Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Roland Bynum - 1980


Feels like yesterday, Roland Bynum opening the Creators Workshop and the jams were heard..



Bill Stewart - 1967


Time for a "Musical Bill Affair".  I'm not sure what that means either but it was in the jingle.  Bill was one of the KMPC talents between 1951-59, later at KGIL and KRHM.  He was also a famous record producer.  In 1969 he was honored with a concert at the Hollywood Palladium.  He also did in flight music programming.  We lost Bill in 1993 from congestive heart failure.



Thanks!



I'd like to thank Robert Cleveland for his generous contribution to the cause

In honor of fallen comrades: John Bradley, Roger Maynard, Jim Williams, Aaron Perry Davis, Rudy Padua, Herman Capello, Mark and so many others that contributed so very much to AFPN Clark, 13th AF, FEN and throughout AFRTS-SE Asia during Vietnam.

It'll be put to good use, and thank you.

Don Tracy - 1983



1983 was a great year for me, I finished up at SCN and within the year had made it onto Boston radio (part time). Don Tracy had the happy music. Rockin the world was Don Tracy!


Don Tracy 1983

Chris Noel - 1969


Chris Noel has another hour of memories in 1969.



Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson shows how it's done on a Monday in 1983.  Thanks Joe!!



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Spectrum USA - 1971


Spectrum USA and the Marine Corps Reserve present stories about the presidents.  Today Dick Stark has the story of Andrew Jackson.



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jim Pewter - 1993


A couple of weeks ago Jim sent in a 1993 Valentines Day show he did with Laurie Allen.  Jim doing a thematic show was always very special and this is no exception.  Thank you Jim!



John Doremus - 1967



Must be the dinner hour.  John Doremus would create a mood.  There were few who could really do this.  John was also the one that came up with the idea for music on your airplane rides.  Amazing talent.




Friday, May 27, 2016

AFN France - 1964



 
The network was in a lot of places, even exotic France. Before we were kicked out in 1968, we rocked 'em. In 1964 Denny Crew was doing the "Surprise Package" program.  Today featuring "folk music".
 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gene Price - 1974

Gene, Charlie and Jim
 
It's been a privilege to stay in touch with all three.  Here's Gene Price with your 1974 country favorites:
 
 

If Freedom Failed - J. Carrol Naish 1951

 

If Freedom Failed is back with command information.  Today, Life With Luigi star J. Carrol Naish in "The Traitor"



Ira Cook - 1965




Ira was yet another Minnesotan, from Duluth.  He was an actor, composer and DJ.  His compositions include  "Pony Tail", "Sunday Barbeque", and "Your Theme" among  others .His Los Angeles broadcasting career spanned 26 years, sixteen of which were at KMPC. He served in the US Army during World War II. Ira started with AFRTS in 1961.  He retired in the early 1980s.  We lost Ira in 2007.

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Yesterday it was finally humid in Minnesota, rapidly moving rain.  Tropical memories of Panama indeed.  Let's have the music with Mary Helen Barro.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Adventure Theater - 1976

Announcer William Conrad

We had a lot of great Old Time Radio, repackaged over the decades.  That worked well because in a lot of countries we had radio but not television well into the 80s.  Adventure Theater had the classics.  Today a 1955 show, well calculated to keep you in... Suspense.





Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Charlie Tuna - 1983





Charlie with Stan Freberg.

When you ask about AFRTS radio, Charlie Tuna is one of the names remembered most. Charlie was with us from 1972-96 and was doing the most consistent show I've ever heard. Legendary for a reason


Roger Carroll - 1980


Teenage announcer at ABC, decades at KMPC and AFRTS, Roger Carroll has always been an amazing talent.  In 1980 he made them the Best Sounds in Town.






Joe Allison - 1968




Joe Allison was a Nashville songwriter and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame who's credits included "He'll Have To Go" ,"Live Fast Love Hard and Die Young" and many others.  His songs were recorded by Elvis, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and The Limeliters. He died in 2002 aged 77 from lung disease.



Monday, May 23, 2016

Mary Turner - 1985


Mary Turner rocks.  That's an understatement.  Mary was doing the daily show and "Off The Record", interviews with the royalty of rock.



Wolfman Jack - 1972


Wolfman had a lot to say about the Air Force.  In 1972 he was getting the word out.



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Andy Mansfield - 1964


Andy Mansfield continues his tribute to Glenn Miller



Roland Bynum - 1981


Kickin' out the jams... That is Roland Bynum...



Bill Stewart - 1967


Bill was another of the KMPC talent that was the sound of AFRTS for many years, also a successful record producer.  The shows had a variety of names "A Quarter Century of Swing", "And All That Jazz".  They were all The Bill Stewart Show.

 


There went another PC



The PC I'd been using for the website locked up and died.


Fortunately I had just finished up one I was working on.  So I'm a little behind.  Everything was saved from the old PC hard drive!

