Saturday, May 31, 2014
Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon station in 1977. I think we can all be grateful.
We'll hear bits and pieces from Roger Carroll, Roland Bynum, Humble Harve and more. 1977 was a big year in AFRTS history, it was the year they stopped using system cues "This is the American/Armed Forces Radio and Television Service". You'd never believe how many memos there were about that. The system cue was your warning that there was just fill music til the top of the hour. Somehow we managed to figure it out. This is great listening:
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Charlie Tuna now
70s, 80s and 90s that's a lot of shows. Charlie started our days in 1971 and continued until 1996. All that time waking Southern California, doing voiceover, TV and film. Busy guy.
Be sure to visit Charlie's website click here
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Chris did the show for roughly four years and still has an impact over four decades later. A while back she shared her copies of these shows with us. There will be new ones every week for a long time. Thank you Chris!
Now Chris helps vets with a shelter for homeless vets. Visit Vetsville (click here)
Monday, May 26, 2014
Air Force Weekly was the official news show of the USAF
Jan Garman and Dave Ellswick were the anchors but PAO shows from all over the world phoned in the latest.
We had horrible network lines. These were probably 2k. That's how all news broadcasts sounded...
Danny Kramer from KSL Salt Lake City was one of the jocks that did shows for a 1983 project when the Voice Of Home included cities all over the country.
Vicente in Madrid recorded many of these.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Frank Bresee started doing the Golden Days of Radio show in 1968. "Network Radio" had stopped in 1962 with the last of the big shows going off of the air so the memories were fairly recent. Frank had the biggest moments of radio from the 1930s-50s and kept that going until 1996, making the last recrorded show for AFRTS-LA. They are in the process of digitizing all of the shows to make them available online. When I have more information, I'll be passing it along.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Last year we lost AFNer Clem Stein. Clem had shared memories and sent along a couple of nice airchecks. This is a 1964 "Weekend World" broadcast with him being the booth announcer. Before that sharing some memories.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In November 1977 I was rocking AFKN TDC and we were running these same shows from AFRTS-LA. Bruce Phillip Miller has a "Coffee Break", Roger Carroll with a Word or Two, Roland Bynum and Kris Erik Stevens.
Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon station but they all ran everywhere.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
From the Corn Palace to you.. it's another dreaded Gary Owens, Music Guy show!
Gary was another KMPC vet, the booth announcer for Laugh In and the current voice of Antenna TV... and funny.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Never needs Tuna Helper!
Here's Charlie Tuna with a 1987 good morning. Charlie was with the network for a quarter century at the same time waking up Los Angeles on all of the stations that mattered. Thanks Charlie!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Bob was one of us. In the Air Force in Iceland. Rumor has it that he carved his name into the board.
He had done a rock show for us and was great at that too. In the 70s and 80s "American Country Countdown". Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon Spain station and the memories continue...
Sunday, May 18, 2014
"Enchantment of Music" was a light classical show originated by KCBH-FM, Beverly Hills "in the matchless Fidelity of Frequency Modulation." I'd bet it was usually run on our AM stations.
That was the studio. Bruce Wendell was the talent he bounced through several stations before becoming an executive at Capitol records.
Bud Widdom was a jack of all trades at AFRS, hosting variety shows during WWII, hundreds and hundreds of interviews. He did it all. In 1962 Bud was making "The World Of Show Business" a nice interview show. On this one he talks with Jackie Gleason.
Roger Carroll had come up with a great idea. The services had been doing recruiting radio shows since WWII. The majority of them not as slick as they could be. Roger assembled some top talent.
Roger with Petula Clark and Johnny Magnus.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Here's more memories from 1978. We'll hear from Johnnie Darren, Gene Price, the Bishop show (who was that guy??) Tom Campbell and a bunch of other memories. This is my weekend barbecue tape!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Roland Bynum with his daughter and son
It's the best Bynum. Roland has the songs of 1973 in this Air Force recruiting program recorded for Roger Carroll's company and heard from coast-to-coast.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
From Jack Armstrong to being the first to succeed with a syndicated DJ show, the voice of the Longines Symphonette, KMPC, WNEW. It was quite a career. Jim played beautiful music for us.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
We had patriotic shows... We had martial music... The Freedoms Foundation sponsored a lot of patriotic radio programs. Freedom sings was one of the better ones. All of the services bands had radio programs at one time or another. This one featured the Army Band and chorus.
