Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jubilee - 1945


When I was a boy DJ, I had Count Basie on the show.  Incredible person with a power from within.  He did a lot for the troops during WWII, part of that was Jubilee

 January 20, 1945. Program #99 recorded October 20, 1944 The first tune is, "Dinah." Buddy Rich, Thelma Carpenter, Illinois Jacquet, Ernest Whitman (m. c.), Count Basie and His Orchestra, Eddie Anderson (Eddie Anderson), Jimmy Rushing. 


Roger Carroll - 1967





The first time I had even heard the work of Roger Carroll it was the announcing on the Smothers Brothers (Brothers Smothers?) show.  Wonderful all the way around..

Roger was an ABC staff announcer who joined the army during the Korean War, he wanted to go to Austria.  The Army kept him at McCadden Place, a short commute from home.  It was the start of a long relationship.  Roger sent us his shows for us to hear again.  I'm very grateful.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Spectrum USA - 1971



In 1971 the Marine Corps reserves were doing the recruiting show "Spectrum USA" , an overview of our presidents.  

"Spectrum USA" presents glimpses  of our Chief Executives - not necessarily as great figures in publice office - but as the real people they were: young men with ideas, students, husbands, working men, soldiers, dreamers.




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Charlie Williams - 1972



After Joe Allison, KFOXs Charlie Williams hosted the Country Corner for a short while.



Friday, June 26, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1978

Roland Bynum now, with daughter April

Are you ready for the weekend?  Here's Roland with a Friday party from 1978



Ira Cook - 1965


Ira was a Minnesotan that went to Stanford to get a medical degree.  A WWII vet of the Battle of the Bulge.  Later he went back to Los Angeles and ended up on KMPC.  1961 brought Ira to AFRTS for a long run, well into the 1970s.  Here's what a Friday in 1965 sounded like:



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gene Price - 1980


Gene Price has some country, some oldies AND Leonard.  It's a great listen.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AFVN USO Showtime 1970

Hans Knot made this available, a 1970 visit with Millie from the USO, 




Chris Noel - 1967


Chris Noel got the troops through the Vietnam war.  After the war, she still keeps helping.  All over the world, here's how she sounded in 1967.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Charlie Tuna - 1992




Charlie's website http://www.charlietuna.com/is a great way to see what's going on with Charlie and is a great source of video and trivia, what I wouldn't have given for something like this for show prep!

Charlie Tuna - 1992

AFN Frankfurt - Eric Hendrix - 1996



More from AFN Frankfurt.  It's a 1996 visit with Eric Hendrix.  It's the last Z-FM Cafe...


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Country Music Time - Chuck Hawsey - 1983


Well into the 1980s "Country Music Time" was being recorded in Nashville for the USAF.  In the 1984 the hosting duties went to Chief Master Sergeant Chuck Hawsey.  On the show, the stars of Nashville would talk about their careers and lives.  Quite a gig.



Friday, June 19, 2015

AFVN - Your Brother


Harry Simons, who was "Your Brother" on AFVN in 1967 and 1968 has some big news:

"Since we last spoke on the phone and online about my AFVN Danang “Your Brother” program, I have some new and exciting AFVN news. Attached is a work in progress mission statement of a Vietnam Veterans Tribute program now in production to air on 1330 AM WEBY Radio Pensacola, Florida. The broadcast will also stream live at http://www.1330weby.com on October 26-30 2015


Mary Helen Barro -1983


As I write this, it's Friday and I'm grateful.  It sure would be nice to stretch out on the beach.  Mary Helen Barro has the music.  You'll have to bring a beverage.



Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson from KUPL Portland, OR did a series of shows for us in 1983.  For a while the network had jocks from all over the country doing shows for us.  It was some great radio.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wolfman Jack - 1977


Wolfman Jack would like to tell you about the US Air Force..  It's a howl.



Rebel Randall - 1952


During the Korean War, Rebel Randall did "Jukebox USA" a DJ show for the troops.  Her run with the network was much shorter than GI Jill or Chris Noel but it was good.