If you could throw in a couple of bucks, it'd help...

It's always an adventure.  How was your day?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chris Noel - 1969


Chris Noel takes to the end of the week on this 1969 "Date With Chris" on AFRTS.



Chuck Cecil - 1979


Chuck Cecil is back with the Big band Countdown.  This time looking at 1939.  Seems ancient now but when this aired in 1979 it was music of 40 years ago. Yikes.  Chuck also did "The Swingin Years"  Great radio, take a listen.  After the show we check into the AFN newsroom.



Friday, May 20, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1970

Roger's first publicity photo at ABC

I'm ready for a Happy Hour.  Roger Carroll is back with some 1970 voices from home for a Wednesday.



Don Tracy - 1984


No holding some people back.  Don was in Hartford, parlayed that into Los Angeles.  At the top of his game was doing the AFRTS show for a long time.  Thanks Don!

Don Tracy - 1984

More Don Tracy

Thursday, May 19, 2016

East Of Eden - 1979


For 30 years Rabbi Allen A Secher did the "East of Eden" Show.  It was light hearted look at Judaism, with interviews and contemporary music.  Today he shows how the music of Chicago is similar to spiritual music.  The Chaplains Board sought out inspiring shows that weren't "preachy".





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson has your favorites on a Wednesday in 1983.  Here's the Joe Show!



John Doremus - 1967


Jose Fritz did a very nice writeup about the life of John Doremus.


Now some music for the dinner hour:


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Harry Newman - 1985


And Harry was the voice of "Cops".  On today's show, it's a summer day in 1985 and Ed Bruce stops by.



Monday, May 16, 2016

Jim Pewter - 1993

Jim and Laurie on tour

In 1993 Jim and Laurie Allen did a Valentine Day special "Hooked on a Feeling".  Jim says him and Laurie did about five of these specials.  They started working on them after they returned from Europe in 1992.  The music was their choice and the they had a great time producing, writing and recording the shows.  Here's Part one:




Gene Price - 1974


Gene Price starts our week with some 1974 fun for Todays Army..



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Unsafe to download?

Microsoft is doing it again:




When you try to download audio on a Microsoft browser, Internet Explorer or Edge you'll get that message.  You will not get that message on any other browsers Windows, MacIntosh or Android Here's the deal.  4shared is a site to transfer files. Our files are hosted there.  Some people share software with viruses.  So when they "share" a bootleg copy of Windows and create havoc on a computer it ends up flagging the site.

Redoing 2500 pages isn't going to happen, even if I did that the files have to be hosted somewhere and the same thing could happen again.

Data files (sound and audio) are safe files.

Microsoft removed the option of getting the file.





Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chris Noel - 1967


During the Vietnam war troops around the world had a Date With Chris.  The girl next door was the Voice of Home.  Here's a 1967 visit.



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1981


Roger brings the fun, it's Wednesday and it's time for RC and the Happy Hour!



Harry Newman - 1991


There's two more weeks to go on the first Gulf War and time for the Harry Newman show.  Harry had a big career in country radio in Los Angeles KBLA, 1965-66; KBBQ, 1967-68; KLAC, 1970-84. Harry retired in 1995 and was living the good life in central California.




AFN - A GI in Germany





In 1962 AFN assembled a portrait of a tour in Germany. It was released as an album, I'd love to know how they did that. It's very well done.  If you ever come up with a spare copy...

This had been posted before but this is a much better transfer.  Thanks Garry!!!


Monday, May 9, 2016

AFVN - The GIs Companion complete


Mike Pitts and "Peaches"







For the 3.4 million Americans who served in Vietnam and the surrounding theater during the war, AFVN (American Forces Vietnam Network) was the soundtrack of their lives while in Southeast Asia. AFVN disc jockeys, newsmen, sportscasters and special program hosts brought the sound of home to Vietnam. American servicemen, servicewomen, civilians and even South Vietnamese citizens regularly listened to AFVN for music, news, entertainment and other important information. AFVN was heard everywhere: on bases, aboard ships, in cockpits, and in the fields of battle. AFVN was with our troops on demand 24 hours a day throughout Vietnam and several other countries in the region. Wherever Americans were, AFVN accompanied them.

