Monday, August 31, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1981


We're in the Creator's Workshop on a Wednesday in 1981 and Roland is making it a "good Bynum"



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1981

Roger and Beverly Carroll

Thanks again RC for sharing the memories.  Seems like only yesterday, I'd finish my show and The Happy Hour was there.  Roger was with us for three decades.  Give a listen...



Charlie Tuna - 1992


A couple of days ago we got the word that Charlie was let go by KRTH.  A couple of posts down are details.  I want to remember the great times.  Stay Tuna'd...



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1968


Jim Pewter was a giant in "Oldies Radio".  After he did his time in Korea with AFKN, he did a lot for the music that we love.  Almost immediately after ETS Jim on the full network.



Charlie Tuna news

In a mass of poor judgement KRTH Los Angeles has let Charlie Tuna go.  For approximately the past year Charlie has been doing Saturday mornings.  Here's what he had to say about it.


In the longer term, Charlie plans to focus on his syndication business.  Take a look at http://www.charlietunasyndication.com which will be completed with in the week.

Steve Wall clued me in on this:

To listen to Charlie Tuna's Daily Show - live on the air, weekend shows too, go to this link and scroll down. Black Card Radio


Other KRTH news, longtime afternoon host Shotgun Tom Kelly was also shown the door.  Now he's an "ambassador" Click here It used to be a classy operation...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AFRTS - Iran

An AFRTS radio station, and later a television station, became operational in Tehran, Iran, in 1954. Its listeners, and later viewers were American military personnel stationed in Iran as part of ARMISH and MAAG programs, as well as non-military Iranians and foreigners living in Iran. The AFRTS ceased to operate on October 25, 1976, the day before Shah's 57th birthday. Radio 1555 closed with presenter Air Force Staff Sergeant Barry Cantor playing Roger Whittaker's "Durham Town (The Leaving)". This was followed by a closing announcement by Chief Master Sergeant and Station Manager Bob Woodruff ("After 22 years of audio broadcasting and 17 years of telecasting in Tehran, AFRTS Radio 1555 and TV Channel 7 cease all operations in this country at this time.
 
This is odd, a few clips from the last day of our station in Iran.  After the Iranian government took us off the air in 1976, the government put on an English language service, featuring Ted Anthony from KLAC and some mostly British talent AND Wolfman Jack, Charlie Tuna and the Golden Days of Radio?


 
 
Ali Parsa was a listener:
I listened to AFRTS in Tehran from 1967, when I was a high school student, to 1976, when I went to California to continue my university work. It help much to improve my English. I also enjoyed the music programs. I even briefly visited their office in Saltanat Abad once in 1970 or 71.

I remember very few Iranians of my age that listened to AFRTS. To me it meant much: it was good for my English, it kept me connected to the American culture, it provided news from a non-Iranian government source, and it aired the music that I liked. I also watched episodes of The Twilight Zone, Combat, Peter Gunn, and then later Laugh-In on their TV channel.

These days I am writing a page in my web site about my interest in jazz music and I am looking to find out the names of the jazz programs on AFRTS. The address is:

http://www.aliparsa.com/jazz/jazz.html

Ira Cook - 1967



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



Monday, August 24, 2015

Chris Noel - 1966


In 1966, Chris Noel started "A Date With Chris".  This is from the second show she did for us and you can hear talent in the making.  Must have been scary...



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mel Tillis - Stateside - 1967


Polka Party - 1967


By the 1950s, Polka was a link to home for European families in the United States.  Even today sometimes a polka show will come on on the radio or usually cable access TV, but in the 50s and 60s Dick Sinclair was the voice of the polka.  Dick was one of the first AFRS jocks in the pacific and after the war went to Los Angeles, created very successful polka radio and television shows that were syndicated from coast to coast.  These shows were picked up by AFRTS. 


Dick still does a weekend Polka Party show for CRN Click here 
It's available on TuneIn Click Here


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

From the Hall of Fame...




Jim Pewter - 1967



Neil found us a bunch of late 60s Jim Pewter shows.  I'm very happy about that.  When you see something that might be interesting for all of us, drop me a note afrts@live.com 

Jim was an AFKN vet who shaped the world of music, his command of the oldies inspired a lot of people.  It's December 1967 "Let's Go"


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1974


Roger's in fine fettle today, it's a Tuesday in 1974 with the Best Sounds In Town...



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mary Helen Barro - 1983



Maria Elena Barro tiene la musica mas buena en al mundo!



Joe Ferguson - 1983


In 1983 Joe Ferguson was jocking in Portland OR and recording shows for the network.  AFRTS found jocks all over the country to be the voice of home.  It's Monday and time for the Joe Show.



To The Rear March


A couple of weeks ago we posted "To The Rear March".  Michael came up with another one, in really great quality.  Since they "go back to 1945", this is probably a 1946 broadcast



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gene Price - 1980

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

Gene Price has another hour of your country favorites from 1980.  It's Friday so here's some great oldies:



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mosquito Network - Hy Averback - 1944


Hy Averback was born in 1920 in Minneapolis.  During WWII Hy was one of the first AFRS talents, training at Fox Studios and going to the Mosquito Network.  After the war, he became a very successful director and producer, known for The Real McCoys, MASH and I Love You Alice B Toklas.  He died on October 14, 1997 in Los Angeles, California.

Martin Harlow did a dissertation about the Mosquito Network.

