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Subject: Joe Frank FAQ

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Joe Frank v7.54 Frequently Asked Questions 2/03
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Joe Frank FAQ is posted sporadically to alt.radio.networks.npr, alt.answers, and news.answers. This document was created by Richard Looney with assistance from many nameless online Joe Frank fans. The latest version is also available on the web at http://wfmu.org/JF/joe_fran.html . Additional information is welcome - please send to richard@wunderland.com . --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contents: 1. Who is Joe Frank? -> Biography 2. What has he done? -> Chronological Listing of Radio Programs 3. How about CDs, video, writings and Internet? 4. Is he still on the radio? 5. Are tapes or CDs of the radio programs available? --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Who is Joe Frank? Joe Frank is *not* the host of a long-running New York talk show, and a different Joe Frank (Carollo) was responsible for those top-40 hits from the early 1970s. Joe Frank is best known for the weekly radio show he created in the studios of KCRW, Santa Monica between 1986 and 2001. His program is picked up by some of the more progressive public radio stations, since KCRW makes it available 'on the satellite' via SASS. The following biography from KCRW was dated April 1990: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Frank was born in Strasbourg, France of a Viennese mother and a Polish father. His family immigrated to New York City where Frank was raised and educated. Frank, who received a B.A. from Hofstra University, attended the Iowa Writers Workshop and subsequently taught at the Dalton School in Manhattan. In the mid 70's Frank joined WBAI, the New York Pacifica station, as a volunteer. By 1977 he was the host of "In The Dark," a late night entertainment program that featured Frank's monologues, improvised sketches, and live music. In 1978 Frank moved to Washington D.C., to anchor the weekend edition of "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio (NPR). From 1979 to 1985 he wrote, performed in, and produced 18 dramas for NPR Playhouse, garnering many broadcasting honors, including the 1982 Broadcast Media Award, the 1983 Radio Program Award from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, two consecutive Gold Awards at the International Radio Festival of New York (1983 & 1984), the American Nomination to the 1984 Prix Italia and a Special Commendation from the Berlin Prix Futura (1985). In 1986, at the invitation of Ruth Hirschman, general manager of KCRW, Frank moved to Los Angeles where he created his own weekly one-hour program, "Joe Frank: Work In Progress" at the Santa Monica-based NPR station. In 1988 Frank won both the prestigious Major Armstrong Award and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting Program Award for his three-part series "Rent A Family." In February 1989 "Rent A Family" was adapted and directed by Paul Verdier at Stages Trilingual Theater. In March of 1989 Frank gave his first one-man show ("Joe Frank: In Performance") at the Museum Of Contemporary Art's Ahmanson Theater. Frank has published two plays, "The Decline Of Spengler" (New Directions 48, New York) and "A Tour Of The City" (Tanim Press, New York). A volume of fiction, "The Queen Of Puerto Rico And Other Stories" will be published by William Morrow (New York) next winter. Montreal's Theater Anima will present Frank's award-winning "A Tour Of The City" at Hangar Number 9 of the Old Port of Montreal in June 1990. This drama, featuring a cast including performers from Cirque du Soleil, will be under the direction of Jordan Dietcher. Michael Mann, creator of the television series "Miami Vice" and "Crime Story," has purchased the rights to Frank's radio monologue, "Night" and plans to adapt it for a feature film. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Starting in 1993, Joe changed the title of his weekly show to In The Dark. In early 1995 it was announced that Joe Frank would be 'taking a break' from In The Dark, and the program was removed from the KCRW schedule. Joe Frank began a new program called Somewhere Out There on KCRW in January 1996. The shows that year were all monologues, but afterwards, unlike previously, recycling of his old material became common. In August 1997 Joe announced his departure from radio. In 1999 he returned with a new series, The Other Side, which was more reality-based, more confessional, a window into Joe's life (as well as others). A cornerstone of this series was "Karma" -- its story spills over into many other programs. About the time of "Karma," The Other Side programs began containing excerpts from the lectures of Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. The Other Side seems to have ceased production in early 2002, and since Joe is no longer associated with KCRW, his page on their website has gone dark -- but now he has one of his own at www.joefrank.com . 2. What has he done? Chronological List of Joe Frank's radio programs This listing began as the Work In Progress Program List received from KCRW in 1987. That list was then augmented by the author of this FAQ as new shows were broadcast. The productions were originally listed by KCRW as either monologues (M), dramas (D), or both (MD). This FAQ continues that tradition, but simplifies it such that programs with a single vocalist are listed as monologues (performed by Joe Frank unless noted otherwise) and programs featuring multiple performers are marked as dramas. Additional information augments this listing: [ musical artist and title is noted between square brackets ] Some sources of background music used in selected programs are identified. { Comments are enclosed in curly brackets } The author of this FAQ has annotated the listing with a few comments. >>> various NPR Productions <<< 1978 ----- The 80 Yard Run monologue - one hour 1979 ----- A Call in the Night drama - one hour cast: Beth Dixon, Eric Sears, Arthur Miller, Bernie Mantell, Irene Wagner & Joe Frank Arena drama - one hour cast: Annalee Jefferies, Arthur Miller, Bernie Mantell, Rosemary Foley, Eric Sears, Joe & Tim Jerome The Death of Trotsky monolog - one hour [ Miles Davis, "Solea", from "Sketches of Spain" ] { the 'nada poem' can also be found in Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" } 'Til You're Gone drama - one hour cast: Arthur Miller, Robin Bartlette, Tim Jerome, Bernie Mantell, Irene Wagner, Eric Sears, Rosemary Foley, David St. James, Marcel Rosenblatt & Joe Frank Summer Notes drama - one hour cast: Tim Jerome, Beth Dixon, Arthur Miller, Lester Nafzger, Rosemary Foley, Bernie Mantell, Fran Dorn, David St. James & Joe Frank 1980 ----- The Rare Recording drama - half hour cast: Bernie Mantell, Eric Sears, Arthur Miller, Irene Wagner, F. Murray Abraham, Christina Moore & Joe Frank Joe Frank in Concert monolog - half hour { live segments recorded at Bushido, a gallery in NYC } 1982 ----- The Decline of Spengler drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Barbara Sohmers, Joseph Palmieri, Lester Nafzger, Irene Wagner, Tim Jerome, Leslie Katz (or Cass), David Rapkin, Rosemary Foley, Charles Potter, Arthur Miller & Brother Theodore [ Steve Reich, from "Music for Eighteen Musicians" ] Lies drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Mark Hammer, F. Murray Abraham, Barbara Sohmers, Christina Moore, Tim Jerome, Arthur Miller & Jane Hunt [ Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, "Ceres Motion" ] [ Philip Glass, "Part One" from "Music In Twelve Parts" ] [ Mantovani, "I Will Wait For You" ] [ Steve Reich, from "Music for Eighteen Musicians" ] { contains "The Night Watchman", which concluded All Things Considered on Halloween, 1979 } 1983 ----- The End drama - half hour cast - Paul Mantell, Robin Goodman, Arthur Miller, Annalee Jefferies, Irene Wagner, Brother Theodore, Joe Frank & Tim Jerome Pilot drama - half hour cast: Barbara Sohmers, Clark Gordon, Paul Mantell, Larry Block, Irene Wagner, Joe, Arthur Miller & Tim Jerome The Queen of Puerto Rico monolog - half hour Sales monolog - half hour [ Steve Tibbetts, "Walking" from "Northern Song" ] Warheads drama - half hour cast: Lester Nafzger, Paul Mantell, Arthur Miller, Mark Hammer, Irene Wagner & Joe Frank Questions drama - half hour cast: Tim Jerome, Mark Hammer, Arthur Miller, Paul Mantell, Eric Sears, Irene Wagner & Joe Frank 1984 ----- A Tour