Sunday, July 23, 2017

Herman Griffith 1967


Herman Griffith leads the records caravan in this 1967 visit.


Ira Cook 1965


Ira Cook was born in Duluth MN in 1916.  He graduated Stanford in basic medical science. He had three decades in radio, sixteen years of that at KMPC.  Other stops included KFAC, KABC and KVFM.  Ira was a WWII vet “During World War II I was at the Battle of the Bulge and we lost 10-15 guys in my platoon”.  He started with AFRTS in 1961 and was still with us in the 1970s.  Ira was also a songwriter.  Some of his compositions include “Pony Tail”, “Sunday Barbecue” and “Your Theme”.  We lost Ira in 2007.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

AFRTS shortwave 1964

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When I was a kid in the late 60s sometimes I'd catch AFRTS-W on the shortwave, I remember it as continuous news items and pretty cool.

In 1964 the shortwave service ran a lot of news/public affairs but also ran entertainment programming. Ira Cook, Perry Como, Hawaii Calls, CBS Radio Workshop, Les Crane and more.  It was a full service station.

Mary Helen Barro 1983



After Vance Graham, there were a few false starts but eventually they found Mary Helen Barro for the Latin show.  It's a Thursday in 1983, Vamos...



Joe Allison 1969


Joe's excited.  Program 1500 of the Country Corner.  That should be six full years.



Friday, July 21, 2017

The Green Slime - 1969


Today (July 18, 2017) I saw the movie The Green Slime (1969) again on cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM). It aired at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The thing about The Green Slime was that the monsters were not "green" and were not "slimey". Their alien blood however, was "green".

To my knowledge, this is the only Tokyo-made movie that featured the FEN Production Director, Leonard "Bud" Widom (FEN 1964-1969), in fourth billing, along with dozens of FEN enlisted personnel and wives as "extras". I recognized SSGT Larry Rogers, now called Frank Rogers, in a "party" scene.

The movie was actually filmed in 1968 from studios that were located on the road, as you drove from the "back gate" of Grant Heights FHA to Momote Village.

Some FEN announcers may have been given "bit" parts where they spoke a few words. All the performers were "round-eye"; there were no Japanese actors visible. They all had "appropriate" haircuts for 1968, and senior enlisted personnel (E-7 to E-9) stood out. There were many 20-something females featured from somewhere, but not FEN who had only dependents available.

The Green Slime was featured on TCM with a group of "horror" movies that were considered "camp" or Grade B. The Green Slime was also the premiere movie of the parody-series Mystery Science Theater 3000. That was the series where the host and two robot-puppets were super-imposed on theater seating in opaque and added snarky commentary as the movie was super-imposed behind them.

I was at FEN in 1969 when the movie premiered on the Japanese AAFMPS circuit, to much hoopla and fanfare, in October 1969, at North Camp Drake and Grant Heights Theaters.


Don Browne "LT", FEN Tokyo 1969-1971

Gene Price - 1974


On the Gene Price front, he's going through some health issues and will probably end up in rehab.  There are reasons to be optimistic but I think he's appreciate your prayers.

In 1973 Roger Carroll started the ball rolling on the recruiting shows you may remember from Sunday mornings in the states.  He had the best talent, Gene Price, Roland Bynum, Robert W. Morgan, Billy Pearl and himself.  This is from January 1974, the first Gene Price Country Express.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

AFKN video production 1977

AFKN video production 1977.  So that's how it was done 40 years ago... and kinescopes...




Thanks Linda!  High tech is us.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Turn Back the Clock - 1958


Andy and Virginia Mansfield did a charming, quirky show with records from Andy's personal collection.  These are the oldies.



Charlie Tuna - 1982

Charlie Tuna and Sugar Ray Leonard

Charlie Tuna has always been a champ.  This broadcast is from around the Leonard/Duran "no mas" fight.  That was a night to be in Panama.




Jingle Jangle...


Grab a bunch of TPs, the currents and some jingles!  You're late for The Morning show!!!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Bob Kingsley 1974



Bob was an AFRS Keflevik vet (1960), then a career of jocking around Los Angeles before becoming the longtime voice of American Country Countdown for many years. In the mid-70s he was doing an AFRTS rock show. Bob is still Doing the Country Top 40 Visit the website, listen to the show!

