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
Check out new podcast...AFNer Rich Halten and I produce...
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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