LCS ’89: Altering Realities

img0011989 was a busy year marked with experimentation on the Little City in Space show. Substitute players like Brian Anderson, Chuck Isle & Mark Masyga helped keep things aloft–Post-Voiders Peter Stenshoel, Stu Mathews & Jerry maintained the weekly KFAI radio commitment while logging many hours off-the-air tape recording the syndicated LCS series. img001 Early ’89 they (with Bat Lenny) threw a mad space-jam party in downtown St. Paul during a blizzard; The Post-Void Radio Theater appeared on-stage at Minicon for The Philip K. Dick Van Dyke Show; on KFAI, the LCS Universal Top 12 became 10; the show’s first hour format was tweaked (to match the hour-long national show under construction) and the second hour, Little City in Space Farther Out, allowed for diverting, more mysterious excursions outside any boundaries: from sound collage & spoken word to Golden Internet Archive logoCage/Radio Mortuary, it was anything goes.

We’ve collected more highlights from 1989 shows: The Best of Little City in Space Vol.2 with Peter, Stu & Jerry features special guest Mark Masyga: the pie-chute mystery of Stan Baxter‘s disappearance and re-appearance begins here! Tribute to Mel Blanc (d.1989), music by The Crash Dummies, The Toy Lovers. Sponsors include Old Dotage Fig Paste and Moot Point Resort. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LCSBestOfVol2

June 28, 1989: Jerry with Mark Masyga, Brian Anderson; news, sports, joblines & Gil Goose editorial; ads for Screaming Phoenix Edible Bi-Product Dispensation Outlet; Deja Food. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpace1989-06-28

September 20, 1989: Jerry with Chuck Isle, Brian Anderson; ads for The Samuel T. Party Gompers; Mom’s Maply Syrup; Geek Weekly; Hi-Fiber Cellulogs (#2). Music by Zoltan & Squidley, Snakefinger, Gaby Pahinui. Conspiracy theorist Alabama Neptune‘s commentary on Stan Baxter. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpace1989-09-20

img003The Void-Posts (#3 and #4) were published from the Post-Void in 1989. #3’s hot pink reflects some mind-bending visions for the eye. Art by Ernie Bushmiller (left) and (above) Wayne Modjeski.

Moved To Saturn

Sun-Ra-Space-000The Musical Transportation Spree, with help from Little City in Space, ZXQ Universe, Fubar Omniverse, Willie Murphy, and noted Arkestra authority Rev.Dwight Frizzell join unseen forces to pay Ra radio tribute.  Broadcast soon after Sun Ra departed planet Earth forever, all participants testify to the influence of the cosmic composer-philosopher-bandleader. Listen: https://archive.org/details/MovedToSaturn

Blanche Fubar from Fubar Omniverse

Blanche Fubar from Fubar Omniverse

Internet Archive logoFeaturing the talents of Peter Stenshoel, Stu Mathews, Blanche Fubar, Chuck Isle, Brian Anderson, Bob Zander. Thanks to Jay Mandeville, Wabi Media, John F. Szwed.

Best of Little City in Space

cf0ad4bc9f3e209f10979581cf8fefd8The Post-Void Radio Theater brings outer space living down to Earth via their KFAI series, Little City in Space. Here are more highlights from the late 1980s with hosts Peter Stenshoel, Stu Mathews and Jerry.

News from Nowhere rounds up current events, along with Sports and the Paul Bunny commentary, featuring ads for Paul Molitor Dish Washing Liquid, and for an enigmatic contraption called The MJ-12. Music by Myron Floren, The Crops, Bat Lenny, The Harmonicats.

Listen: https://archive.org/details/BestOfLCS1989Internet Archive logo

Thanks to the voices of Joan Timmis, Chuck Isle and Dan (Dr. Science) Coffey.

 

 

Little City in a Flask

Chuck Isle joins Jerry & Peter aboard LCS-1, this 1989 in-person appearance Chuck’s first since a very impromptu on-air cameo during Cancelled Edition in 1980. Long-time Little City in Space show listener Chuck has no difficulty navigating the satellite with its quirky alien cultures, and he quickly rises high to the occasion as emcee for the opening introduction, Nowhere News, Sports and Joblines.

Chuck Isle

Chuck Isle

Sponsors include Mundane Gruel / The Batter Chalks Cafe / Brick’s Bat Caves  / Hypno – Goggles. Alien composer Moteb Rindfeld #2 is featured. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpace1989-08-09

With the talents of Brian Anderson, Stu Mathews, Rob Ordahl, Wayne Modjeski. Broadcast 8-9-89 on KFAI Minneapolis-St. Paul. Produced by The Post-Void RadioTheater.Internet Archive logo

Little City in Space: NPR Pilot

Created for National Public Radio, this audition was designed to help introduce first-time listeners to many popular locations of satellite LCS-1 guided by Stu, Pete & Jerry. With regular features such as Nowhere News, Sports, The Paul Bunny Report and Joblines, there’s the most popular songs in the entire universe. Of special note: TV spoof called Secret Reagent guest stars Charles Brin and Alice Phoenix. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpaceNprPilotIiSecretReagent

Internet Archive logoAlso featuring the talents of Blanche Fubar, Bob Rynkiewicz, Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga, Elizabeth Thurber, Joe Shalita, Rob Ordahl, Lola Mathews. Produced & written by The Post-Void Radio Theater.