Bob Kingsley - 1974

More Bob Kingsley


Wolfman Jack 1975




Hey another Minnesotan!  Not really.  Bob Smith was a New Yorker that ended up running KUXL a soul station in Minneapolis.  That's where he worked out his act before working at the border blasters in Mexico.  Here's a 1975 visit with Wolfman.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

LaRita Shelby 1994


There is a party going on, with LaRita Shelby.  She shared several programs with us and I'm thankful.
If you haven't heard "Date With a Song"  you really should.  Light, jazzy but not muzaky.  Information at http://www.laritashelby.com


Golden Days Of Radio - 1968


In 1968 Frank Bresee started doing the Golden Days of Radio.  Frank had been a radio star in the 1940s and brought back the memories. The show was most often a potpourri of the best of radio.  Radio dramas and comedy were on AFRTS for many many years.  We still had multiple places with no television station.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mary Turner 1983




Mary Turner and Ted Nugent

Mary Turner was the opposite of GI Jill and Chris Noel, a broadcaster that was a female, it kept with the times, yet still was the girl left behind.

When Mary started her show we were concerned about how an hour of slamming rock and roll would go over.  I knew the troops would love it but the Colonel?  The Canal Zone civilians?  They really liked to complain.  It went over great and was a wonderful addition.







Roland Bynum 1980




It's a Monday in 1980, but don't let that get you down.  Soulin' and Roland...a perfect combination. Here's Roland Bynum with another hour of favorites. And still lookin good...


Bill Stewart - 1967


Today Bill Stewart's guest is Rudy Vallee.  Rudy was the biggest of the big in the 1920s and kept going for five decades.  It's a fun listen.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AFRTS Program Materials

RADIO PROGRAM MATERIALS

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the radio program materials available from AFRTS.
This section briefly describes the various radio program materials available from AFRTS-BC. It is important for you to know the contents and abbreviations for each package, since you will rely on them for most of your day-to-day radio programming needs. If you need more detailed information, see the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Program Materials, DoD Directive 5120.20-R, Appendix F.

AFRTS-BC ships 80 hours of radio program materials to their AM outlets per week. More than half of the weekly package consists of current music programs featuring major-market DJs. The music heard on these programs is the same as played on many popular music FM stations across the United States. Another portion of the weekly package consists of recordings of the latest hits according to various music charts. To provide the widest possible variety of radio programming, AFRTS-BC includes religious, talk, drama, variety and other program formats in the weekly package.
FM stations also are furnished with program packages. The stations receive a basic FM package along with taped stereo music shipments consisting of vocals and instrumentals.

RADIO UNIT PACKAGE (RU)
The radio unit package (RU) contains approximately one-half (30 hours) of the total radio programming package and is generally undated. It is routed through circuits of one or two outlets. In the RU package you will find weekly religious shows, dramas, features, variety shows and information "fillers." Under normal circuiting (routing), one unit is available for broadcast and two other RUs are either at the station or enroute.

RADIO PRIORITY/LIBRARY PACKAGE (RP/L)
Teaming with the RU package to provide full AFRTS radio entertainment is the radio priority/library package (RP/L). This weekly package has two parts - the radio priority package (RP) and the radio library package (RL).
Radio Priority Package (RP)
The RP package contains approximately 45 hours of timely (dated) materials, including chart music programs, and is shipped to each authorized radio station for immediate broadcast. Because the RPs contain timely material, they have no value after they are aired and include instructions for immediate local destruction. RPs are authorized only for stations that receive the RU package.
Radio Library Package (RL)
The RL package contains approximately six hours of individual recorded music cuts on CD for retention as permanent library material. Because RL material is designed for permanent library retention, shipments continue during temporary periods when other programming may be suspended. A computer floppy disk, containing artist and title information, is included in each shipment. The CDs in the RL package are accountable items and periodic inventories are mandatory.
40-C
Stations authorized to receive the RP/L package also receive the American Top 40 and the American Country Countdown programs as a separate RP shipment labeled 40-C. Like the RP unit, materials in 40-C are destroyed after airing.

RADIO TAPE PACKAGE (RT)
The radio tape package (RT) is a weekly audiotape shipment consisting of approximately 84 hours of RU, RP, 40-C and special information items for authorized ships and selected shore-based stations. Packages contain 14 7-inch tapes recorded at 3 3/4 ips in a fro-track monaural format that can be run on simple automation or manual playback systems. At the end of each recorded track, a 25-hertz tone cues tape reversal and automatic switching to the next track, enabling small radio operations with the proper equipment to automate a full broadcast day. RT units are returned to the duplication contractor after airing so the tapes and shipping containers can be recycled. Outlets authorized to receive the RT package will not receive the RU, RL or 40-C shipments.