of the City drama - part 1 one hour, part 2 half hour cast: Alan Hunter, Marilyn Casky, Barbara Sohmers, Arthur Miller, Richard Bower, Tim Jerome, Mark Hammer, Joseph Palmieri, Larry Block & Joe Frank [ Steve Reich, from "Six Marimbas" ] [ Harold Budd, "Flowered Knife Shadows" from "Lovely Thunder" ] [ Brian Eno, from "On Land" ] [ Tangerine Dream, "Remote Viewing", from "Exit" ] [ Popol Vuh, "Brothers of Darkness - Sons of Light" from the soundtrack of Herzog's "Nosferatu" ] Across the River drama - half hour cast: Arthur Miller, Paul Mantell, Lester Nafzger, Avery Hart & Joe Frank 1985 ----- Dreams Of The River monolog - one hour Dear Annie monolog - one hour A Pact With God monolog - one hour Pretender monolog - one hour When She's Asleep, She Looks Like an Angel monolog - one hour >>> Work In Progress <<< 1986 ----- Photography drama - one hour cast: Tim Jerome, Nick Aulette, Sandy Fazin, David Rapkin, Lester Nafzger, Arthur Miller & Joe Frank Rain drama - one hour cast: Angel, Shawn, Dinah, Chantell, Lester Nafzger, Larry Massett, Scott Carrier & Joe Frank Talking About Love drama - one hour cast: Dennis, Doug, Danny, Bobby & Craig Another Country monolog - three hours [ Philip Glass, "Facades", from "Glassworks" ] [ Eno/Byrne, "Qu'ran" from "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" ] A Landing Strip in the Jungle drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank with Lester Nafzger, Fred Coffin and Arthur Miller [ Eno/Byrne, "Regiment" from "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" ] No Show monolog - two hours { subsequently edited and broadcast as a one-hour version } [ Gavin Bryars, from "Hommages" ] Let Me Not Dream monolog - one hour [ Brian Eno, from "Thursday Afternoon" ] Case Studies drama - one hour cast: Arthur Miller, Nick Aulette, Tim Jerome & Joe Frank Cocktails Before Dinner monolog - one hour [ Jon Hassell, "Power Spot" and "Wing Melodies" from "Power Spot" ] Dreamland monolog - one hour An American Flower monolog - one hour [ Ry Cooder, from the soundtrack of "Paris, Texas" ] { also broadcast as "Rose" } Why I Don't Love You Anymore monolog - one hour [ Popul Vuh, "Woe Be To Khorazin" from the soundtrack of "Fitzcarraldo" ] Tell Me What To Do monolog - one hour Highways West monolog - one hour [ Fred Simon, "Time and the River" from "Usually/Always" ] [ Brian Eno, "Always Returning", from "Apollo" ] Night Ride drama - one hour cast: Tim Jerome, Mark Hammer, Joseph Palmieri, Alan Hunter, Lester Nafzger, Annalee Jefferies, F. Murray Abraham, Arthur Miller & Joe Frank [ Steve Reich, from "Six Marimbas" ] [ Gavin Bryars, from "The Sinking of the Titanic" ] [ Harold Budd, "Flowered Knife Shadows" from "Lovely Thunder" ] { continuation of A Tour of the City" } 1987 ----- Rent A Family drama - three hours cast: Barbara Sohmers, Mark Hammer, Arthur Miller, Tim Jerome, Nick Aulette, Carolyn Swift, Larry Block, Lynn, Sarah, Carmen, Thomas, Timo, Sharon, & Christa [ Harold Budd, "Gypsy Violin", from "Lovely Thunder" ] In the Middle of Nowhere drama - three hours cast: Tim Jerome, Larry Block, Arthur Miller, Laura Esterman & Ryan Cutrona [ Andreas Vollenwieder, "The Stone" from "White Winds" ] The Policemen's Ball drama - one hour cast: Tim Jerome, Arthur Miller, Nick Aulette, Larry Block, Barbara Sohmers, Steve Friedman, Denny Partridge & Joe Frank [ Rossini's "William Tell Overture" performed by the Portsmouth Sinfonia ] He Hesitated monolog - one hour [ Eno/Moebius/Roedelius, "Foreign Affairs", from "After The Heat" ] [ Frank Sinatra, "All My Tomorrows", from the soundtrack of "A Hole in the Head" ] At The Border monolog - one hour [ Popol Vuh, "A Different World" from the soundtrack of "Cobra Verde" ] Thank You, You're Beautiful drama - one hour cast: Laura Esterman & Joe Frank [ Popol Vuh, "Brothers of Darkness - Sons of Light" from the soundtrack of Herzog's "Nosferatu" ] [ Harvey Sachs: "What the World Needs Now" ] To The Bar Life drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block & Ryan Cutrona [ Penguin Cafe Orchestra, "Rosasolis" from "Signs Of Life" ] 1988 ----- The Emergency Room drama - one hour cast: Arthur Miller, Tim Jerome, Larry Block, Paul Mantell, Lester Nafzger & Joe Frank Stories For Nothing monolog - one hour Building