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; the trio’s Farther Out portion is one of LCS’ all-time best; also Nowhere 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.

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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

Post-Voiders: Peter Stenshoel & Download Revue 2

Peter Stenshoel helped start the Post Void Radio Theater in 1977, the writing collective of the Little City in Space show. During his 1981-83 hiatus in Japan, he sent crafted tape compositions for LCS. Returning full time in 1983, he’s helped keep the show aloft to the present.img002 Peter is co-credited as originator of LCS’ conception as broadcasts coming from space for Earth. His inspiration derived from his heroes like Sun Ra and Philip K. Dick; the playful space-mythos of Gong. Peter’s role call up of agitated alien voice Paul Bunny is one of the most enduring regular features of LCS.

Here’s a commercial Peter created on LCS for Würsterkäsen Scenario Beer…listen & enjoy!

pictured: Peter Stenshoel, Damon Mathews 1984.Peter-Damon

LCS Download Revue #2 w/ guest Peter Stenshoel, featuring Little City In Space from October 27, 1984: The Most Three! News! Sports! Joblines! Paul Bunny! Dogmatix House of Excelsior! Eve Hallow! Jack Swekkmakk!Internet Archive logo New commercials for The Buyeria Mall and Hole Foods! Now hear this at archive.org

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