RADIO MATERIALS (RM)
Occasionally, your station may receive the radio materials (RM) shipment. It may contain entertainment or information programs, holiday specials, special features, spots or production aids. The type and timeliness of the material will determine whether the RM is shipped on CD or tape and which outlets will receive it.

FM TAPE SERVICES
The three packages available under the heading of FM tape services are FM library (FML), FM program (FMP) and FM religious (FMR). These tapes provide alternate programming for authorized outlets with second broadcast frequencies or cable distribution channels. Tapes are recorded in four-track stereo at 3 3/4 ips on 10 1/2-inch reels. Cue tones are prerecorded on the tapes for automation equipment.

FML
The FML unit is a monthly shipment of roughly 24 hours of library music in three formats - beautiful music, adult contemporary and country. It is designed for permanent retention by the station.

FMP
The FMP unit is a quarterly shipment consisting of about 26 hours of hosted stereo programs.

FMR
The FMR unit is a religious music program service that includes 12 55-minute hosted programs in each shipment.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

AFN Nightside - Craig Miller

Nightside was a little bit of everything.  Craig Miller was a part of it.  Definitely good radio.






Friday, July 7, 2017

Jim Pewter 1980


Jim Pewter is back with a "Beach Party Reunion", songs of summer and surf.
Here comes summer...




Thursday, July 6, 2017

If Freedom Failed - 1953




The Voice Of Information with "If Freedom Failed" 1953 government-produced radio series dramatizing the impact of a Communist take-over of the United Statestoday starring Mary Anderson.  Mary had quite a career 31 films including Gone with the Wind (1939), Lifeboat (1944) and The Song of Bernadette (1943). Later she did a bunch of television.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Chris Noel 1968


Something fun for the collection is an original wirephoto from the Baltimore Sun of Chris Noel




Joe Ferguson 1983


The Joe Show returns.  Joe Ferguson was at KUPL in Portland OR and the show went worldwide.  Joe was kind enough to share his copies and these are good...




John Doremus 1969


Been a long time since we had a visit with John Doremus.  John was the big voice of soft music after Jim Ameche and before Pete Smith.  He recorded a bunch of PSAs for us that we were using many years after.  He was the one that brought music to air travel.  He hosted a nationwide program of soft muisc on the BIG AM stations in the 60s.  Big talent.


Top Pops


The TP (or "Top Pops") were a weekly series of disks with the hits of the week.  It ran from 1962-75.  After 1975 we received similar disks but as regular library records, making it harder to use. Remember grabbing a handful and rocking up a storm?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Not allowed in your country


Roger Carroll's Best Sounds in Town is up and streaming, out of beta.  Yay!  Apparently if you're not in the United States you have to use an internet proxy.  Same thing I use too listen AFN here.  It's worth paying for, but there's a free one.  I did a story about this a while back.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

WACR Radio Blackhorse, Vietnam 1970




During Vietnam, several commands had their own command information radio stations, providing a fast way to communicate with the troops and of course an ego stroke for the commander. "Radio Blackhorse" (11th Armored Cav) was in Quon Loi.
Don Browne shared the following:


Due to the "Status of Forces" agreement, the RVN agency that controlled radio broadcasting, ostensibly the QC, had no control over any U.S. agency broadcasting.

This included AFRS and its successor AFVN, any U.S. PIO "independent" radio stations, the VOA, and the CIA "black" stations in RVN.

WACR was considered one of about ten PIO "independent" radio stations. They received hand-me-down broadcast equipment from AFVN, received free "DJ copies" of 45 RPM and 12-Inch LP's, and purchased "jingles" from state-side producers.
WACR purchased jingles from a company that was inferior to Pepper-Tanner.

This was unfortunate.

At the time in question (late sixties), a private person could purchase any Gwinsound jingle for twenty-five dollars. Many jingle collectors in my jingle-collecting community actually did this. The quality of Gwinsound was excellent; it was equal to top-selling CRC but not as good as PAMS. But PAMS was too expensive for "private collectors".

The equipment featured in the photo of WACR was mostly provided by AFVN. This included a McMartin six-fader tube-based audio console, an RCA twin-mounted cartridge player, and an old ATC P-150 cartridge player (mounted on the audio console).

The WACR transmitter used at the time was a ten-watt exciter on 107.9 MHz.

Later a low power AM transmitter on 1550 kHz would be added.

