Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chris Noel - 1966


Chris Noel Starred in Soldier In the Rain (a particularly great movie) with Steve McQueen and Girl Happy with Elvis Presley.  In the 1965 she started her show with AFRTS.  She went to Vietnam, braved sniper fire and survived a helicopter crash.  She shared those shows with us.  Thank you Chris!

Today she still helps the troops with the Vetsville Ceasefire House, a home for homeless veterans. 
http://www.ceasefirehouse.org/  But in 1966 Chris brought home to thousands of GIs worldwide:







Monday, February 27, 2017

Joe Ferguson - 1983


From Portland OR, Joe has the memories of 1983.  Seems like yesterday.



Jim Pewter - 1981


Don Browne has some Jim Pewter information:

To my knowledge, Jim Pewter is the only person to work overseas on AFRTS (AFKN) and then work as a show host on the RU series from the AFRTS-LA studios. The desire to work at AFRTS-LA after exposure to the disc programs at an affiliate was very strong. When my active duty at FEN was completed in January 1971. I spent a month in Los Angeles haunting the AFRTS-LA studios at North McCadden Place, trying to convince Jack Brown to hire me for a 13-week "flight" (1-55:00) on the RU. My schtick was that I would introduce PAMS and CRC jingles to the separation of program "sides" which could be used by the local affiliate. They were not impressed. What was impressive was that AFRTS-LA had a "Listen-Line" direct from AFVN Saigon, and you could listen to local AFVN programming on the building PA system. When it was 8 a.m. PST in LA it was 11 p.m. local time in Saigon; when it was 6 p.m. PST in LA it was 9 a.m. local time in Saigon.
Jim Pewter, because of his special status, worked every combination of show scheduling during his AFRTS-LA career. He was heard in series of 5-25:00, 5-30:00, 5-55:00, and 1-55:00 shows. Because of this, his show numerology was completely in disarray. As can be determined, Jim Pewter #1 was issued in RU 27-7 (January 1967).


Million Dollar memories were the Jim Pewter show.  Jim was always the king of songs that you forgot to remember.  From 1981, the Jim Pewter show.  First couple of minutes of this transfer are rougher than I'd like, but it's worth it.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mary Helen Barro - 1983


This has been an unusual winter 2017 in Minnesota, February temperatures in the 60s?  I'm thinking beach and Mary Helen Barro..



Ira Cook - 1967


Ira Cook with your MOR favorites and stories.  This is a mid-1967 visit.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1983


Charlie Tuna with Del Shannon
 
25 years anywhere is an amazing accomplishment.  In a lot of ways Charlie Tuna was the voice of AFRTS.  We miss you Charlie.  Here are some memories of 1983. Be sure to check in at his website, http://www.charlietuna.com
 
 
 

Joe Allison - 1965


1965 was an interesting time in Country music.  Before that "hillbilly" music was a lot more folky.  Ray Price, Jim Reeves it got a lot slicker.  Our friend Joe Allison is back with another Country Corner.






Wolfman Jack - 1973



Time for another visit with the Wolfman.  This is from one of the first Air Force shows from Roger Carroll's company.  He's cookin...


Mary Turner - 1991


Mary Turner really rocked.  Hard to believe how much that rattled the brass and talked to the troops.  An amazing talent.  Hard to conceive the amount of talent at Fort McCadden..





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hymns From Home - 1943


The war was raging over most of Asia and Europe.  AFRS was there to help with spiritual needs.  "Hymns From Home" was one our first religious programs.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kris Erik Stevens - 1980

Young Kris Erik Stevens

Kris Erik was with the network for a long time and always did a great show. 
 
He's still involved in a lot of great things.  Visit Kris at http://www.kriserikstevens.com/

 


Andy Mansfield - 1967

 
I'm pretty excited about this, we're getting a bunch of Turn Back the Clock that I've never heard before.
 
Andy Mansfield played those oldies from the turn of the century to the mid 20th century for over two decades, from Turn Back the Clock to America's Popular music.  Today is a 1967 visit..




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spectrum USA - Franklin Roosevelt 1971


It's the Presidents Day weekend.  In 1971 the USMC Reserves did shows about the men who've led our country.  Today Dick Stark has information on FDR.  Thanks John for making these available!



General McArthur addresses Congress 1951


General McArthur reports to Congress 4/19/51.

The Korean war was raging and General Douglas McArthur sums up a lot of things in this address.




Roland Bynum - 1976


1976 and the great memories continue.  .  I'm ready for some Soulin' With Roland.




