Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jim Ameche - 1965

Before Pete Smith, before John Doremus there was Jim Ameche with 'the most beautiful sounds around' . Jim's radio career started with "Jack Armstrong the All America Boy" in the 1930s. When radio changed in the 1950s Jim adapted his career and became one of the first successful syndicated DJs.

Monday, March 27, 2017

An AFN Mystery... 1945

On eBay a few weeks back was a WWII radio script.  Very few details but it sounded interesting.  It's a variety show, for the 321st Bombardment Group.  The 321st still exists as an Air Expeditionary Group, they were in Iraq.

The 321st Bombardment Group (Medium) flew B-25 Mitchells in combat with the Northwest African Strategic Air Force in 1943 and the Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force in 1944-45.  That narrows the timeframe.  Maybe Italy, Maybe Germany.

Starring is Hollywood Star Jeffrey Lynn.  Lynn was a legitimate Hollywood star, that had supporting rolls with the biggest stars.  He returned to Hollywood in 1948.

In 1954 Bill Kenneally was working at KNX

My best guess is 1945, but it's a fun piece of history to have in your hands. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1975

Charlie wrote in a few years ago to clear up a mystery I had been wondering about:
"I guess whoever tagged that photo at AFRTS didn't check the spelling on my name. The photo is one of a series of shots that world famous photographer Henry Diltz who's done a bunch of magazine covers of every music star in the world took that day at in Topanga Canyon, and I remember him commenting at the end of the session "We got lucky today, no snakes crawling around in the grass this time"! Thanks Henry:)"


AFRTS 75th Anniversary reunion.

There are a lot of people planning to participate in this one.  Familiar names from the network and troops from all over.  This will include a tour of the network in Riverside.

Join past and current members of the Armed Forced Radio and Television Service as we celebrate 75 years providing education, information and entertainment for our Armed Forces overseas.

September 12 - 15, 2017 Moreno Valley, CA

There's still time to register!

Joe Allison 1965

Joe was a very successful songwriter, performer, record label executive, producer, DJ and I'm sure I left something out.  He was the AFRTS voice of country on the Country Corner in the 1960s.  Both Joe and the music were slick (In the good sense).  It was right after the hillbilly years.  Here's a visit to the Country Corner...

AFN Operation Information 1953

Operation Information was a weekly "Radio Newsreel" on AFN Berlin. Let's go back to January 1953.


Mary Turner - 1991

Mary Turner had a great career as a jock and interviewer, we ran her AFRTS-LA show and her syndicated "Off the Record" show. From there she went on to big things:

Dr. Mary Turner Pattiz (CGI Psy.D. ’08)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 airedon 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.

Roland Bynum - 1973

In 1973 Roland was making magic for AFRTS and for Roger Carroll's company with these shows for Air Force recruiting.  Off to the Creators Workshop and "Soul In Motion"

Friday, March 24, 2017

AFN Reunion 2017

Stephen Johnston checks in with our first reunion update of the year.

Hi...just thought I'd let you know that 20 of us are meeting in Laguna Beach October 5-8 from the 1966-70 era of AFN Frankfurt. So much of AFN was still profoundly affecting our military culture then that we are collectively a substantial prepositive of a "Good Morning Vietnam" German style. It was a strange and wonderful time!


Staying at The Tides in Laguna...October 5th-8

Please be sure to pass on your reunion updates!

Jim Pewter - 1980

Jim and Laurie Allen (another Minnesotan!!)on tour

The weather's getting nice in Minnesota.  Our most famous Minnesotan was Jim Pewter.  Jim was on the network shortly after leaving AFKN and stayed on until 1996.  Here's memories of memories from 1980.