Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Chris Noel has memories on "A Date With Chris"
Don Browne has details "Date" was started expressly for the Vietnam War to counter AM broadcasting from "Hanoi Hanna". The first show with Chris Noel was aired 12 December 1966, 5-55:00, RP 23-7. As the Vietnam War began to wind down in 1969, the last AFRTS 13-week "flight" of 5-55:00 was 14-0 to 26-0 (Oct - Nov - Dec 1969). "Date" was demoted to "flights" of 1-55:00 and the last-ever Date With Chris AFRTS 13-week "flight" was 27-1 to 38-1 (Jan - Feb - Mar 1971).
Andy Mansfield and Kay Starr
The big news of the week is I've located a lot of Turn Back The Clock shows. It's going to take a while to get them, but more good listening comin.
Turn Back the Clock was a fascinating show. Andy and Virginia Mansfield were playing the songs of 20 and 30 years ago. Of course in the mid-50s that could mean Al Jolson and acoustic cylinders. Let's revisit 1958 and Turn Back The Clock.
In the 1960s Andy did a similar show "Americas Popular Music."
More Andy Mansfield
More Andy Mansfield
Saturday, January 28, 2017
We did a lot of classical music. During WWII, Lionel Barrymore started doing "Concert Hall" with live performances. The program continued for many years. Edward Grieg's "A Minor Concerto" in a 1947 broadcast. Recently I've picked up a lot of great classical broadcasts.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Roger Carroll with Doc Severenson
Roger Carroll had an interesting story about how he became a DJ:
"Many years ago when ABC never played records live orchestras were dropped TV was just starting . I was at TV and told by my boss ABC Chief announcer Dresser Dalhstead I was going to radio and play records on the network daily three hour record show (the older guys refused to play records) I told Dresser , a good guy I was a network TV announcer and I did not play records. Dresser's exact response "get your ass over to radio or you ain't gonna be a network announcer" .
Dress told me later he was even attempting to cross toes so he wouldn't break out laughing with my response.
ABC started selling quarter hours and I was getting network talent fees then of course the older guys wanted to do record shows. Then I got afternoon drive on ABC O&O KABC and then the Cowboy , Gene Autry offered ask me to come over to KMPC when my ABC contract ended...playing records was the best thing that happened in my long career"
It was a good thing for everyone. Thanks Roger!
Jim Pewter was great. Such a mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar that was the Jim Pewter show. Jim was an AFKN vet, starting a super Los Angeles run shortly after.
This time it's back to 1980. Friday night, I was at SCN, getting ready for "Evening of the Isthmus". Time for Jim Pewter
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
In the 1940s and 50s AFRTS did some nice Command Information shows. They were in Los Angeles. Hollywood's finest were available and wanted to do These are great.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
This is fun. Vicente recorded a bunch of excerpts from the Torrejon station in 1976. An extended visit with Wolfman Jack. We also hear from Don Tracy, Roger Carroll and Tom Campbell. A basket of memories.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Chris was the girl back home for Vietnam era troops. In the beginning middle of the road music. By 1968, she was rocking out.
She still supports the troops, with the Vetsville Ceasefire House. Support our brothers with a donation. Buy cool Chris Noel stuff. Just click here
Let's hear Chris!
Your blog readers may be interested in a little more Record Label history, courtesy of the "AFRTS corporate memory" of Don Browne, an AFRTS associate from 1969 to 2001.
The lettering system on the discs changed from time to time (RCF, RU, RP, RL, RPL), but the numbering system was consistent. From about 1946 to 1976 (30 years), the fiscal year began on the first week of July with consecutive weeks numbered 1 to 52. Example: The first week of July 1955 was coded 1-6 (for Fiscal Year 1956); The first week of July 1965 was coded 1-6 (for Fiscal Year 1966); The first week of July 1975 was coded 1-6 (for Fiscal Year 1976). Since the numbers repeated every ten years, the AFRTS Record Label had to change at least every ten years. The Fiscal Year designation changed during the bicentennial year (1976); The Fiscal Year now began the first week of January 1976 instead of the traditional first week of July 1976. A new number coding was employed from January 1976 to July 1976; 1-76 to 26-76. Then the numbering system resumed with 27-6 the first week of July 1976. The numbers still repeated every ten years so the AFRTS Record Labels had to change as before!
