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

Andy Mansfield 1958

Andy and Virginia Mansfield played those oldies.  I really like Turn Back the Clock for the variety.  Anything from turn of the century acoustics to late 50s MOR "Chopsticks Rock and Roll?".  Take a listen.

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.

Joe Ferguson 1983

From Portland OR, Joe Ferguson is back with more of the greatest music of 1983

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mary Turner 1985

A lonely GI really wants to hear a female voice, Mary Turner continued in the tradition of GI Jill, Rebel Randall and Chris Noel and spoke to the troops

Monday, June 5, 2017

John Doremus 1967

Talk about a way with a story. I started with the network after John Doremus did these for us, but in the states these sketches in sound ran overnight in the biggest markets on the biggest signals. He was also doing similar programming for the airlines. Relax with "Sketches in Sound"
John Doremus in Wikipedia

Saturday, June 3, 2017

AFVN Jim Lull 1966

Summer 1966 in Vietnam.  It wasn't AFVN yet but Jim Lull had the sounds of home.  Thanks Dennis!!!

Gene Price 1974

Gene Price was country music for over 20 years on the network, with his cast of characters.  Let's pop back to 1974 and one of the recruiting shows Gene did for Roger Carroll's company.

Ira Cook 1961

In the early 1960s, AFRTS wasn't recording much of their own programming.  The LA DJ shows were usually recorded in a production studio at the DJs station.  The quality of these recordings was all over the place, eventually convincing the network to set up the studios on McCadden Ave.

So in that time-frame the talent would talk about their stations, play bumpers from their stations.  It sounded different.

Here's Ira Cook, guess where it was recorded...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mary Helen Barro 1983

Mary Helen Barro with Joe Ortiz 1972

Mary Helen is back with some wonderful music.

Charlie Tuna 1978

Singing legend Bill Withers backstage at the Greek Theatre with Charlie.(June 16, 2007)

Charlie Tuna taught a lot of DJs how to do it right, pacing, topicality, personality.  Every day it was a textbook.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Charlie Williams - Country Corner 1971

Charlie picked up the Country Corner after Joe Allison. Charlie was another songwriter/DJ came from KFOX, 1960-72, where he did afternoon drive. Charlie moved to Nashville and built a home on a lake. He managed Bobby Bare and hosted a talk show on WSIX. Charlie passed away in 1995.

Wolfman Jack AFN 1975

Sometimes the AFRTS-LA jocks would visit the stations and possibly do a show.  In 1975 Wolfman visited the Frankfurt station.  Anyone have the story behind this?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Roger Carroll 1981

I wonder how many shows Roger Carroll did for us.  In the early 80s he did program 3000 but there was at least one renumbering in 1968.  A LOT of programs

Here's Roger's hit record, Going To Maui:

Roland Bynum 1981

Time for some Soulin with Roland!  Those sure were the days.  It's a Tuesday late summer day in 1981

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jim Pewter 1970

Jim was a rocker before the radio.  In the 60s to AFKN then Los Angeles radio.

But, let's start with a question "Do you wanna dance?"

Don Tracy 1980

Don Tracy in Hartford

A few years ago I had a chance to chat with Don.  I wish I'd have taped that.  Interesting guy.  Longtime AFRTS favorite.  Right now, some magic.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chris Noel 1968

Chris Noel was the heartthrob of the 1960s military radio.  Hear why...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Joe Ferguson 1983

Joe Ferguson from Portland OR KUPL radio was part of the 1983 experiment when AFRTS had jocks from around the country record shows.  Bob Moke and Danny Kramer from Salt Lake City were some of the others.  The deal was supposed to be 13 weeks.  Whoever was after Joe turned out to not be available and Joe got another 13 weeks.

A couple of years ago he asked me if I'd be interested in all of the shows on transcription disks.  He wanted the opportunity for us to hear them again.  I'm very thankful.

Turn Back the Clock 1958

Just scored a LOT of these.  Andy and Virginia Mansfield with their view of oldies, from Andy's personal collection.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

John Doremus 1967

What an incredible voice. Mr Doremus began this style of late night radio on WMAQ Chicago and syndicated on the BIG stations. He also 'invented' in flight music.

AFN Bremerhaven 1968 - Paul Hennessey

Left to right are SP5 Dave Stewart (later became a SGM), SP5 Paul Wetterhahn (aka Paul Drake), myself SP5 and SP5 Dick Dalrymple (not sure of spelling). 

A little while ago we posted AFN Bremerhaven in 1968. Paul Hennessey was there and sent some great memories of AFN Bremerhaven in 1968.   "I never worked as a dj after my AFN experience. I felt very fortunate to have been able to do it back then. I’m 72 years young and living in the MO Ozarks for the past 13 years. Also, am trying to get some screenplays I’ve written made into movies. Haven’t been able to make the right connections yet even though I worked at SAG Union Headquarters for 20 years from 1984-2004."  It must be morning, it's time for the Bremerhaven Bugle Call!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gene Price 1975

Time for another visit with Gene Pierce, er Price with a 1975 look at some great music and the reasons you should see your recruiter.

Kris Erik Stevens

Milwaukee born Kris was with us after taking Chicago by storm WCFL, WLS (replaced Art Roberts) and to CKLW and Los Angeles.  Visit his website http://kriserikstevens.com/ In 1981 here's what happened...


Ira Cook 1973


Ira's back with more happy music...

Ira was playing some classy middle of the road music, like at KMPC

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mary Helen Barro 1983

Our weekend fiesta begins!

Charlie Tuna 1983

Is that what they mean by disk jockey?

Charlie Tuna comin back at you for another 60 minutes in the radio.

It was always great stuff.  Easy to see why Charlie entertained the troops for a quarter century.
Today, it's 1983 and great once again.

Joe Allison 1965

Joe Allison is back with more of your favorites from the Country Corner. Joe Allison was country music.  A performer, writer, producer and he brought back home to the radio.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chuck Cecil 1979

Chuck Cecil was playing the big band oldies around Los Angeles by the 1950s.  He got it on KFI, syndicated it and ran it for decades.  We were pretty lucky to have it so long on AFRTS.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1982

KRE, Berkeley was the station in American Graffiti.  A low powered struggling AM, still using historical studio gear.

Roger Carroll 1968

I'm still excited about Roger Carroll sending several of his shows for us to hear.  The Happy Hour continues for a long time to come.  We start with a Fall 1968 show.  Enjoy!