Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Billy Williams at AFVN DaNang
This is one of my shows from early April 1972 and one of my first at AFVN. It aired shortly after I arrived at AFVN Da Nang from the Qui Nhon Vung Chua Mountain detachment. The Da Nang C&W program ran from 4:05 until 6PM, the same time that Saigon's country show aired.
NOTE: The last song on this show was Mountain Berries (at about 23:20). The later part actually came later when I was in Saigon and it got on the same tape somehow.
And the "Monkey Mountain Music Maker" jeeps that we used to breeze down the hardpan road, three or four miles, to Camp Tien Shaw and eat at the Navy Mess Hall. Great food but heavily infested with career types.
Friday, January 29, 2016
In the early 60s, AFRTS was an extra gig for a lot of the talent from Gene Autry's KMPC. Roger Carroll, Pete Smith, Gary Owens and Ira Cook.
Ira was still recording shows in the 70s for us. They always had style.
The picture makes more sense if you know that Mr. Cook was one of the leading proponents of Hawaiian music, playing at least one every day on KMPC.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Whistler was a well done anthology series that I always thought was great programming. He was on AFRTS starting in the 40s well though the 80s, off and on. The Whistler was made into several movies. It was even made into a television series in the 1954-55 season.
Tis is a 1962 rebroadcast of a 1955 show. "Last Message" is the story of a retired gangster, trying to go straight, is located by a member of his old gang...with problems of his own. Starring Lawrence Dobkin, William Conrad and of course Marvin Miller.
This was sourced from the mastering reel with the slug still intact.
Charlie was at KKDJ during the week and was squared off against Charlie Van Dyke at his old KHJ home. Robert W. Morgan was at K-100. Talk about a radio battle! But we can treasure the Saturdays at the McCadden studios, making radio like this:
Charlie Tuna 1973
A lot of the stars came out for the troops on AFRTS. Joe Allison and the Country Corner had Roger Miller in for a visit. Wonnerful interview. Unfortunately the disk was a bit beat up, but you should hear this...
Proud to say we do have most of these.
Wolfman would have had a birthday last week. We lost him way to soon.
Good times now, have you heard about the Air Force?
It wasn't really a bigband show, it was the oldies from 20-30 years prior. Andy Mansfield did "Turn Back the Clock" with his wife Virginia in the 50s. In the 1960s it had become America's Popular Music. (in the picture, Andy Mansfield, Kay Starr and a REALLY big microphone)
America's Popular Music - 1964
Chris Noel brings home that much closer on this Date With Chris. Vets still talk about the show after all of these years. Chris toured war zones, stood up for the troops when it wasn't the easiest thing to do/ Today she runs a shelter for our homeless brothers. Thank you!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Roland and the family
Time to revisit 1973, Soul In Motion with Roland Bynum. Incredible talent and a builder of the future. Mr. Bynum's page at the high school.
Roger Carroll at the Hollywood Palladium
It's the best sounds in town! Here's Roger Carroll with some 1968 fun. Busy times, AFRTS show, KMPC, CBS and I'm sure a bunch of agency work. Nice...
Glenn Miller records "I Sustain the Wings"
Andy Mansfield continues his tribute to Glenn Miller, part five, it's America's Popular Music.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
"If Freedom Fails" continues to part two. James Whitmore stars. What could happen if the communists took over sports? In the early 50s, there was a loto of programming like the "I Was a Communist for the FBI" and "I Lead Three Lives" . This is the most thoughtful.
Friday, January 15, 2016
It's 1967 and Chris Noel is back with another hour from home on A Date With Chris. When she started the show there was a lot of middle of the road music. In the 1960s the network played a lot of Henry Mancini. As the years went on, it rocked but it was always some great radio. Visit her website.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time for a musical Bill affair (Listen to the jingle). Bill was still with us in the late 70s with a neat brew of swing. Bill was the one on "Quarter Century of Swing" for AFRTS. We lost Bill in 1993 to heart failure. Bill graced KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
RC circa 1960 with music director Julie Rizzo
It's a jazzy get together with Roger Carroll. It's fun to listen to shows evolve over the years. Roger always a solid talent. Almost two weeks without the Happy Hour? Never again.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Welcome back Don Tracy. Just to learn about his audience Don took a vacation out of his own pocket, to visit Germany and meet us. We will hear more from Don Tracy. Good stuff. It's Thursday!
Monday, January 11, 2016
Bruce Wendell has your Orchestral favorites in the matchless high fidelity of frequency modulation. They talked like that. Bruce worked at KCBH in Beverly Hills.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
When we ask enough, there are answers. Mike Brown checked in to say that Jim Pewter worked at Radio Cavalier in the 1964-65 time frame. By 1967 Jim was doing the AFRTS-LA show. Something I hadn't heard was that Jim worked at the station with the late Richard Nader. Nader was responsible for the big oldies rock and roll shows in the 1970s
Home sure was an awful lot of places. In 1983 AFRTS contracted with local jocks all over the country to bring it closer. Joe Ferguson was at KUPL and brought Portland radio worldwide.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Kris Erik Stevens left Michigan to take over Chicago radio and was a star at WCFL and WLS when that really meant something. At WLS he worked with AFVN vet Gary Gears. After Chicago he went for the bigger challenge of Los Angeles and won. He was with AFRTS before and after disco. Remember disco? And he's still around and sounding even younger.
Kris Erik Stevens - 1978
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
In the late 1940s and 50s AFRTS took their mission to educate the troops very seriously and did several high quality command information dramas, usually with the biggest stars. These disks were generally retained by the stations to be broadcast multiple times. In 1951, the had to explain the threat of Communism. "If Freedom Failed" tells that story.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Charlie Tuna with Hershel Bernardi 1981, Hershel
was the original voice of Charlie The Tuna, as
I was recently reminded.
It's pretty easy to remember the command that Charlie Tuna has over really interesting trivia. At his website it's like a 24 hour Charlie Tuna show. Anyone as good as Charlie on celebrity news? I think not. Visit the website http://www.charlietuna.com/
Charlie also is an active facebooker.
For the memories, here's our 1986 chance to stay tuna'd.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Here's Herman with Roger Carroll, Jim Pewter, Gary Owens and the rest
In the early years of the Vietnam war there was not a lot of rock programming coming from the network. Herman Griffith played rockin soul for the "brave and bold on the Records Caravan."
Herman was at KGFJ between 1963-66 and we know little else.
Herman had helped Roland Bynum get is first big Los Angeles gig and a few years later disappeared.
During those years, Herman was on our team. I just wish I had more of these...
Friday, January 1, 2016
Roger and Beverly Carroll
Time for the happy hour. RC thank you for so many memories. 1981 was a great for me and I hope for you too. Got to Panama, had a daughter and we made some great radio. Roger was a big part of the lineup on the Southern Command Network.