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

Joe Allison 1969

Joe Allison with Hank Cochran and Jeannie Seely


Wolfman Jack 1983


And to top things off, the weekend begins with a Friday show.  I just read Border Radio, a great book about the beginnings of the Mexican border blasters.  In a nutshell, the guys who were best were paid by the amounts of products they sold.  This guy could sell...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AFN Berlin - Tom Adams 1990



The tapes a little beat up, but from Berlin Tom Adams plays them for you...

Turn Back the Clock 1958


Andy and Virginia Mansfield share some highlights of their record collection, and they're excited about it.  That always makes for great listening.  Andy had to build special shed to store his collection.  Hmmm...

Andy went on to do other shows for AFRTS for many years.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Roger Carroll 1969



It's Monday.  Won't you join us for the Best Sounds In Town?  If you haven't heard yet, I'm working with Roger on his internet streaming radio station.  http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com features classic Roger Carroll shows and Roland Bynum, Gene Price, Jim Pewter, Chris Noel, Ira Cook and shows from Robert W Morgan, Wink Martindale and Billy Pearl.  All done and told sounds a lot like when I heard these guys the first time.  You're invited!  

Roger was with the network for a long, long time.  We're glad to make this available.

Mary Turner 1986



Mary Turner brought the rock in the 1980s and 90s.  She had the daily show and "Off The Record".  The music was great and she really had a way with an interview.  She always treasured her time as one of the AFRTS-LA talent.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Roland Bynum 1980


Roland Bynum discusses his career.

Bill Stewart 1970



Bill Stewart was another of the KMPC talent that had the AFRTS gig, He was the Bill of the KMPC jingle..."Ira, Johnny, Bill and Dick!" Bill graced LA playing his mixture of Swing, jazz and MOR at several great stations.
KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75. For Armed Forces Radio he hosted "A Quarter Century of Swing." In 1969, the 30-year veteran was honored with a concert at the Palladium. For 20 years he did in-flight airline music programming. Bill died in 1993 of congestive heart failure.


Bill Stewart - 1970
 
More Bill Stewart

Jim Pewter 1973




Welcome back Jim Pewter, we did go to different high schools together (I live about 5 miles from where Jim grew up).  Jim was in the Army, was at AFKN and then the magic began.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Don Tracy 1980


It's Don Tracy with another hour of favorites.  I'm still in suspense.  Don has some things coming up that could be good.  But right now, Don Tracy!



Chris Noel 1968

Chris Noel with Lawrence Welk

Chris Noel was an amazing talent.  Let's go back to 1968 for a Date With Chris.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Joe Ferguson 1983





In 1983 AFRTS reached out to jocks all over the country to record series of shows for the troops.  Joe Ferguson from Portland (OR) was one of the guys to contribute great shows.  A while back Joe shared his shows with us.  They are a bunch of fun...



John Doremus 1968



Amazing set of pipes and smooth.  John Doremus had evening music for many years.  Similar to what Jim Ameche did earlier and what Pete Smith did later but smoother and bigger.  He had recorded Music Through the Night shows sponsored by the airlines that ran on the biggest AM clear channel stations in the country.  He also was the one that started syndicating in flight music.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gene Price 1992

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

Gene Price has another hour of your country favorites.  Gene had some recent health issues and is bouncing right back.  It's like the Country Express!  Prayers.





Ira Cook 1967



Ira is back, with memories of a Thursday in 1967. Our star of the day is Walter Wanderly.



Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Warm up your day with musica latina from Mary Helen Barro.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1980

Young Wolfman probably at AM daytimer soul station KUXL Minneapolis. Did he ever do a bad show?  It's 1980 and Wolf rocks the world...




Sunday, September 17, 2017

AFKN 1970 - Dave Massa



Well AFKN in Seoul is on it's way to being closed. A while back Dave Massa sent a memory,  a 1970 AFKN Munsan aircheck. It's time for "Mail From Home" Here's a nice history from 1970 the AFKN story






AFKN Munsan 1970 - Dave Massa


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jim Pewter - 1970

Jim Pewter in a 1967 promo picture at AFRTS 
(picture courtesy Jim Pewter)

Jim spent 30 years at AFRTS from 1966 through 1996, every show a painless education of rock.