A Church drama - one hour cast: Tim Jerome, Tess, Arthur Miller, Richard Eisner & Joe Frank [ Bill Nelson, "West Deep" and "The Spirit Cannot Fail" from "Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights" ] The Street drama - one hour { vocalists unidentified } { This program is so popular at KPFA they use dubs for premiums during the pledge drive. ) Lines drama - one hour Words drama - one hour cast: Evelyn, Henry Dennis and Joe Frank Five Part Dissonance drama - one hour cast: Eric Sears, Arthur Miller, Avery Hart, Paul Mantell, F. Murray Abraham, Annalee Jefferies & Joe Frank { contains excerpts from "Joe Frank in Concert" and "The Rare Recording" } Emerald Isle drama - one hour cast: Fionualla Flannigan, Larry Block & Joe Frank Home monolog by Grace Zabriskie - one hour Islands monolog - one hour Sleep monolog - one hour 1989 ----- Performer drama - one hour cast: Lester Nafzger, Julie Renick & Joe Frank [ Enya, "Watermark" and "River", from "Watermark" ] The More I Know You drama - one hour cast: A. Lorey, Antony Becker & Grace Zabriskie Road To Hell monolog - one hour [ Country Joe McDonald, "Hold On, It's Coming" ] Nausea monolog - one hour [ Yello, "The Race" from "Flag" ] Bad drama - one hour cast: Tim Jerome, Tess Steincolk, Arthur Miller, Larry Block, Paul Mantell & Joe Frank { essentially the same program as "Building A Church" } Great Lives drama - one hour cast: Arthur Miller, Ryan Kitrona, Tim Jerome, Julie Renick & Joe Frank Night monolog - two hours [ Meredith Monk, "Turtle Dreams (Waltz)", from "Turtle Dreams" ] 1990 ----- The Truth About Women drama - two hours cast: ? I'm Not Crazy monolog - one hour [ Andreas Vollenwieder, "Flight Feet & Root Hands" from "White Winds" ] Iceland monolog - three hours [ Eno, Moebius & Roedelius, "Tzima N'arki" from "After The Heat" ] 1991 ----- The Dictator monolog - three hours [ Enigma, "Principle of Lust", from "MCMXC" ] [ David Van Tieghem, "They Drive By Night", from "Strange Cargo" ] On The Edge monolog - one hour 1992 ----- Redneck Rounder monolog by J. B. Allison - one hour El Cholo (The Beginning) monolog - one hour { vocalist unidentifed } [ "Spanish Reggae" by The Durutti Column from "Obey The Time" ] The Best monolog - one hour In The Dark monolog - two hours { with Theo Mondell & Debbie Devine } [ Thomas Newman, from the soundtrack of "The Player" ] [ Dave Grusin, from the soundtrack of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" ] Two Babes drama - two hours cast: Nancy Condy & Mimi Calpestory >>> In The Dark <<< 1993 ----- God drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Grace Zabriskie, Ryan Kitrona, Harvey Per & Helen Wilson Problems drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Grace Zabriskie, Ryan Cutrona, Phil Procter & Alan Arbus Pilgrim drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Arthur Miller, Grace Zabriskie, Helen Wilson, Florina Federescou & Douglas Johnson Smile drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Farley Ziegler, Larry Block, Arthur Miller, Grace Zabriskie, Bob Gordon, Naomi Schwarz & Mike Mallone [ Mark Isham Sextet, from the soundtrack of "Little Man Tate" ] Green Cadillac monolog - half hour When I'm Calling You monolog - half hour The Loved One drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Grace Zabriskie, Arthur Miller, Laura Esterman, Lester Nafzger, Farley Ziegler, Heidi Nordberg & Harvey Per Coma drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Grace Zabriskie, Patrick Buche & Larry Block [ Harold Budd/Brian Eno, "The Silver Bell" from "The Pearl" ] Just A Closer Walk With Thee monolog - half hour A Special Family monolog - half hour [ Brian Eno, from "Thursday Afternoon" ] 1994 ----- Tomorrow monolog - half hour The Cruise monolog - half hour Hit Man monolog - half hour A Natural Disaster drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Arthur Miller, Ryan Kitrona & Larry Block [ William Orbit, "Atom Dream" from "Strange Cargo 2" ] Joe Frank's America drama - half hour cast: ? That Night drama - half hour cast: Joe Frank, Grace Zabriskie, Ryan Kitrona, Harvey Per, Carol Katz, Helen Wilson, Donna Hardy, Mark Henning & Douglas Johnson Just Hold Me monolog - half hour [ William Orbit, "Water From a Vine Leaf" from "Strange