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.

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 9

img004Sound Affects, A Radio Playground presents The Post-Void Radio Theater’s Little City in Space Show! High atop the Arthur Bagg building in Communications Central, hosts Stu, Pete and Jerry bring you news and entertainment from satellite LCS-1, featuring The Paul Bunny Report; paranormal investigator Alabama Neptune; public service announcements; commercials for Old Dotage Fig Paste, Mama Steve’s Rumba Toast, and Purago Paper Towels. Listen to KFAI Sunday July 27 at 9:30 p.m. (cst), or catch the show in station archives for two weeks.

(right) A resident alien from the Fubar Omniverse models the ultra-rare Little City in Space T-shirt.

(below) LCS radio beamed from outer space to Sitka, Alaska. img005

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 8

Hear the nationally syndicated eighth show Sunday evening June 29 at 9:30 (cst) on Sound Affects, a Radio Playground; also available in KFAI’s archive two weeks after broadcast.

The lasting imprint on LCS by the late Paul Zaiser (below, right) includes announcing episode #8’s advertisement for Kittywampus; with Peter Stenshoel (below, left) classic LCS commercials for Plate Tectonics and Martian Moon Maiden Voyages, featuring Paul as Major Mark Mullins (“You can call me Mel…”).

Peter and Paul Zaiser Santa Barbara 2-1981Peter says, “Paul, despite the fact one of his eyes was effectively blind (he could not experience 3-D films), never forgot anything he read. That includes maps written in tiny Japanese characters. He introduced me to the works of Philip K. Dick.” He once sent away to have matchbooks printed that read nothing but “Mom! Dad! The Kids.” He played audio of Little City in Space continuously over loudspeakers during an all-day outdoor event in Tokyo. A well-remembered teacher in the Philippines, Paul also sought Paul Zaiser Santa Barbara CA 1981out imported rock records, and local music in clubs that he shared eagerly with friends. Paul’s inventiveness editing found sounds such as Japanese records and shortwave radio can be heard on his version of the Little City in Space show called Space Brat.  “He did not have a proper microphone,” recalls Peter, “so he used a headphone plugged into a mic jack and it worked! I’ll never forget the night he “unveiled” the show for us. We were also in Japan visiting Paul in Tokyo. I remember being pleased and surprised.” Listen to the abridged version of Space Brat at Archive.orgInternet Archive logo

Scorchedear Post #70

Jerry sez: It’s fun reaching listeners with scorchedear Internet Archive logoaudio and most popular offerings UFO Update, The Clown Show, The Beer Show, More Beer!, Flying Saucer Songs, The Platter Party, One Bubble Off Plumb Two, Heroes & Villains, 2071243,uHB0NL5bGDJL9dyHnktoeq0Nw7XivwSubPvyZT_5Smt+CslGxWUiU0buAB4vkKKZ_Y_G7SGC1csBlRG_nSOviw== Little City in Space (i.e. Dreams & UFOs, Download Revue #1 and #2, Golden Cage Vol. 2), Vintage Flask 1982, More Vintage Flask 1982-1983. Thanks for perusing the archives!

Added aircheck: Another Flask of Weirdimg004 from November 5, 1983 (Chuck & Jerry’s Last Wake Up South Side) with ads for Mr. Skin, Oochie-Baba Cone Cups with the no-nonsense pulleys), TV Previews, Chuck Isle’s tape rendering…

Chuck Isle

Chuck Isle

Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkee on My Knee.

Chuck photo by Marc Myers.

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