Guenther recorded a bunch of these from AFN and it's some great listening.  Thank you Guenther and Jim!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Blue Danube Network - AFN Austria 1955

Blue Danube Network in Austria. BDN was initiated shortly after World War II, and the first station went into operation in Salzburg July 10, 1945.
The unit opened its first permanent station in Salzburg under the call letters KZCA. The Salzburg station was followed by BDN Vienna, when the capital city became the command's headquarters. Next came the Linz outley, thus creating a trio of stations spread across Austria.

The quality and originality of BDN production increased gradually and soon augmented AFRS "canned" shows. Two of the original productions were "Hospital Request Show" and "Man On The Street."

Located At Klessheim
When USFA Hq moved from Vienna to Salzburg in 1950, BDN Salzburg became the main station. In 1955 BDN was shut down as the Americans were asked to leave Austria.

Here's a variety of airchecks and interviews about BDN




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1981

Charlie Tuna, Brooke Shields and Leo Sayer

So where were you in 1981.  I was at SCN in Panama, still getting settled in and playing these shows.  Charlie Tuna was a big part of the network.

Charlie, thanks for the memories and letting me crib off of these shows


Monday, September 11, 2017

Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison shows off the Country Corner



Russian Roulette with a Sugar Cube 1966




By the mid 60s drugs were being an issue and the information crew of AFRTS wanted to get the truth out about LSD.  It's an interesting show.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1975

Check out the history of the Wolfman from the Wolfman Jack Online Museum.  Click Here

It's howlin' great.  Here's another visit with Wolfman Jack:

Wolfman Jack 1975


More Wolfman Jack

Monday, September 4, 2017

Roger Carroll - 1981


I always find it special to transfer a disk that I would have run at the station.  In 1981 I was at SCN, did the cleverly titled "Morning Show", played Charlie Tuna then Roger Carroll.  RC brings us straight back to a Friday in 1981.  It really is the best sounds in town....




Mary Turner - 1984




Received a nice note from Mary Turner:

"I often think about my 18 years at Fort McCadden with great fondness. Loved that Roach Coach-I remember always getting teased for actually paying for a bottle of water. I was ahead of my time!"
And she certainly was.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Turn Back the Clock 1958


Turn Back the Clock was a regional show that ended up on NBC (regional?) in 1955.  They came over to AFRTS and shared songs from their personal collection.  They've got some good ones today.







Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Roland Bynum 1980


Roland's back with some really wonderful music.  Partytime starts now!




Bill Stewart 1971



Bill Stewart sure kept it jazzy.  From the mid-60s through the late 70s Bill brought a special sound.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chris Noel 1968




Chris Noel is an amazing story if you haven't heard it already take a look at her website.

She still does so much more than she has too.  Vetsville is a homeless shelter for veterans that she keeps running.  Make a contribution, go to her website and buy something.  It helps.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Solitary Singer - 1951

Terry (Ted) Gilkyson was an ex-Air Force PAO type and had this show where he'd tell stories of American history through folk music.  AFRTS was experimenting with producing entertainment programming on a limited budget.  This worked well.

Terry was a performer/songwriter.  If you ever heard the Easyriders version of "MaryAnn" you heard Terry's biggest song.  He also wrote "Memories are Made of This", which was huge for Dean Martin.

By the 1960s, he was working for Disney studios.  Among other things, wrote "Bare Necessities" in Jungle Book.

We Lost Terry in 1999.




Kris Erik Stevens 1983


Kris Erik Stevens made a lot of great radio, taking Chicago then Los Angeles by storm.  Over the last few years, Kris has been the voice of the pre-show music at the theatre.  Here's part of 1983 with Kris Erik:



Wow Thomas........
Hearing my radio show performed years ago was
quite a wakeup call on my Sunday morning ----- 
Takes me back in time..... 
Thanks for sharing memories of my AFRTS radio days.
Kris Erik Stevens


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jim Pewter 1981

 

Picture from Jim Pewter, copyright Playgound Productions

Barry White was a big man, with a big voice and a big talent.  He stopped in to talk with our friend Jim Pewter.  Jim and Barry had been friends since 1966, producing sessions for Mustang and Bronco records in Los Angeles.