Saturday, September 23, 2017

Roland Bynum 1980

Roland Bynum discusses his career.

Bill Stewart 1970

Bill Stewart was another of the KMPC talent that had the AFRTS gig, He was the Bill of the KMPC jingle..."Ira, Johnny, Bill and Dick!" Bill graced LA playing his mixture of Swing, jazz and MOR at several great stations.
KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75. For Armed Forces Radio he hosted "A Quarter Century of Swing." In 1969, the 30-year veteran was honored with a concert at the Palladium. For 20 years he did in-flight airline music programming. Bill died in 1993 of congestive heart failure.

Bill Stewart - 1970
More Bill Stewart

Jim Pewter 1973

Welcome back Jim Pewter, we did go to different high schools together (I live about 5 miles from where Jim grew up).  Jim was in the Army, was at AFKN and then the magic began.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Don Tracy 1980

It's Don Tracy with another hour of favorites.  I'm still in suspense.  Don has some things coming up that could be good.  But right now, Don Tracy!

Chris Noel 1968

Chris Noel with Lawrence Welk

Chris Noel was an amazing talent.  Let's go back to 1968 for a Date With Chris.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Joe Ferguson 1983

In 1983 AFRTS reached out to jocks all over the country to record series of shows for the troops.  Joe Ferguson from Portland (OR) was one of the guys to contribute great shows.  A while back Joe shared his shows with us.  They are a bunch of fun...

John Doremus 1968

Amazing set of pipes and smooth.  John Doremus had evening music for many years.  Similar to what Jim Ameche did earlier and what Pete Smith did later but smoother and bigger.  He had recorded Music Through the Night shows sponsored by the airlines that ran on the biggest AM clear channel stations in the country.  He also was the one that started syndicating in flight music.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gene Price 1992

Gene Price, Charlie Tuna and Jim Pewter

Gene Price has another hour of your country favorites.  Gene had some recent health issues and is bouncing right back.  It's like the Country Express!  Prayers.

Ira Cook 1967

Ira is back, with memories of a Thursday in 1967. Our star of the day is Walter Wanderly.

Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Warm up your day with musica latina from Mary Helen Barro.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1980

Young Wolfman probably at AM daytimer soul station KUXL Minneapolis. Did he ever do a bad show?  It's 1980 and Wolf rocks the world...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

AFKN 1970 - Dave Massa

Well AFKN in Seoul is on it's way to being closed. A while back Dave Massa sent a memory,  a 1970 AFKN Munsan aircheck. It's time for "Mail From Home" Here's a nice history from 1970 the AFKN story

AFKN Munsan 1970 - Dave Massa

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jim Pewter - 1970

Jim Pewter in a 1967 promo picture at AFRTS 
(picture courtesy Jim Pewter)

Jim spent 30 years at AFRTS from 1966 through 1996, every show a painless education of rock.

Guenther recorded a bunch of these from AFN and it's some great listening.  Thank you Guenther and Jim!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Blue Danube Network - AFN Austria 1955

Blue Danube Network in Austria. BDN was initiated shortly after World War II, and the first station went into operation in Salzburg July 10, 1945.
The unit opened its first permanent station in Salzburg under the call letters KZCA. The Salzburg station was followed by BDN Vienna, when the capital city became the command's headquarters. Next came the Linz outley, thus creating a trio of stations spread across Austria.

The quality and originality of BDN production increased gradually and soon augmented AFRS "canned" shows. Two of the original productions were "Hospital Request Show" and "Man On The Street."

Located At Klessheim
When USFA Hq moved from Vienna to Salzburg in 1950, BDN Salzburg became the main station. In 1955 BDN was shut down as the Americans were asked to leave Austria.

Here's a variety of airchecks and interviews about BDN

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1981

Charlie Tuna, Brooke Shields and Leo Sayer

So where were you in 1981.  I was at SCN in Panama, still getting settled in and playing these shows.  Charlie Tuna was a big part of the network.