Bill Finch - 1965


Bill Finch has your big band favorites.  Larry Miller did the definitive write-up on Bill the King of Swing. click here

Jim Pewter - 1981



Jim Pewter has your required dose of the greatest hits of the 1960s.  His feel for that music has never been matched.  Easy to see how this AFKN vet could start with the network in 1967 and stay to the very end of AFRTS-LA programming.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Don Tracy - 1980


So in 1980, I would have played this show on SCN in Panama, getting ready for "Evening on the Isthmus".  Don Tracy made it happen...




Roger Carroll - 1967




Roger enlisted during the Korean War and ended up at the network as an announcer.  Perfect place as he was an ABC network announcer.  Shortly after the war he was doing the Roger Carroll Show until well into the early 80s.  Super talent and a great guy.  Let's remember 1967


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jorn Doremus - 1969


John Doremus brings us the power of the orchestra.  And stories.  




AFN Earl Freudenberg 1973 - Town and Country



Thom, I sent you a clip of the famous tones that played every hour at 59:54.  Here is a picture of the clock that produced those famous tones. The clock was said to be one of the most accurate in the world.   Earl


It's zero-dark-thirty and time to check in with Earl for "Town and Country"




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LaRita Shelby 1994


Love that picture.  Here's LaRita.  Matt recorded these in England from about 600 miles away.  It's a bit noisy but a bunch of fun.




Monday, February 13, 2017

Harry Newman 1994


In the early 1990s Matt was in England enjoying the sounds of AFN from hundreds of miles away:

I recorded these in east Anglia (approximately 800 miles away from the transmitter at Weisskirchen) using my trusty old boom box. Sometimes, at night, when the weather was right, you could get a pretty good signal. The recordings were all somewhere between 1991 and 1996. Sorry I’m not sure of exact dates.  Because I was limited to 30 or 45 min audio cassettes, I didn’t tend to record whole shows, instead recording a section where I was interested, I also seem to have  a habit of sometimes stopping the recording if the DJ was playing a song I could get in the UK.

He recorded a lot of things I didn't have.  Thanks for sharing!!!



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gene Price - 1974




Gene Price updates us on the benefits of joining todays all volunteer force!  These programs would run on local radio here in the states and be credited as 25 minutes of Public Service time.  Very popular on Sunday morning.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Chris Noel 1969


Chris Noel brought home to GIs all over the world.  She helped then, and she helps now running a shelter for our less fortunate brothers.  In 1969, she rocked AFRTS.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ira Cook - 1965


Ira was a huge fan of Hawaiian music and played some every day on KMPC

During this time AFRTS had a lot of KMPC.  Roger Carroll, Johnny Grant, Ira Cook and probably more. 

 Ira was a disc jockey in Hollywood for over 25 years working at KMPC the majority of the time. 
He also broadcast over the Armed Forces Radio Services.

Ira started his Los Angeles career at Classical KFAC, but his success and long-term longevity came at 710/KMPC.






Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Clevelandaires - 1951


A while back I received a shipping case of disks from the Korean War.  A Chaplain had posted them to a different chaplain in theater.  The Clevelandaires I had never heard about.  NBC had run their show in 1950-51.  When they were being copied Travis wanted to know if they were from the 1930s....



Mary Helen Barro - 1981


Here's Mary Helen Barro with another program of latin favorites



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1974 (download link fixed)


You look like you could use some Breakfast Serial.  Charlie Tuna woke the world for 25 years.  Still amazing.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Joe Allison - 1965




I've been getting requests for more of Joe.  He was a great person, a giant in country music and a wonderful jock.




Continental Varieties 1961


Josephine Baker was a huge American talent that took France by storm.  On todays Continental Varieties, Dick Crawford highlights Mlle Baker in a review.



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wolfman Jack - 1974




Here's another Wolfman for the Air Force. The AFRTS shows were always mono. These were recorded instereo, they were done at Watermark for Roger Carroll's company.

Wolfman draws emotion, when he's posted a LOT of people listen. He's the only talent I've ever received complaints about. Why do you think that is?

More Wolfman Jack

Friday, February 3, 2017

Rebel Randall - 1951

Rebel Randall

After GI Jill and the "GI Jive" and before Chris Noel and a "Date With Chris", we had Rebel Randall and "Jukebox USA".  It was a Korean War program.  Downbeat magazine had said that her show was cancelled after high ranking officers had decided that she was sounding too sexy.







Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Pete Smith - 1975



When I was in at the stations the Easy Listening shows felt painful. As I "mature" I can understand the genius behind them.