Sam Buffington as Luke Slaughter
Sagebrush Theater "from the library of radio programs from many years ago" was one of many shows that rebroadcast radio shows from the 1940s and 50s. We had an amazing library of these saved from their first runs. We had many stations that didn't have television. That worked out as a good fit.
I was going through the AFRTS Spain recordings that Vicente did. I was listening to this one and was going to cut it up and it's just too cool. There are nice clips of the summer 1980 AFRTS-LA talent. An hour and a half worth. I think it tells a story by itself. Wherever you were, we had this memory:
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Somewhere on planet earth it was morning and Charlie Tuna was doing a morning show all day long, somewhere. That's pretty awesome and it's something we probably won't see again. In 1987 here's what it sounded like:
Charlie is on facebook and has a wonderful website http://www.charlietuna.com
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The following contributors are some of the people that have made this a better place. With your help we get more material and better tech for better transfers. Thank you very much, it goes a long way!
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 9:30 AM
Chris Noel has always been a special person from being such an amazing film talent through the Date With Chris years to running veterans shelter in Florida. We have a lot to be thankful for. Here's a plate of memories:
Date With Chris - 1970 click that link to hear Chris in 1970
Monday, May 5, 2014
From the greatest orchestra libraries, it's the best sounds around. Easy Listening music from large orchestras was something we don't hear much of anymore. AFRTS had a long tradition of it going back to the beginnings. Jim Ameche (Don's brother) was the first to succeed with a nationally syndicated DJ show in the 1950s. He really began the tradition continued by John Doremus and Pete Smith. Dinnertime, the end of a long, hard day and time for some easy favorites.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Nice surprise in the mail last week. Benny had sent in a 1994 "Saturday Gold" show. Benny had been a trooper in Vietnam and eventually parlayed that into rocking at AFN. After that staying in Europe with a long-term gig at flamethrower Radio Luxembourg. Play it loud!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
In the late 1950s Chuck Cecil was doing an oldies show on KFI. "The Swingin' Years" spotlighted the hits of the 30s and 40s. It was picked up by AFRTS and was still running well into the 1980s. Chuck was still doing the show in 2014 on a public station in Los Angeles although he recently retired. Quite a run, a bit of fun, The swingin' years...
I'm Julius, living in Munich, Germany.
I was born in Mannheim in 1950 and lived there till 1975. My absolute favorite Station was AFN FRANKFURT. I heard them all: Wolfman, Roger Carroll, Charlie Tuna, Caseys' Count Down, Old Gold Retold, Hawaii Calls etc.
I recorded a lot of their music, but not the complete shows. Sometimes only the trailers with the voice of the DJs.
For decades I tried to find out the name of the title music from WEEKEND WORLD. Last Year, the SHAZAM-Program on my Mobile answered the question: "Super Chief" by Bob Thompson. I was happy like a child!
My "AFN-YEARS" in Mannheim were an important part of my life, and when I now listen to the clips on your web-site, I always feel the spirit of that time.
This is from the Torrejon airchecks. Wolfman finishes a show, station break and then Roger Carroll with the happy hour. Were Roger and the Wolf scheduled adjacent? That'd be odd.
It's a great listen
Friday, May 2, 2014
Joe Ferguson from Portland OR KUPL radio was part of the 1983 experiment when AFRTS had jocks from around the country record shows. Bob Moke and Danny Kramer from Salt Lake City were some of the others. The deal was supposed to be 13 weeks. Whoever was after Joe turned out to not be available and Joe got another 13 weeks.
A couple of years ago he asked me if I'd be interested in all of the shows on transcription disks. He wanted the opportunity for us to hear them again. I'm very thankful.
1973 was an amazing year for Soul music. Was the music great or did Roland make it that much better? I think it was a bit of both. We just received several "Soul In Motion", the Air Force recruiting show Roland did for Roger Carroll's company. These are great listening:
Click that link and hear some Good Bynum...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Our friend Phil was visiting Ulm, our Munich station was far away but a good DX hit. For a variety of reasons AM sounds pretty horrible now but then, with thae magicians of AFN a wonderful sound.
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.