Saturday, July 30, 2016
Bud Widom was a jack of all trades at AFRTS, doing many many programs. IMDB says that he was born in 1918 and was in "Mister Cory" and "The Green Slime". We lost Bud in 1976. In 1964, music of the stage from AFRTS and "Footlights and Spotlights"
When I came back from Korea I met Wolfman at LAX. The only time in my life I was totally blown away by meeting a celebrity. Only thing I remember was that he was nice with magic. I've been a fan ever since.
Wolfman Jack - 1981
Wolfman Jack - 1981
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Here's Roger at the Hollywood Palladium
Roger spent decades with us and did some wonderful radio. His day job was at KMPC but he grabbed a lot of announcing work at the civilian networks. A few years ago he shared his collection with us and I'm glad I can help share it.
Roger did some very stylish radio. But you've never heard it begin quite like this...
Andy and Kay Starr
In the 1950s Andy Mansfield did a program with his wife Virginia. It Was Called "Turn Back The Clock", featuring the oldies of the last 30 years. In the 60s, he did the program by himself. Now it was called "America's Popular Music".
In the 1940s and 1950s we used 16" ETs. They were shipped in strapped boxes. I had been looking for one for years. Generally when one comes up for sale it's full of a bunch of mixed disks with no documentation and pretty pricy. I just got one. This one is history. A Marine Chaplain mailed a box of ETs to a different Chaplain in the APO. It was 1951 and this was in the middle of the Korean War. The disks were from Korea AFRS (Later AFKN). The Bob Hope show that was posted a couple of days ago is from this lot. I'm very thankful.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Here's Roland Bynum
This was part of a historic set. The Korean War had just started. Korea AFRS was driving near the war zones, broadcasting from mobile studios. Private Casey Kasem was one of the troops making it happen and Bob Hope was on the air.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
We counted them down. The first rock countdown show was Rocketing Rhythms, usually hosted by Jack Brown. Today Jack is on vacation and KLACs Bill Stewart steps in with the hits from the pages of Cash Box. Here are the pre-Beatles years hits!
We had some odd filler programs. Myron J Bennett was a big deal in Des Moines radio for many years. Apparently "Talk Digest" went out on Mutual and AFRTS picked it up.
I'd always wondered what the deal was with these until I got out of the army and went to work at a very profitable daytimer (in 1984), near Christmas about 15 minutes of news and up to 27 of commercials. THAT'S what these were designed for. For us in the early 70s they were shipping shows with strange lengths. Charlie Tuna, John Doremus and Gary Owens were 45 minutes and it did need some fillers.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
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1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 10:21 AM
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Jim shared this 1969 picture with Al Jardine of the Beach Boys.
Picture was taken at AFRTS and is copyrighted Playground Productions.
Used with permission.
Finally it's almost SUMMERTIME, cue the Jaymies, Billy Stewart or Eddie Cochran. Jim Pewter knew these things. Every day an encylopedia of the music. I learned a lot.
Jim Pewter - 1976
The matchless fidelity of Frequency Modulation. FM was almost magic. KCBH-FM in Beverly Hills was programming light orchestral music. It was a time when few if any were actally making money with FM. Seems odd... In 1959 Don Steele was there. We ran the show, but very rarely on FM.
Now IHeart owns it "Alt 98.7" just doesn't seem as special.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Chris Noel has another hour of your favorites on AFRTS. If you're getting error messages it's a long story but it's because you're using a Microsoft browser, it'll play just fine using Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or most anything else. Those are all free alternatives. Apple or Android users do not have problems.
I still say it was one of the nicest things the network ever did. For a while starting in 1983 AFRTS had jocks from all over the country do a series of shows and be the Voice of Home. One of the first was Joe Ferguson in Portland OR. Joe sent us copies of all of the shows. Thank you my friend!
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Andy Mansfield loved his oldies, but when you start doing an oldies show in the 1950s we hear big band and before. His first show was with his wife but always it was some of his favorites from his collection.
