The Little City in Space Art of Gordon Mathews

Gordon Mathews (1930-2008) commercial artist, father of The Post Void Radio Theater‘s Stuart & Damon Mathews, created this dazzling LCS logo with ideas from the boys. LCS full-color logo enhanced

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

Little City in Space Download Revue #1

The broadcasts of the Download Revue (2001-2006), courtesy of KFAI’s Musical Transportation Spree, were hosted by Little City in Space co-founder Stuart Mathews, and Chuck Isle, LCS fan since 1979. They accessed the memory library of the Bob-2000 computer to re-play old LCS radio shows; also feature new contributions from The Post Void Radio Theater, as well as the talents of Mark Masyga.DSCN9440-daBoyz

(l-r: Jerry, Mark, Stuart, Chuck)

Download Revue #1:  Valentine’s Day 1981 aboard the Little City in Space, with special KFAI guest Helen Highwater; Kari Gold; Eunice Stenshoel; Alex & Adam Merchlewitz. The Post Void Radio Theater, Jeff Pike, Damon Mathews, Peter Stenshoel & Stu Mathews read public service announcements, news, sports, joblines & weather for LCS, with The Paul Bunny Report.

Sponsored by Mister Marble Head; Chicken Box; Lou Freedom’s New Used Transformation; and Toast.

Listen to Download #1 at archive.orgInternet Archive logo

More Download Revues & Best-Of Collections: see Comments on our LCS page!

The Void Post: Journal of the Post Void Radio Theater

Void Post 1The Void Post was the printed newsletter for fans of The Little City in Space.  It ran for five issues from June 1988 to Spring-Summer 1990. Here’s some of what fans got to see (Click on images to enlarge). WayneArtwork by Wayne Modjeski.

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Featuring the talents of Stu Mathews;  Mark Masyga.img009  More Void Post in digital form on Facebook.img011

Listen to Little City In Space

The Little City in Space show, created by the Post-Void Radio Theater, returned to KFAI in 1988. Jerry joined regulars Peter Stenshoel (center) and Stu Mathews (right) at this point, as LCS  found new fans who had never heard the show’s initial 1978-1985 run.

Long-time LCS regular features returned: The Paul Bunny Report News from Nowhere , Sports and Joblines. New sponsors included Holy Cola; Starplate of Lavonne; Wursterkaasen Scenario Beer; Hokey Smokies. There were new voices of Occam E. Razor, Carl Toad, Sergeant Stratofender, and The Listener. Mark Masyga contributed fake ads for Post-Modern Flakes; The Freud Daddy; Wiggly Vehement Gum and more.

Just go to our Little City in Space page here at ScorchedEar and scroll down to Comments to find links to shows from 1988-1990.

The LCS-Y2K  Show braced listeners for yet another  kooky calendar shift in 2000 with the Post-Voiders girding their loins for who-knows-what’s-gonna-be happenings globally and aboard LCS-1! Listen at archive.org now!  Internet Archive logo

4 Post-Voiders: Jeff Pike, and Golden Cage Volume One

The stories of iconic, pivotal and tragic music legends comprise “The Death of Rock and Roll,” a book by Jeff Pike (Faber & Faber, 1993).

Prior to that, Jeff was a co-founder of The Post-Void Radio Theater circa 1977, a script-writing collective that started meeting two years prior to taking Late Nite Magic on KFAI and changing it to Little City In Space. Some people who started LCS shared “space” in houses and apartments, and played in a band, The Infinity Art Unit. Pictured pre-Void, Jeff (left) and Stu Mathews (right) met via fellow scriptwriter Peter Stenshoel.

The other member of the collective, Rob Ordahl, hosted Late Nite Magic on KFAI. His time slot was taken by Jeff, Stu, Peter and Damon Mathews, and broadcasts from satellite LCS-1 began December 17, 1978.  Pictured  at KFAI, Peter (left) stands over Late Nite Magic host Rob (right) in a solid state of hypnagog.

Jeff Pike (right) exited The Post-Void to pursue full-time writing in 1981, but his enduring contribution to LCS includes the ad he wrote for Meat Heap, made from alien body parts.

At last archived, The Golden Cage of Radio Volume One showcases Jeff’s on-air anarchy with his interruptions as Fred, an insurance salesman, and pompous Professor Wadsworth, during Peter’s interview with Burd DeComps (Johnny Olson). Compiled and created for LCS 18th Anniversary, Vol. One also features Weekend Upchuck with the Post-Void News Team (Damon, Stu, Pete, Jeff & Johnny) In Briefs; Jerry as Occam E. Razor; and David Stenshoel, pre-Boiled in Lead, singing and playing on his brother Peter’s musical commercial for Martian Marriage Cigarettes.

Listen now at archive.org

Lonesome Cowpoke: Cattle Mutilation Song by The Weird Winonans

With a haunting melody, the disturbing lyrics to Lonesome Cowpoke by The Weird Winonans accurately describe the cattle mutilations phenomena based on witness and investigator testimony.

The song was written and sung by Leslie Eaton (pictured left); with Blanche Fubar (harmony vocal); Shlemant Bugerknight (violin)Billy X. Curmano (harmonica); Kelly Coyle (guitar); Stu Mathews (bass guitar); Peter Stenshoel (piano, arrangement, production);, with assistance from Jerry Stearns. Thanks to Chris Waterbury and The MacPhail Center for Music.

Golden Cage of Radio Vol. 4: Little City In Space

Stu Mathews, Peter Stenshoel and Jerry brought back Little City in Space to KFAI in 1988 after a three year absence, and Golden Cage Vol. 4 collects audio examples with Planet-Go-Round, Jolly Gambler Department Store, Big Gunny Sack O’ Peanuts, Paul Bunny, News from Nowhere (“The Hollow Earth is real!”), live Skeleton Crew (Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins).
Here’s a taster: Stu and Jerry’s ad for the galaxy’s biggest amusement park, Planet-Go-Round!

Ludwig Sears and the Infinity Art Unit

The Musical Transportation Spree hosted live musicians in the KFAI studio August 8, 1997 with David “Ludwig Sears” Wright (violin), Peter Stenshoel (keyboard), and Stu Mathews (electric bass, conga drum) of The Infinity Art Unit. Here’s “Summit Time,” one of several improvised segments (look for the rest soon at archive.org) with MTS hosts Jerry and Chris adding tape loops and ambience.

LCS meet The Grateful Dead

During a late Saturday night Little City in Space show in 1980, broadcast via KFAI studios at the Walker Church in south Minneapolis, LCS producer Stu Mathews taped Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead who were giving their spoken testimonials on behalf of the non-profit, volunteer-run radio station. After finishing recording, Mickey and Bill gave money to Stu for helping as they left the KFAI Walker Church studios to rejoin the rest of band in Minneapolis for a concert.

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