Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dick Sinclair - 1959

Dick Sinclair was in the very first group of AFRS talent.  Before we even had a network, this group was training at Fox studios.  Dick was at the station on Guadalcanal.


After the war, Dick Sinclair helped to make polka a national joy.  Polka Party was heard on hundreds of stations and made the jump to TV.


Places to go - 1963


This is a 1963 station listing from the Broadcast Guide.  They list the networks separately:

Alaska Network (AN)
American Forces Korea Network (AFKN)
American Forces Network Europe (AFN)
Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) Canal Zone
Far East Network (FEN)

Wolfman Jack - 1980


Whatever it was, this guy could sell it.  From baby chickens to staying a member of the all-volunteer force has there ever been a salesman like Wolfman Jack?


Monday, January 27, 2014

Roland Bynum - 1981

The Creator's Workshop is now open.  It's time for Roland Bynum!



Chris Noel - 1967


1967 and Chris Noel is recording her first month of A Date With Chris, an experience that eventually changed her life.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1981


Young Roger Carroll, learning the skills that brought us Happy Hours...


AFVN Paul Bottoms 1969

Here's a mostly complete AFVN Orient Express from 1969 with Paul Bottoms.



Army Hour - 1967 - Computers


The Army had computers in 1967, just not very sure what they were.  This from a 1967 "Army Hour" broadcast.  The Army Hour had PAO shops from around the world filing reports on what their commands were doing.  These usually ended up broadcast on Sunday mornings in the states. Sgt Raymond Banks reports:



Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stan Major - AFN 1955



Stan was at the castle in 1955, after AFN a great career with NBC.  Here's his story:




Jim Pewter


This is nice, about an hour excerpts of Jim's shows with the music not scoped.   We went to different high schools together.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Chuck Cecil - 1978

Chuck had been doing the "Big Band Countdown" since the 1950s at KFI.  He brought that over to AFRTS and was still going strong in the 1980s.  I was checking some unused storage and found some programs that I had thought were lost.

August 1978...AFN news follows "The Big Band Countdown"




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AFRS Adak - The Great Dogsled Race

Everywhere we did community programming, carnivals, fairs, blooddrives.  This was a February day in 1971.  AFRS Adak TV and radio covering "The Great Dogsled Race".  After that it's Michael Brown playing favorites.




Adak890 KHz250w



Monday, January 20, 2014

Gene Price - 1974

I have most of these now, it's some good listening.  In February 1974 Gene was doing his second month of shows for Army recruiting:


All aboard the Country Express!


Herman Griffith - 1967

Feeling brave?  Bold?  If you're young or old Herman Griffith is here with the Records Caravan.

Herman with Jim Pewter and Roger Carroll

Herman was at KGFJ in Los Angeles in the early 60s, was with us into the 1970s and not much else is known.


Melody Roundup - Hollywood Barn Dance 1948

Melody Roundup was a catch-all.  Stations all over the country would send recordings of their local "hillbilly" shows, they'd be repackaged into a 15 minute program.

The "Hollywood Barn Dance" was KNX, Los Angeles version of the Opry..

Andy Parker and the Plainsmen





Sunday, January 19, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1985

Charlie and the Stormtroopers?

Charlie Tuna in the radio.  Those were memories.  I'd listen every day.  Charlie's show would follow the "Morning Show" (great name?) on SCN in Panama.  He always had his groove.


Charlie's on the air in Los Angeles on K-Earth 101

Wolfman Jack -1975


Have you heard about the Air Force?  Wolfman Jack has details.  This 1975 show was done for Roger Carroll's company over at Watermark. They were aired on hundreds of stations in the United States.  The Wolf howls!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Roger Carroll - 1981

Roger Carroll on the day his daughter was married

Roger Carroll has another hour of the best sounds in town.  Roger is on facebook click here be sure to say hi!


I had a wonderful chat with Roger, take a listen click here

Mail Call - 1943

During WWII Hollywood made their biggest and brightest stars available to shine worldwide over AFRS in several variety shows.  Mail Call was one of these.

November 1943.  Here's Fanny Brice, Dennis Day, Lionel Barrymore, Harlow Wilcox and many more.



Roland Bynum - 1981

KJLH 102.3's Roland Bynum and James Fields Themusicman hanging out at The Taste of Soul L.A. a few years ago!

Roland still makes it happen on Stevie Wonder's KJLH in Los Angeles every Saturday morning.