Cargo III" ] Hawaii monolog by Tim Jerome - half hour { also broadcast as "A Trip to Hawaii" } Soul Mate monolog by Laura Esterman - half hour Either/Or drama - one hour cast: Arthur Miller, Joe Frank & Maude Davis Anthology of Love drama - one hour cast: Part 1 - Tim Jerome & Beth Dixon, Part 2 - Tim Jerome & Arthur Miller Jerry's World drama - 1.5 hours cast: Jerry Klein, Mannie Klein, and Meryl { During a KPFA fundraiser telephone interview Joe was asked who Jerry was, and what it was all about. His response was "Jerry was a man who lived in New York City. He lived in an apartment, alone and was very depressed; and what he did was record his phone conversations, with everybody, for years. and when people came over to visit at his apartment he'd record them, too. He became so depressed he couldn't leave his apartment. His brother Mannie (who you also hear in that show) would come to his place with food, to keep him alive; and ultimately he died, a relatively young man in his early forties, of a brain aneurysm. After he died, his brother had all these tapes, hundreds of tapes of these phone conversations and he knew that his brother Jerry had been a fan of my program and he thought 'Well, maybe Joe can use some of this material maybe he'll put it on the air.' So he sent me a excerpts ... and I found this material very compelling and decided to make a radio series based on those recordings. So what you hear in 'Jerry's World' is Jerry, who is now dead, and his brother Mannie who very much admired him... and this girlfriend earlier of Jerry and then of Mannie and now she was going out on her own, and her name was Meryl, and there was another woman involved, but these were all tapes of real conversations and real life being played out from various times in the life of a man who died rather tragically." } Loner drama - half hour { vocalists unidentified } The Last Run drama - half hour cast: David Cross, Ryan Cutrona & Joe Frank Prayer drama - half hour cast: Grace Zabriskie & ? { contains material first heard in "A Natural Disaster" } Haiti drama - half hour cast: Rick Overton, Paul & Sonya Verdiya, Tucker Smallwood, Irving Gelman, David Rapkin & Joe Frank A Hearing drama - half hour cast: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Marty Castor & Joe Frank 1995 ----- Raymond monolog - half hour Insomnia monolgue by Dana Gould - half hour Third World Country monolog - half hour Hotline drama - half hour cast: Davis Black In A Lonely Place monolog by Julia Sweeney - half hour Lilla and the Professor monolog - half hour { excerpts from "Iceland" } Streetwise monolog - half hour cast: William Reinart & J. P. Fenyo >>> Somewhere Out There <<< 1996 ----- Eye In The Sky monolog - one hour Three Shingles monolog - one hour [ "Isa Lei" by Ry Cooder and V. M. Bhatt from "A Meeting By The River" ] Obsessions monolog - one hour Bible Salesman monolog - one hour The Sacred monolog - one hour The Road To Cavalry monolog - one hour God Only Knows drama - one hour Just Get Me Out of Here monolog - one hour [ "The Lower We Fly" by Outside from "The Rough And The Smooth" ] The River monolog - one hour [ "The Veldt" by Combustible Edison from "I, Swinger" ] Justine monolog - one hour White Moon monolog - one hour [ "Freestyle Linguistique" by The Mighty Bop from "La Vague Sensorielle" ] Red Sea monolog - one hour [ "Go Faster" by the Propellerheads from the "Dive" EP ] An Enterprising Man monolog - one hour Lost Soul monolog - one hour Mountain Rain monolog - one hour Escape From Paradise monolog - one hour Great Lives drama - one hour { originally broadcast as a Work In Progress show } 1997 ----- Philosophy monolog - one hour { contains retellings of Work In Progress material from "At The Border" and "Case Studies" Raymond / Third World Country monologs - one hour originally broadcast as two In The Dark programs The Street drama - one hour { originally broadcast as a Work In Progress show } Journal 1 monolog - one hour Performer drama - one hour { originally broadcast as a Work In Progress show } The Other Side drama - one hour { contains stuff from Works In Progress: "Warheads", "Across the River", "Lines", etc. } Rent A Family drama - one hour { editted-down version of the original three-hour Work In