Wednesday, September 30, 2015
In 1967, the biggest show was "A Date With Chris". Chris Noel brought a helping of home every day. She still does way more than her share with her veterans shelter in Florida. Please do what you can to help. Click here.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
In WWII AFRS did a series of shows called "Personal Album", these were 15 minutes of minutes with a popular star, usually with the star talking about their music and lives. Today a visit with Kate Smith and Ted Collins.
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Roland's back with another visit to the Creator's Workshop for the USAF. These were the shows that Roger Carroll's company at Watermark, heard at stations across the United States and around the world. Thanks Mark!!!
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
There was a lot of orchestral music over the years, perfect to the dinner hour. "The Enchantment of Music". Bruce Wendell hosted from KCBH in Beverly Hills, showing high fidelity sound.
Friday, September 25, 2015
If you have a bunch of AFRTS disks in storage somewhere, we'd really love the chance to be able to share them with others. Many times those memories just end up packed away. I could tell you stories... If you'd like to share them with folks just like us who'd appreciate it, contact me. email@example.com or let me know on the "Hit Line"612-356-2377. Thanks!
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
"Charlie Tuna, comin' back at you for another 60 minutes in the radio". Just say it, you'll feel better!
Keep up with the latest Charlie Tuna happenings at http://www.charlietuna.com/
Thanks for the memories Charlie.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Learn something new every day, Kris didn't go to the McCadden studios:
"I had my own studios so I never worked in the building.... but hand delivered shows there for at least 5+ years in the 70’s ----American Disco and the Kris Erik Stevens show --- Bit of a blur... but great fun!"
And great shows they were.
Kris may have some shows for us, that would be wonderful!!
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Back to early AOR. In 1971 it was being done by a handful of stations, usually bigger markets, usually the first time the station made any money. Tony Pigg was in that first group that made it happen. Tony brought "Love" to AFRTS.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
So you're halfway around the world, doing something that you'd rather not do. Memories can be very very special. Jim Pewter brought the memories for three decades. I'd hear a lot things that I had forgotten. We went to different schools together.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
In 1943, there were a handful of stations/networks but the whole AFRS thing hadn't come together yet. CBS helped produce "What are We Fighting For". The War Department made sure it was heard worldwide. Edward R Murrow was the journalists journalist and a fascinating story in his own right.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Joe Allison really was country music, starting as a DJ in Texas in 1945. He went on tour hosting Tex Ritter and got Tex to record one of his songs. From there, Nashville radio until going to a station in Pasadena CA. Penning "He'll Have To Go". Later to run the country department of Dot Records. Starting in the mid 60s Joe was recording the Country Corner for AFRTS.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Robert Q was perfect for his times. In 1958 radio was in a transitional period and he was on CBS. AFRTS ran it worldwide.
John Miller thought Bob Crewe was singing on this:
I am Bob's brother Dan and after listening to the recording I can say without any doubt that it is he. Although I am not familiar with this event, I know Bob was by 1957 very active in promoting his singing career. Although he did have some success as a performer he changed direction and focused on song writing and record production. I joined him in 1962 and together we had a great run with artists such as the Four Seasons, Mitch Ryder etc. Bob passed away September 11,2014 here in Maine where he was in a medical nursing home. Thank you for this forgotten event. By the way, I know Bob and Robert Q. enjoyed a long friendship.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
So how on earth do you date these? We were running the Whistler well into the 1980s. It wasn't so much "Old Time Radio" as an interesting story on the radio. This is a 1961 reissue of a 1950 broadcast. "The Chinese Elephant Puzzle" is the story of a wooden puzzle filled with diamonds, an elusive prize.
RC with Robert Wagner
I really wish I had the chance to see McCadden place in it's glory. In 1979 Cherie McQueen was there:
I was on two days worth of his program from October 1979, and maybe into November 1979. My visit home to the L.A. area took me to the McCadden Place AFRTS studios, where I was asked to appear on the shows with Roger. I was stationed at SEN/SEB Vicenza, Italy at the time
It would have been incredible to be there while these were being done.
I will go through what I have, must have been special. Here is Roger from 1979.
Some of us in the 70s were looking for quality opportunity. Roland Bynum, Gene Price, Wolfman Jack and Roger Carroll did recruiting shows for Roger Carroll Enterprises. Great listening.
I also find the recruiting shows interesting, sort of a different vibe to them. They were recorded at Watermark, rather than AFRTS-LA.
Here's what's coming up on AFN ---
00:00 AFN Tonight
01:00 Mary Turner
02:00 Wolfman Jack
03:00 Roland Bynum
04:00 Jim Pewter
04:30 Mary Helen Barro
04:30 Mary Helen Barro
05:00 Harry Newman
06:00 Morning Show
10:00 AFN Today
13:00 Charlie Tuna
15:00 Afternoon Show
19:00 Gene Price
20:00 Mystery Theatre
21:00 Don Tracy
Friday, September 4, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Imagine my surprise when I checked the website voicemail and there was a message from Don Tracy, offering whatever help he could. Don sounds great. Called him back and we introduced each other. He's getting ready to be heard from again. Don started with AFRTS in 1973 and it was largely a weekend gig that got more interesting as time went by. It took a while for the fan mail to start and he had received a letter from Germany, asking if he'd like to come over as a morale builder. He went to in Nuremberg, to support AFN. A big memory of that was when the Stars and Stripes reporter was going to make him look bad by asking about the government paid boondoggle. It didn't work. Don had taken vacation and paid for the trip out of pocket.
We'll be hearing more from Don Tracy.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Joe Allison with Red Stegall and Don Light
Joe Allison was the country voice for a long, long time. Joe was a musician, producer, writer "He'll Have to Go" and a truly fine DJ. Before Joe, country radio was hillbilly. He brought it modern.