1947 was a significant year for unidentified flying objects in the news. Researcher Jan L. Aldrich’s Project 1947 gathered bulletins from the amazing wave of sightings. Paul Bunny, Little City in Space‘s legendary commentator, recently emerged once again from his Energy Closet to read some of July’s remarkable reports with his authoritative, sometimes wacky take on the other-worldly, with Jerry. Listen: https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdate-Project1947
The Musical Transportation Spree‘s January 1, 2000 show within a show, UFO Update, rounds up favorite UFO events in a “Millennium of UFOs” by investigators Richard Moss, Craig Lang, Casey Holt, Mike Driscoll, Colorado’s Christopher (Mysterious Valley) O’Brien.
New for 2016! Recent cases with frequent UFO Update contributor Bill McNeff from the Minnesota Mutual UFO Network back again to report findings to Jerry Modjeski. Ambient sounds by La Sonorite Jaune. Art by Al Feldstein.
Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga & Brian Anderson (pictured) hosted ZXQ Universe, a KFAI show that substituted for Little City in Space (in temporary hiatus for several months). On radio in 1990 there was nothing like ZXQ: these excerpts from their maiden voyage include hilarious monologues by a parade of original characters (Alabama Neptune, Professor Noodle, “Wildman” Slim, Rev. Mild Astonishment), and hypnagogic sound compositions with guest-engineer Greg Carr (Technological Retreat). Special features: TV Guise sponsored by Mrs. Leatherneck Syrup /News of the Possibly True / Beyond the Unknown / Hillbillies fer Buddha / Commercials for The Kitchen Mohican; Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store / The Church of the SubGenius Minute of Slack / ZXQ Studios: The Big Dive / records by Buddy Emmons (1937-2015), Johnny Gunn, Les Brown & Vic Schoen. Brian created original music fanfares & ambiance for ZXQ. Listen to ZXQ #1: https://archive.org/details/ZXQ010390
Abridged ZXQ Universe #3 with Chuck intro, Jerry Modjeski guest-engineer, co-controlling horizontal & vertigo with Brian & Mark for TV Guise. Other vivisected highlights: News of the Possibly True / Level 99 (commercial) / Professor Noodle / special guest appearance by Peter (Little City in Space) Stenshoel /Gil Goose commentary (“Video Games”) / SubGenius Minute of Slack. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ZXQ011790
Thanks to Stu Mathews, Chuck Isle & Peter Stenshoel for assistance on this post. Hear more ZXQ Universe at Brian Anderson’s website.
UFO Update originated from broadcasts of The Musical Transportation Spree. Interviewed about his book, The Missing Times,Terry Hansen described how UFOs over missile bases in North Dakota & Montana made local news, yet wasn’t reported at the national level. Panic created in 1938 by the War of the Worlds radio rendition by Orson Welles (right)may have helped change how national media handled future coverage of actual UFO events, using ridicule and debunking, to keep the American public from taking the subject of UFOs seriously.
John Greenewald questioned whether or not the U.S. government has anything to hide concerning UFOs. His research using the Freedom of Information Act led him to create a website called The Black Vault.
Flying disc jockey Jerry, and space alien Webcor programmed over two hours of songs about UFOs and flying saucers, from Jimmy Durante’s “We’re Going UFOing,” to “Motorway to Roswell” by The Pixies, from “The Flying Saucer Polka” by Brave Combo to “Take Me to Your Leader Cha-Cha” by Sam Space & The Cadets, and much more.
Tragic 1980 encounter, The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident in Texas, documented physical side effects and official cover-up, described by researcher John Schuessler; actor Charles Brin (Grumpy Old Men, The Naked Man) reads Charles Fort; and two-part serial, The Adventures of Captain Ruppelt and his pioneering work at Project Bluebook.