with a lot of AFRS disks from the 1940s.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1984



Greatest (disk) jockey

Charlie sure inspired fans.  We're lucky enough to have a LOT of these because Steve Orchard was a military kid.  He'd listen to AFN and really like "Staying Tuna'd" and saved hundreds of cassettes.  I had a great time transferring them.



Saturday, September 30, 2017