Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Birthday AFRTS

Finally it's done!  Thanks to all.  It's quite a story.  Happy 70th Birthday AFRTS!



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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas 1947

Three G. I.'s in Germany, away from home at Christmas time for the first time, try to share the holiday spirit. Edmund Penny, Frank Gerstle, Howard Culver, Irvin Lee, James W. Talbot (producer), Jerry Farber, Richard Crenna, Rye Billsbury, Steve Allen (writer).

I know that MacGregor produced similar material to this (under a contract for AFRS)

Friday, December 16, 2011

AFRTS library found on Wake Island 12/2011


There are a lot of errors in the story, beginning with that crazy valuation.  As best I can tell, these are library disks c 1965-75.  The majority of those would be non-interesting MOR sides.

The normal disposition of these:  They'll be called in to AFRTS-LA and pretty much immediately shipped to the Library of Congress.  LOC is trying to have a complete collection and will upgrade what they have when they can.  As far us us getting any access to it, it won't happen.

In February 2011, they found what was probably a more interesting library at Fort Lewis.
http://afrtsarchive.blogspot.com/2011/02/found-afrts-library.html

Thursday, December 15, 2011

From Reykjevik, Shake Rattle and Rourke 1971

Jim Roark AFRS Reykjavik 1971


Jim Roark told us last year about AFRS in Iceland.  If you didn't see it before its a good read click here.
He just send in an hour of his 1971 oldies show, spotlighting 1957.  The great listening continues...


Feliz Navidad de Puerto Rico

Ramey AB, Puerto Rico

Ralph Gebes sent along some 1971 memories from AFCN.  Ramey was (mostly) closed with a 1973 base alignment.  Time for "Radio Strikes Back"

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Charlie Tuna Christmas 1978

Christmas away from home could be a difficult time, Charlie and the rest of the team made home not quite so far away.  I'm off to the mess hall for lobster...

Here's Charlie Tuna and a 1978 Christmas show.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday AFRTS

The birthday greetings are going to be a big part of our history and so far it tells an important part of our story.



Still time to get yours in!

AFKN Countdown to the New Year - 1970

We're on our way to Yongsan.  Maybe Itaewon.  AFKN is bringing in the New Year 1970  First with Roger Schulman who went on to big things in Tampa radio and then Bruce Dorton, later with WABE Atlanta and NPR.  I can smell the kimchi!



Christmas with Wolfman Jack

It's 1975 and the Wolf brings in the holiday.  Christmas week the AFRTS network talent did a week of Christmas shows.  Rare when it wasn't week 48-x did they ever play songs of the holiday season.  It was too unpredictable when the shows would be aired.  The Christmas week shows went out 3 or 4 weeks before Christmas week so we'd be ready to go.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanks again!

It's been almost four years since I started doing this.  I'd like to thank you for stopping by.  Our AFRTS stories are something that I really don't want to see in the dumpster.  Thanks for sharing.  For the hundreds of you that stop by, we get a chance to tell a story again.  It's nice to be able to share the airchecks.  Every one of the AFRTS-LA stars that I could find have said it's okay to post their material and I appreciate it.

If you'd like to share your memories I think we'd all appreciate it.  Any requests?

70th anniversary of AFRTS is 2012 and my audio piece about our history is almost done.  Take a second and record a birthday greeting.  You are the story.

At the end of the month we're taking our first vacation in years.  Going to visit the in-laws in Europe.  I'll probably be cut off from the internet then.  By New Year the updates will start again.

If you're not already on the mailing list, let me know.  Weekly updates on what's happening here.

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Happy Holidays!
Thom

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What AFRTS meant to me

At the age of 15 / 16 a person is very susceptive for new influences - in many aspects. This is also true for the preference of musical styles - we like, what we hear and share this with others.

In Germany the musical scene in the mid-sixties was only mainstream-pop from England and Germany. My first contact to a completely+ different sound as in 1966, after I tuned-in (by chance) AFN Bremerhaven on my small transistor-radio.

The music was of overwhelming force and tempo. It was "Bluegrass"-music. From that day on, I stayed tuned to AFN and recorded some music with a microphone from the loudspeaker.  Suddenly I became aware of the many styles of music that I had never heard of before. Country-Music, Soul, Jazz , Latino-Music - even Polka, Easy-Listening. I liked them all , and I still do today.  It was not only the music, it was also the DJs. Their laid-back style, the sometimes intoxicating way of announcing the titles was completely new to me.

So I began to record not only the music but also some of the DJ's talk on my tape-machine, later on cassettes. My favourite DJs were Herman Griffith, Wolfman Jack, Roland Bynum, Charlie Tuna, Gene Weed, Vance Graham and of course Chris Noel.

I learned some aspects of American life and still today it is easier for me to translate spoken American English than British English. As a German civillian this helped me, especially in my job. So all this is my reason to thank AFRTS for producing the shows that not only entertained the American forces but also a German boy and maybe many others too, around the world.

Congratulations and Good Luck AFRTS !

Guenther Schoenlau