WACR was close enough to the AFVN FM transmitter at #9 Hong Thap Tu and its 100,000 watts to receive a clean off-air feed of News-On-The-Hour (NOH).

The 7 p.m. NOH featured "Larry Rogers", who I worked with at FEN in 1969 prior to his assignment at AFVN. Based on the "Black Panther Courtroom Rally in New Haven, CT" story which occurred on Friday May 1, 1970, the newscast was 7 p.m. Saturday May 2, 1970 (7 a.m. Saturday morning May 2, 1970 New Haven time).

Gary W. Gears was still the production voice featured on AFVN news in 1970, although he had ETS'd a few months earlier.
AFVN memories

Gene Price 1974


Here's some more country fun from Gene Price and The Country Express.  These recruiting shows have me convinced, I'm going back!  Pour up a cold one and play it loud!



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

One Night Stand - Lionel Hampton 1947


One Night Stand was on for decades featuring the best bands in the land.  AFM and the networks sent in live remote broadcasts which were repackaged.  Some of these really were the best, like this one with vibraphone master Lionel Hampton.





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ira Cook 1965


Ira Cook was part of the KMPC that brought so many great shows to AFRTS.  On this 1965 show Ira has the New Christy Minstrels and more.



Chris Noel 1968


When I was at AFKN Camp Casey in 1977, there was an amazing stack of these in the record library.  I heard Chris the first time then and thought that these were great programming.  If I could have figured a way to reuse them, I would have. Wonderful radio.  To this day she helps or veteran bothers.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Herman Griffith 1965


"Hello Gang!  Here's Herman Griffith with exitement in sound and music in motion!! The rock AND the roll for the young and the old, the brave and the bold on the Record Caravan!!!! "

Don Browne shares some memories:

"When I first heard "The Herman Griffith Show" on AFRTS (at FEN in 1969), I was appalled.


He was "stepping on" the starting vocal (later called "the post") of every song, "talking over" the entire lyric of many songs, and worst of all, mispronouncing AFRTS. Griffith called it "Aye-Eff-Argh-ugh-Tee-Ess!

He was definitely relegated to the "vampire squad" (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.) on FEN!

It was two years later that I discovered what caused "the Herman Griffith syndrome".

I visited AFRTS-LA and took a closer look at their so-called "broadcast studios".

They had been designed as "recording studios" by a contractor who was told that "they were making records" at AFRTS-LA.
A true enough statement. But not making records like for orchestras and singers, with separate channels each with EQ, separate tape-recorder playback of selectable sources designed for multi-track, and combination of audio sources "down-stream" for multi-track. They initially didn't have "mute" when a microphone was "live" because "recording studios" didn't "mute" mikes.

A typical "recording studio", not for broadcasting purposes.

The multi-channel audio control consoles were manufactured by "Unidyne" for four studios at 1016 North McCadden Place in 1965.

When Herman Griffith recorded his show, he heard the music on playback from the tape recorder, two-seconds after the "live" recorder input. Playback was for confidence-only, to ensure that a recording was being made. Herman's voice was combined "down-stream", so Herman in natural radio procedure "cupped-his-ear" to hear his "live" voice.

Therefore, in real time, Herman stepped on every starting vocal.

The radio producers weren't experienced in the R&B format and thought this was normal.
The "Unidynes" were eventually replaced with "broadcast" consoles."

 This would have been the place to rock.  Roland Bynum said that Herman introduced him to the AFRTS gig.




Bill Finch 1968




In the late 50s, Bill Finch was producing a bigband show in Colorado Springs. By the late 60s The "Finch Bandwagon" was on AFRTS, with a mixture of the Big Bands and smooth jazz.  

Finch Bandwagon - 1968
More Finch Bandwagon

Mary Helen Barro 1983


Mary Helen Barro is back con su musica latina:



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Charlie Tuna 1984



Here's part of Charlie's biography from charlietuna.com :

Charlie Tuna has worked as morning drive personality for more stations and formats than anyone in Los Angeles radio history: Top 40, AC, Hot AC, Oldies, Talk, Sports Talk, Country.