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jim Ameche Pops Concert - 1959


Jim Ameche played music from the world's great orchestras on his show and later on the Pops Concert.  This is the second half of the first Pops Concert.



Gene Price - 1980


1980 was a wonderful year for country music.  Gene Price made it better.  This is from a new bunch of 1980 shows that are really something to hear.  Stay tuned.



Monday, June 15, 2015

Chris Noel - 1969


It's a nice way to start the week.  Chris Noel with a Tuesday in 1969 magic on "Date With Chris"



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1970 - AFN Frankfurt


In 1970 Roger visited the stations and troops in Germany and did a show from AFN.  The network picked this up and ran it worldwide.  Helping out out was future Baltimore personality Bob Moke.  Bob later did shows for AFRTS.  But on a day in 1970...



Friday, June 12, 2015

TGIF...



1979 will be a good gear for movies...


We made it to the weekend, crank up some barbeque and memories.

I've burned through another turntable.  I'll sort that out tomorrow.  It's a LOT of transfers and I'm happy I can do it.

Roger Carroll has found another round of shows and that's a great thing.  Thanks for sharing them RC!!

Someone on Facebook: "Would you be interested in a bunch of Gene Price and Don Tracy shows?"  Survey says yes and they should get here today.

Since the last email, there's been soul, country, trad jazz, pop, a visit to Guantanamo and polkas. the AFRTS mix:



If you've saved anything from your years with the world's biggest and best network, please let me know.  It's a lot of history.  Most of it's in someone's garage...

Thank you for enjoying the blog.  Have a great week!

Herman Griffith - 1967

An oddity is most any radio personality that some sort of a biography is not available for. Even I'm listed under a station I used to work for in Wikipedia. Herman Griffith was working at KGFJ in the early 60s (was Hunter Hancock still there?) and doing a show for AFRTS. The AFRTS show continued into the early 70s. It was great radio, give a listen...


Part of our continuing tribute to the young and the old, the brave and the bold...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Joe Allison - 1970


Joe Allison will now send us to the Country Corner.  Joe was a world class writer, producer and jock.  He's credited for modernizing country radio.  He was with us for about ten years.  Here's a 1970 visit.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Crime Classics - 1954



Crime Classics was a classy CBS show from the early 50s.  It was run several times on AFRTS well into the 1970s.  Elliott Lewis and a great cast.  "New Hampshire, the Tiger and Brad Ferguson" was initially broadcast in 1954.  This is from a 1967 reissue.





History of Rock and Roll - 1971


The History of Rock & Roll first aired on the weekend of February 21–23, 1969 on 93 KHJ Los Angeles, hosted by Robert W. Morgan. It aired for 48 hours and was later syndicated. Later that year, with slight modifications to the script, another version was aired hosted by Humble Harve Miller. The program was then taken to national syndication in the fall of 1969 by parent company RKO General. KHJ repeated this in 12-hour blocks. This version was syndicated throughout the early 1970s, and was sent to stations on large 101⁄2" reels of 1/4" tape, in full-track mono. - wikipedia

 In 1971 we apparently had the original KHJ version.  



Chris Noel - 1969


Chris Noel is back, with your "Date With Chris".  Check Chris's Facebook page click here and say "hi"

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1979

Roger Carroll with Johnny Magnus

Roger was with us over four decades.  1979 became RC.



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1979


So when in you're in Los Angeles, or streaming Los Angeles radio our friend Roland Bynum is making it happen weekends on Stevie Wonder's KJLH Saturday mornings from 6-8 (Los Angeles time).  Click here

But in 1979, Roland rocked the world for AFRTS!



Monday, June 1, 2015

AFRTS Cuba - Bill Stiles 1966


The US military had a radio presence in Cuba for over 100 years.  Jose Fritz did a nice writeup on this.  Click Here. In 1966 WGBY, the AFRTS station had a very special guest on the Bill Stiles show



Country Crossroads - 1983

Camp Humphries, Korea

Jerry Clower is Bill Mack's guest.  Ledbetter Olympics on the Country Crossroads