All Night, All Ventures

Jerry with Nokie Edwards of The Ventures (2003)Jerry and guest David Elrod (The Revtunes) host a night of music by The Ventures, playing hits and rarities. So far, ancient tapes yielded nearly half of six broadcast hours–hopefully in the not-too-dismal future, a complete rescue of the remainder of this radio special from 1984.

(Jeff Cook and The Ventures (2003)Above) Jerry with lead guitarist Nokie Edwards (Surfin’ to Baja with The Ventures, February 2003).

(Right) Jeff (Alabama) Cook; Bob Bogle & Nokie Edwards (The Ventures).

Broadcast March 24, 1984 (KFAI, Minneapolis) on Random Access (Frothing at the Beaker). Listen: https://archive.org/details/KfairandomAccessShowCa.1984-VenturesSpecialPartOne

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https://archive.org/details/RandomAccessShowCa.1984-VenturesSpecialPartThree

Rescued audio thanks to Johnny’s Cassette Dungeon.

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 13

The final installment of the national series will air Sunday November 30 at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on KFAI. LCS celebrates Crossover, commemorating the anniversary when inhabitants first arrived in space, with many unusual events around the orbiting community. Meet a Crossover Oracle, and join hosts Stu, Peter and Jerry in a live remote from Jack Swekkmakk’s Bleeper Pad Lounge. img004

(left) Peter Stenshoel edits reel-to-reel tape at LCS’ recording facility, Film in the Cities in St. Paul. The concluding episode of the series was result of back-to-back all-nite sessions; master tapes were express mailed to Ames, Iowa in the nick of time for satellite uplink. img005

Thank you Jerry Stearns for playing LCS on his program, Sound Affects, A Radio Playground every week featuring new and classic radio theater.

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 12

FlyingSaucerMagThe centerpiece of the 12th national LCS program is Project: Bluesuit, a spoof of UFO cover-ups and rumors like Jackie Gleason‘s alien encounters. Joined on LCS-1 by the mysterious, unwelcome radio presence Master Control, it’s creepy for Halloween. Listen on Sound Affects Sunday October 26 between 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. (cst), available in KFAI archives two weeks following broadcast.

Audio wizard Brian Anderson (photo) co-created and mixed Project: Bluesuit, via his ZXQ Studios. Brian also created the alter ego, Alabama Neptune (UFO commentator) heard on LCS as well as on Brian’s KFAI radio series, ZXQ Universe (1990-1993).

Brian Anderson, ZXQ Studios

Brian Anderson, ZXQ Studios

 

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 11

The Post-Void Radio Theater brings extraterrestrial entertainment down to earth thanks to KFAI’s Sound Affects, A Radio Playground on Sunday evening September 28 at 9:30 p.m. (cst)–SA’s host, Jerry Stearns, replays the classic series. Listen for job opportunities aboard satellite LCS-1, the News from Nowhere capped with the Paul Bunny Report; off-world sponsors like Hypno-Goggles and Outer Space Pets, and Stu Mathews takes his feeling tone translator to the moon.

Stu Mathews at Film in the Cities, St. Paul

Stu Mathews at Film in the Cities, St. Paul

Stu co-founded The Post-Void Radio Theater, which began as a script writing collective in 1977. Members created the Little City in Space show for KFAI starting broadcasts in December 1978.

Stu’s unique theatrical experiences began as child actor for The Bloomington Civic Theater, where he played the boy Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man (the role Ron Howard played in the 1963 film). Recently, Stu performed in a band with Mike Arturi (drummer for The Lovin’ Spoonful), shared the same stage with Jim Peterik (“Eye of the Tiger,” “Vehicle”), also acted in the radio play The Velveteen Submission with David Ossman of Firesign Theatre.

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 10

outer_spaceThe Little City in Space vocal theme is from a long-playing vinyl record released in 1959. (left) Listen to Side 1.

9:30 (cst) Sunday night on KFAI, August 31, Sound Affects, A Radio Playground broadcasts the 10th episode of LCS featuring an unexpected visit from Elvin the Purelander, music by Boiled in Lead, commercials for Smitherweenies and Swekkmakk’s Sandwiches. Program archives available two weeks following air date. Sound Affects presents LCS the last Sunday each month through November.

(right) The Tokyo Happy Coats provide the themeimg001 (“Tea-A-Wanna Whistle”) of the Little City in Space’s Out-of-Space News, a.k.a. News from Nowhere. The THC performed on TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.

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