Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Andy Mansfield - 1963

Andy continues his tribute to Glenn Miller, here's part four.

End of the year

We need your help at the end of the year.  Your memories, the things you saved make this into the special place it is and I thank you.
You can help right now by putting a few bucks in the kitty.  Over the year it helps with getting recordings, hardware and the internet things to make it happen to make it available here.  The easiest way is the PayPal link on the left.  That link isn't there if you're using a mobile device, click "donate" to help.

Your help makes this a nicer place. Thank you.
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Happy New Year!


Roland Bynum - 1984

Here's the Roland Bynum show, from 1984 recorded in Iceland.
Nowadays Roland works at Stevie Wonder's station in Los Angeles, KGLH

Roland Bynum - 1984

More Roland Bynum

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1968

Nice work if you can get it. (courtesy and copyright of Playground Productions)

In 1967 Jim was managing Forever Records.  They put out a two record set to benefit the USO.  "Jim Pewter Salutes the USO Shows with 21 Hits From The Past"  I've got to pick up a copy.  Jim shared this original artwork picture with 21 teen models in Pasadena.

Chris Noel - 1971

Thank you Chris for all you've done.  Here's a rockin Date with Chris.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

12 Days of Christmas on the Isthmus

In the Panama Canal Zone, this was kind of a big deal.  Every Christmas on the Southern Command Network, Christmas on the Isthmus:
Cal Hackman and  Pete Franquet   recorded this song in the SCN studio in 1969 or 1970.  The song was written by a young girl named Carrie Ellis.  Pete played it on his radio program and it became a hit.  I'm trying to locate a copy of the tape.  We were still playing it ten years later.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
a pico feo in a mango tree.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
two crocodiles...
On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
three kinkajoos...
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
four screaming buzzards...
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
five coconuts...
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
six gato solos...
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
seven golden frogs...
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
eight boa constrictors...
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
nine armadillos...
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
ten green iguanas...
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
eleven traipsing tapirs...
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me —
twelve fat conejos...
eleven traipsing tapirs, ten green iguanas, nine armadillos,
eight boa constrictors, seven golden frogs, six gato solos,
— five coconuts —
four screaming buzzards, three kinkajoos, two crocodiles
a pico feo in a mango tree!!

More from SCN

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you and yours had a wonderful Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Boston Pops - 1957

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops and AFRTS had a long relationship.  From WWII well into the 1970s they shared the same stage.  Here's a 1957 visit, with works of Ferde Groffe.

Joe Ferguson - 1983

From KUPL in Portand OR, Joe Ferguson is back on a Wednesday in 1983.  Thanks again Joe, these are great!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Command Performance - Christmas 1942

So AFRS did run on US radio.  As a special treat, the Christmas 1942 show ran on all of the US networks.  Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Wolfman Jack - 1973

I can now say that we have most of the Wolfman Jack USAF shows.  Billy's contribution made that happen and I'm very grateful.  Where were you in 1973?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Gary Gears - 1968

After 1968...

So Gary Gears was drafted, promptly aggravated the higher ups and was taken off of his DJ shows.  After that Gary spent a lot of hours in the production room practicing and keeping his chops..

Chris Noel - Christmas 1969

She worked hard.  Chris would have had a lot of frequent flier miles.  She brought home to troops all over the world.  It made the world a better place.  Now Chris is a prolific writer.  She just completed a new book about the making of "Beach Ball", you should read this.  Click here

Here's a Christmas 1969 visit.

Jimmy Wakely - Christmas 1968

Jimmy Wakely wishes you a very Merry Christmas 1968.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gene Price - 1980

Gene has details about the book at his website Click here It's a great read and a nice gift.

Gene Price is back with your kind of country.  It's memories of 1980 on AFRTS

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

It's a mild winter in much of the Midwest, but I remember come Christmases in the Panama Canal Zone.  Head down to the car port, fire up some steaks, drink some beer, turn on SCN-TV and laugh at the snow..  This was the music for such things.  Mary Helen Barro and your latina favorites...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ira Cook - Christmas 1976

Ira Cook has Christmas memories.  Some songs, some stories.  Home was far away.  The troops of Fort McCadden brought it closer.