Charlie, thanks for the memories and letting me crib off of these shows

Monday, September 11, 2017

Joe Allison 1969

Joe Allison shows off the Country Corner

Russian Roulette with a Sugar Cube 1966

By the mid 60s drugs were being an issue and the information crew of AFRTS wanted to get the truth out about LSD.  It's an interesting show.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1975

Check out the history of the Wolfman from the Wolfman Jack Online Museum.  Click Here

It's howlin' great.  Here's another visit with Wolfman Jack:

Wolfman Jack 1975

More Wolfman Jack

Monday, September 4, 2017

Roger Carroll - 1981

I always find it special to transfer a disk that I would have run at the station.  In 1981 I was at SCN, did the cleverly titled "Morning Show", played Charlie Tuna then Roger Carroll.  RC brings us straight back to a Friday in 1981.  It really is the best sounds in town....

Mary Turner - 1984

Received a nice note from Mary Turner:

"I often think about my 18 years at Fort McCadden with great fondness. Loved that Roach Coach-I remember always getting teased for actually paying for a bottle of water. I was ahead of my time!"
And she certainly was.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Turn Back the Clock 1958

Turn Back the Clock was a regional show that ended up on NBC (regional?) in 1955.  They came over to AFRTS and shared songs from their personal collection.  They've got some good ones today.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Roland Bynum 1980

Roland's back with some really wonderful music.  Partytime starts now!

Bill Stewart 1971

Bill Stewart sure kept it jazzy.  From the mid-60s through the late 70s Bill brought a special sound.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chris Noel 1968

Chris Noel is an amazing story if you haven't heard it already take a look at her website.

She still does so much more than she has too.  Vetsville is a homeless shelter for veterans that she keeps running.  Make a contribution, go to her website and buy something.  It helps.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Solitary Singer - 1951

Terry (Ted) Gilkyson was an ex-Air Force PAO type and had this show where he'd tell stories of American history through folk music.  AFRTS was experimenting with producing entertainment programming on a limited budget.  This worked well.

Terry was a performer/songwriter.  If you ever heard the Easyriders version of "MaryAnn" you heard Terry's biggest song.  He also wrote "Memories are Made of This", which was huge for Dean Martin.

By the 1960s, he was working for Disney studios.  Among other things, wrote "Bare Necessities" in Jungle Book.

We Lost Terry in 1999.

Kris Erik Stevens 1983

Kris Erik Stevens made a lot of great radio, taking Chicago then Los Angeles by storm.  Over the last few years, Kris has been the voice of the pre-show music at the theatre.  Here's part of 1983 with Kris Erik:

Wow Thomas........
Hearing my radio show performed years ago was
quite a wakeup call on my Sunday morning ----- 
Takes me back in time..... 
Thanks for sharing memories of my AFRTS radio days.
Kris Erik Stevens

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jim Pewter 1981


Picture from Jim Pewter, copyright Playgound Productions

Barry White was a big man, with a big voice and a big talent.  He stopped in to talk with our friend Jim Pewter.  Jim and Barry had been friends since 1966, producing sessions for Mustang and Bronco records in Los Angeles.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Turn Back the Clock 1958

Andy and Virginia Mansfield brought their brand of oldies to NBC and shortly around that time to AFRTS.

AFRTS at 50, FEN at 30

The history of AFRTS was published by AFRTS in 1993 to celebrate the anniversary. It's been impossibly out of print. This is a reprint. If you'd like to read it online Click here

Far East Network

The Far East Network was headquartered out of Japan and at times FEN was the callsign of stations in several countries. There was an interesting history. Air Force SGT Jim Dougherty has the highlights of the first 30 years.

