Monday, October 31, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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
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
Sunday, October 23, 2016
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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
"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 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"
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time for another visit with Mary Turner, She started at the network in 1981 or so, bringing a new perspective. It was rocking...
Mary checked in last time with good words about her AFRTS time.
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 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."
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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?"
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.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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...
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
Monday, October 3, 2016
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.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
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.