Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chris Noel - 1967


In 1967, the biggest show was "A Date With Chris".  Chris Noel brought a helping of home every day.  She still does way more than her share with her veterans shelter in Florida.  Please do what you can to help.  Click here.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kate Smith - 1944


In WWII AFRS did a series of shows called "Personal Album", these were 15 minutes of minutes with a popular star, usually with the star talking about their music and lives.  Today a visit with Kate Smith and Ted Collins.



Roland Bynum - 1973


The link is fixed!!  Thanks for letting me know...


Roland's back with another visit to the Creator's Workshop for the USAF.  These were the shows that Roger Carroll's company at Watermark, heard at stations across the United States and around the world.  Thanks Mark!!!



Monday, September 28, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1968


Jim knows his stuff.  We went to different high schools together...



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Enchantment of Music 1964


There was a lot of orchestral music over the years, perfect to the dinner hour.  "The Enchantment of Music".  Bruce Wendell hosted from KCBH in Beverly Hills, showing high fidelity sound.



Joe Ferguson - 1983


Time for more of the "Joe Show" from 1983 and KUPL Portland (OR).  Ah the memories... 



Friday, September 25, 2015

Joe Allison - 1965


The early 60s were a neat time in country music.  It got slicker.  Joe Allison was a big part of it.



Fall cleaning?

If you have a bunch of AFRTS disks in storage somewhere, we'd really love the chance to be able to share them with others.  Many times those memories just end up packed away.  I could tell you stories... If you'd like to share them with folks just like us who'd appreciate it, contact me. afrts@live.com or let me know on the "Hit Line"612-356-2377.  Thanks!





Thursday, September 24, 2015

Gene Price - 1980

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Gene, Charlie and Jim

Time for some oldtime country memories.  Every Friday Gene would dish up a batch of country gold, with the mandatory silliness.  Great stuff!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Charlie Tuna - 1983



"Charlie Tuna, comin' back at you for another 60 minutes in the radio". Just say it, you'll feel better!


Keep up with the latest Charlie Tuna happenings at http://www.charlietuna.com/

Thanks for the memories Charlie.

More Charlie Tuna

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kris Erik Stevens



Learn something new every day, Kris didn't go to the McCadden studios:

"I had my own studios so I never worked in the building.... but hand delivered shows there for at least 5+ years in the 70’s ----American Disco and the Kris Erik Stevens show --- Bit of a blur... but great fun!"

And great shows they were.

Kris may have some shows for us, that would be wonderful!!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Continental Varieties - 1962


On todays show, Dick Crawford has a tribute to the great Bruno Walter, who had died recently.


Wolfman Jack - 1974


Wolfman always got the party started.  Have you heard about the Air Force?



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Roger Carroll - 1970


Roger Carroll has another hour of the Happy Hour, this time from 1970.  Roger shared all of the shows he saved with us and that was a great thing.  Thanks RC!


Chris Noel - 1971


A pretty girl IS like a melody.  Chris made home just a little closer for Vietnam era troops.  Here's a 1971 listen.



Tony Pigg - 1971


Back to early AOR.  In 1971 it was being done by a handful of stations, usually bigger markets, usually the first time the station made any money.  Tony Pigg was in that first group that made it happen.  Tony brought "Love" to AFRTS.



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Roland Bynum - 1973


Here's Roland, with something a little bit different for the United States Air Force.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1968


So you're halfway around the world, doing something that you'd rather not do.  Memories can be very very special.  Jim Pewter brought the memories for three decades.  I'd hear a lot things that I had forgotten.  We went to different schools together.




Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Chickenman


I had posted this on the Facebook afrtsarchive page (click here)  Someone, not me has posted Chickenman.  The White Winged Warrior was even broadcast in Afghanistan during the early part of the war.  He's an all time hero.


What Are We Fighting For - 1943


In 1943, there were a handful of stations/networks but the whole AFRS thing hadn't come together yet.  CBS helped produce "What are We Fighting For".  The War Department made sure it was heard worldwide.  Edward R Murrow was the journalists journalist and a fascinating story in his own right.



