OLDIES BUT GOODIES
The Young Sound Revisited
Tony Hatch, English composer, arranger and conductor, wrote a tune called “Music”. The CBS syndicated Young Sound used it every hour to fill to the top of the hour. Petula Clark recorded a vocal version. Tony produced many artists, including Petula Clark and Benny Hill. Here is Tony’s recording of “Music”.
Mr. Music Man
AFRTS, the Voice of Home – a DeHart Audio Story
Here’s an Armed Forces Radio-TV Service composite audio. I’ve personalized it as a full production piece with a voice-over track. It tells the story of my long-ago U.S. Navy pursuit of AFRTS. I was trained to be a military broadcaster, but …… The full piece, with the help of late actor Robin Williams, runs about 5:34.
Yes, the Gary W. Gears in this audio (starts at about 4:10) is the same Gary Gears who later hit it big with major market stints in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto. He died of a heart attack (age 46) in February, 1991.
Even though I didn’t work in AFRTS, the broadcast training didn’t go for naught. I applied it to civilian/commercial radio while still in uniform in Virginia (which was allowed in ’67-’68). After finishing my Navy stretch in the Western Pacific, I moved on to reporter, news producer, news director and on-air anchor positions (Washington, Minnesota and Indiana) in both radio and television over the succeeding 10 years.
— Ron DeHart
Connie Francis – Forgotten Superstar?
A recent glance at late-1950s hit music recalls one of the biggest — but almost forgotten — recording stars of that era. How can we forget Connie Francis? Apparently a lot of people have. With the exception of Elvis, Francis was a superstar before most people knew what a superstar was. She was, in fact, our top recording songstress from 1958 to 1964 and one of America’s first international female recording artists.
The triumphs and tragedies of Connie Francis’ career are captured in this mini-rockumentary I produced for a radio program director friend some years ago. Included in this revised/updated version are segments of 14 of Connie’s biggest hits. Running time is just under 6:00. — Ron DeHart
Drake’s History of R & R Prologue and Open
There are several versions of this Bill Drake rockumentary. The one I recorded and filed runs through 1977.
In any case, this audio clip is the prologue and open for the production. The second voice heard is that of Bill Drake… Runs about 1:28
The History of Rock & Roll
Here is the primary jingle for the Drake Chenault production of The History of Rock and Roll. Probably from 1969 when it was first syndicated. It started as a 48 hour documentary and was increased to 51 hours a couple years later. I know it aired in Seattle, but I don’t recall who aired it.
Mr. Music Man
In the news & on the radio
It’s true that the mid and late 1960s were about more than Vietnam. But the impacts of Vietnam were widespread, touching the lives of millions of Americans. Focusing on 1967, there were multiple anti-war protests at home, a growing drug culture and civil rights riots in several metropolitan areas. Much of American broadcasting, and the pop music of the day, reflected and defined our lives during those difficult times. In ’67, as both a budding broadcast journalist and an active part of the military (U.S. Navy), I recall the pop culture reaction as the world was swirling around us.
— Ron DeHart
Audio Memories – Mad Man Moskowitz
Robert Baron had one of the largest old record collections imaginable. Under the well-known moniker “Mad Man Moskowitz,” he was very successful in playing lots of them on the radio. Most of those records were several decades old. A lot of them were zany novelty songs, others were well known country-western or other popular tunes of their day. But listeners loved them, which is why “Music with Moskowitz” enjoyed a near 30-year-run, starting in the mid-70s on Seattle’s KRAB, and later KMPS, KYCW, KKBY, KRPM and finally KSER in South Everett. Baron was a school teacher whose shows were listener-driven. He played just what folks requested, and then put their names on the air — Wow, human radio appeal now lost from the medium! Baron passed on at age 61 in 2004. He had a large, faithful following. A lot of people recorded his programs — including yours truly.
— Ron DeHart
Mad Man Moskowitz Audio — Weird and Wacky, 1992
This is my second offering of Bob Baron’s outstanding broadcasting skills . . . It’s two days before the November, 1992 general election, and here’s Mad Man Moskowitz spinning some of his weird and wacky flat friends on KRPM (K-106). With him are Gorgeous Rabbit and Looney Lucian. There’s a quick montage of some of his more-requested off-the-wall songs, a name-it-and-claim-it LP give-away and a promo highlighting his radio show’s high popularity on Sunday nights (there still was some creative radio in the early 90’s). LIke a previously posted Moskowitz aircheck, this won’t be found anywhere on the internet. It was a 7 1/2 ips recording on my (’60s) Akai X-360 reel-to-reel from a (’75) Marantz 2230 receiver (and yes, they’re both still working). The analog audio signal was converted to digital with a DAK 2800-PC audio editor.
— Ron DeHart
Okay, here’s one… who’s the announcer on this spot for Fleet Tire Center. As a double bonus, what is the probable station and when did the spot probably air ?
That was waaaay too easy. Yes, Ted Bell, on KAYO from ’60 or ’61. Ted was a radio pioneer in Seattle in the ’40s with old KRSC and others before helping KAYO become a big player in its rock and roll days in late ’50s early ’60s.
Ray Littrell talks about Dick Stokke’s mail & Jerry Holzinger
Stan Boreson theme KING 5
Wolfman Jack -Today’s radio has got no soul. A discussion of how corporate radio is killing the terrestrial broadcast model we have been used to.
God Made A DJ- Novelty record
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!
One slow night at KIRO-TV, the man who directed the 5PM and 11PM Eyewitness News shows asked me if I could make Porky Pig stutter longer. At that time the J.P. Patches show had a large collection of Warner Bros. cartoons. I went to our film library and got one I was sure Porky Pig stutters as he says “That’s All Folks”. The projectionist loaded up the film and I recorded the audio from a 16mm print and proceeded (the hard way, by hand) to edit and loop the stutter. It caused many laughs when I completed it. I did use it on JP’s show from time to time. This was done at least 35 years ago.
Stan Freberg – ‘Who Listens To Radio?’ the original six 1965 radio spots
Vocals by Sarah Vaughan, arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones, featuring Byron Kane (1), Naomi Lewis (2), Peter Leeds (3), Paul Frees (4), and Jesse White (5)
Produced by Freberg for the Station Representatives Association, Inc. (SRA) rather than for the sometimes-credited Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) or National Association Of Broadcasters (NAB).