Fiori, Almondo Antonio V., A1C

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Last Rank
Airman 1st Class
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1949-1949, 63d Bombardment Squadron, Medium , 43rd Bombardment Group, Medium
Service Years
1949 - 1953
Airman 1st Class

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What are you doing now:


“I am a four year Korean War veteran, United States Air Force and participated in the first non-stop, around the world flight in a B-50, Lucky Lady in 1949. My military service offset my early life plans and dreams by five years.

“Prior to KFXM, I was in Bakersfield at KAFY.  There, I made ratings history and created national hot breaking record market with national attention for many artists including Beach Boys, Platters, Kathy Young, Olympics, Contours, Ritchie Valens, Righteous Brothers, Motown records, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Paragons, and dozens more.

“I worked briefly doing a shift 9am to Noon but was primarily Director of Operations managing what was then California’s largest independent chain of radio stations - Tullis & Hearne Radio Stations, Inc. From 1962 to 1965, I was the executive vice president and then general manager from 1982 to 1986.

“From 1990 to 1999 I owned Double A Advertising and a TV Consulting firm.  Clients included: California Highway Patrol, Ethan Allen, Lazy Boy, Southern California Ford & Southern California Nissan Dealers, Communication Workers of America, Catholic Archdiocese of Southern California, Honda Dealers, Remington Arms (Safety), Minolta, Pete Ellis Auto Group among others. I also established an advertising department for the Southern California region of Comcast Cable.”



Al after a long, long day


About Al Anthony

"My fifty seven years of Broadcasting and Multimedia experience has provided me with a rich, rewarding career including:  Corporate Executive,  managing sales, talent, production, programming, technical, creative, recruiting, training as well as ratings  and financial  turnarounds.

"Media experience includes: Television, Radio, Cable, Print, Movies, Outdoor, Advertising Agencies; managerial, ownership as well as personal air talent."

Career Media Highlights

Produced, Hosted syndicated TV show "Al Anthony Dance Party" 1961-1962

Created and produced syndicated country dance show, "Country Junction" 1992

Billboard Magazine’s "Public Service Program Director of the Year" (1961)

Co-produced Rolling Stones first US appearance San Bernardino, California in 1965.

Worked at Disney Studios (for Mr. Disney during creation of Disneyland)   1955

Actor (Union Waiver) in 12 Motion Pictures, mostly MGM (including The Blackboard Jungle)

Managed, recorded several hit musical artists on self owned & other record labels

Associations:   Member/Officer of Board of Directors:

  • National Association of Broadcasters.     
  • Southern California Broadcasters Association.  
  • California Broadcasters Association.     
  • Inland Empire Broadcasters Association

"Mid-fifties found me pursuing lifelong Los Angeles-bound dream.  With the help of the GI Bill and a dozen odd jobs, many concurrently, I graduated Los Angeles State College, with honors, mostly straight A’s. (First in our family tree to attend and graduate college)
"My majors: TV/Radio Broadcasting, Advertising and Acting. Concurrently I attended  Ogden’s Radio Operational Engineering School, and acquired Lifetime FCC First Class License.

"While in college, I worked every paid and free gig available towards any experience I could garner. One of these included subbing for a hooded wrestler, The Raven, broadcasting all night from a restaurant on La Cienega in Hollywood on KBLA. (When he 'got lucky' I got work!) in 1954. I did vacation relief for all jocks at KSPA, Santa Paula.

"Prior to leaving New York I worked at WENE, Endicott/Triple Cities announcing and radio drama acting in 1947.

"My first full time radio opportunity came in 1956, opening a new station, KSLR in Oceanside, California.  It was the first radio station ever on the air between LA and San Diego. It was a dream come true, not having to start in Idaho, North Dakota or some other godforsaken spot!  It was a blast of an experience to broadcast on a local station in a region where there had never been done before.  We were treated royally.  Not many people ever have that chance anywhere, let alone Southern California, at the beach in San Diego County!!  That dream lasted a year; KSLR, later KUDE was sold (you fill in the blanks.)  I chose to leave and it became a forerunner of what radio is today."

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The B-50A, Global Queen was selected as the primary aircraft for this round-the-world mission 
with two B-50A back-ups, Lucky Lady II and Lone Ranger. Global Queen commanded by Lt. Jewell took 
off from Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, TX on February 25, 1949 but engine troubles forced it to abort the 
mission and land in the Azores. Lucky Lady II then departed from Carswell on February 26, 1949. All 
its crew, except for Parmalee were with the SAC 63d Bomb Squadron, 43d Bomb Group.

