Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Roland Bynum 1983



Roland Bynum was making some great radio in 1983. He was always a Voice of Home.  Thanks for the memories!




Music By Candlelight - 1966


It's been a busy day, time for relaxing music on "Music By Candlelight".  This was an AFRTS in house production in a tradition that wend back to World War II.  The show names changed but programs of symphonic music were there for a long long time.



Friday, October 28, 2016

Inner Sanctum - 1950



Halloween is coming... The best old time radio to program was the mysteries.  AFRTS ran these shows well into the 1990s.  A lot of the young troops had never heard such a thing, but with one TV channel it provided an alternative.  There was an amazing collection at AFRTS-LA that kept being re-issued.

Inner Sanctum.  "The Hitch-Hiking Corpse". A motorist driving west meets a strange and beautiful hitch-hiker. Interesting adaptation of the Lucille Fletcher story with subtle differences.  Mercedes McCambridge, Everett Sloane. 



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kris Erik Stevens - 1980


Kris Erik Stevens sent in a nice promo picture for the collection (pictured). Kris had been a legend in Chicago radio before Los Angeles. Thanks!  Kris was the DJ before almost every movie shown in America!

Erik Stevens 1980
More Kris Erik Stevens

Jim Pewter - 1988


(Clip of the Skyliners on American Bandstand)
Jim Pewter is back with another program of songs from the malt shop.
Always a surprise, always great.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Don Tracy - 1988



DON TRACY - Don Tracy was another with a great career at AFRTS-LA and in Los Angeles radio: KGFJ, 1969-74; KDAY, 1976-90; KGFJ, 1993-94; KMBY, 1995; KABC, 1995-97. Following a stint in sales at KABC, Don had an ad agency in the San Fernando Valley, Malloy and Associates. This aircheck was recorded in Iceland.


Chris Noel - 1970

Chris Noel did so much for so many Vietnam era troops.  "A Date With Chris" brought the girl next door to far flung outposts all over the world.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Joe Ferguson - 1983




A young Joe Ferguson had done some shows as a dependent at the stations.  Years later Joe was jocking in Portland OR.  AFRTS had done one of the coolest things they ever did.  Asked jocks from around the country if they'd like to do shows for the network.  Joe saved his copies and made them available/  Thank you Joe!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jim Ameche - 1959


The most beautiful sounds around.  Jim Ameche with the Concert Hall.



Gene Price - 1974


Gene has your country favorites, with his whole cast of characters. 





Monday, October 17, 2016

Pete Smith - 1976



When I was in the field, the easy listening shows felt painful. As I "mature" I can understand the genius behind them. Thanks for asking, Chris!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ira Cook - 1963



Here's Ira Cook, a kind of interesting thing is that he says he's recording the show at KMPC.  Was this a one-shot? When did all of the DJ shows go to the studios at McCadden?

Gary Owens - 1967


KMPC and "Laugh-In" star Gary Owens did shows for us in the 1960s.  Prime silliness.



Mary Helen Barro - 1983


I didn't know this, Mary Helen was one of the reporters in American Gigolo



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Charlie Tuna - 1980




I could listen to Charlie Tuna all day long.  There've been times when I have.  Let's go back to 1980.  A wise man said "Stay Tuna'd"



Chris Noel - 1969


A pretty girl, music and memories.  It's a Date With Chris.  During the Vietnam era Chris brought home to over 300 countries.



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jingles 1985


"We've got your Music" was the 1985 jingle package but very short.  Normally we'd get half an hour (or more) of cuts.  This time about 10 minutes and most of that production music. Here are the jingle parts.



Joe Allison - 1968





Joe Allison was star of Country music.  Writer of Jim Reeves blockbuster song "He'll Have to Go", signed Willie Nelson to his first recording contract.  Longtime DJ and record company executive. Joe brought a neighborly style to his radio shows.  Something that Country Music radio hadn't seen before.

Here's a 1967 visit with Joe and the "Country Corner"

Wolfman Jack - 1976


Wolfman makes you smile, for the United States Air Force.  These shows were done for Roger Carroll's company and turned up everywhere, good thing.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roger Carroll - 1972


The Happy Hour starts right now.  Here's RC with the memories.



