Wednesday, June 29, 2016
AFRS assembled shows from various network shows, more great material was available that time slots. In 1944 Mystery Playhouse was generally Inner Sanctum, Mr. District Attorney, Mr and Mrs North, the Whistler and this time This is your FBI. We were running that show well into the 70s. Today "Robert Perry, Imposter"
Our friend T4Y does his impression of the Inner Sanctum announcer. He alternated with "Sgt X" (Howard Duff).
Time for another visit with Joe Ferguson. In a very cool move the network got jocks from all over the country to records a series of shows. Joe Ferguson was working at KUPL in Portland and brought the hits. It's a Friday in 1983...
Monday, June 27, 2016
A few years ago Clem Stein checked in with a great aircheck. His last "Bouncing in Bavaria" show on AFN. After the service Clem became a very successful businessman and had a book with financial advice. We lost Clem in 2013
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Information and education were the primary drivers of AFRTS. Quality informative programs from the US networks found a good home. Easy to imagine a troop taking the time to learn with the "Voice Of Home"
Invitation to Learning was a CBS show that started a quarter century run in 1940. Dr. Stringfellow Barr of St Johns College in Annapolis brought academics and entertainers to share understanding of complex issues.
It's difficult to determine when we started carrying it, it was running in 1950.
Gene Price mailed me an autographed promo picture (displayed). It means a lot to me. Gene did a similar show to his AFRTS program for army recruiting through Roger Carroll's company. ...
Gene started a lot of our days at zero dark thirty, with Leonard Finsterwall and the crew.
Gene Price - 1975
Ira has some really great tunes today. I had never heard the Kingston Trio version of "Seasons in the Sun". It's easy to see why Terry Jacks picked it up almost ten years later. What should you do with a mop handle? Ira has answers.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Orchestral, light classical, sometimes a waltz. Continental Varieties. Dick Crawford with a Continental salute to the month of April.
Joe Allison brought a lot to country music, writing classic country songs in the 1950s and 60s. In 1946 Tex Ritter recorded Joe's "When You Leave, Don't Slam the Door". It was a top five hit. 1949 was his arrival in Nashville with shows on both WSM and WSIX. Later a very successful recording executive.
We had Joe in the 1960s. He brought a one-to-one style which wasn't common in country radio at the time.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, DC, on Friday Night, June 30, 1995.
Wolfman Jack was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and was officially known as "Reverend Jack".
Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966 for the (then) 250,000 watt radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas, USA.
He died almost immediately after returning home from a promotional tour for his autobiography, "Have Mercy." He entered his house, hugged his wife, said "Oh, it is so good to be home!" and literally died in his wife's arms.
"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.
Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108)
Friday, June 17, 2016
Chris Noel with producer Bruce Wendell
I can never thank Chris enough for making these available again. She sent her collection of the shows for us to remember to. It's 1969, better get ready, you have A Date With Chris.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
I sure didn't understand how it would play out, but my introduction to our AFRTS friends was Sunday mornings on Minneapolis radio. In the 70s Sunday mornings were the "public service ghetto" where mostly boring PSA shows would run. But then there was the Wolfman, Gene Price, Roland Bynum and Roger Carroll doing record shows for the recruiters. I didn't know who they were then but they were great then and now. The programs were recorded by Roger Carroll productions over at Watermark. The pacing's different. Enjoy!
Andy Mansfield continues his 1964 tribute to MAJ Glenn Miller. It's part 14 of America's Popular Music.
I spent a lot of time poking through the disks. The vast majority of the AFRTS library was mediocre MOR and all of the songs that weren't hits from the albums. But libraries that started in the 40s and 50s and were mostly intact were pretty special. First time I heard the Glenn Miller AEF band it was from the original WWII ETs. Over on the country side it went back too. Sometimes in Panama the jocks would be kinda perplexed at the sort of things I'd listen to. Great opportunity...
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 8:03 PM
Monday, June 13, 2016
Here's something for the kids...
KLACs Bill Stewart fills in for Jack Brown. Rocketing Rhythms was sort of a countdown show sometimes with guests.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Album Jim did for the USO
Jim lives the oldies. From his time with his band to AFKN, Los Angeles radio and then the worldwide network it's just really hard to describe. Fire up the grill, grab a beer and remember.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Chris Noel in Pleiku 1967
Chris Noel was the girl next door to Vietnam era troops. Movie star good looks and caring. It showed. Date With Chris was very very popular. Chris made hundreds of these shows available to us and it's a great listen.
Friday, June 10, 2016
It's songs about movement. Sounds like a simple concept. John would take the songs and weave them together with poetry and ideas. He had shows booming across the country for the major airlines. He produced some of the first music on the airlines. Great talent..
Parts of this have been posted before, but this is a complete show in much better quality.
Norteno is a type of primarily Mexican music that's closely related to polka. Not surprisingly it was quite the hit with Germans listening to AFN. It's a small world after all...
AFN Frankfurt did a local Spanish show. Take a listen.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
I was pretty excited to get a bunch of Gene Price Army recruiting shows that I hadn't heard before. I'll give them a good home. Gene had a two and a half decade run on the network. Roger Carroll worked out a deal to make these Sunday morning recruiting shows. Let's go back to the Summer of 1974 and Watermark studios.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
In the early years of the network, we rebroadcast a lot of stateside shows and created our own "Guess Who" was sort of a reverse request show. Joan Marshall would play records and the folks at home see if they knew what they were. Joan was a dancer that later was on the original pilot for the Munsters and was later on a Star Trek. How many songs do you know?
Monday, June 6, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Charlie in the movie "Rollercoaster"
Radio Hall of Fame member Charlie Tuna was great. A quarter century with AFRTS. 40 years on the air in Los Angeles. We lost a great talent. When I was overseas Charlie was one of the key voices of Armed Forces radio. See why...