Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Chris Noel - 1970


This certainly has been the biggest project.  Chris is letting us hear the disks she saved from her AFRTS run.  Great radio.  We're up to 1970.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This Is The Story - Red Ball Express 1946

During the 1940s there were a lot of programs on the stateside networks that were educational, in a good way.  The best of these were repackaged by AFRTS.



This is the Story - "Red Ball Express" with Louis Calhern narrating.  Label notes it was originally broadcast on "Warriors of Peace", June 9, 1946.



This Is The Story - Red Ball Express 1946

Wolfman Jack - 1974

Here comes de Wolfman...



While Wolfman was doing his AFRTS shows he was also doing shows for Air Force recruiting for Roger Carroll's company.  These shows aired in the states, usually very early Sunday mornings (they counted as 30 minutes of PSA time).  While he was doing those he was jocking on WNBC NY and doing "Midnight Special" for NBC TV.  Kept busy...




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Colonel Robert Cranston - funeral 16 November 2013

 
MILITARY BROADCASTING PIONEER
 
BURIED WITH HONORS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 
 
Arlington, VA .....16 Nov ...(Special to the AFN Bulletin Board)
 
 93-year-old Colonel Robert Cranston, the "Iconic" G.I. Broadcasting officer with more than a quarter of a century of service to this country,  was laid to rest with full military honors on a green hillside, among many other fallen heroes, at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, on a beautiful, late fall morning,  under a verdant blue sky,  as a gentle breeze whispered through the still colorful, fall foliage.
 
The burial service was conducted by Army Chaplin Captain Matt Madison, a three-tour veteran of the fighting in Afghanistan, who briefly, but completely, summarized Colonel Cranston's military career in the historic Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer, home of the Honor Guard, and immediately adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.  About 40 people attended the service at the chapel, including Sandra "Sandy" Cranston, the Colonel's widow, her two adult children and two of the Colonel's grandchildren.  There were nine people altogether in the family group.  Outside the chapel, prior to the service, as the Honor Guard was doing its last minute drilling, Piper Gustav "Gus" Person played a variety of tunes to the left of the main entrance.  Person, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army,  and a bagpiper with The Alexandria City Pipes and Drums, served in Berlin during his military career, and was a regular listener to AFN Berlin.
 
 At least five former AFN  broadcasters also attended the burial, including Kayo Mullen aka Jack McCarthy, who flew from Central Florida to be present at the service.  Also in attendance was retired Navy Captain Maury Cagle, a former civilian AFN news editor, the current AFN Bulletin Board "co-webmistress," Judy Boysha, who took time off from her federal Video Production Chief job,  Shel Smith, who was hosting Kayo Mullen, and your reporter,  retired Army Pvt. Andrew Guthrie  As people did not wear name tags, there may well have been a few former AFNers in the group who were not recognized.  In addition to family friends of the Cranston's from Bedford County, Virginia, was a group of three or four retired officers from the SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) Officers Association Washington chapter, with whom Colonel Cranston served.
 
 Following the short service in the chapel, the Chaplin led the procession of the urn carrying Colonel Cranston's ashes out of the chapel, where the Third U. S. Army Band, "The Pershing's Own," played a salute as the urn was placed on the caisson for the procession to the cemetery.  At Colonel Cranston's request, the caisson was drawn by six white horses, and the traditional riderless horse, with upturned boots, led the procession to the burial side, about a quarter mile away.  The mourners were given time to return to their cars, and followed the caisson.  At the burial site, Chaplin Madison again welcomed the mourners, and recited verses from the Bible dealing with death and everlasting life.  Then the U.S. Flag that draped the caisson was undraped fully by the honor guard over the casket, then, with crisp precision, was folded into the all-too-familiar neat triangle, and Chaplin Madison presented it to Mrs. Cranston with some whispered remarks.
 
 This was followed by a volley of three shots fired by the Honor Guard, and then Taps, as the crowd and the troops, stood at attention, rendering the salute.  Immediately following Taps, the Cemetery official declared the burial over, and the Piper then played the traditional Scottish funeral aire, "Flowers of the Forest" as the crowd remained standing.  With the mourners then returning to their cars, the Piper played the stirring "Scotland the Brave."
 
 A reception was held after the burial at the Fort Myer Officer's Club, with a wide selection of hors d'oeuvres, including delicious hot crab dip on French bread.  There was punch for some, however many of the mourners elected to honor Colonel Cranston 's passing with a variety of single malt Scotch and other drinks.  The reception lasted at least an hour, during which Piper Person serenaded the group with more tunes on the bagpipe.  Following the reception, the  retired AFNers and the Cranston family group drove to Pat Troy's Ireland's Own Pub in the historic downtown area of Alexandria, a city founded in the mid 1700's by Scottish merchants when it was the tobacco port for Northern Virginia, in sending that cash crop to smokers on the continent.  Those of age partook of several glasses of Glenlivet 16 year-old single malt, and the four AFN veterans told the Colonel's grandchildren stories of their time at the Castle von Brunning in Hoechst and what life and broadcasting was like in the time they served under Colonel Cranston.
 
