Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mary Turner 1992



It was a scandal.  In the early 80s when the network started the Mary Turner show.  Loud Rock and Roll.  What will the generals say?  We'll find out.  Mary brought her KMET show to the world and it was a very good thing.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Roger Carroll 1979

Roger with Glen Campbell

Roger Carroll starts the weekend with a Friday visit of the Best Sounds in Town.
Roger and friends stream live worldwide on the internet 24 hours a day. http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com



Saturday, April 14, 2018

John Doremus 1968




That voice, here's John Doremus with symphonic music and stories.  It's always a treat.





Thursday, April 12, 2018

Andy Mansfield - 1958

Andy Mansfield and Kay Starr
 

Turn Back the Clock was a fascinating show.  Andy and Virginia Mansfield were playing the songs of 20 and 30 years ago. Of course in the mid-50s that could mean Al Jolson and acoustic cylinders.  Let's revisit 1958 and Turn Back The Clock.


Roland Bynum 1973


Here's Roland, with something a little bit different for the United States Air Force.



Monday, April 9, 2018

Wolfman Jack 1983


Ready to howl?  These came in with a bunch of wonderful disks from when I was at SCN.  Ah, the memories.

Let's howl with Wolfman Jack


Friday, April 6, 2018

Gary Owens - 1969

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From the "familiar love theme" to the ongoing silliness.  Gary did some wonderful radio. Gery's last big job was the announcer on AntennaTV.  On this show Gary has some guest to talk about old movies. He'll be missed.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jim Pewter 1967


Jim Pewter had pretty much just gotten back from AFKN and scored a deal on McCadden Ave.  The music was great!



Don Tracy 1983


"You can tell it's hot" Don Tracy starts the weekend with this Friday show from 1983.



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Chris Noel 1967


The Date With Chris project is up to show 81.  Some nice radio.

Thanks Chris, for sharing!



Joe Ferguson 1983


Joe Ferguson is back with 1983.  A while back Joe donated these shows to the archive and it's quite a feeling to run the same disks that I ran three decades ago.  Thanks Joe!!


John Doremus 1967


Jose Fritz did a very nice writeup about the life of John Doremus.


Now some music for the dinner hour:


AFRS Iceland 1971

We've located Karl Phillips!

Before I joined the Navy in 1970 I was a part time gofer at WQXI 790 in Atlanta where I learned ratio from some of the greats...Skinny Bobby Harper...Randy Robins (who is still a close friend here in the Atlanta area) ..Bob Bolton, Barry Chase. Went into Navy and went to Iceland as first duty station. Found my way to the quanset hut where AFRTS was and got them to let me go on air all nights on my time off from my regular job as a CT (communications technician) on the base. Loved it and yes we did have fans. The board was old - big cumbersome and what I would call a boat anchor. Found out later DJ Bob Kingsley was there when he was in the service and saw where he had actually carved his name in the control board....


Went to my next duty station in San Juan (guess they wanted to thaw me out) after a year in Iceland. I was there for 2 years and was able to get part time jobs at WBMJ 1190 (air name Scott Brady) and - WIAC-FM and a new start up station WRAI before discharge in 1974. Went back to Atlanta although got offers from those stations in PR.

Went to work for WGST here in Atlanta and lost that job because they went NEWS. Worked for MCA Records for a while and got out of radio. I spent about 8 years in radio. Should have stuck with it. I did do a little time in 2000 at WLKQ -FM with Randy Robins here in Atlanta.


I have been here at Ricoh since 1976 and about to hang it up soon. I sure miss radio. I am however a voting member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame since 2007 so I still dabble in it.


AFRS Keflevik - Karl Phillips 1971

More From AFRS Iceland

Gene Price 1975



Gene Price is back.  Time to board "The Country Express"



Roger Carroll 1972


RC has your Happy Hour for a Friday.  I do hope that you've popped over to Facebook and said Hi to Roger. Take a listen to our streaming internet station at www.rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com 



Friday, March 30, 2018

Laura Lee 1986


Laura Lee brought us jazz worldwide on Jazzbeat.  After a long day it was great.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

GI Jill



GI Jill with Bing Crosby



Martha Wilkerson (1908-99) was the first star built by the network.  During WWII she inherited the program GI Jive.  That was our response to Tokyo Rose and many similar shows being broadcast to our troops.  GI Jive was focused on the current hits.  Eventually there was an oldies show "Jill's All Time Jukebox", playing memories.

She continued with the network until at least 1949.

Date With Chris 1967

Chris Noel and George Church

Date with Chris was Chris's second show for AFRTS.  Before that she was in "Small World" a show largely of features.  Did a great job there and A Date With Chris was born.  It's Friday in the second week of the show.




Sunday, March 25, 2018

AFVN Billy Williams 1971-72

 
Billy in Da Nang
 
Billy found a bunch of AFVN tape and put together a composite, which is great to hear and I'm grateful that he shared it with us.  He has the full story over at http://nofars.net/
 
Billy went between Saigon and Da Nang and there's a nice bunch of stuff here.
 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

AFN 1963

Our friend Ernst in Germany grew up listening to AFN.  Some short pieces of tape have survived the years (tape was pretty expensive at the time).  So from Orleans France and The Castle here's AFN


AFRTS November 1977




In November 1977 I was rocking AFKN TDC and we were running these same shows from AFRTS-LA.  Bruce Phillip Miller has a "Coffee Break", Roger Carroll with a Word or Two, Roland Bynum and Kris Erik Stevens.