"The year is 1944 and the world is at war. In the South-West Pacific, US soldier and radio broadcaster, T/5 1 Hy Averback, presents the /4teib/7ne Cocktail Hour program on the airwaves of the American Expeditionary Station (AES) on Guadalcanal in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. To keep his audience of Gl's and other service personnel amused and interested, Averback invents make-believe locations and situations for his show. "From the fungus-festooned Fern Room, high atop the elegant Hotel DeGink 2 in downtown Guadalcanal, we bring you the dance music of the Quinine Quartet'. 3 With Harry James' version of The Flight of the Bumble Bee 4 as its musical theme and accompanied by background sound effects of a murmuring crowd, women's laughter and ice tumbling into cocktail glasses, Averback's program is a daily reminder to troops to take their anti-malarial Atabrine tablets"



Hy Averback remembered his troop time:

"When Bob Hope brought his USO entourage to Seoul in 1951, Hy Averback was with them.  I did not meet him but one of our Seoul AFRS guys was able to do some interviews.  Averback told him it brought back memories of his AFRS assignment during WWII." - Palmer Payne

Chris Noel - 1967


A pretty girl, nice music and Chris Noel was perfect for this.  During the Vietnam war Chris did "A Date With Chris".  In 1967, this was the third week of the broadcast and it starts to fall in place.






Saturday, August 15, 2015

Navy Swings - 1965



These are just amazing performances.  Joe Williams sings with the Billy Taylor quartet, with Wes Montgomery, Ben Tucker and Grady Tate... it's magic.  Jack Haskell hosts.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

To the Rear March - 1946



Anything that starts with Mel Blanc...

"To The Rear March" brought highlights pf radio back home to the troops.  Today some 1945 memories from Frank Sinatra, Twenty Questions, Danny Kaye and much more.



AFKN Tony Booth 1969


Wouldn't this be the career that we've always wanted.  Tony Booth was at Yongsan in 1969 with "Tempo"

He has a pretty decent career.

KAYC [Beaumont TX] 1966
AFKN Good Morning, Korea [Seoul, Korea] 1968
KDOK [Tyler TX] 1970
KLIF [Dallas TX] 1970
KBBC [Phoenix AZ] 1974
WFBG [Altoona PA] 1977 - Nat PD, Gilcom Corp
WLEE [Richmond VA] 1984 - GM
WHJB [Pittsburgh PA] 1990 - GM
WLEE [Richmond] 1992 - GM
WRCL [Richmond] 1999-2002
WCHV [Charlottesville VA] 2004
WBBT [Richmond] 2007-date

So from September 1969 (OJ Simpson is still in the AFL) AFKN presents "Tempo"



AFKN 1969 Tempo - Tony Booth


If you're in Richmond hear Tony Booth on WBBT.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Army Hour - 1967


SGM Stan Bishop goes to Vietnam to talk with the demolition troops and about their mission of destroying dud rounds before they are retrieved by the Viet Cong.  Will Thompson on Okinawa talks about sysops and the battle for minds.



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1970


Roger Carroll's back with another hour of the best sounds in town.  From the 1950s through the 80s Roger was an important part of the worldwide facilities of the AFRTS.


Just Music - 1967



Just music had several incarnations.  Sometimes an hour of segues, sometimes back announced.  In 1967 Bruce Wendell, originally from KCBH in Beverly Hills had the reigns.  Several years earlier Bruce was the host of "Enchantment of Music", an early show to show off Hifi and FM.  Today it's "Just Music"

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wolfman Jack - 1975


Wolfman thinks the Air Force is howling good...



Arthur Godfrey - 1967


Arthur Godfrey was a bridge to a much more genteel era of radio.  His show was on from the 1940s through the 1970s and was the last big deal show on the networks.  He was the voice of mid-America.  In 1967 he was talking about a trip to Vietnam.  It's an interesting perspective.



Friday, August 7, 2015

Ira Cook - 1967


It's a Friday in 1967 and time for Ira Cook.  Ira was a Minnesota boy who went to California to get his medical degree.  Radio called and it was a good thing.



Chris Noel -1969


Chris Noel made difficult times better.  On A Date With Chris she reached out to Vietnam era  troops all over the world.  We have most of the shows (Thank you Chris!!) They're a joy.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spectrum USA - 1967

We've heard Spectrum USA before.  In 1967 it went out on AFRTS.  LTC Richard Stark USMCR is your host and narrator, with a look

Dick Stark was born on November 7, 1911 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA as Richard Salisbury Stark. He died on December 12, 1986 in Sotogrande, Andalusia, Spain of a heart attack.

Besides being a Marine officer he had quite a career, beginning in silent films, with TV announcing credits on What's my Line, Marge and Jeff, Perry Como's Music Hall, Danger and It Pays To Be Ignorant.


Monday, August 3, 2015

21st Precinct - 1967

We had stations in a lot of places without television. Some of the Old Time Radio still worked.  AFRTS had a huge library of programs that were still available.

21st Precinct was an early 1950s CBS show with a realistic, gritty sound.  This is from a 1967 issue.






Bobby Bare - Detroit City

We played this one a lot...


AFN - Berlin at Night - Ray Tubberville - 1971

Robert Barker was troop in Berlin in 1971.  At the time he had a nice reel to reel, recorded AFN and saved the tapes.  It's a great thing.  At night Ray Tubberville had the sound of Berlin...



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jazz Festival - 1967



This must have been quite the gig, Jazz Festival was an AFRTS production.  It was hosted by Marine Sgt Dan Doherty.  Would you have more information about him?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our Musical Heritage - 1967

AFRTS introduced a lot of listeners to classical and orchestral music.  In 1967 Donald Higood (sic?) hosted "Our Musical Heritage", with light classical music and stories.





AFVN Jingles

Doug did a great job on these...