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Joe Frank: Reality Check from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

What is reality? What is the meaning of life? Evil, madness, suffering and death are explored in this delightfully whimsical program by Joe Frank.

June 24, 2013

Joe Frank: Isolation from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

A lost man rides the underground in search of companionship, and therapy leads to unexpected places. Isolation is a Joe Frank show created in collaboration with Julian Barratt and Julia Davis. [soundcloud id=’141944066′] The song “Isolation” was composed and sung by Julian Barratt. This program was mixed by Ray Guarna. Special thanks to Michal Story. Banner image courtesy of Michal Story

April 01, 2014

Joe Frank: Dreamers from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

Joe Frank has a  30 year career of creating spellbinding radio story stories unlike anything you’ve ever heard. His work is dark, disorienting, often hilarious and has inspired people like Ira Glass, David Sedaris and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. On this episode, Joe Frank creates his first work for KCRW in 10 years. Dreamers is a contemplation of time and mortality. It includes stories about a family’s tragic visit …

July 24, 2012

Joe Frank: Thief from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

Joe Frank produced his own unique brand of radio stories for three decades, entertaining listeners and inspiring scores of audio producers. After several years away from the radio, Joe has a new batch of radio stories that he’s been premiering here on UnFictional. On this episode, multiple thefts lead to paranoia in a suburban family, love dies and the crime rate goes up. Thief was written and …

September 24, 2012

Joe Frank: A Conversation from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

Legendary radio storyteller Joe Frank presents A Conversation, his newest program produced for UnFictional. Let yourself get drawn into this surreal, disturbing and and hilarious discussion. It’s an examination of race, religion, sex and more that walks a fine line between fiction and reality. A Conversation was recorded and mixed by Ray Guarna, edited in collaboration with Michal Story.

January 28, 2013

Joe Frank: Old Man from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

Old Man is a comic take on the trials of being old and facing death. A light-hearted and whimsical show (as Joe has described it), Old Man looks into the harrowing and absurd future we all must face. The program is produced by Joe Frank, with music by David Ralicke and Joe Frank. It’s mixed by Ray Guarna. Special thanks to Michal Story. Banner image: Michael Story

November 13, 2012

Joe Frank: A True Hollywood Story from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

In an attempt to advance his career in Hollywood, a screenwriter finds himself implausibly in Auschwitz. As his film project  — which has nothing to do with the infamous death camp — implodes, the screenwriter sees his life unraveling on a revolving road to nowhere. [soundcloud id=’85540159′] Photo by Michal Story This episode was produced by Joe Frank and written in collaboration with Michael Meloan. It was mixed by Ray …

December 27, 2013

On Joe Frank’s hallucinogenic journeys from the For The Curious BLOG

I got to work with Joe Frank as a recording engineer and mixer in the mid-1990s. By this time he had already created award-winning audio masterpieces. Stories so intimate they… Read More

January 16, 2018

Press Play: Remembering Joe Frank from the For The Curious BLOG

Radio legend Joe Frank died Monday. He was 79. Press Play talked to some of the people who worked with Frank about his brilliance, his storytelling and his unmistakeable voice.… Read More

January 16, 2018

KCRW remembers radio artist Joe Frank from the For The Curious BLOG

Joe Frank, influential radio artist and a longtime voice at KCRW, died Monday at age 79 from complications after surgery for colon cancer. Frank produced more than 230 hours of… Read More

January 18, 2018

Too Much Information’s Benjamen Walker on Joe Frank from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

This year, Joe Frank has been producing shows exclusively for KCRW’s UnFictional. He returns this week with “A Life Well Lived,” a piece about personal fragmentation and the hardships of love. Joe Frank has inspired many radio producers and artists over the span of his 30+ year career, and occasionally, UnFictional producer Bob Carlson has been talking to some of these producers about how Joe has …

October 10, 2013

Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson is the producer and host of UnFictional, part of KCRW's Independent Producer Project, an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers. Previously, Bob was KCRW's Director of Production and helped to shape the radio station's sound for over 20 years. If you're a KCRW listener, you've heard his name and his work countless times all across the broadcast schedule, on shows like The Treatment, Good Food, Guest DJ Project, and now UnFictional.

Radio Diaries: Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair from the Independent Producer Project BLOG

This week, we spotlight Radio Diaries. Joe Richman is the man behind Radio Diaries and he helps people document their own lives in their own voices. We listen to the most recent work from Richman along with co-producer Samara Freemark. Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair: A Granddaughter’s Search for the Truth just won an award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago.   In 1951, Willie McGee was executed …

November 01, 2010
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