FEN 30th anniversary 1975
More of our anniversaries

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Roland Bynum 1973

The shows that Roland Bynum did for the USAF are hard to find.  This one I picked up several years ago and could not get it to track.  I tried several times.  In the time since I have picked up a Disk Washer record cleaner.  Cleaned it, it tracks.  Thank you Disk Washer!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Gene Price 1974

It's January of 1974.  It's the first month of Gene Price doing the recruiting shows for Roger Carroll's company.  I heard these on Sunday mornings in Minneapolis.  Just one of many things that eventually had me in America's All Volunteer Force.  Take a listen:

Charlie Tuna 1993

Been too long since we've heard from Charlie Tuna.  Charlie always brought magic, KOMA, WMEX, AFRTS and seemingly every radio station in southern California. Visit Charlie's website at 

Ira Cook 1977

From 1977, it's the most recent visit we have with the Ira Cook show:

Mary Helen Barro 1983

Let's pause for a little break con la musica mas buena in el mundo.  Mary Helen Barro brought latin music worldwide over AFRTS.  Here's a 1983 visit.

Charlie Tuna 1982

Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna spent a quarter century entertaining the troops on AFRTS and showing us how it was done. Time for another visit.  It's 1982 "Stay Tuna'd".Visit Charlie's website at interesting stories, histories and your chance to get on the boards and say what the Charlie Tuna Show meant to you.

Joe Allison 1969

Birth Name: Joe Marion Allison
Birth Date: October 03, 1924
Place of Birth: McKinney, Texas 
Deceased: August 02, 2002
Place of Death: Nashville, TN

Joe Allison had a phenomenal career.  Take a look at his biography at the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Click Here
From that wonderful cache of late 60s shows, here's Joe in 1969 with the Country Corner:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1972

Wolfman is available in syndication and could warm the hearts of your listeners... More information

Jim Pewter 1979

This is nice, about an hour excerpts of Jim's shows with the music not scoped.   We went to different high schools together.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Happy 75th Birthday!

Defense Media Activity
AFN Broadcast Center (Public Affairs)
News Release
Media Contact: +1 (951) 413-2319
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DSN 312-248-1319

No. 06-2017 - May, 9, 2017

AFN: Serving the Overseas American Military Community for 75 Years

George A. Smith

The American Forces Network (AFN) provides overseas U.S. military, DOD civilians and their families force protection information and a touch of home with radio and television entertainment, news and sports.

The Armed Forces Radio service began May 26, 1942. Since then, America’s military broadcast
network has operated under many different names. AFN followed American warriors wherever they
served, even on U.S. Navy ships afloat. Today, the overseas military audience we serve knows us
simply as “AFN.”

While millions of Americans serving overseas have tuned in AFN for popular entertainment, the network has served as a crucial tool for commanders to reach the force and their families, both on and off military installations, with critical information.

During World War II, the network communicated messages to American forces advancing in Europe via mobile radio vans. In 1991, broadcasters in the Philippines became a lifeline when the Mt. Pinatubo volcano erupted catastrophically and forced evacuation. Amid the horrors of September 11, 2001, AFN communicated force protection guidance from commanders, regarding additional security measures and threat vulnerabilities, updates on airline flights and travel and provided information on the changing global threat level. When the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, AFN coordinated its radio, TV and social media platforms to provide real time updates on damage, recovery efforts and ongoing hazards. Following the 2016 terrorist attack at the Brussels airport, AFN Benelux became the American military’s trusted source for real-time information, synchronizing radio coverage and Facebook posts in a series of force protection updates spanning the attack and its aftermath 

Today’s AFN stations enjoy advantages unimagined generations ago. Radio is now just one part of a force protection and entertainment triad that includes television and social media. Once a single channel, radio now offers a dozen different audio services and streaming Internet radio. A single channel of AFN television was a big deal a generation ago. Now, the network offers eight. Social media didn’t exist in 1942. Now every station and the AFN Broadcast Center use social media to interact with the audience.

