Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WGBY Guantanamo Bay - Bill Stiles 1966


The picture is Miguel Fernandez at WGBY, the AFRTS station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Today we hear Bill Stiles, with "something for the ladies."  1966.  Bill's guest is Dorothy Lamour.  Jeremy found the tape:

"Those tapes came so close to getting lost forever. Dorothy Lamour is definitely "old Hollywood" I like her observations about people in Hollywood going out and spending money to seem rich." I totally agree.  Great radio and thanks for sharing! 

She would be totally lost in today's Hollywood scene.




Gene Price 1975


A couple of weeks ago we had some details about Gene Price's new book (still time to order!!!).  So today, it's 1975 Gene and Willard have all of the updates on Today's Army!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Ira Cook 1967


There was some really nice MOR music in the late 1960s.  Here's Ira with a 1967 visit.



Mary Helen Barro 1983


Celebrate with a 1983 show with Mary Helen Barro y la musica mejor!



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Charlie Tuna 1983



A few years ago a friend of mine was visiting family in Duluth MN.  I was texted "Charlie Tuna's on the radio up here!!!"  Charlie had a syndicated show heard from coast to coast (through Black Card). 

Joe Allison 1969


Joe Allison is back with another hour of your country favorites.  Hello Dottie West...


Monday, October 23, 2017

Wolfman Jack 1974


Back in the Golden Days of Radio stations blocked out Sunday mornings with Public Service programming.  Recruiting was a Public Service.  Wolfman, Gene Price and Roland Bynum did these programs for Roger Carroll's company. I guess it's some kind of a circle.

Mary Turner 1984





Time for another visit with Ft McCadden's Mary Turner.  Mary really did rock the world.  KMET, AFRTS, Off the Record.  Classy and always done well.

America's Popular Music 1961


Andy and Virginia Mansfield

Andy did a bunch of shows, starting with Turn Back the Clock, America's Popular Music.  I wouldn't surprise me if there were others.  It's a great look at the earliest popular music.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Roland Bynum 1980



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The Detroit born Roland first got to Los Angeles in 1967 at KGFJ to replace the "Magnificent Montague" eventually rising to Program Director.  1998 started a long run at Stevie Wonder's KJLH. Time for a "good Bynum".  Roland is back with memories of 1980.





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tom Campbell 1975


Time for another trip down memory lane with Bay Area fave, Tom Campbell (for Cal Stereo). Here's a neat 1975 show..

When Tom got out of the Air Force, he got a gigs in Shreveport, Minneapolis (The Twin Cities connection continues) and Dayton. 1967 it was to San Francisco where fame struck. between radio and agency work he bounced around southern California including for us at AFRTS



I finally located Tom Campbell, who sends his best.  Tom's now being heard on Roger Carroll's streaming internet station




Bill Stewart 1968


Time for a musical Bill affair (Listen to the jingle).  Bill was still with us in the late 70s with a neat brew of swing.  Bill was the one on "Quarter Century of Swing" for AFRTS.  We lost Bill in 1993 to heart failure. Bill graced KMPC, 1951-59; KGIL, 1965-66; KRHM, 1966 and 1969; KGIL, 1973-75.

Jim Pewter 1982




Our AFKN brother Jim Pewter is back with another oldies party from the malt shop!  If it starts with Louie, Louie it's gotta be great!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

GI Jive 1945



When AFRTS worked best, it was the Voice Of Home, a place to remember. Nowhere was that easier to see than by the presentation of women. During WWII Martha Wilkerson was GI Jill, a friendly neighbor. In the 1950s it was Rebel Randall. In the 1960s Chris Noel was very much a product of the times. Here's GI Jill:




Monday, October 9, 2017

Don Tracy - 1985


Where's the party?  Anywhere Don Tracy is.



Chris Noel - 1968



Chris is okay after the nasty weather in Florida! To celebrate Chris Noel's book "A Blonde Bomb Goes To Vietnam" (get a copy by clicking here , proceeds benefit Chris's veterans shelter "Ceasefire House"), it's time for A Date With Chris.

AF Teen Thirty




With the help of the Frankfurt Radio Club, it's time for Teen Thirty.  We served our communities and sometimes let the dependents rock.  Joe Ferguson was a member, here's some details:

The Frankfurt American High School started a radio club amongst students who were interested and we produced and aired a weekly radio program on AFN Frankfurt.  I believe the first year was the 1961-62 school year and they would bus us from the school out to the castle in Hochst where the studios were located and we would record the program.  I believe it aired on the weekend.  There was music, school activities news and sports news.  The first faculty adviser to the radio club was the speech and drama teacher, Catherine Rotter and she was great fun.
In the castle along with the studios, there also were barracks and an AFN club with a bar and pub food.  My senior year, 62-63 I was the president of the club. 
Imagine the effect on an impressionable teen, interested in learning something about radio.  Having the opportunity to go to a real life castle with big gates and real turrets too was an amazing experience.  And then, throw in studios just stuffed with all this nifty Grundig and Telefunken broadcast gear and all the AFN pro’s we got to work with..  I was hooked! 
Little did I know I would never work in another radio station that had its own bar complete with pub food; =) Or one that had a turret either.
Regards,
Joe


John Doremus 1969


Talk about a voice.  John Doremus was an Easy listening giant.  In the states he was probably the first voice of music in flight.  Had nightly radio shows on the biggest AM stations for the airlines, and did his show for AFRTS.  Music for the dinner hour...



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gene Price 1975

From 1975 Gene Price has the reasons you should join todays Army!  These were done for Roger Carroll's company and were a centerpiece of Sunday morning radio listening.  Gene, Roland Bynum, Robert W. Morgan, Billy Pearl and Roger himself. 


Ira Cook 1967


It's a Monday and Ira's "Star of the Day" is Margaret Whiting!



Mary Helen Barro 1983


Mary Helen Barro invites you to a Friday fiesta!



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Continental Varieties 1960




Here's Dick Crawford with some dinnertime Music of the Continent.  Today the highlight is on the Americans. Dick did the show from the late 50s until the mid-60s.  I can see a lot of Colonels grooving...



AFRS in the 1940s



This is kind of a fun, a YouTube channel with a lot of AFRS disks from the 1940s.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Charlie Tuna - 1984



Greatest (disk) jockey

Charlie sure inspired fans.  We're lucky enough to have a LOT of these because Steve Orchard was a military kid.  He'd listen to AFN and really like "Staying Tuna'd" and saved hundreds of cassettes.  I had a great time transferring them.