Friday, April 29, 2016
The weekend is here and Chris Noel brings the entertainment. When you think about the importance of the show to troops all over the world it's hard to believe it was only on for a half dozen years. Seems like only yesterday.
Photo: Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter
I was in Jim's old neighborhood last week. He lived in St Paul, just a little off of University Avenue. It's still the same houses. Working class then and now.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Chuck Cecil started playing the music of "The Swingin Years"s on KFI in the late 50s. Those oldies were popular and he was on AFRTS in 1960. On the Big Band Countdown, Chuck would pick a time and Count 'em down. The show ran well into the 1980s.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Dick Sinclair was one of our first jocks. He was in that first class at Fox Film studios in 1943, went to the Mosquito Network. When he got back he made polka music incredibly popular, a syndicated radio show, several TV shows. He loved his work. By the 1950s Polka Party was on AFRTS and continued through the late 1960s.
We had a lot of cowboys, both Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Bonds did country shows for the network before Joe Allison and the Country Corner. Jimmy was backup talent for Gene Autry and was a frequent guest at the Melody Ranch. Johnny had a long successful recording career. His greatest hit was "Ten Little Bottles" Here's Johnny in a 1961 show from Ft McCadden.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
It's a "Date With Chris". Chris Noel has spent her life giving to the troops, for doing to the AFRTS show to running a shelter for our homeless brothers. Support Vetsville
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Joe Allison had a neat part of history. He's been called the DJ that bridged the gap between hillbilly radio and what he call country radio today. Take a listen:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Andy Mansfield had a long run with AFRTS, from Turn Back The Clock in the 50s to America's Popular Music in the 1960s he had those oldies. In 1964 he did a tribute to Glenn Miller.. Here's Part 10.
Monday, April 18, 2016
RC with Johnny Magnus
In the 70s RC was recording recruiting shows to be played on stateside stations. These were phenomenal compared to the other things being sent to CONUS stations. Right now it's 1974 and Roger Carroll will help with your Air Force questions.
The earliest Roland Bynum show in the collection is this one, recorded for the Air Force by Roger Carroll's company. The disc has seen better days, but the transfer is in stereo.
Roland Bynum for the USAF Feb 73 a
Roland Bynum for the USAF Feb 73 b
Sunday, April 17, 2016
I was at the record store and saw a used album by the USMC Band (heard earlier this week here). The thing was too thick. With the record were 2 12" 78s that sound like they were done for the troops as a command information thing. This one has a short clip recorded in the studio at Guadalcanal. There's just not much audio from the Mosquito Network. It's a good listen.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
PROGRAMMING--PFC Doug Broxon points out the programming schedule to SP4 Jim Pewters. PFC Broxon is responsible for the "Morning Report Show" from 6:15 to 8:00am. SP4 Pewters show, "The Music Man" is from 4:05 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Photo by PFC Ray Lambert)
The picture is from Stars and Stripes in 1964, taken at AFKN Radio Cavalier.
Jim knew Don French at KFWB and asked for some promos. French suggested that Jim drop the 's' from Pewters. At the time, Roger Christian, Bill Ballance Sam Riddle and Gene Weed were rocking KFWB.
In 1982, Jim was still playing the greatest hits.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Chris Noel got a lot of people through some difficult times with "A Date With Chris". She was the girl back home. A few years ago Chris made her shows available to us so we can hear them again. Thanks Chris!!! Take a listen.
Here's some light classics for your dinner hour. "Enchantment of Music" was originally from KCBH-FM, Beverly Hills. They presented their shows in "the matchless fidelity of frequency modulation". Bruce Wendell was the host. Most of the time they would have been heard on AM stations. Such is life.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Talk about a voice. John Doremus was an Easy listening giant. In the states he was probably the first voice of music in flight. Had nightly radio shows on the biggest AM stations for the airlines, and did his show for AFRTS. Music for the dinner hour...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
So do you remember these? I think it was a repackaged Major library. Valentino kept repackaging the same library from the 1940s over and over again.
There was a long history of sound effects libraries. Usually awful ones. If you have to read the jacket to figure out what it is, it wasn't done very well. But when we got the CBS library it was a world of difference, no download link on these. I don't know anyone at Major to ask...
Monday, April 11, 2016
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Chris Noel brought a little piece of home to Vietnam era troops. If you get errors trying to play this, use any non-Microsoft browser. Google Chrome, Firefox, any Macintosh or Android browser work.
It was a shame when we lost Charlie. I remember.
I'd be finishing up "The Morning Show" on SCN and running Charlie Tuna transcriptions after. I'd listen in amazement how this guy could have such consistency. I'd have tapes of his civilian shows sent in and it was the same but live.
Charlie Tuna - 1982
Charlie Tuna - 1982
Friday, April 8, 2016
Eric Burdon - Sky Pilot
Simon and Garfunkel - Homeward Bound
Peter Paul and Mary - Leaving On A Jet Plane
Mel Tillis - Stateside
Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction
Freda Payne - Bring the Boys Home
Bobby Bare - Detroit City
Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Boyd Bennett and his Rockets - My Boy Flattop
Edwin Starr - War
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
When I was in Panama and we had troops in Nicaragua, there was a rather corny big band song "Managua Nicaragua", recorded by both Freddie Martin and Guy Lombardo Lyrics were rather interesting.
Did you have other ones?
At AFKN-TDC they got a new general and a not very smart DJ dedicated Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin' Yet" after a diatribe. BAD idea.
Do they play Ray Stevens "Ahab the Arab" in Iraq/Afghanistan?
What did you play that they didn't care for...
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 7:18 AM
Monday, April 4, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
In 1942, Troops needed to understand what we were getting into. There was no AFRS yet so outreach was very hit and miss. CBS broadcast a series of speeches to help. The mandate was to get these to the troops. Difficult to say how effective that was. Correspondent Lee White was in Europe when that part of the war started. He shares his thoughts.
Roger Carroll is having a lot of fun on this 1972 show. A few years ago RC made these shows available to us and I'm very grateful. Thanks again Roger! There's another bundle that he's located that I for one can't wait to hear and share!
This is my favorite "One Night Stand". The show was mostly big band remotes from all over the country. It's surprising how many orchestras were working well into the 1960s. Mostly regional ones that never had a national impact, but take 12-20 musicians playing well with good scores and it can be great.
"One Night Stand" wasn't always big bands. Teddy Wilson was a great pianist on hundreds of sessions backing Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and the rest of the best.