In the hustle and bustle of getting something on the air, sometimes it's hard to realize how we touched our listeners.
Karoline gives a perspective:
I was born in 1947 in Berlin, Germany and from the fifth year in school we learned English. And from that year on it was not far away to AFN.
Me, my brother and our friends liked the fresh and cool presentation and of course the music, from the rock 'n roll to the beat period.
I remember especially our ultimate DJ Army Sergeant George Hudak. He made the afternoon show "Frolic at Five" very very well. Later on in the mid sixties Jan Wood made the show, also very well.
We also heard the country-and western music show "Stickbuddy Jamboree" with Bob Burns, that aired from AFN-Kaiserslautern and later from AFN-Stuttgart. I also remember the Saturday afternoon show "Weekend World" from Frankfurt, the "Fitch Bandwagon" and the Music-Show in the evening "Sounds of the Sixties" and "Music in the Air".
I was surprised to find this in a record store. Airman Jerry Keller has a visit from Jim Reeves. When these shows were done, the songs were recorded especially for the shows. Take your shoes off and think about opportunities in the US Air Force!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
I haven't been able to post as often as I should, but busy. I finally picked up a record washing machine. Spin-Clean makes the most economical one that works. If you've been thinking about getting one, they're half off until the end of the month. No I'm not getting anything for bringing it up. It's a sweet product. I'm in the process of cleaning thousands of LPs. Click here
1963-65 are done.
1963-65 are done.
Posted by Thomas Whetston at 10:09 AM
Friday, July 15, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
a 1967 show
Ira was with us for a long long time. His easy going ways and stories made the time go by well into the 70s. Today it's Friday and Ira's ready for the weekend. Henri Rene the artist of the day and Alan Sherman.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
The world changes in one picture Chris Noel in Vietnam 1966. Chris made overseas tours, all over the world pass that much faster on a Date With Chris. She's dedicated her life to the veteran cause, from going to war zones to running a homeless veteran's shelter today. Chris, America owes you a lot. Thank you.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Charlie and Michael Jackson
I used to do the morning show in Panama then run the Charlie Tuna show...and listen. Charlie had an awful lot of what we wanted to grow up to be" Years later I was working at a station in Manchester and the PD was asked me how I could do content that wasn't cliché "topical" or "music related" but was 'one on one'. It was something I think we learned from all of the AFRTS guys, but Charlie in particular.
Thanks for the memories!
Couple of years ago I found many of these programs. Joe's style was a graceful transition from Hillbilly to modern country. Mr Allison was a songwriter, music executive and a bit of a philosopher.
Country Corner - 1968
More Joe Allison
Friday, July 8, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
And we were proud to have her. Mary started her show with us in 1982.
From her official biography:
From the mid ‘70s to the early ‘90s, Mary Turner was the most popular female air personality on contemporary music radio. She was the highest-rated disc jockey on L.A.’s legendary KMET, the host of “Off The Record,” Westwood One’s nationally syndicated interview show, which aired on more than 300 stations weekly, and the host of the “Mary Turner Show” on Armed Forces Radio. After leaving radio in 1994, Dr. Pattiz attended UCLA where she became a certified drug and alcohol counselor and began working in the field of substance abuse. She received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California Graduate Institute—now affiliated with The Chicago School—in 2008. Today she continues to be active in the field as a counselor and group leader and serves on the boards of DARE, the Musicians Assistance Program, Cedars-Sinai Medial Center’s COACH for Kids, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares, the Betty Ford Center, and the Betty Ford Institute. Dr. Pattiz is married to Norman Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One Companies, and lives in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Andy and Virginia Mansfield
Andy did a bunch of shows, starting with Turn Back the Clock, America's Popular Music. I wouldn't surprise me if there were others. It's a great look at the earliest popular music.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Chris Noel brought America to thousands of Vietnam era troops. The years pass, the memories remain. Chris's birthday is Saturday 7/2. Wish her a Happy Birthday! Click here
In 1969, here's what home sounded like.