	Capt. James G. Gallagher           Aircraft Commander 
	1st Lt. Arthur M. Neal             Second pilot 
	Capt. James H. Morris              Co-pilot.
	Capt. Glenn E. Hacker              Navigator
	1st Lt. Earl L. Rigor              Navigator
	1st Lt. Ronald B. Bonner           Radar Operator
	1st Lt. William F. Caffrey         Radar Operator
	Capt. David B. Parmalee            Crew Chief Engineer 
	TSgt. Virgil L. Young              Flight Engineer
	SSgt. Robert G. Davis              Flight Engineer
	TSgt. Burgess C. Cantrell          Radio engineer
	SSgt. Robert R. McLeroy            Radio Engineer
	TSgt. Melvin G. Davis              Gunner (refueling)
	SSgt. Donald G. Traugh Jr          Gunner (refueling)

The Lucky Lady II was a functioning B-50 of the 43rd Bombardment Group equipped with 12 .50-caliber machine guns, with an additional fuel tank added in the bomb bay to provide additional range. The plane had a double crew with three pilots, with each crew taking a shift of four to six hours on duty and four to six hours off.

The plane started its round-the-world trip with a crew of 14 under the supervision of Capt. James Gallagher at 12:21 PM on February 26, 1949, from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, heading East over the Atlantic Ocean. After flying 23,452 miles (37,742 km), the plane passed the control tower back at Carswell AFB on March 2 at 10:22 AM, marking the end of the circumnavigation, and landed there at 10:31 AM after being in the air for 94 hours and one minute, landing two minutes before the estimated time of arrival calculated at take-off. En route, the plane was refueled four times by B-29 Superfortresses converted into aerial refueling tankers; meeting up above Lajes Air Force Base in the Azores, Dhahran Airfield in Saudi Arabia, Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. The plane flew at altitudes between 10,000 to 20,000 feet (3,000 to 6,100 m) and completed the trip around the world at an average ground speed of 239 miles per hour (385 km/h).

Lieutenant General Curtis LeMay, Strategic Air Command's commanding general, was on hand to greet the Lucky Lady II upon its arrival, together with dignitaries including Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington, Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt S. Vandenberg and Major General Roger M. Ramey, commanding general of the Eighth Air Force. LeMay cited the significance of the mission as indicating that the Air Force now had the capability to take off on bombing missions from anywhere in the United States to "any place in the world that required the atomic bomb". He further stated that mid-air refueling could also be used for fighter aircraft. Symington noted that aerial refueling would "turn medium bombers into inter-continental bombers".

The plane's crew was honored by the National Aeronautic Association with its annual Mackay Trophy recognizing the outstanding flight of the year and by the Air Force Association with its Air Age Trophy.


Military Service

Anthony is a Korean War veteran, having served as an aircraft technician in the United States Air Force. In 1949, he was on board a Boeing B-50 Superfortress named Lucky Lady II for a non-stop, around-the-world flight that was the first such trip for that aircraft model.

Early Radio Career

After his military service, Anthony graduated from Los Angeles State College, where he majored in television and radio broadcasting. He later attended Ogden's Radio Operational Engineering School and earned a Lifetime FCC 1st Class License.

Anthony's first radio jobs were part-time work for KBLA 1580 AM in Santa Monica, California and KSPA 1510 AM in Santa Paula. In 1956, Anthony was hired as a full-time personality at KSLR in Oceanside.

AFTRA Strike

In 1968, Anthony was the Director of Operations at KFXM, Tiger Radio 590 when an AFTRA strike resulted in a walkout of the radio station's on-air staff. Anthony and other members of the station's management and sales staff immediately took over disc jockeying duties, adopting the mysterious personas of The Jones Boys. Anthony went by the alias, Casey Jones, while the other fill-in DJs were similarly referred to as "John Paul Jones", "Davy Jones", "Lonesome Jones", "Tom Jones", "Unsinkable Jones", and "Just Plain Jones". This strategy not only allowed the station to survive the walkout, but resulted in an increase in ratings due to the mystery surrounding the "new" DJs.

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Strategic Air Command (SAC)43rd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1949-1949, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1949-1949, 43rd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1949-1949, 63d Bombardment Squadron, Medium , 43rd Bombardment Group, Medium
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  1953-1957, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles CA
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-50 Superfortress  
  2003-2003, B-50 Superfortress2
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