Date With Chris - 1967


Chris had been doing the show for less than a month, she's already making magic.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1973


Charlie's back in the radio.  A quarter century on any gig is amazing.  During the same time Los Angeles stayed Tuna'd to stations up and down the dial.  Visit Charlie's website charlietuna.com and be sure to check in!




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Latino! - 1973

Vance Graham had been doing shows for AFRTS since the 1950s.  He was originally a Utah resident moving to California in the 1930s.  He became a latino community leader.


For much of the US, IT'S COLD OUT!  Time for some music to warm up.



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Jubilee - 1944

Time for the all-stars at Hot Horn Hall to blow up a storm.


Count Basie, Teddy Wilson and Thelma Carpenter.  This is GREAT!


Johnny Bond - 1961



Johnny Bond was a star on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and sung with fellow AFRTS host Jimmy Wakely (and Scotty Harrell) as the Jimmy Wakely trio.  1965 brought Johnny his biggest hit record "Ten Little Bottles" which still gets me to laugh.  Pull out the gramophone Johnny...



Friday, January 10, 2014

O Henry Playhouse 1965


By the 1960s not very much was being produced in radio drama, comedy or mystery.  But it was being produced in England, Australia and South Africa.  Many places didn't have television yet.  AFRTS made it available.

The O Henry Playhouse was an Australian production from the Grace Gibson company.  She was an American ex-pat that moved there in the 1930s and made Australian radio.


Roland Bynum - 1981

Weekend is here, weather getting back to making sense over most of the country.  Let's get the party started...



Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Swingin' Years 1961

Chuck Cecil did the Swingin' Years for a long long time.  In the late 1950s he started the show at KFI and eventually brought it over to AFRTS.  A quarter of a century later it was still going strong.
"It's a beautiful day in southern California!".



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Charlie Tuna - 1983


The legendary Charlie Tuna.  Today we get to find out about auras.  When the blog was getting started, Steve contacted me and wanted to know if I'd be interested in copying some Charlie Tuna shows.  Several hundred hours.  He was a dependent in Germany, loved the show, taped it and saved the tapes.  There's a lot more to come.  Stay Tuna'd


Charlie is on facebook Click here

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Roger Carroll 1981


Never enough of "The Best Sounds In Town".  Here's RC with memories of 1981


Chris Noel - 1970

Chris Noel "For Singles Only" 1968

Beautiful lady, wonderful show.  You have a Date With Chris.


See what Chris is up to by visiting her website:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Words And Music - Ann Richards 1942

The "Words and Music" program was usually a pretty girl reading poetry.  Sounds like a winning formula.



Here's Australian actress Ann Richards


Winter 1991 Schedule


Hear the shows of 1991

Blue Danube Network - AFRS Austria 1954


After WWII, BDN,  Blue Danube Network was in Austria.  In 1955 American Forces left the country.  From 1954 BDNs Bill Murray tells us about Austria.




Pride of Unit - Great White Ship 1948

Selena Royal

After WWII AFRS had to battle to be relevant.  At this time they took the "Information and Education" part of the mission a lot more seriously, producing hundreds of hours of programs about unit histories, great battles and military heroes.  On this program, a tribute to the hospital ships.


Friday, January 3, 2014

The AFKN Dropbox

AFRTS NBS Keflevik 1998 - Tom Jones





 
The radio show was hosted by  Thomas E Jones.  he was the station manager of AFRTS Keflavik Iceland The show was on air during Fridays  from 11.00 to 13.00  The show was divided first hour  oldies and the second hour country.


It's  September 18, 1998 in Iceland.  Our friend Larus Oskar had dropped by


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Jim Pewter 1988

Jim Pewter

Jim was an amazing oldies jock.  He was one of us at AFKN in 1965 and took Los Angeles by storm.  Let's see why..


Gene Price 1973


Happy 2014!  Gene Price Country World is nice way to start the back to work crunch.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Johnny Bond - 1961

From when they called it "folk music" here's a 1961 visit with Johnny Bond


 He got his first break working for Jimmy Wakely in the late 1930s and went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940. He also acted on occasion in films including Wilson and Duel in the Sun; and was later a regular on the 1950s Los Angeles country music television series Town Hall Party.
He is best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at age 50 he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at No. 2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).
He died of a stroke in 1978, at the age of 63. Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (wikipedia).


Wolfman Jack - 1974



Wolfman has some howlin' good times!


The best radio stations are running the Wolfman Jack show!