Thursday, December 27, 2012

LaRita Shelby 1995

 
LaRita still keeps it happening.  Take a look at her filmography. We were lucky enough to have her doing a show for us.  This is another one of George's recordings.
 
At her website, http://www.laritashelby.com there are some wonderful videos (buy the cd!).


 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Tex Williams Show 1955


So I get a bundle of the Tex Williams Show from 1955.  Really nice music but there wasn't such a thing.  So what are these?  Apparently in 1955 "Town Hall Party" ran on NBC radio with parts of it televised on KTTV-TV in Los Angeles which were kinescoped for AFRTS.

You may have heard Commander Cody and his Planet Airmen sing "Smoke That Cigarette".  The original was by Tex Williams.  Before leading his own group, Tex was the singer for Spade Cooley

Fred Hessler with sports

Fred Hessler was the voice of UCLA football for 25 years but before that was one of us.  During WWII he was with AFRS at an unknown station but after that went to the network as a civilian for about 10 years.  One of the many programs he did was Sports Forum, an interview show.

He also worked at KMPC 1953-83

 

Mr. Hessler died in 1993

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jubilee 1948


It's Christmas 1948.  Bud Widdom with some amazing talent, it's Jubilee!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

AFRS Keflavik - Karl Phillips 1971

Karl Phillips sent some great pictures of the Reykjavik Iceland Station in the early 1970s.  His story is on this page.



Mark Lazer, Karl Phillips and Tom Hughes

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Gene Price Story

Journalist Mac Yablonka worked with Gene Price (and Harry Newman) at KLAC.  He did a story on Gene for Stars and Stripes.  Fun memories


While you're reading the story, here's a 1975 visit with Gene
Gene Price - Country Express 1975
Marc Yablonka is a military journalist whose reportage has appeared in the U.S. Military's Stars and Stripes, Army Times, Air Force Times, American Veteran, Vietnam magazine, Airways, Military Heritage, Soldier of Fortune and many other publications.
Between 2001 and 2008, Marc served as a Public Affairs Officer, CWO-2, with the 40th Infantry Division Support Brigade and Installation Support Group, California State Military Reserve, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. During that time, he wrote articles and took photographs in support of Soldiers who were mobilizing for and demobilizing from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Command Performance Christmas 1942


 
Command Performance was an amazing thing.  All of the biggest stars made themselves available for the troops.  It didn't matter which network or studio.  It was the biggest stars and it was all for he troops.  This is the big Christmas show from the first year of the network.  Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

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, December 6, 2012

AFVN Gerry Elliott 1973


Gerry Elliott, Alexis Wright, SGM Young at SCN c 1982

Gerry Elliott almost got me to stay in the Army.  In the early 1980s SCN in Panama was controlled by the 193rd Infantry Brigade.  No big problem by itself but the command had made it clear that we weren't going to be promoted.  Okay, I won't do the boards.  I was a E-4 with well over 3 years in grade.  That's life.  In 1983 Gerry and SGM Bob Young conspired to get me to go to the boards after the Army Broadcasting Service took over.  Young and Elliott were on that board, it wasn't too brutal and I did well.  Wherever you are Gerry, thanks.


Let's see what was going on in Saigon in 1973.  Here's Gerry with sports.