Hundreds of military personnel and civilians diligently served with AFVN on the air and behind the scenes to make it such an important and positive element of the Vietnam experience. It is the radio network where Adrian Cronauer signed on with "Gooooooood Morning, Vietnam" (which was the basis for the film "Good Morning, Vietnam" starring Robin Williams). Standout, Pat Sajak (of "Wheel of Fortune" fame) also served at AFVN-Saigon in 1968 and 1969. In April 1975, AFVN in Saigon famously played Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" as a signal for the remaining Americans that the final evacuation of Saigon had begun. The importance of the AFVN radio stations cannot be overstated. The purpose of this tribute broadcast is to honor our Vietnam veterans and the role AFVN played in providing Americans a sense of home back in the States.
Marine Corporal Harry Simons (later Sergeant Harry Simons), using the on-air call sign "Your Brother", was stationed at both AFVN-Saigon and AFVN-Danang from 1967 - 1969. Mr. Simons, a life-long broadcaster, recently provided WEBY with many hours of original studio master tape recordings of his "Boss Radio" style rock and roll music programs. These programs that aired nearly 50 years ago have been provided for the purpose of sharing these historical broadcasts with his fellow veterans.
WEBY is compiling these time-capsule recordings into a special week-long commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and to honor our Vietnam veterans. It will air during the 2015 Veterans Day season. Authentic AFVN program recordings of Pat Sajak, Scott Manning, Joe Rowland, Allan Moore, and other radio personalities will also be featured.


Chris Noel, famed Hollywood actress, has joined our tribute broadcast allowing us to include her #1 rated Los Angeles-produced radio program through AFRTS that aired on AFVN. Chris often traveled to Vietnam under the USO umbrella to entertain the troops in areas considered too dangerous for the Bob Hope Show. A published author, Chris Noel speaks to her Vietnam experience in her best seller “Vietnam and Me”. In 1993, Chris Noel founded Vetsville Cease Fire House, a non-profit charity based in Boynton Beach, Florida. Its mission is dedicated to providing food, shelter and care for indigent military veterans. That mission continues today. 

Exclusive interviews with “Donut Dollies” serving with the Red Cross in Vietnam bring to this broadcast a unique and mostly untold story of these brave young women who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the purpose of lifting the morale of American combat soldiers. These frontline civilians, The Donut

Dollies, also charmed the airwaves of the American Forces Vietnam Network with their own radio program which dedicated songs to wounded GIs they had visited in hospitals around the country.

Chickenman (Dick Orkin) has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Dick is the creator of the extraordinarily popular syndicated radio program “Chickenman.” He has contributed an interview and original episodes that will play a prominent role in the total AFVN broadcast experience. Chickenman was provided to AFVN by Mr. Orkin and aired from the AFVN Network flagship station in Saigon. It was heard throughout Vietnam. Chickenman is credited for maintaining sanity for many GIs.

WEBY will take Vietnam veterans and all listeners back in time as we broadcast the original AFVN programs. Combat correspondents’ interviews with ser vicemen are included. Interviews with veterans of the Vietnam War that have interesting stories about their service and AFVN Radio are included as well. Adding background and color to the broadcast, many of the program hosts (DJs) who proudly served in those very difficult circumstances have been interviewed to share their memories and experiences. Interviews with Mr. Simons will be interspersed throughout the broadcast as he shares the inside story of AFVN.

Americans in Vietnam were kept informed of the news at the top of every hour by dedicated military journalists who compiled newscasts from major American networks, wire services, and military sources. Of particular nostalgic interest as this documentary goes back in time are the AFVN newscasts which report in present tense such topics as former Vice-President Richard Nixon’s campaign for the presidency against Hubert Humphrey, airline hijackings to Cuba (on now defunct Eastern Airlines and National Airlines), the upcoming Apollo missions to the Moon, negotiations between the United Kingdom and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) concerning independence from colonial rule, and many more interesting stories.

The AFVN sports reports give football results for the Los Angeles Rams (now the St. Louis Rams), the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), and the Baltimore Colts (now the Indianapolis Colts) . Major League Baseball coverage refers to the Washington Senators (now the Texas Rangers) and Mickey Mantle's announcement that he would retire from the New York Yankees. The broadcast features coverage of Arnold Palmer and Gary Player at the two-man team match play at the 1968 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship at Wentworth near London (now the Volvo World Match Play Championship). Additional sports reports cover the upcoming 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.



Gene Price - 1974


Mister Pierce has your favorites for Today's Army...


Ira Cook - 1965




Ira Cook starts you week with a Monday show from 1965, stories and a Star of the Day, Roger Williams.  When Ira did his KMPC show he was huge Hawaiian music fan.



Sunday, May 8, 2016

AFKN News - 1968




Thanks again to Ken Hissong for taking this AFKN network newsroom picture in 1968, in 1977 absolutely nothing had changed. I can smell the kimchi.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Chris Noel - 1967


Chris Noel has memories of 1967.  She's always been dedicated to us. Please take a moment and see what you can do to help ou with Chris's homeless shelter for our less fortunate veteran brothers.  Vetsville



Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


Mary Helen Barro has your latin favorites for a Tuesday..





Charlie Tuna - 1982

Charlie Tuna and Del Shannon


On almost everyone's lists of favorite AFRTS jocks, Charlie Tuna's name is there. Here's another example of radio consistency and perfection... Be sure to check out charlietuna.com 

Charlie Tuna - 1982

More Charlie Tuna