Top Pops #1 was issued on 23 October 1962 on Side One only of the 12-Inch disc numbered RCF 17-3.
Top Pops #24 was issued on 31 March 1963 on Side One and Side Two for the first time. The 12-Inch disc was numbered RCF 40-3.
"Date With Chris" starring Chris Noel first aired on 12 December 1966. The program was a response to the Vietnam War and was programmed 5 days a week, 55 minutes in length (5-55). A "fast-track" system for disc pressing, reserved for the Top Pops releases, was expanded to the P-series and to "Date With Chris" only. The RCF designator was changed to RPL (Radio Priority/Library) and "Date With Chris" was labeled RP 23-7.
How Was Programming Produced at AFRTS-LA?
It was recorded in the studios on North McCadden Place or mailed to them by off-site contractors. The numbering system was designed to be the date received at the overseas AFRTS site. For Example: Roger Carroll RU 23-9 was aimed at the 23rd week of Fiscal Year 1969 (translated to December 1968). RU took seven weeks from October 1968 recording, post-production, disc pressing at K-Disc, label printing and gluing at K-Disc, quality control review and auditioning back at AFRTS-LA, and boxing and shipping from AFRTS-LA. Then mailing FOUTH CLASS MAIL took at least one week. The RU box was scheduled to arrive, say at FEN, the middle week of December 1968. Then, FEN and all networks except AFVN held the shipment on the floor for three weeks and aired it on the fourth week! So an RU program took eleven weeks from recording to air. As an FEN example, RU 23-9 was aired in Japan on the first week of January 1969.
The RPL ("Date With Chris") and RL (Top Pops and P-series) numbering system was also designed to be the date received at the overseas AFRTS site. . .but faster. For Example: "Date With Chris" RPL 23-9 was also aimed at the 23rd week of Fiscal Year 1969, but took four weeks from the November 1968 recording, post-production, disc pressing at K-Disc, label printing and gluing at K-Disc, quality control review, boxing, and shipping FIRST CLASS MAIL to the overseas network. Then "Date With Chris" and the RL was aired immediately. So an RP and RL took four weeks from recording to air!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
When I arrived in Panama and was settled into the temporary quarters in 1980 there was Gene Price. Gene and Leonard had a long run on the network. Gene followed fellow KFOX vet Charlie Williams as one of the AFRTS country voices and truly made the show his own.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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A few years ago, I had done a write up about AFRTS labeling (Click here ) but it wasn't the full story. Don Brown had more information:
I'm Don Browne ex-Camp Drake FENer 1969-1971. Enjoyed your blog and your experiences at AFKN and SCN. I was assigned/associated/employed with AFRTS from 1969 to 2001; I was an officer (O-1/O-2) with active duty at FEN Tokyo from 1969-1971, then an officer (O-3) on reserve duty at AFRTS-LA (222nd PID/Command Radio Station) from 1971 to 1981; and then a civilian employee (Dir. of Technology) at ABS/AFRTS HQ in Washington D.C. from 1982 to 2001 (Retirement). Needless to say, I have visited many Army owned AFRTS networks. Probably when you were there.
In regard to the record labels produced by AFRTS, they HAD to change at least every ten years because the program numbering system repeated every decade. Sometimes sooner, like if a name changed; "Armed Forces Radio Service" changed to "Armed Forces Radio & TV Service" in 1957, "Armed Forces Information and Entertainment" changed to "Information for the Armed Forces" in 1967, "Armed" WHITE label changed to "Armed" GREEN label for "decade-change" in 1969, "Armed Forces" changed to "American Forces" in 1969, "American" RED/WHITE/BLUE label changed to TAN label for "decade-change" in 1970, TAN label changed to GRAY label for "transition quarter change" in 1976, "American Forces" changed to "Armed Forces" in 1982, "Information for the Armed Forces" changed to "Armed Forces Information Service" in 1982.
Glad to answer any questions about the coding for RU/RP/RL labels or on-air long-form programming produced in the Los Angeles studios or provided by off-site contractors between 1969 and 2001.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Earl Freudenberg 1970 with Minnie Pearl
I originally had orders to Viet Nam in 1972.. Got to Oakland, CA. It was worth it because a group of use got to go to baseball game. They took us back in this Room and Gene Autry came out and shook out hands. 4 days later, Pres. Nixon diverted a group of us to Germany. I ended up in Heidelberg.