Charlie Tuna - 1984

Bob Goen, Game Show Radio Network host, Actress Lea Thompson, best known for her "Back To The Future" movies, "Caroline In The City" sitcom TV show, Charlie, and Leeza Gibbons, TV/Radio personality, together for the 17th Annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Downtown L.A. on Sunday, November 1st, 2009.(Photo-November 1, 2009)

When someone that served overseas listened to AFRTS radio, they remember Charlie Tuna. 30 years is a long run on any media clock.

Coming up, another breakfast serial..

Charlie Tuna 1984

More Charlie Tuna

Be sure to visit Charlie's website it's a very active site and fun to read.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Joe Allison - 1969

Joe Allison has your country favorites from a Wednesday in 1968

Wolfman Jack - 1974

Wolfman, he understands.  Sure does.  Here's another 1974 visit with the Wolf for the US Air Force.  I just located another bunch of these and now have most of the series.  Coming up!

Spectrum USA - 1971

Dick Stark is back with the music of Millard Fillmore.  Not really, but in 1971 he did a great series of shows for Marine Reserve Recruiting.  Soft music and great stories, Spectrum USA.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Suspense - 1950

Suspense has a long history with AFRTS, from WWII when the new shows were being broadcast off and on until well into the 1980s.  Quality Radio. Edward G Robinson is featured in a typical role about an evil little man, his invalid wife, and temptation in this 1950 "A Case Of Nerves".  This particular disk had made the rounds at our stations in Canada.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jim Pewter

Jim Pewter sent along a nice collection of photos, with the stories behind every one.  Thanks Jim!
It's coming...

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Roger Carroll - 1972

There must be a story on this...

Roger has the first half of a Happy Hour from 1972.  He has found even more shows and it's going to be great listening.  I know what I want for Christmas!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1973

Roland Bynum has "Soul in Motion" from the Creators Workshop.  It's coming up on Christmas 1973.  Roland is still making magic on the radio, in Los Angeles.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1967

AFKN vet Jim Pewter just checked in, he's sending more pictures and stories.  The last time he did this it was great.  Jim had a lot to do with some of the greatest music.   Merry Christmas, yes!

Jim Pewter - 1967
More Jim Pewter

Jack Spector - WMCA - 1969

Back to the Coke shows!  No one seems to know what the story is on these.  In 1969 AFRTS had some sort of arrangement with some of the great jocks in the states and shows were pressed.  These disks did not have AFRTS labels, most had commercials.  Coke paid the have the albums distributed.  WMCA NY seems to have been represented the best.  Here's a visit with Jack Spector.  Jack mentions the Coke funding.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Martin Block - Christmas 1954

Christmas time is coming, Martin Block did his show for AFRTS-NY (Hi Jim!). Christmas was a special time in the Make Believe Ballroom...

Monday, December 7, 2015

SCN Panama - Thom Whetston - 1980 - John Lennon memorial

Okay it's a repeat, but 35 years ago we lost John Lennon. Here's how the next day sounded on the Southern Command Network in Panama.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hold High The Torch - 2nd Marine Division - 1947

In the late 1940s AFRS did many shows to explain the mission.  A lot of why and how.  Glenn Ford had spent WWII as a Marine.  He stars in this production highlighting the Marines in Tarawa. Take a listen.

Chris Noel - 1968

Chris has a brand new book about filming the movie "Beach Ball".  Take a look Click here.  In 1968, she was on AFRTS making some amazing radio.  Thank you Chris!