More enhancements are on the way. Later this year, the AFN Broadcast Center will send out all eight
television channels in high definition and field a new decoder allowing direct-to-home customers to record programs on two channels while watching, pausing and fast-forwarding a third. Sailors serving afloat will get their AFN sports, news and entertainment in dramatically improved clarity.

What hasn’t changed in the past 75 years is that the American Forces Network continues to provide the most deserving audience in the world, America’s warriors, with a touch of home, by providing real time force protection messages, and the very best live entertainment, news and sports from the United States.

Roger Carroll 1969

Roger is streaming 24/7 with Gene Price, Roland Bynum, Robert W. Morgan and Billy Pearl.

The Best Sounds in Town.  Roger is sharing some wonderful radio with us.  When the AFRTS-LA talent would record their shows, every week they would be sent copies of their programs on LP.  The same disks we played in the field.  But a familiar DJ story is not seeing the value in airchecks until years later.  Most of the talent didn't save them  Roger saved a lot of them and is making them available to us.

Today it's late 1969... and time for the Roger Carroll show!

Roland Bynum 1980

It seems like yesterday.  Great music and wonderful talent.  Here's a 1980 visit to the Creators Workshop.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chris Noel 1968

 Chris Noel

A while back I was called by someone with a week of Chris Noel shows.  He wanted to know if I was interested.  Safe assumption that was.  So from late 1968, A Date With Chris

Laura Lee - Jazzbeat 1985

We played a lot of jazz well into the 1980s and spread the music worldwide. In 1986 Laura Lee hosted the Jazz Beat, give a listen:

AFRTS 1979

In October 1979 Vincente was recording the Torrejon station.  We'll hear from our AFRTS-LA friends  Kris Erik Stevens, Wolfman, Johnnie Darin and a bunch of surprises.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jubilee 1944

Ernie Whitman

What a great show.  In the early years, Jubilee featured the best African-American entertainment.  On this new Transfer it's Ernie "Bubbles Whitman" hosting Tiny Bradshaw, Loumell Morgan and more.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Purple Grotto 1967

Al "Jazzbo" Collins was quite a talent, broadcasting from the "purple grotto", inspired by horrible paint in the WNEW studios..

"I started my broadcast in Studio One which was painted all kinds of tints and shades of purple on huge polycylindricals which were vertically placed around the walls of the room to deflect the sound. It just happened to be that way. And with the turntables and desk and console and the lights turned down low, it had a very cavelike appearance to my imagination. So I got on the air, and the first thing I said was, "Hi, it's Jazzbo in the Purple Grotto." You never know where your thoughts are coming from, but the way it came out was that I was in a grotto, in this atmosphere with stalagtites and a lake and no telephones. I was using Nat Cole underneath me with "Easy Listening Blues" playing piano in the background."

There was a very jazzy imagery.

In 1967, Al "Jazzbo" Collins brought a retrained Purple Grotto to AFRTS.

Bill Stewart 1969

He sure kept it jazzy.  Heck of a jock Bill Stewart.  Do you have any pictures of him?

Jim Pewter 1988

Jim Pewter

Jim was an amazing oldies jock.  He was one of us at AFKN in 1965 and took Los Angeles by storm.  Let's see why..

Friday, July 28, 2017

Don Tracy 1980

The weekend came blasting like a freight train.  Here's Don Tracy, making a Friday rock..

Interlude 1972

Interlude was one of the many "Music for Colonels" shows.  Soft symphonic music for the dinner hour, or evening, or overnight.  Through most of the history of the network, we played this music.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chris Noel - 1969

Thank you Chris Noel for sharing the memories.  A few years ago Chris called and asked if I'd like to be able to share these shows.  She had saved most of them.  That was an easy question.  She had finished doing the show before I enlisted but at the station at the 2d Infantry division had saved hundreds of these.  I thought they were perfect radio.  Then and now.

Let's remember 1969 with A Date With Chris.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Joe Ferguson 1983

It's 1983 and the return of the Joe Show, Joe Ferguson from Portland OR