Joe Ferguson - 1983


Joe Ferguson checking in from Portland OR and KUPL with The Joe Show.



AFN Patty Cunningham 1986


Start your day with Patty Cunningham on AFN!



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Joe Allison -1969


Joe Allison really was country music, starting as a DJ in Texas in 1945.  He went on tour hosting Tex Ritter and got Tex to record one of his songs.  From there, Nashville radio until going to a station in Pasadena CA.  Penning "He'll Have To Go". Later to run the country department of Dot Records.  Starting in the mid 60s Joe was recording the Country Corner for AFRTS.



Chris Noel - 1970


Chris Noel brought sunshine into the day for a lot of Vietnam era troops.



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Robert Q Lewis - 1958


Robert Q was perfect for his times.  In 1958 radio was in a transitional period and he was on CBS.  AFRTS ran it worldwide.
 
John Miller thought Bob Crewe was singing on this:

I am Bob's brother Dan and after listening to the recording I can say without any doubt that it is he. Although I am not familiar with this event, I know Bob was by 1957 very active in promoting his singing career. Although he did have some success as a performer he changed direction and focused on song writing and record production. I joined him in 1962 and together we had a great run with artists such as the Four Seasons, Mitch Ryder etc. Bob passed away September 11,2014 here in Maine where he was in a medical nursing home. Thank you for this forgotten event. By the way, I know Bob and       Robert Q. enjoyed a long friendship.

Best regards,
Dan Crewe



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jim Pewter - 1968





Today Jim has memories of Johnny Ace, one of the most haunting talents ever.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Whistler - 1962

So how on earth do you date these?  We were running the Whistler well into the 1980s.  It wasn't so much "Old Time Radio" as an interesting story on the radio.  This is a 1961 reissue of a 1950 broadcast. "The Chinese Elephant Puzzle" is the story of a wooden puzzle filled with diamonds, an elusive prize.



Gene Price - 1980


Since it's a Friday in 1980 Gene Price has your favorite country memories.





Roger Carroll - 1979



RC with Robert Wagner

I really wish I had the chance to see McCadden place in it's glory.  In 1979 Cherie McQueen was there:

 I was on two days worth of his program from October 1979, and maybe into November 1979. My visit home to the L.A. area took me to the McCadden Place AFRTS studios, where I was asked to appear on the shows with Roger. I was stationed at SEN/SEB Vicenza, Italy at the time

It would have been incredible to be there while these were being done.

I will go through what I have, must have been special.  Here is Roger from 1979. 

Roland Bynum - 1973



Some of us in the 70s were looking for quality opportunity.  Roland Bynum, Gene Price, Wolfman Jack and Roger Carroll did recruiting shows for Roger Carroll Enterprises.  Great listening.

I also find the recruiting shows interesting, sort of a different vibe to them. They were recorded at Watermark, rather than AFRTS-LA.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Chris Noel - 1967


This week we lost star Dean Jones.  Chris Noel had a wonderful visit with him on a Friday in 1967.



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Don Tracy - 1980


Imagine my surprise when I checked the website voicemail and there was a message from Don Tracy, offering whatever help he could.  Don sounds great.  Called him back and we introduced each other.  He's getting ready to be heard from again.  Don started with AFRTS in 1973 and it was largely a weekend gig that got more interesting as time went by. It took a while for the fan mail to start and he had received a letter from Germany, asking if he'd like to come over as a morale builder. He went to in Nuremberg, to support AFN.  A big memory of that was when the Stars and Stripes reporter was going to make him look bad by asking about the government paid boondoggle.  It didn't work.  Don had taken vacation and paid for the trip out of pocket.

We'll be hearing more from Don Tracy.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Joe Allison - 1969


Joe Allison with Red Stegall and Don Light

Joe Allison was the country voice for a long, long time.  Joe was a musician, producer, writer "He'll Have to Go" and a truly fine DJ.  Before Joe, country radio was hillbilly.  He brought it modern.