Joe Ferguson - 1983

Joe Ferguson brought a piece of Portland OR to the world with the shows he did in 1983, the network had a great goal, top talent from around the country being "The Voice of Home"

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AFVN Billy Williams - 1972

“Here's part one, Thom. I started in Vietnam as a Signal Corps bench technician at AVEL Central (Avionics/Aviation Electronics) in 1971. While on the bench repairing helicopter radios at AVEL, most of us also had a radio tuned to AFVN 540 KHz in Saigon. 10 hour shifts--sometimes days and sometimes nights if the backlog justified double shifts. I heard a "cattle call" on AFVN 540 one day. A few weeks later, I arrived at AFVN Saigon and trained on the "backboard" in AFVN television master control for a week or two. Then up country to Qui Nhon AFVN on Vung Chua Mountain to run the TV station mounted in a van. Qui Nhon detachment closed after Tet 1972 when Vung Chua Mtn signal site (where AFVN was co-located) came close to being overrun. Then on to Da Nang AFVN on Monkey Mountain to work TV master control. Also did TV news/sports there and the C&W afternoon show--they must have been very short-handed. When Capt. Webb went to Saigon, I filled in on DDB. Then he came back as Army Spec. Brett Webb and DEROSed not long after. They were daring me to send out "One Monkey" to a General at the bottom of the hill--but no thanks. A few weeks later...on to Saigon. Did Nightbeat and then Orient Express overnight show until returning to U.S. in late Sept. 1972. More on the historical web site that I maintain for the local Amateur "ham" Radio group.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gene Price - 1980

Buy the book! Click here!

It's always a mixed thing when I get some disks that weren't stored correctly.  I'm always very thankful but the transfers get hit and miss.  I rescue what I can.  This is from some 1980s disks that came in earlier this year.

Ira Cook - 1965

The talent was always so good, the particular music they played wasn't that important.  Radio used to be a companion and a friend.  Ira played MOR, some Hawaiian... Take a listen.

Charlie Tuna - 1973

Charlie at KHJ

Winter is settling into the heartland.  In 1973 it was a Thursday and a Charlie Tuna morning.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Silhouette - 1969

Sunday mornings AFRTS ran chapel shows.  Silhouette was contemporary music and stories.  Jerry saved this one.  He was in Thailand and AFTN ran this one was focused on the Vietnam war.  It's a powerful show.

Joe Allison - 1965

Joe Allison was singer, songwriter, producer and record executive.  He lived the music and and made it better.  AFRTS brought him worldwide. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving - 1944

Surprisingly hard to find Thanksgiving shows.  Paul sent a good one.  From 1944 Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter on It's a Wonderful Life)  and an all-star cast share the holidays.

Upgrade 2016

My best to you and yours. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1979

Roger and Beverly Carroll

Roger's back!  It's a Friday in 1979 and time for the best sounds in town, with the happy hour!  Thank you Roger for sharing these.

Wolfman Jack - 1978

I can hear the howl.

Wolfman is back with a 1978 show for the Air Force.  This is near the end of the run, when the FCC had short-sightedly changed the rules on public service programming.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dan Daniel - WMCA - 1969

Dan Daniel

In 1969 the Coca Cola Company and AFRTS somehow arranged for a series of albums to be recorded to be distributed to the troops.  I can't find documentation of the project. Some of the top jocks in the country recorded them. These are hard to find.  Dan Daniel was a mid 1950s AFRTS vet in the Navy.  Last week Neil found this one.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Andy Mansfield - 1963

Here's part 3 of America's Popular Music, Andy Mansfield continues his tribute to Glenn Miller.

Roland Bynum - 1974

These were the disks that Roger Carroll products sent to radio stations in the US.  January 1974, waethers pretty awful.  Have you considered going somewhere warm with the US Air Force?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1967

Jim Pewter was the music, his love of great songs shines through. I always waited for the songs that I forgot to remember.

Jim Pewter - 1967

Thank you Deviny James...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chris Noel - 1969

Chris did so much for us, The Date With Chris show, toured all over the world, particularly in the hotspots and has been one of the most outspoken advocates ever. Today Chris has a homeless shelter for veterans.  Take a look Click here Please do what you can.  Here's how it sounded in 1969.