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  • May 17, 2020

    And Now The News
    And Now The News
    There is evidence that watching the News is bad for your mental and physical health. But we have been making fun of The News ever since Orson Welles did it in 1938. So this night we do our best to make the news less troublesome. We’ll start with
    Everything Under the Sun, a public radio news spoof from The Cabinet of Dr. Marconi. Dan Epstein ad Jon Erik Villesvik make it sound just like you think it’s supposed to, but the content is from some parallel universe just like this one.

    And the second half of the hour will be shorter pieces of faux news from such newsworthies as
    George Carlin, The Firesign Theatre, Stevens & Grdnic, Riders in the Sky, ZBS, Great Northern Audio, and our own Shockwave. I’m telling you it’s fake news beforehand, so you won’t be surprised. Okay?
  • May 24, 2020

    The Funnt File
    The Funnt File, Episode 1
    "Scumtubes & Destiny" Former United Cosmos starship captain (now janitor) Dirwood Funnt finds life can only get better when he's kidnapped by terrorists and forced aboard the secret United Cosmos colonization vessel Excelsior.

    The first of six episodes of this very loopy series by Jeff Harris and Dave Wolverton.

    Harry NileThe Case of the Sands of Time
    A six year old murder case pops up and it gives private detective Harry a headache, and gets him into a shoot out. A Classic radio detective tale from
    Jim French Productions, and The History of Harry Nile, Volume 10.
  • May 31, 2020

    The Funnt File
    The Funnt File, Episode 2
    "The Captain Thing" - When the ship's computer reveals hidden data about a famous battle from United Cosmos history, Funnt learns the information has profoundly personal consequences.
    Wacky comic sci-fi from Tharsis Productions

    Wizard Jack
    Jack wasn’t really a very good wizard, but he was inventive and he meant well. And Farrell loved him, even when he gave away all the tomorrows to the newts.

    Sweet magical tale from
    Great Northern Audio Theatre, starring David Ossman, Phil Proctor, Melinda Peterson and Jane Yolen. Performed live, with tangos by Mike Wheaton.
  • June 7, 2020

    Waiting for the Electrician
    Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him

    Firesign Theatre’s first album (Side 2), from 1968, is a play with overtones of the political atmosphere of the time. “We wanted it to stand as a slap at the many photo-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

    Short Subjects:
    Leinengen vs the Slugs - late night TV movie soundtrack from Shockwave.
    The Chinchilla Show - Firesign Theatre’s Dear Friends album improvisation.
    Listen! I Can’t Hear It Still - by Jerry Stearns, performed by David Ossman. Great Northern Audio Theatre.

    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.
  • June 14, 2020

    Temporarily Humboldt County
    Waiting for the Electrician, Side 1
    A Social commentary of the 60s, in three pseudo-time periods:
    Past –
    Temporarily Humboldt County
    Present –
    W. C. Fields Forever
    Future –
    Le Trente Huit Cunegonde
    Story – “When Electrician arrived at WBAI in New York City, Bob Bass played it on his show ‘Radio Unnameable,’ over and over, all night, first side one, then side two…then side five…” (David Ossman). See (hear) what you think.

    The Funnt File: Episode 4 – The Phantom of the Excelsior
    Just who is that former United Cosmos officer lurking in the holds of the ship? And will the crew prefer him as Captain over Funnt? From
    Tharsis Productions.
  • June 21, 2020

    The Funnt File
    Who’s On First?

    Yes, Abbott and Costello made it famous, though several people have claimed to have written it. But it’s a very adaptable joke, and many people have performed variations on it over the years. So we bring you a few of them that you might not have heard before. From the likes of:

    The Funnt File: Episode 5 – What Hal Says
    Captain Funnt learns altruism isn’t all that easy when his warning of cometary disaster is rebuked by the people of Akimbo 421 as it conflicts with the revered ‘Word of Hal.’

  • June 28, 2020

    The Funnt File
    Harry Nile – Funeral at Midnight
    A case involving a very strange burial. Starring Gilligan’s Island alumni Dawn Welles and Russell Johnson.

    The Funnt File #6 – Ballad of the Space Brains
    Funny must clear up a case of hostility between the Space Brains of the planet Cerebellus and their former subjects the Winarians before the United Cosmos catches up with a damaged
  • July 5, 2020

    Peter Galaxy, Interstellar Envoy
    Harry Nile – The Case of the Baffled Ballerina
    It’s a case of manslaughter and blackmail with Harry to the rescue, we hope. From
    Jim French Productions and The History of Harry Nile, Volume 10,

    Peter Galaxy, Interstellar Envoy
    Can two old time radio actors help millions of aliens wanting to find a new home? David Ossman (Firesign Theatre) and Michael Sheard (Star Wars, Dr. Who) star in this original story from the
    Great Northern Audio Theatre.
  • July 12, 2020

    2000X, Tales of the Next Millennia
    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
    In a massively overpopulated America, six generations of the Schwartz family live in a one-bedroom apartment. A satire by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and starring Tom Posten. From Yuri Rasovsky’s
    2000X series.

    O Boy O Boy O
    In tomorrow’s world where convicted criminals are set free if they allow their antisocial habits to be replaced by a more socially acceptable personality. O Boy O is a programmer of these new persona, and he starts adding plots in the programs.
    Written and produced by Fulton and Lopez, and directed by various producers attending a radio drama workshop hosted by Western Public Radio. Recorded in Kunstkopf binaural (3-D) sound on locations in San Francisco.
    (Listen with headphones!) Available from ZBS.

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