Here's another excerpt from the Paul Starnes recordings: a partial newscast with no identification of the announcer. The recording ends suddenly after about 3 minutes. It is dated June 17, 1970...the noon newscast, which was broadcast out of Dong Ba Thin, but would have originated in Saigon. Can anyone identify this voice? Whoever it is would l probably like to hear this recording.
Thanks to Steven Starnes.
[Submitted by Rick Fredericksen]
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Pleiku Aircheck - 1968
From the Pleiku radio station located at Camp Enari at the base of Dragon Mountain. The clip opens with the network ID by Gary Gears. The principal voices are Don Dornberg and Michael Goucher.
Received from Don Dornberg on December 3, 2015.
US Army Vietnam Showcase
An example of a program prepared by the USARV Information Office for broadcast on AFVN.
The year is unknown but it must not have been too long after one of Bob Hope's shows at Long Binh.
It is a little over 26 minutes in length.
Received from Paul Kasper in September 2016.
Although these recordings predate AFVN,
they contains some fine old music we might have listened to as kids.
[Posted in June 2017.]
Does anyone remember this cool promo, or the "Soul 70" show itself? It is part of the Paul Starnes' collection of recordings that he made at Dong Ba Thin, the AM studio that served as a sub detachment of Nha Trang (on Hon Tre Island).
Paul dropped this promo into his June 17th, 1970 show . I included a little bit of Paul's voice as the promo ended and he introduced the next song. The bigger question: does anyone remember Sgt. Bob Anderson, the host of Soul 70? This sounds like it was a Vietnam-produced program, perhaps right there atDong Ba Thin, or in Saigon. But I suppose it could have originated in LA.
Thanks to Paul Starnes son, Steven, for providing this clip to AFVN.
[Submitted by Rick Fredericksen]
AFVN on November 27, 1970
Excerpts from AFVN the day after Thanksgiving, 1970.
Received from Thom Whetson on November 21, 2016.
Nha Trang Air Check
June 23, 1970
This is a 6 a.m. to midnight aircheck of AFVN FM (99.9) radio, Nha Trang, made on June 23, 1970. Among the voices heard on this aircheck are those of Army disc jockeys SP4 Chuck Ingle, SP5 Tom Benintende, PFC Meade H. Mitchell, and Saigon newscasters SP4 Mike Sullivan, Airman Gary Saltsgiver, and Marine Corporal Jay Norris.
Also, a number of AFRTS personalities are heard. They include: Gene Weed, Roger Carroll, Ira Cook, Paul Anthony, and John Doremus. The aircheck also includes a variety of AFVN jingles and command information announcements.
[Furnished by Jim Allingham]
Five parts, approximately 73 minutes in total.
Popular music from 1960 to 2013.
(Not far enough back for this old Webmaster.)
Again, not a true AFVN Archive, but to quote their site: "Vietnam Vet Radio is an internet only non-profit radio station dedicated to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, their families, and friends. With a few exceptions all the songs played are from the Vietnam War era. We also play the authentic jingles and public service announcements that were played on AFVN (American Forces Vietnam Network) Radio.
Submitted by Doug Jennings
Not a true AFVN Archive, but the soundtrack to a Vietnam Exhibition at the Newseum
Submitted by Jim Anderson.
Paul Kasper, SGT, USA, served on an Armored Personnel Carrier flamethrower crew with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam in1968 or so. He obviously had a very deep interest in music and AFVN because he recorded a number of AFVN programs to audiotape and secured (purchased?) a number of record albums related to AFVN and the people who were on the air with AFVN. Paul started the AFVN Web (Yahoo) roster but, later on, when his health began to fail, turned it over to Bob Morecook. The two of them also worked together to put a great deal of Paul's AFVN material on line with the Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center and Archive web site.
The above link goes to this site. It lists a large number of recordings made and/or purchased by Paul. Those which were originally on tape are sometimes of somewhat dubious quality but still "listenable." Those which were originally on records are of better quality. Some can be downloaded, others can't--and some are not available online. I found that I could play most of them with Windows Media Player or IrfanView, a Windows program which one can downloaded by clicking on the name. It is a free program (with donations accepted) that I have used it since 2006 and have never had any problems with viruses or other nasty things.
Thanks to Billy Williams, SP4, USA, who was with AFVN in Qui Nhon, Da Nang and Saigon in 1971-72 for bringing my attention to this collection.
AFVN FM signed on daily during the Vietnam War with the National Anthems
of both the United States and of the Republic of South Vietnam.
Cut by Bob Morecook, SP5, USA, most likely in 1973, however it is not his voice.
(The clip appears to repeat itself at approximately 4:00 minutes into the clip.)
by SP5 Scott Manning, USA 1968-69
This 27+ minute radio story of American Forces Vietnam Radio and Television Network (AFVN)
is by newsman Army Specialist Scott Manning (1968-69).
It relates the story of AFVN for military listeners in Vietnam during that war.
The AFVN motto was "From the Delta to the DMZ."
The sound of the car bomb outside AFVN on May 3, 1968 can be heard at 5:10 into this clip.
Authentic Vietnam War Era News Broadcasts
Select from one of six ringtones for your cellphone
AFVN and Australian Broadcaster Airchecks - 1969
However, among other AFVN'ers, SP5 Randy Stone, USA, can be heard towards the end
of the first third of the second clip.
Both of the following are in three parts totaling approximately 45 minutes in length.
SP5 Jim Satcher, USA, was assigned to the 509th Radio Research Group at Davis Station near Tan Son Nhut.
He was a volunteer DJ for "Saigon Night Beat" in 1971-72.
This link goes to a site with about 2 1/2 minutes from his show on January 7, 1972.
It also has a number of photos related to his years in the Army.
AFVN FM Sign On &
Sunrise in Saigon Opening
SP5 Gary Brill, USA
If you interested in purchasing a CD containing 148 episodes from AFVN, you might like to go to the above link.
The site also has a great number of old time radio programs.
KLIK - Radio Lai Khe
KLIK was originally a repeater station of AFVN broadcasts but became the 1st Infantry Division's radio station in Vietnam.
Twelve programs of the series "Duty First" prepared by 1st Forest Brandt, USA and SP4 William Johanson, USA
are available in the KLIK Section.
(Divided into three sections.)
There are the first radio newscasts on AFVN reporting on the story of
SP5 Bob Lawrence, USA, charging that news reports on AFVN were being censored.
Furnished by Jim Allingham
Two parts, total of 30 minutes.
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