In 1990, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Charlie with his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, January 10, 1990. Charlie was the first KHJ Boss Jock to receive a Star on the Walk of Fame, and was inducted in 2008 into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was inducted into his home state Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
In 1997, Los Angeles Radio People readers voted Charlie one of the Top 10 L.A. Radio Personalities of All Time, and in 2007, Charlie was once again elected by his LARadio.com broadcast peers as one of the Top 10 Los Angeles Radio Personalities. Among his L.A. Radio credits are: Being part of the legendary KHJ Boss Jock line-up; starting KROQ radio; starting KIIS and serving as both Program Director and Morning Man for KIIS AM & FM.
Tuna was heard around the world daily on the Armed Forces Radio Network for a 25 year – 6000 show run from 1971 to 1996, as well as on numerous nationally syndicated radio shows, since the early 70’s. 



Joe Allison 1970


Joe Allison was still going the Country Corner well into the 1970s.  Somehow the music didn't need autotune...




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1975




Here comes the Wolfman! Through the magic of magic, Wolfman's show is still with us.  Call your local station and tell them about this The Wolfman Jack Show






Sunday, June 18, 2017

Roger Carroll is on the air!


Roger Carroll is on the air!  His streaming website is just starting up.  Take a listen!  Take a listen! Go to his picture and click "listen now" https://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com/




FEN Macabre 1962


Macabre was produced in-house by the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Two Air Force personnel were most responsible for creating the series: William Verdier as writer, performer, and director; and Program Director and performer, John F. Buey, Jr.. Mr. Buey entered the Civilian Service from the old Yankee Radio Network, serving as Program Director of FEN Tokyo from its inception in 1946.

The Verdiers, William and Christine, were active in several local origination FEN Tokyo productions, with Mr. Verdier responsible for the original 15 ips tape submission that resulted in the green light to produce the series of broadcast episodes.

The series arose out of an impromptu competition between The Far East Network and The Armed Forces Network-Germany. Both networks sent 15 ips audition tapes to the AFRTS Headquarters in Los Angeles and FEN Tokyo won the 'competition'. The AFRTS transcribed and distributed the Macabre series on October 4, 1961-- a month before FEN Tokyo recorded a ninth episode of Macabre for Christmas Day, titled Of Frankincense and Myrrh.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roger Carroll 1981



Roger has another hour of the best sounds in town.  If you haven't heard, Roger is sharing a bunch of his shows with us and I for one am very grateful.
The majority of the shows that he sent in were the same shows that I ran in Korea and in Panama.  Deja Vu...



Kris Erik Stevens 1977


Kris Erik Stevens brought a lot of fun with the American Disco Network.  Kris ruled in Chicago before he brought it to Los Angeles.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Roland Bynum 1977

                                             




It's a wonderful Wednesday, brought to by Roland.  I was at AFKN, Camp Casey.  Good Times!

Bill Stewart 1967


Bill Stewart kept it jazzy and had a long AFRTS run..



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Herman Griffith 1966

Herman with Jim Pewter and Roger Carroll


It's easy to see Herman Griffith as the voice of a community in 1966. There's a lot to his presentation that others refined and copied. Herman talks about Savings Bonds, with an interest rate very similar to today... Let's take a listen.

Herman Griffith 1966

More Herman Griffith

Jim Pewter 1980


Welcome back Jim.  Minnesotan Jim Pewter was an AFKN vet in the mid 60s and then took on Los Angeles radio and was a part of rock, writing, producing, performing and jocking.  A quadruple threat?  Jim made the memories happen again and introduced me to a lot of great music.  Here's a 1980 visit.




AFN 1983

Here's what's coming up on AFN ---




00:00 AFN Tonight

01:00 Mary Turner

02:00 Wolfman Jack

03:00 Roland Bynum

04:00 Jim Pewter

04:30 Mary Helen Barro

05:00 Harry Newman

06:00 Morning Show

10:00 AFN Today

12:00 News

13:00 Charlie Tuna

15:00 Afternoon Show

18:00 News

19:00 Gene Price

20:00 Mystery Theatre

21:00 Don Tracy

22:00 News

Don Tracy 1980

Don Tracy now!

The weekend is coming up.  You can be sure because it's time for a Don Tracy Friday show.  He always kicked it up to get us ready.  Don has some projects in the works.  Hope to hear from him soon.



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Just Jazz 1949


Gene Norman was one of the first AFRS jocks, in the 40s and 50s he was a big jazz promoter and record company owner and always had some time for us.  This is magic a 1949 performance with Louis Armstrong and the all-stars.



Chris Noel - 1969


If what we were trying to do was bring a little piece of home to troops around the world, Chris Noel did a wonderful job.  Right after Vietnam I was at the station in the 2nd Infantry Division and found a stack of these shows. It was a wonderful listen then and now.  Memories of 1969.