Thom Whetston

Gary W. Gears, AFVN AM/FM Saigon | January 1969

Date of Recording: 01.xx.1969 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 550 AFVN Saigon, De Nang, South Vietnam (Vietnam) Format: Various Featured Air Personality: PFC Gary W. Gears (U.S. Army at the time of recording) (KQV, WCFL, WLS, WDAI, WIND, WJEZ, WJJD, WKQX, WMAQ, WRQX, CHUM) Contributor: Thom Whetston I’m gonna count the rockets for ya. I’ll give the final count on the hour. Comments: Truly unique in it’s presentation, AFVN (Armed Forces Vietnam Network), “The Big 54” really tried to bring American Top 40 radio to the troops. After listening to this, you’d think this was recorded in the states, except for the public service (okay, military service) announcements. Listen for LOTS of PAMS jingles, reverb (at times)… and notable, Gears mentions toward the...

Wolfman Jack for the U.S. Air Force, AFRTS | 1971

Courtesy of Thom Whetston, we have an excellent quality ‘check of Wolfman Jack, serving his country on the airwaves of Armed Forces Radio. One would never realize how good radio was for the troops overseas as produced by the voices of the men and women in uniform, and the great air talent that donated their time to produce programming for our soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas. This most likely aired all over Europe and Southeast Asia in ’71.