Readings - Books, Magazines, Newspapers
From The Stalingrad Letters to Mortuary Monthly; Esquire to I F Stone Weekly; the Martian Chronicles to the Chronicles of Narnia . . . . .
The Murderer, by Ray Bradbury - read by Rory Funke - KRAB Sep 17, 1963
It was 1963. There was no smart-cellphone, FaceBook, Foursquare, Twitter, or Borg. There were writers of science fiction, many of whom postulated a future of technological wonders, but had serious doubts about how those wonders would benefit society and "civilization". Ray Bradbury nailed it with this one.
Rory Funke was an engineer/announcer at KRAB in the mid-to-late-1960's. Found first in the December 1963 guide. He recorded readings, interviews, music programs, and the occasional montage. He also played rock and roll when KRAB didn't, and got in trouble for it. And later, in Aug 1967, he substituted for Tom Robbins on Notes From The Underground.
Later yet it appears Rory got into library management: In 1977, as Head of the Microforms and Recordings Department at the University of Oregon Library, he took over a project of microfilming Oregon newspapers. Rory retired from the U of O in 1997, and passed away in 2007.
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv L0232
December 2005: The Silent Towns by Ray Bradbury - read by Rory Funke - KRAB Oct 9, 1964
December 2005: The Silent Towns. A reading by Rory Funke from Ray Bradbury's 'Martian Chronicles' (KRAB Archives).
When this was scheduled in the Oct 1964 program guide it was already identified as a "KRAB Archives" tape, so it must have been produced and first aired sometime before that date. Unfortunately our collection of guides is incomplete, with lots missing from 1963 through 1964.
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv L0231
NEW MAY 2017: The Diary of a Madman, by Nikolai Gogol - KRAB Nov 17, 1964; KPFA Jul 13, 1961
"THE DIARY OF A MADMAN." The Gogol work read at the Berkeley Reader's Theatre by Mark S. Klyn.
A radio adaptation of Diary of a Madman, produced by Erik Bauersfeld as part of the Black Mass series is also in the KRAB Archive. It can be found on the Radio Theatre page.
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv L0241 and L0242
Resistentialism - KRAB Dec 6, 1965; KPFA 1961
RESISTENTIALISM describes a phenomenon of unprecedented importance in 20th Century man's search for meaning and identity in an age of anxiety and.....
Paul Jennings' report from Paris on the important new philosophical movement, and its awesome consequences for Art As We Know It. Rendered by Jack Nessel. Originally published in the Spectator, April 1948, and produced at KPFA, March 3, 1961.
KRAB regularly acquired programs from KPFA and eventually from Pacifica through the Pacifica Tape Exchange. This one was a favorite that was always pulled out and replayed during marathons in the early years.
Many other Pacifica programs broadcast by KRAB in Seattle can be found on John Whiting's web site, which, incidentally, was a source of inspiration for this site. There you will find highlights from the fantasy and horror drama series produced by Erik Bauersfeld, Black Mass; the surreal comic dramas attributed to Compendium Cliché Productions; Lenny Bruce; Henry Jacobs; Dale Minor's documentation of 1963 Birmingham, Freedom Now!; and much more if you just wander the site.
Recording collection of C Reinsch
The Diary of Anais Nin - KPFK Jun 13, 1966; KPFA Jun 4, 1966; KRAB Mar 3, 1967
The KPFK folio of Jun 13, 1966 described it like this: This writer who has been known to literati the world over for 40 years, first came to prominent attention with the publication last year of "Henry Miller's Letters to Anais Nin." Now Harcourt-Brace in cooperation with Alan Swallow has published the first in a series of volumes derived from the several thousand pages of her Diary. On this hour she gives dramatic readings from the first volume to be published in May, talks freely about Miller, Durrell, Artaud, and other literati she knew intimately and gives her unique views on the art of writing. Francis Roberts is producer-moderator of the hour.
The KPFA folio added this for their Oct 4, 1966 rebroadcast: KPFK produced this program featuring Miss Nin and Shakespearian actor Rupert Pole.
Recording courtesy of the Internet Archive and the Pacifica Radio Archives, who wish you to know that "The preservation of these tapes was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by listeners of Pacifica Radio in 2010. Preservation services provided by George Blood Audio and Video."
Robert Sund reading from Ring Lardner's "Round Up" - KRAB Jan 1968
Robert Sund was a poet living in La Conner before it became a tourist destination. He played the autoharp, drank beer, and was the KRAB poet laureate for years. One marathon I requested he recite Yeats’ Pilgrim. He demurred and offered up Roethke’s Saginaw Song instead. Wish I had a recording of that. He died in 2001.
A poem by Robert Sund from “Bunch Grass”:
At quitting time
Recording courtesy Bob West
Saturday Morning with Lorenzo Milam - KRAB Nov or Dec 1968
Although Lorenzo “retired” from his managerial role, he continued to volunteer at KRAB. He would read from a book or article, and play whatever music seemed to fit. This recording starts with the reading in progress of Claude Brown's "Manchild in the Promised Land". After a musical interlude, Lorenzo then reads from Ed Donahoe's column "Tilting the Windmill" in the Nov 29, 1968 Washington Teamster.
If I can get the money together, Gene Johnston did a six hour interview of Ed Donahoe in 1972, and it needs to be digitized.
Recording courtesy Bob West
1066 And All That - A Memorable History of England, comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates - KRAB May 1, 1969
Nov 18, 1964 - James of the Brow tests the waters by presenting a sampling of Walter Carruthers Stellar's and Robert Julian Yates's 1066 And All That tome of that same name. With appropriate music.
