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Sound Affects: A Radio Playground

Jun 7, 2020 9:30 PM β€“ 10:30 PM

Talk/Radio Theater

With Jerry Stearns

Where "radio play" is the important part of the phrase. Hosted by Jerry Stearns.

A showcase of audio theater, featuring the best of contemporary audio theater, snippets from Old Time Radio drama, spoken word comedy, and talk about and with some of the skillful practitioners of the Theater of the Mind, we'll bring the best there is from around the world to your ears.

You can find more about the program and a weekly schedule of what's on the show at the Sound Affects website.

Sound Affects: A Radio Playground
9:33 PM
Special Segments: Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him


The Firesign Theatre’s first album (Side 2), from 1968, is a play with overtones of the political atmosphere of the time. β€œWe wanted it to stand as a slap at the many proto-fascists on both sides of the psychedelic barrier who had come to the fore in our own country… The theme [was] power and electricity, power and politics…” (Phil Austin)

I play Side 2 first because it is the title of the album. This is taken from the Mobile Fidelity Original Master recordings, but CDs are still available at Laugh.com. The Firesign Theatre is Davide Ossman, Phil Austin, Phil Proctor, and Peter Bergman.

9:50 PM
Special Segments: Short Subjects

Leinengen vs. the Slugs - from KFAI's old SHOCKWAVE show of the 1980s-90s. It's the soundtrack from a TV movie in the St. Paul Spaceport.

The Chinchilla Show - from Firesign Theatre's Dear Friends album of improvised sketches.

Listen! I Can't Hear It Still - by Jerry Stearns. A poem about noise pollution, performed by David Ossman.

10:03 PM
Special Segments: The Funnt File, Episode 3 – The Big Shave


The planet Barbartus is thrown into turmoil when Funnt demonstrates his preference for a certain act of personal hygiene. From Tharsis Productions.