Someone sent me this NPR broadcast about radio broadcasting during the Vietnam war. It includes interviews with veterans, show programmers from the era with an emphasis on pirate radio. Audio 2015.
The below written by Bruce Portzer and used with permission from reelradio.com
It was originally aired as part of NPR‘s “All Things Considered” on Veteran’s Day, 1987. Narrated by John Hockenberry, it’s all about US soldiers in Vietnam and the radio they listened to during the war.
It opens by talking about the Armed Forces Vietnam Network, the military’s official radio voice during the war. AFVN’s role was to entertain and inform our troops, bringing stateside-like radio to the Republic of Vietnam. Quite a bit of attention is paid to AFVN’s controversial news censorship and the banning of certain songs.
As an alternative to AFVN, some troops set up unsanctioned pirate stations and they too are discussed here. Operating with home-built FM transmitters or military field radios, the stations aired popular but very much unsanctioned music and commentary.
Finally, there is a segment on enemy propaganda broadcasts. Surprisingly, many troops listened, if only for the music and news that wasn’t readily available on AFVN. There are many first-hand accounts by Vietnam era troops and broadcasters, adding some sense of realism for those of us who weren’t there. There are also a few program snippets from AFVN, Radio First Termer, and Hanoi Hannah.
There is also a new source of Radio First Termer. It is an edited show, the songs have been removed. 17 minutes long. Also on the Audio 2015 page.
Along with Radio First Termer I have always had a deep interest and compassion for the Civil Rights Movement, This Website offers an amazing opportunity to delve deeper into understanding the people who made it happen.
The Who Speaks for the Negro? website is a digital archive of materials related to the book of the same name published by Robert Penn Warren in 1965. The original materials are held at the University of Kentucky and Yale University Libraries. We are indebted to both of these institutions for their willingness to share their collections in order to create a full digital record of Warren’s research for the book. Robert Penn Warren’s children, Gabriel Warren and Rosanna Warren, have generously given their permission for this material to be made available publicly.
The archive consists of digitized versions of the original reel-to-reel recordings that Warren compiled for each of his interviewees as well as print materials related to the project. All of the print materials appear on the website in two versions: an image of the original document which is not searchable and a re-transcribed document which is searchable. When a search is implemented, the searched word or phrase will be highlighted within the re-typed document; the user will need to scroll through the document to find the highlighted search term.
One of my favorite pirate radio-esque website is entitled Record Fiend. In the words of the creator it is
“We’re here to write about our favorite LPs, 45s, CDs, and cassettes from our music collections. If our posts pique your curiosity, then check out the corresponding album. For legal reasons, remember to give copyright laws all due respect. Most importantly, support your local independent music store.”
They did a post on Dave Rabbit and Radio First Termer a little while back and I thought I would re-post it here.
C. David DeLay Jr., better known as “Dave Rabbit”, died January 27th, 2012 at Baylor Medical Center at Garland of acute respiratory distress syndrome. He was 63 years old.
For anyone that drops by, it would be greatly appreciated to leave any thoughts or information you may have about Radio First Termer. I was not in the Vietnam war and my interested in this piece of history comes from my fascination and gratitude for what Dave Rabbit did in the course of 21 days that Radio First Termer aired.
There are many questions I would love more info on.
How much did the play list differ day to day.
What is the possibility or likelihood that more recordings exist of the show?
Are there any sweat shirts still kicking around?
Virtually any information would be new to me and I believe of value to this website and the preservation of these recordings.
I am moving Radio First Termer Restoration Project to a wordpress format so I can more easily add content, please bear with me during the move.
2007 Restored files and track lists are up in both mp3 and lossless formats
2010 files are up in mp3 and lossless formats