1. Use, correctly, the preterite conjugate of time in a letter to your grandmother
May 6, 1965 - James the Furrowed begins a serialized weekly rendering of the aforementioned volume, which persists until May 5, 1965, when History comes to a .
2. Describe, culinarily, the benefits of rendering
Dec 16, 1967 - Sir James Brow the Repetitive is pulled off the shelf for an abbreviated return engagement.
3. And why would this be?
Feb 8, 15, and 21 of 1974 - To thunderous acclaim Parts I, II, and III of the James Brow Story are served hash-wise upon the besmitten public. Listeners are requested to submit their test papers to Professor Piffleton at KRAB.
4. Given opportunity, who would thou smite? What opportunity would suffice?
Jun 23 and 24, 1980 - Parts I and II are served up a final time. Alas, Part III is lost.
5. And now all is lost. Where?
And yet another recording of a portion of the Stellar and Yates history has been found. Here is Gregory "the Frond" Palmer attempting to fill a vacant half hour with twenty minutes of a book he found laying, still sticky with beer, in the doughnut shop studio. We calculate that the date of this broadcast was May 1, 1969, a Thursday when Sunday was normally scheduled, unless you were listening tomorrow morning, in which case this will be heard Friday. The 45 minute Sunday show to which Greg refers appears to be scheduled for Sunday May 4, 1969, although it doesn't say "Sunday" in the program guide. Oh, just listen for yourself.
Recording courtesy Will Estill
NEW APR 2016: Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB 1971
Readings from the anarchist tradition by Jon Gallant, beginning with "Anarchism" by George Woodcock (Meridian Books, 1962), to be followed in future programs by Proudhon, Kropotkin, and others, generally considered to be classical anarchist writers leading up to those of more recent vintage, like Colin Ward and Paul Goodman. A bi-weekly, continuing series.
It seems these days anarchists are most known by their fashion choices. But here, in this seventeen part series (less one), Professor Jonathan Gallant, scientist, philosopher, historian, satirist, and comic wit, reads from the literature of anarchism, and shares the foundations and blasphemies of anti-government.
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Feb 6, 1971 episode 1 (missing)
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Mar 6, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Mar 20, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Apr 3, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Apr 17, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB May 1, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB May 15, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB May 29, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Jun 12, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Jun 26, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Jul 10, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Jul 24, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Aug 7, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Aug 21, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Sep 4, 1971
Anarchy Is Order: Government Is Civil War - KRAB Sep 18, 1971
Recordings courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, PA0832
NPR Affiliates read the Watergate Transcripts - May 4 and 5, 1974
In July of 1973 the Senate committee investigating Watergate learned of a White House tape recording system. A week later the Senate and Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox issued a subpoena for the tapes. Nixon refused to comply and instead offered compromises and partial compliance. Almost a year later, on April 29, 1974 the White House released 1,300 pages in 26 volumes purported to be transcripts of the tapes. They had been severely redacted supposedly to remove material either pertaining to national security or unrelated to the Watergate investigation. They also had numerous omissions where conversations are identified as "unintelligible".
A very different National Public Radio (yes, NPR) moved quickly to organize a national broadcast made up of people at affiliate stations around the country reading the transcripts. The NPR hosts anchoring the broadcast included Bob Zelnick and Robert Conley. It seems to have been produced by Barney Quinn. Does anyone know any more about the broadcast?
The clipping above was in the Friday May 4, 1974 Seattle Times. In a follow up story published on Wed May 8, KRAB Station Manager Hal Lee is quoted "We kept no logs, but calls seemed to run two to one in favor of the coverage. That might have changed if we hadn't been able to present our most popular Saturday program of bluegrass music at 9 p. m.".
One listener sent in a $2 check with "Let's hear it for Watergate" scrawled across the bottom.
Now, of course, you can go to a number of web sites and hear the actual tapes, minus 18.5 minutes, but in 1974 KRAB's news department, Jeff Michka, thought he was in heaven.
Note: Pacifica also produced a series of readings of the transcripts, which the PRA catalogs under this title: Impeachment Alert Special Edition: Conversations With the President
Recording from the collection of Dennis Flannigan, DF1006 cassette
The Afternoon Reading: Peggy Deleers reads more from Grimm - KRAB Aug 2, 1976
To judge by the program guides, it seems Peggy read from the Grimm Fairy Tales from July to Dec 1976.
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, L0244
Selections From Grimm - KRAB Sep 23, 1976
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, L0246
A Birth, by Daphne Marlatt, read by Peggy DeLeers - KRAB Nov 5, 1976
As more children are conceived in the Fall months than during any other season, volunteer Libby Sinclair thought that November would be a good time to begin airing highlights from the Childbirth Education Association's International Conference, which was held in Seattle last June. The programs are scattered throughout this guide, and more will be broadcast in coming months. Some of them are available in printed transcripts, and others on cassette. For more information write the station.
The note above is from the Nov 1976 program guide. Libby Sinclair produced a variety of programs in the mid-1970's with subjects ranging from children's shows ("Sunnyside up"), to labor unions, to the labor of childbirth. In the 1980's she was on the Board of Directors, and was part of a team that kept the station running when the money had dribbled away. Also during the mid-70's, on her program "Jawbreaker" Peggy DeLeers read from Foxfire, Grimm, Kipling, Hans Christian Anderson, Yeats, CS Lewis, and who knows what other mysteries of fairyland. Occasionally she was joined, or replaced, by her daughters and their friends, the Krabettes. Recent information about Peggy (now Peggy Engel) can be found here: Touchstone Gallery, Yachats, OR
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, L0272
with Peggy Deleers reading The Chronicles of Narnia - KRAB Jun 16, 1977