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Ira Cook Show (AFRTS)

One of the AFRTS most popular DJs was Ira Cook whose personality comes shining through in every one of his recorded broadcasts; he is a white collared, narrow tie-wearing square, but he had an appreciation for popular music

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(total playtime 11 hours, 36 min)
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Even more than the music, being a disk jockey as about personality.  DJ shows are pretty easy to produce, which is why they became so popular after the networks began cutting back on their radio presence. The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS, previously AFRS) was a lot more accepting of DJs than the commercial networks. The commercial networks thought it playing recorded music on the air was a sign of lesser quality programming, while AFRS and AFRTS outlets regularly played prerecorded programming, An AFRTS DJ show was a prerecorded show featuring prerecorded music. As long as it made the boys serving overseas happy, it was good programming.

Ira Cook AFRSOne of the AFRTS most popular DJs was Ira Cook. Cook's personality comes shining through in every one of his recorded broadcasts; he is a white collared, narrow tie-wearing square, but he had an appreciation for popular music (but probably not so much for rock 'n' roll), a decent, if understated, sense of humor. It is also obvious that he had a great deal of affection for the servicemen who made up his audience at a time (during and immediately after the Vietnam War) when servicemen were not universally popular in the public eye.

Cook had worn his country's uniform and had some appreciation for the sacrifices men stationed overseas were making during the Cold War era. Born Ira Leigh Cook in Duluth, Minnesota, 1916, Cook would serve in WWII and see action in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. Ira attended Duluth Central High School where he had been part of the cross-country, golf, and tennis teams. After graduation, he attended Stanford University where he began studying medicine, graduating in 1938. About that time, his parents relocated to California. Rather than continue in his medical training, Ira landed a job as an announcer and record librarian at a Los Angeles radio station.

After the War, Cook became an on-air personality for KMPC Los Angeles. He was given a morning show and gained some notoriety for playing Hawaiian music during his sets.  He co-wrote a few songs and appeared in a few movies, including The Stars Are Singing (1953), Geisha Boy (1958), and The Five Pennies (1959). He began recording his daily transcribed show for AFRTS in 1961, featuring recordings by Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, the Ray Conniff Singers, Johnny Mathis, the Tijuana Brass, Johnnie Ray, Sammy Davis Jr., and other popular acts.

Ira Cook passed away in California on May 15, 2007.

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    total playtime 11 hours, 36 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 11 hours 36 minutes
      1. Ira Cook 1049th 45.mp3
      2. Ira Cook 1117t 185.mp3
      3. Ira Cook 1138w 225.mp3
      4. Ira Cook 1142t 235.mp3
      5. Ira Cook 1149th 245.mp3
      6. Ira Cook 1151 255.mp3
      7. Ira Cook 1169th 285.mp3
      8. Ira Cook 1170f 285.mp3
      9. Ira Cook 1173w 295.mp3
      10. Ira Cook 1670f 257.mp3
      11. Ira Cook 1686m 297.mp3
      12. Ira Cook 1687 297.mp3
      13. Ira Cook 1689th 297.mp3
      14. Ira Cook 1793 1967 MuchToNothing [MasQueNada].mp3
      15. Ira Cook 2746f Moment Of Truth Rgoulet.mp3
      16. Ira Cook 275 1971.mp3
      17. Ira Cook 3019w Candy Man Sdavisjr Ru73.mp3
      18. Ira Cook 331 Miss America Vicki Carr 3311f Ru144 1tlb.mp3
      19. Ira Cook 3363T.mp3
      20. Ira Cook 3991f 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Psimon.mp3
      21. Ira Cook 4117M X76.mp3
      22. Ira Cook 4137 1977 Casa Forte .mp3
      23. Ira Cook 481 1975 Old Muddy Jweatherly 3811f Ru1276.mp3
      24. Ira Cook Once In Lifetime Bdarin Ru1676 5a.mp3
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      24 shows - total playtime 11 hours 36 minutes
      1. Ira Cook 1049th 45.mp3
      2. Ira Cook 1117t 185.mp3
      3. Ira Cook 1138w 225.mp3
      4. Ira Cook 1142t 235.mp3
      5. Ira Cook 1149th 245.mp3
      6. Ira Cook 1151 255.mp3
      7. Ira Cook 1169th 285.mp3
      8. Ira Cook 1170f 285.mp3
      9. Ira Cook 1173w 295.mp3
      10. Ira Cook 1670f 257.mp3
      11. Ira Cook 1686m 297.mp3
      12. Ira Cook 1687 297.mp3
      13. Ira Cook 1689th 297.mp3
      14. Ira Cook 1793 1967 MuchToNothing [MasQueNada].mp3
      15. Ira Cook 2746f Moment Of Truth Rgoulet.mp3
      16. Ira Cook 275 1971.mp3
      17. Ira Cook 3019w Candy Man Sdavisjr Ru73.mp3
      18. Ira Cook 331 Miss America Vicki Carr 3311f Ru144 1tlb.mp3
      19. Ira Cook 3363T.mp3
      20. Ira Cook 3991f 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Psimon.mp3
      21. Ira Cook 4117M X76.mp3
      22. Ira Cook 4137 1977 Casa Forte .mp3
      23. Ira Cook 481 1975 Old Muddy Jweatherly 3811f Ru1276.mp3
      24. Ira Cook Once In Lifetime Bdarin Ru1676 5a.mp3
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    24 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 11 hours, 36 min

    Ira Cook Show Disc A001

    1. Ira Cook 1049th 45
    2. Ira Cook 1117t 185

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A002

    1. Ira Cook 1138w 225
    2. Ira Cook 1142t 235

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A003

    1. Ira Cook 1149th 245
    2. Ira Cook 1151 255

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A004

    1. Ira Cook 1169th 285
    2. Ira Cook 1170f 285

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A005

    1. Ira Cook 1173w 295
    2. Ira Cook 1670f 257

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A006

    1. Ira Cook 1686m 297
    2. Ira Cook 1687 297

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A007

    1. Ira Cook 1689th 297
    2. Ira Cook 1793 1967 MuchToNothing [MasQueNada]

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A008

    1. Ira Cook 2746f Moment Of Truth Rgoulet
    2. Ira Cook 275 1971

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A009

    1. Ira Cook 3019w Candy Man Sdavisjr Ru73
    2. Ira Cook 331 Miss America Vicki Carr 3311f Ru144 1tlb

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A010

    1. Ira Cook 3363T
    2. Ira Cook 3991f 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Psimon

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A011

    1. Ira Cook 4117M X76
    2. Ira Cook 4137 1977 Casa Forte

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    Ira Cook Show Disc A012

    1. Ira Cook 481 1975 Old Muddy Jweatherly 3811f Ru1276
    2. Ira Cook Once In Lifetime Bdarin Ru1676 5a

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