Progress show } Soul Mate drama - one hour { originally broadcast as a half-hour In The Dark program, this version has additional material from a Work In Progress show } Blacklight drama - one hour { contains portions of Works In Progress: "A Tour of the City", "Photography", "The Truth About Women", and the phone calls from "No Show" and "Let Me Not Dream". } Policemen's Ball Remix drama - one hour { remix of a Work In Progress program } Summer Notes drama - one hour { remix?? of a Work In Progress program } Fat Man Down drama - one hour { retelling of a Work In Progress: "Dreams Of The River" } Talk To Me drama - one hour { contains material from an In The Dark program } Blues Singer monolog - one hour Pathology monologs - one hour { First segment by Tim Jerome?, then the 'invisible man' sequence from the beginning of "White Moon" followed by the 'K2 climb' from "Mountain Rain". } Bible Stories drama - one hour { contains the "Joseph's POV" sequence from "God Only Knows" as well as that 'phone-preacher' business from In The Dark programs "A Natural Disaster" and "Prayer" } Therapy drama - one hour { contains material from at least one In The Dark show } Reprise one hour { a selection of old material } Last Show one hour { retrospective, narrated by Joe } 1998 ----- The Dark End of the Bar monolog/drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank { subjective retelling of "The Queen of Puerto Rico" } The OJ Chronicles drama - one hour cast: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Marty Castor & Joe Frank { just "The Last Run" followed by "A Hearing" } >>> The Other Side <<< 1999 ----- Windows monolog - one hour Jam drama - one hour cast: David Cross, Larry Block and Joe Frank No Angel drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, ? Prison Songs monolog - one hour Holy Land drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank and ? { contains "Prayer" material once again: "Louder brother I can barely hear you" (like "Bible Stories", only different) } The Box monolog - one hour { stories first heard in "Nausea" and "Islands" } Predator drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block The Lover Man one hour Joe Frank, ? { Some new stuff; later, older repeats; including that dialog with the lowered-frequency voices from "Words" } Clement at Christmas one hour { Interesting new monologs by an unidentified British actor and Joe Frank, plus the tiresome old "Thank You, You're Beautiful"/"Soulmate" whining by Laura Esterman. } 2000 ----- Mercy monolog - one hour At Last drama - one hour cast: Larry Block, Joe Frank and Debi Mae West { pre-Karma, Larry describes troubles with Zachery } Zen drama - one hour cast: Milton Schindler, Milio Brodski, Tamar Braut, Laura Esterman, Arthur Miller, Grace Zabriskie, Larry Block, Kiei Talbot, Helen Wilson, Buddhist Teacher Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock, and Joe Frank. The Wire drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, and Jack Kornfield { pre-Karma, Joe flashes back, Larry describes the play he's doing } Karma drama - seven hours cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Jack Kornfield; Zachery Block (parts 3 & 4), Kristine McKenna (parts 5 & 7), Debi Mae West (part 7) Bad Karma drama - one hour cast: Jack Kornfield, and Joe Frank in phone dialog with Larry Block and others including Ruth Seymour and the guy having heart surgery Karma, Don't Deny Me drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Jack Kornfield, Kristine McKenna, Debi Mae West, Mike Malone { contains retelling of Pretender material, and some other segments from Work in Progress } Karma Redux drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Jack Kornfield, Kristine McKenna, Debi Mae West Small World Karma one hour { contains a retelling of the "He Hesitated" telling of "The Incredible Shrinking Man" story } Waiting For Karma drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Jack Kornfield, Zachery Block (offstage), Debi Mae West Karma Memories one hour { the story of Freddie covers "A Pact With God" territory } Karma Crash drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, and buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield Silent Sea drama - one hour cast: Debi