Vicente recorded this from the Torrejon station but they all ran everywhere.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Radiothon 2018

Hi all.  You may notice that some of the links aren't working.

I couldn't swing the payment for the storage of everything, the free version is much smaller.

I've never really asked before, but you could help out on the PayPal "Donate" link I'd be able to get this back to what it was.  PayPal will convert from any currency to US dollars.

Whatever you could do would help a lot.

Thom

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Gene Price 1974




Gene Price did Army recruiting shows for Roger Carroll's company. I remember these things from before I joined.  Here's the first one.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ira Cook 1971

A 1967 Ira Cook show

Have a happy day, you can make the most of it.... Ira is back from KMPC with a Friday in 1971 visit, 



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mary Helen Barro 1983



Maria Elena Barro tiene la musica mas buena en al mundo!



Charlie Tuna 1980


That picture is from the AFRTS-LA promo set of 8x10s that went to every station. We lost Charlie a while back.  The family is working on a tribute at  http://www.charlietuna.com

It's a trip to 1980, a Friday and time for the Charlie Tuna Show.





Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Joe Allison 1969

 

 
Joe Allison is the newest talent at http://rogercarrollbestsoundsintown.com
 
He has some of your Wednesday country favorites and memories of 1969


Wolfman Jack 1974

 

Ready to howl?  Time for another visit with the Wolfman for the Air Force.
 



Sunday, March 4, 2018

AFVN Scott Manning 1968






1968 was a particularly interesting time for music and radio, great pop music and great album rock. Let's let Sgt Pepper (Scott Manning) show us the way.

AFVN Sgt Pepper 1968

More From AFVN

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tom Campbell 1975


Tom Campbell always had a fun show and sometimes the strangest mixes... Tall Tom revisits 1975.  The mustard colored labels were the ugliest ones ever.
 

Suspense 1961

 
AFRTS played a lot of Old Time Radio.  Some places we didn't have television.  Some places we had television, but there were so many programming restrictions that it was hard to enjoy.  Sometimes the troops were in the field without televisions.  Most radio dramas from the 40s and 50s were available and reissued well into the 1980s.
 
"Suspense" was one of the last radio dramas, finally being cancelled in 1962.  This disk is the 1961 issue of a program broadcast on CBS October 8, 1961 "Dreams" starring Phillip Sterling.
 
 

Don Tracy - 1985


Here's Don Tracy with some memories of 1985



Rocketing Rhythms - 1961




Here's something for the kids.  KLACs Bill Stewart fills in for Jack Brown.  Rocketing Rhythms was sort of a countdown show sometimes with guests.




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Laura Lee - 1986


Jazz was an important part of the network, even into the 1980s.  Laura Lee kept it alive with The Jazz Beat.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Kris Erik Stevens - 1978



Learn something new every day, Kris didn't go to the McCadden studios:

"I had my own studios so I never worked in the building.... but hand delivered shows there for at least 5+ years in the 70’s ----American Disco and the Kris Erik Stevens show --- Bit of a blur... but great fun!"

And great shows they were.

Kris may have some shows for us, that would be wonderful!!


Mary Helen Barro - 1983

Young Mary Helen

Some latin jazz, some salsa, the occasional ranchero.  Here's Mary Helen Barro.



Wolfman Jack 1974


These are some pretty good radio
Keep Howlin'





Monday, February 5, 2018

The Bishop Show 1979






 The Bishop Show.  This is from January 1979.  This starts with Johnnie Darin, then the show and a visit with Gene Price.  Great listening.  So is it Jerry Bishop from KFI, or someone else?



Welcome to AFVN - 1972

 
Picked up some wonderful documents, a 1972 welcome package to AFVN.  We had similar ones in Korea.

These were originally from Tom Peterson.  After DINFOS Tom was in the 82nds PAO shop and then to Saigon as a newsman, later being a part of Stars and stripes.  After discharge Tom spent 20 years at KCAU-TV in Sioux Falls.  We lost Tom to a car accident in 1994.




Charlie Tuna 1982



In 1982 it was much easier to stay Tuna'd.  AFRTS started sending two hour daily Charlie Tuna shows.

Monday, January 29, 2018

AFN Berlin 16th Anniversary


In 1961 AFN Berlin was 16 years old.  Time for a celebration!  Thanks Garry!!



Saturday, January 27, 2018

AFTN The Torch Is Passed 1971


The 1971 crew put this together to celebrate their tour.  Take a listen


Dick Sinclair 1959

Dick Sinclair at AFRS Guadalcanal

Dick Sinclair was in the first class of AFRS talent.  In the 1950s Dick Sinclair was doing a polka show on KTLA-TV and was also doing "Polka Party", both syndicated across the country. Give a listen



 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Roger Carroll 1980



Roger and Steve Allen
 
Let's take a trip to 1980 for the Best Sounds in Town
 
 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mary Turner 1985

Mary Turner today

Mary Turner really rocked the house.  Normally when any of the jocks got a reaction, it'd be split.  The ones that were really liked would draw complaints.  I never remember fielding a complaint about Mary.  I remember the barracks rocking.  Thank you Mary.  Continued success!





Roland Bynum 1981



Roland's brought the party!

Let's revisit 1981 with some Soulin' with Roland!


Bill Stewart 1967


I've always been a huge fan of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.  You may have heard about Django Reinhardt.  It was his group.  I was listening to a Bill Stewart Show about Hugues PanassiĆ© the creator of the group.  When Bill was jazzing it was always a better show.  Take a listen:



Words With Music - Raymond Burr




Here's that young Canadian actor Raymond Burr, with poetry