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.

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.

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 6

JimHall1990 #6 includes a memorable encounter with Casey “Woo Woo” Ledbetter, the robot engineer of LCS-1‘s Commuter Snake that helps transport residents about the orbiting city. Jim Hall (left) portrays the beloved Casey on KFAI radio’s Sound Affects April 27 Sunday evening at 9:30 (CST), during the show’s once-every-month re-broadcast of LCS, also heard in the KFAI program archive for two weeks.

The skit inspired the former lead singer of Wall of Voodoo & solo performer in his own right, Stan Ridgway,StanRidgway-crop to compose “Snake Train,” a song tribute which appeared on Stan’s 1991 album, Partyball.

Stuart Mathews took these photos. Stan appeared at 1990’s Space Club Party in L.A., where LCS’ cranky Paul Bunny emerged from his Energy Closet and regaled guests with his extraterrestrial insights.

Hear Casey “Woo Woo” Ledbetter’s New Promo for Sound Affects!

 

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 5

KFAI’s Sound Affects broadcasts outer space comedy with The Post-Void Radio Theater’s fifth syndicated program: Sunday March 30 at 9:30 p.m.(CST)img007

img002Satellite LCS-1 inhabitants include the ghost of Billie Holiday, invisible coffee-drinking comic-book readers, and a polystyrene creature named Andy Williams. Advertising for Granite Memorial Pizza, Figaro’s Mind-Diffusing Plates, and Mr. Zitznix. KFAI archives shows two weeks following air date.

Little City in Space Syndicated Series Episode 3

img003Listen for the third installment in rebroadcasts of Little City in Space‘s syndicated series, Sunday January 26 at 9:30 p.m. (CST). The Post-Voiders return to their original radio roost, KFAI Minneapolis-St. Paul.

#3: Lug-a-Robot Week, Ernest Noyes Brookings, psychedelic filmmaker Mr. Bold Angles, Dad-Blasted Root Foam, J’onn J’onzz Manhunter from Mars, Alabama Neptune, also music by Leroy Anderson, Sun Ra. img003

Thanks to Jerry Stearns, host of Sound Affects, LCS can be heard the last Sunday of each month; available in KFAI’s archive for two weeks.

Pictured above, The Post-Void Radio Theater’s Peter Stenshoel & Stuart Mathews; Jerry Modjeski, right

Little City in Space Syndicated Series – Episode 2

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Sound Affects,  showcase of  radio theater, will feature the second episode from national syndication of Little City in Space, Sunday evening December 29, 9:30 p.m. CST. Listen live via KFAI, or later in archive here.

In 1989, The Post-Void Radio Theater created promotional materials to entice radio stations to air the 13-week syndicated series.

Thanks to Jerry Stearns, host of Sound Affects, for once-a-month reprise from LCS’ national program. Little City in Space observes 35 years history dating back to the very first broadcast on KFAI December 17, 1978!

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