Mae West, Larry Block, David Rapkin, and Joe Frank. { Poetry by T.S. Elliot (more Karma) } Mystery drama - one hour cast: Roy Eisenstein, rabi Niles Goldstien, Jack Kornfield and Joe Frank with excerpts from a speech by Kolid Mohammed Brothers drama - one hour { Jerry's World edited down to an hour } Bitter Pill one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Gaines The Sunday Morning Service drama - one hour cast: Debi Mae West, Larry Block, Officer Joe, Maude Gains, Kelley Kidnigh Caged Heart one hour Two Women one hour 2001 ----- Karma 4 Dollars drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block and Jack Kornfield Always drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank & the dog guy, Larry and Zachery Block { more Karma } Where will it End? drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Jack Kornfield, Debi Mae West, Everton Sylvester { more Karma } Fire and Ice drama - one hour cast: Debi Mae West, Joe Frank, Larry Block and Kristine McKenna The Angina Dialogues drama - one hour cast: Larry Block, Jack Kornfield and Joe Frank Love Prisoner one hour A Death in the Family monolog - one hour { retelling of "A Pact With God" } Waiting for the Bell drama - one hour cast: Laura Esterman, Arthur Miller, Grace Zabriskie, Keith Talbot, Larry Block, Helen Wilson, Walica Fuller, Lester Nafzger, Farley Ziegler, Heidi Nordberg, Harvey Per, Jack Kornfied & Joe { Initial monolog from "Lover Man" then excerpts from "Zen" and "Obsessions" interrupted by that tiresome "Thank You, You're Beautiful"/"Soulmate" whining. } Woman And Bull In Paint Factory one hour { a collage of segments from old programs } What Women Want one hour 4 Part Dissonance drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Gregory Poe and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield Emptiness drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Jack Kornfield, Debi Mae West Summer Hill one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Gregory Poe, David Rapkin and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield Evening Sky drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Gregory Poe, David Rapkin and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield Don't Know Mind one hour The Future drama - one hour cast: Debi Mae West, Larry Block, Henry Dennis, Kelley Kidnigh, buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, and Joe Frank Margarita one hour Stoner drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block, Debi Mae West, David Rapkin and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield The Nature of Things drama - one hour cast: Joe Frank, Larry Block (and Zachery), Michael Mallone, Kristine McKenna, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield and Joe Frank { new intro, then excerpts from Karma (3, ?) } Endings drama - one hour cast: Larry Block, Kristine McKenna, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield and Joe Frank { comment: more Karmic selections } Higher Learning drama - one hour { some new material, with retellings of stuff from "Pretender" and "A Tour of the City" (from 1996?) } Cave Dreamer drama - one hour { excerpts from The Dictator } A Kiss is Just a Kiss { retelling of "To The Bar Life" } 3. How about CDs, video, writing and Internet? Listing of non-radio work Joe Frank on screen: ----------------------------------------- A short video was presented at the Santa Monica Public Library in 1988. It showed Joe speaking in the KCRW studio, a woman driving up to a pay phone and making the calls heard in "Thank You, You're Beautiful", and material from "Pretender", including the scene of Joe with the pillows stuffed up his shirt. Jerry Summers, one of Joe Frank's cohorts in the studio, says that "... Joe did a short for CBS for a late-night summer-replacement show called 'The Midnight Hour'. The piece was 'Memories', a re-working of a WIP story. It aired (as I recall) late August or early September 1990, on the final night of 'Midnight Hour'." A short film has been aired as filler on the Los Angeles PBS station, KCET, showing a montage of urban images (among which is Joe at the microphone) accompanying the first segment from "Islands". Three shorts are available on Playboy's "Inside Out" anthology