Below are the first radio newscasts on AFVN reporting the story of SP5
Bob Lawrence charging that news reports on AFVN were being censored. SP5
Jim Allingham is the newscaster reporting the Lawrence story.
Jim Allingham 3 AM Newcast
2 min 36 sec
This cut is
the 3 a.m. newscast of Sunday, January 4, 1970 (although Lawrence
made the charge in his Saturday night, January 3rd, TV newscast).
It was the first public acknowledgement by the American military
that the event did, indeed, take place. Jim's placement of it
as the lead story caused much heartburn from MACIO and others
at MACV who viewed it as a "non-event" and "not
Jim Allingham 5AM Newscast
2 min 43 sec.
This cut was
a newscast that Jim did shortly after 5a.m. during halftime of
an NFL playoff game; again, he led with it and, again, caught
flak for doing so. Jim caught further flak when he"re-capped"
the story before switching back to AFRTS and the second half of
the football game.
Jim Allingham 7AM Newscast
2 min 40 sec
AFRTS radio feed of ABC newsman John
Maher's report. It includes some of Jim's newscast that ABC lifted
off the air.
US News Broadcast
3 min 59 sec
This cut is ABC Radio News, with an interview
of Lawrence. It came down on the
AFRTS radio feed. Again, there was much debate about whether Jim
should run the cut and much debate afterwards about its newsworthiness.
Nha Trang Air Check 6-23-70
73 min 59 sec
This is a 6 a.m. to midnight aircheck
of AFVN FM (99.9) radio, Nha Trang, from 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 featured. They include: Gene Weed, Roger Carroll, Ira Cook,
Paul Anthony, and John Doremus. The aircheck incluees a variety
of AFVN jingles and command information anouncements. Our thanks
to former AFVN newscaster SP5 Jim Allingham for providing this
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