Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Some pretty amazing radio in it's own right. Chris cared. Cared enough to do the shows, cared enough to tour to the troops, even in war zones. Cared enough to open a veterans shelter, which is still going strong. We owe you a lot Chris.
Today on Spectrum USA Dick Stark has stories of Benjamin Harrison, who was the namesake of Ft Benjamin Harrison, the home of the Defense Information School. Thank you John!
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Roger Carroll and Los Angeles radio were the same thing. From 1948-58 at KABC and 1959-79 at Gene Autry's KMPC.
"KMPC was one of the most successful radio stations in the country, and had the lineup -- the most envied talent in the radio business," said Roger Carroll, who played records on KMPC. The key to their success, he said, was a rapport with the audience. "Everybody who listened to the station thought we were their friends."
Roger brought that sound to McCadden Av. and AFTRS. Part of the reason he related so well was that he was one of the few network personalities that were a veteran.
"I served two years active duty 1953-55 then 26 years doing my AFRTS show every Tuesday for five hours....my William Morris agents knew and told clients who wanted me to do their voice overs he is not available Tues 8a-1p doing his AFTRS shows many client who served in the military we will wait for him..."
Roger said it was very special "when parents of our guys in Viet Nam and around the world would call me at KMPC or write a letter, telling me their son wanted to thank me for doing the show that they hear on AFVN, FEN, AFN and all around the world."
Mr. Carroll's company was responsible for the recruiting shows done by Gene Price, Roland Bynum and himself heard every Sunday morning on hundreds of radio stations in the 70s and 80s
The theme was an edit of one of the KMPC jingles . Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.
It's pretty amazing, over 2000 posts on this page since 2009. There were a couple of other websites before this one. Thank you for visiting. Thank you for telling your friends. Thank you for sharing your memories. Thank you for making this happen.
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 10:45 AM
Amazing set of pipes and smooth. John Doremus had evening music for many years. Similar to what Jim Ameche did earlier and what Pete Smith did later but smoother and bigger. He had recorded Music Through the Night shows sponsored by the airlines that ran on the biggest AM clear channel stations in the country. He also was the one that started syndicating in flight music.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
"Freedom Sings" was presented by the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge for decades. It was a natural for AFRTS "The Presidents Own" Marine Band and inspiring stories. Really well done.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Monte Jones, an amazing talent. When I went through the DINFOS I was lucky enough to have both Bob Runda and Monte Jones as instructors. Did Mr. Runda ever do an airshift anywhere? A lot of broadcasters attempted to style themselves after Monte. Something I didn't know was that FEN at the time was using a primitive automation system. The first transcription disk would run out and start the second. The newscasts were all on tape. Since the 'automation system' required someone to feed it, it's difficult to imagine what was gained over using a board operator. Maybe a lifetime job for the automation operator.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Apparently our friends at Microsoft believe mp3s are dangerous. There's a long story, but if you're getting errors when trying to hear the shows it's a Microsoft issue. Jeez. Anyhow, any decent browser will work.
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 7:11 AM
Monday, March 14, 2016
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Has there ever been someone that could program music as neat as former AFKN'er Jim Pewter? Can't see him ever hanging up his rock and roll shoes.. We went to different high schools together.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Johnnie was born John Christian Miller. On one of his first jobs as Johnnie Christian.
KACY Oxnard, KMEN San Bernardino, KRLA and KIIS; KRLA, 1968-71; KDAY, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KNAC, 1975; KGOE, 1975; KNX, 1976; KGIL, 1976-83; KJOI, 1978; KBLA, 1989-92; KGIL, 1993; KFWB, 1998-2008 and many more. We had Johnnie in the 1970s and 80s. We lost Johnnie 03/09/2016 to pancreatic cancer. He had been hospitalized in Olympia, WA to be near his friends and family. It was a great loss.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
In Panama, my biggest complaint with the network was how LA centric the programming was "There's nobody good in New York?" would usually be how that tirade started. They surprised me with series of jocks from around the country with an AFRTS connection.
In the weeks before the Bob Moke show, Joe Ferguson from KUPL in Portland had his turn. Joe also saved the disks and has made them available once again:
First of all, I was an army brat with my dad a 30 year career man. In the early sixties, we were stationed in Germany and I attended high school in Frankfurt. The school had a radio club and produced a weekly program for teenagers. We produced and recorded it at AFN studios just outside Frankfurt. I was part of that club and got my first exposure to radio and was hooked.
When I graduated, I returned to the US for college and got a job as a dj at a local station to pay for my education. After graduation, I went to visit my family, now stationed in Italy. On the way I had a stopover in Frankfurt and went to see a couple of people that were still at AFN from my high school days. They told me there was a civilian announcer job open in Italy and I should talk to the SEN folks, so I did.
SEN was interested and offered me the job. As a result, I was in Vicenza for a couple of years. It was great and I have many wonderful memories from the experience. Next stop, (1971) KFOX AM-FM Los Angeles, where I was the afternoon jock. I was working with people whose programs I had played while at SEN. While I was at KFOX, I was on staff with Charlie Williams, Hugh Cherry and Gene Price as well as some other great talent. I had to pinch myself frequently to convince myself I was actually there.
I also did some syndication work in Hollywood for Programming DB which was one of the pioneers for syndicating long form programming. It was a partnership of two of the innovative programmers of the day, Ken Draper and Chuck Blore. At one time, I think I was doing a daily 4 hour program in 20 or so markets, all via voice track and automation equipment.
My next encounter with AFRTS was in 1983 when they contacted me at KUPL AM-FM in Portland, Oregon, where I was the program director. They asked if I was interested in doing a 30 minute, daily show from Portland for 13 weeks. It was part of a project where they selected a personality from a different part of the country to highlight a new area every quarter. Of course I was delighted to accept.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Been a long time since we had a visit with John Doremus. John was the big voice of soft music after Jim Ameche and before Pete Smith. He recorded a bunch of PSAs for us that we were using many years after. He was the one that brought music to air travel. He hosted a nationwide program of soft muisc on the BIG AM stations in the 60s. Big talent.
Monday, March 7, 2016
When I was a teenager in Minneapolis in the early 1970s this clip periodically ran on Mark Durenberger's WLOL-FM jazz show. Somehow he still had, could locate and sent me a copy of it. Unfortunately he had no further information other than probably late 50s or early 1960s. Do you know who it is?
If Freedom Failed was a 1951 AFRTS production, highlighting the communist menace. It was very well done. Today Jeffrey Silver IMDB biography in "The Pledge"