series, released on videotape in 1992: Volume 2 contains "The Hitchhiker" (which dramatizes the first segment of "Nausea") Volume 3 contains "The Perfect Woman" (which is similar to part of "Sleep", and also dramatizes part of "The End") Volume 4 contains "Jilted Lover" Joe Frank stars in these features. ... and the 1995 Zima commercial Joe provided the voice of the computer in "Galaxy Quest" (1999). He also had a small role (just a few lines) in "The Game" (a 1997 film), and has reportedly provided narration for the following cable television documentary programs: "Wild Rescues" on Animal Planet "Conspiracies" on A&E "Ends of the Earth" on the Learning Channel "Hurricane X" on the Discovery channel Joe Frank in print: --------------------------------------------- An article about Joe called "Radio Noir", by Jamie Diamond, can be found in the Los Angeles Times Magazine of Sunday, November 22, 1987. The Wall Street Journal profiled him in an article in their March 15, 1988 edition. Another article, by Dick Lochte, called "Frankly, Joe's Branching Out", appeared in the March 1989 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Much more verbiage (generally quite favorable) appeared in the wake of the release of his book of short stories, _The Queen of Puerto Rico_, which was published in 1993 by William Morrow and Company of New York. Contents of _The Queen of Puerto Rico_ : Tell Me What To Do Fat Man Night Green Cadillac Date The Queen of Puerto Rico Winter The Decline of Spengler { Fat Man contains material from "Dreams of the River", and Winter has similarities to "When She's Asleep, She Looks like an Angel" } Joe Frank on disk - commercial recordings: --------------------------------------------- Commercial Recordings: "Strange Cargo Hinterland" is a 1995 William Orbit production. The track "Montok Point" contains some brief monologues by Joe Frank. The group Brazzaville released a "2002" CD in 1998 which features Joe on the "Ocean" track. Other Recordings: Some CDs issued on the European Moonraker label contain pieces of Joe Frank programs. The "Epilogue" on their First Sampler (Moonraker 050) is a piece from "Smile" The "Segue" and the "Epilogue" on their Second Sampler (Moonraker 100) are from "A Tour of the City" Joe Frank Online: ------------------------------ http://www.joefrank.com -- his own site. The Joe Frank Network -- mailing list and message archive: http://www.joefrank.net/ http://www.andromeda.com/people/ddyer/joe/joe-frank-finder.html lists on-line sources for almost every Joe Frank program, including the mp3 files at http://www.1amsoftware.com/JoeFrank/ . http://gridley.acns.carleton.edu/~battlee/JoeFrank/joefrank_interview.html is an interview with Douglas McGowan, dated 1994; http://gridley.acns.carleton.edu/~battlee/JoeFrank/JFNoMore.html reprints "Joe Frank Is Off The Air" from the LA Weekly, 1997; and the online magazine "Salon" featured an article by Susan Emerling in March 2000, "Public Radio's Bad Dream": http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2000/03/07/joe_frank/index.html 4. Is he still on the radio? Hear Joe Frank on the following stations: WFMU 91.1 FM http://wfmu.org WXHD-FM, 90.1 East Orange, New Jersey Thursdays at 6PM WNYC 820 AM http://www.wnyc.com New York, NY Sundays at 11pm KDVS 90.3 FM http://www.kdvs.org Davis, California Saturdays at 11PM KPFA 94.1 FM http://www.kpfa.org Berkeley, California Sundays at 9PM KFCF 88.1 FM http://www.kfcf.org Fresno California Sundays at 9PM 5. Are tapes or CDs of the radio programs available? Joe Frank's programs are available on CD for $14 each (plus shipping and maybe sales tax), payable to Joe at Joe Frank PO Box 6002 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Note: See joefrank.com for more details. KCRW no longer sells recordings of any of his shows. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last-Modified: February 17, 2003 Version: 7.54u Author: Richard Looney Disclaimer: The author of this FAQ is not associated with WFMU, KCRW or NPR; nor does he know Mr. Frank personally. This document is essentially a record of material heard on the radio, augmented with information submitted by other fans of Joe Frank. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, errors may exist.