Andy Mansfield - 1964


Andy continues his heartfelt tribute to MAJ Glenn Miller.  It had barely been 20 years and America still felt the loss.





Sunday, October 9, 2016

Roland Bynum - 1973


Roland Bynum recorded recruiting shows for Roger Carrolls company.  These programs were done at Watermark studios and have a different feel.  I asked why:

".  I did notice a difference in the presentation, and I was trying to ascertain why there was such a difference.   I was perhaps more relaxed in the presentations for the AFRTS shows.  The audience is different for each of the shows and I was probably more stilted in doing the recruiting shows.  Straight no chaser.  Also, working with different engineers can make a difference in the presentations also.  These are my initial reaction the listening to each of them, and knowing me, I'll be listening to them more than one time."

Jim Ameche - 1965


Jim Ameche had some beautiful music.  He did syndicated shows and bounced back and forth between NY and LA.  By the late 1950s he was with AFRTS and still going strong in the 1960s.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Jim Pewter - 1980

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim

More memories with Jim.  In 1980 I was at SCN in Panama and would hear the way that he'd craft a show.  Always something that I hadn't heard before...that was good.  Then it was off to the library.  At SCN the 'old library' was typed onto large index cards, with a huge machine that had them sorted.  Do you have a picture of it?  Apparently in the mid 80s it finally gave up.

It's 1980, today Jim tells you "What was Beethoven's favorite fruit?"

Roger Carroll - 1981


As I write this it's October 6th.  Roger Carroll is having a birthday today.  Wish him a happy birthday Click here!
RC thanks for the memories and some great radio!!


A while back I had a chat with Roger.


Herman Griffith 1967

Jim Pewter, Herman Griffith and Roger Carroll

Herman brought rock and soul to the troops.  These are great!


Herman Griffith 1967
More Herman Griffith

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The mailing list



Thanks for visiting!!!

You may have noticed it's been a while since you received an email update.  Over the years the list got so big it wouldn't work.  My suspicion is there may be a lot of people who are no longer with us or don't really care.  I'd like to redo it and keep sending out updates.  But I'm starting over again.

If you'd like to be included on the mailing list, just drop me a quick email Click here

It goes out every week or two.  And the band plays on...

Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson was one of the jocks from all over the country sharing his skills in an experiment AFRTS tried in the early 80s.  He shared these shows and I'll always be grateful.



Don Tracy - 1993

Don earned his due in Connecticut radio, through WPOP, WNHC and WAVZ then to win in Los Angeles.
KGFJ, KDAY, KABC-TV, KNX as a sales executive, his own ad agency and editor of the R&B Report.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Date With Chris - 1969


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Chris Noel was the voice of home.  She made some special moments to our soldiers.  Like in this show, it's a Friday on AFRTS.



Monday, October 3, 2016

Robert Q Lewis - 1958


Sometimes this is what we have to work with.  A lot of people made this happen and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks John and Doug!  Robert Q was on the network in the late 50s from CBS radio. 



John Doremus - 1967


John Doremus was a voice of legend.  He started the piped in music on airplanes, did a syndicated overnight show on the biggest AMs in the country and did a show for AFRTS.  



AFN 1953


Time for another look at AFN in about 1953.

Early AFN part 4

More AFN

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ira Cook - 1970




Ira Cook's back.  "Have a happy day, make the most of it"  Who can argue with that?

Minnesotan Ira Cook was a veteran of The Battle of The Bulge in WWII.  He said “During World War II I was at the  Battle of the Bulge and we lost 10-15 guys in my platoon.”  After the war he bounced through a lot of Los Angeles stations, finding his big break at KMPC. 

 "It's safer than stealing, more legal than gambling, easier than loafing, and it beats working!" Ira talking about being a DJ.

He had a long run with AFRTS.  On today's visit Ira visits with Joe South.

Music By Candlelight - 1966


A happy Colonel is a very good thing.  "Music By Candlelight" was an inhouse production with music for the dinner hour.