When I Reported for duty the SGT learned I had radio experience and call Mr. Moore at AFNE and asked them if they needed a broadcaster. He said we’ll Find him a job. The Colonel was off that day for they used his car to take me to Frankfurt. A SGT from Kingsport, TN said our country announcer Is rotating Friday, this was Tuesday. He said we need a replacement to start next Monday. That will be your program.
They had not even heard my tape. I made one. I Guess they liked it, never said. Was accepted after being told what I was going to do. Hosted “Town and Country” for over 12 months. AFN program director Bud Miller did my introduction. He died last year 2016. I was told at that time that my mail was among the highest. Still have most of those letters. Also did several other programs. Filled in when other announcers were sick. Came back home and worked in radio doing about everything anyone could want.
Spent more of my career at WDOD. I’ve posted a lot of pics about My career. I was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame last May. Radio was good to me for nearly 55 years. Retired at the end of last August. I tried to save as much as I could. Put a lot of my stuff on reel and sent it back home to my parents. A missionary friend of Mine in Germany who listened to me said the old AFNE building has been leveled. Last picture is an view of German broadcasting. You’ll see AFNE to the right.
Several AFNers that were there when I was, Herb Glover, Dave Perry, Chris Davala and John Dedekis.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
In 1963 Ira Cook was recording his show at KMPC rather than at McCadden place, that came later. The jocks were recording their shows and sending in the tapes. Quality standards were all over the place. This sounds nice. It's a Thursday in 1963. Here's Ira Cook.
During Vietnam, actress Chris Noel did the “Date With Chris” show, one of the most popular programs in the history of the network. There are some examples in the blog. Since the war she’s run a shelter for veterans, still fighting the good fight. Take 10 seconds and help a great person. Now she needs your help. Please do what you can. Vetsville
Monday, January 9, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Earl Freudenberg shared a neat recording. In every country, somewhere very early in the morning we would do a sign on. Generally the stations were 24 hours so it's a programming element.
"This short announcement played every morning on AFNE at 5:55. It was the entire network when I was there in 1972-73. Things Have really changed. The 150,000 watt AM station at Frankfurt Went silent. Don’t think there is anymore AFN Berlin."
The Berlin station went off in 1994, but AFN still serves.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
The TP series ran from 1962-75 and was the weekly disk with the new hits. They made a very good oldies collection when I was at AFKN/SCN. Take the current top 40 and a handful of TPs and there was a show. The rest of the library was VERY random and neat in it's own right. The TPs had a lot of songs from small labels that ended up "lost".
Random TP disk: TP 311 1969
Supremes "Love Child"
Dion "Abraham, Martin and John"
Dells "Always Together"
Bobby Goldsboro "The Straight Life"
Glen Campbell "Wichita Lineman"
Dean Martin "Not Enough Indians"
Peggy Scott "Pickin Wild Mountain Berries"
1910 Fruitgum Company "Goody Goody Gumdrops"
Stevie Wonder "For Once In My Life"
Jackie Wilson "For Once In My Life"
Jose Feliciano "Star Spangled Banner"
Gary Lewis and the Playboys "Main Street"
Good stuff from a good year, other than the scandalous version of the National Anthem, the suits had a fit. Was it really that radical?
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Been to Mecca. In Minnesota there's a museum that has one of Jack Mullin's AEG 'Magnetophon' tape recorders. The Nazis built these things and Mullens got two of them out right after the war. After being taken apart and improved, these were the genesis of Ampex. For testing, these were at AFN for a short time.
The Pavek Museum is in St Louis Park, Minnesota and is a house of memories,
The Pavek Museum is in St Louis Park, Minnesota and is a house of memories,
Monday, January 2, 2017
KMPCs Vance Graham sees Amelia Earhart off.
Latino! A special program, presented five times a week. With Victor, at your service.
"Victor" was Vance Graham. An announcer who's career went back to WWII when he was doing news at KMPC. Later he worked at KFI. Prior to Latino, Vance did the "Bolero Time" program for AFRTS. "Vance Graham Bolero Show" was a daily feature at KTYM Los Angeles in the 1950s.
We ran TWO Latin shows at the same time? I didn't know this. The other show was Viva!