During the period prior to the service, your reporter passed out copies of Colonel Cranston's obituaries to the Honor Guard and to the members of the unit attending the horses that would carry the caisson to the burial site.  I also took the opportunity to tell one of the horses that he and his mates would be carrying a very special officer to his final resting site and that they should be proud.  He may have understood me.  I can tell all of you that several sergeants and the Captain of one of the several Honor Guard components, himself a veteran of a tour in Afghanistan, told me that no one, of the many burial parties for months before this one, (Arlington does 30 funerals every day!) had ever taken the trouble to inform the Guardsmen of the background of the officer they were honoring.  It occurred to me, that, as so many of us feel so deeply about Colonel Cranston, I did not want him to be, at his burial, yet another "anonymous"  military officer, to them,  but rather a man who's expansion of G. I. broadcasting had most likely been a part of their lives.  And several of them thanked me for including them.
 
Mrs.  Cranston, who is a real computer artist, produced, at the last minute,  a service program, with a color and black and white cover montage of Colonel Cranston's life  It was  beautiful, and inside was a brief history of his accomplishments.  In an effort to allow all of you to feel that you were with us at the burial, not just "in spirit" I am including an attachment of the lovely program.  Please understand that Sandy did this in just a day or two, so bear with her in the misspelling of Fort Meyer.  It was an outstanding achievement!
 
For your information, you reporter wore his ancient Guthrie tartan kilt, with the Pfc. stripes on the jacket that Colonel Cranston purchased for me on his 90th birthday, and four ribbons, about which the Colonel took the trouble to write to me, when I told him I never got a single medal at the end of my service.  He even included a catalogue with each one circled! 
 
Sadly and respectfully,
 
Army Pfc. (by Colonel's order) Andrew Guthrie (Ret.) AFN Headquarters Newsroom 1960-'61 Frankfurt am Main Hoechst
 

AFTN - New show preview 1969


There are some great new shows coming up to celebrate 1969 on AFTN!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gary Owens - 1969



This is a much better transfer of something that was presented a while back.  I was sent a bunch of disks that weren't stored in sleeves and were in pretty rough shape. 

Roland Bynum - 1981


Roland has the best Soulin' 1981 style


Friday, November 22, 2013

Gene Price - 1975

Time to board the Country Express.  I hope you've got your boarding pass.




Christmas will be here before you know it and Gene's book would be a great gift for the little ones in your life.

1945 AFN scripts


A couple of weeks ago I heard about this.  Some personal papers that seemed to have some AFN scripts from the 40s.  I did the deal.  The owner turned out to be in Minneapolis so I could pick them up and get the history (provenance is rarely available) .  Jack Pratt led the ATC Orchestra after Glenn Miller.  These were a batch of his personal papers. The ATC band toured Europe after the war.  It was some incredible history and yes a bunch of AFN scripts.  Countdown shows, T/5 Mickey Rooney in a show and this one.  Jack Benny went to Europe during his summer break in 1945 and did a show exclusively for AFN (anyone have audio of this???)

I'm just happy to be able to give it a home.  Now how to share it...

Roger Carroll - 1969


There was a Happy Hour in 1969?  Every day when Roger Carroll is at the mic.




Chris Noel - 1969


The weekend is almost here.  Chris Noel has memories of 1969


Chris's new book is out "Filming the Glory Stompers: Behind the scenes with Dennis Hopper"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AFN Bremerhaven 1993 - Bill Boyd



Time for good morning, 1993 style.  Here's Bill Boyd at the "PowerStation"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Roland Bynum - 1981

It's a Wednesday happening on AFRTS with the Bynum...

 
Still has it.
 

Rebel Randall 1952

Ladies on the radio, from GI Jill, Chris Noel, Mary Turner, LaRita Shelby, Laurie Allen.  Voices from home.  During the Korean War that voice was Rebel Randall.

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Huge audience, doing a civilian show in the states where families could call their troop overseas.  Eventually picked up by AFRTS to do a show.  "Jukebox USA".  It only ran for a couple of years.  Rumor at the time was she was talking too sexy for the brass...


Monday, November 18, 2013

Melody Roundup - Spade Cooley




He made some pretty amazing music and performed for the troops a lot.  Take a listen.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The AFRTS Story - 1962


In 1962 the network sent out their 20th anniversary broadcast.  Marvin Miller does a wonderful job.  Only thing that puzzles me is the muddy transfers of shows from the 1940s.   Good listening, time to reenlist!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Charlie Tuna - 1987


Charlie with "Mama" Cass Elliott

I have never heard a scrap of tape where Charlie didn't have his groove.  It's talent and working hard.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Introduction to AFN Europe


Roger Carroll - 1974


So the station is burning off some Public Affairs time and at least one boy-dj is wondering how much of this is true. Thanks again Roger Carroll.




Chris Noel - 1969


Chris is back, it's a Thursday in 1969 and if there's a style of music not being played it's be hard to figure what it'd be.  The voice of home...




Sunday, November 3, 2013

Roger Carroll - 1980


So if it weren't broadcasting, probably baseball?  Roger's back with an update of "The Best Sounds in Town"


Johnny Bond - 1962

Johnny Bond did a lot of songs, movies and had a long term radio gig with AFRTS



Archive.org has much of his music click here

He brought the back home music

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Date With Chris - 1969


These are great, Chris Noel playing a mix of music that I never would have though would work.  They'd tell us at the DINFOS about the "Mixed Music Format" Hard C&W, R&B and rock all mixed together and everyone would like it.  Chris made it work.


The Swingin' Years - 1962

Chuck Cecil did his tribute to the music of the Big Band years from the 1950s well into the 1980s.  In the beginning he was recording the show at KFI, where he originated "The Swingin' Years".




Chuck still does the show on Saturdays on KJazz  KJAZ88.1