It is with the deepest sadness to let you know that Joe left us Monday
morning, January 15, 2018.
He passed peacefully in his sleep after a long struggle with setbacks
following colon cancer surgery in October.
A memorial service will be held; however, please be patient. Joe and I
discussed at length what his wishes were when this day would sadly
arrive. Though he was born Jewish, he didn’t feel confined by rules of any kind
and left it for me to manage the timing.
I have set up a Facebook page:
where you can find more information and post your tribute.
Thank you, sincerely,
Who is Joe Frank?
Joe Frank began his career in 1976 at WBAI, in New York City. In his Saturday night show, “In the Dark,” he experimented with live freeform radio featuring his monologues and actor improvisations. It was during this period that Joe’s bizarre and original vision quickly drew increasingly larger audiences.
In 1978, Joe was hired to co-anchor Weekend All Things Considered on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” But a life in journalism soon lost its appeal, and Joe returned to producing radio shows for NPR Playhouse.
Over the course of the next three decades Joe produced over two hundred radio programs for KCRW, Santa Monica, and NPR.
Throughout his career, Joe has been honored with many major industry awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, and an Emmy. Over the years Joe’s distinctive approach to making radio has inspired producers around the country to experiment with and stretch the medium beyond traditional boundaries.
Joe recently performed live before full houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
He has also returned to broadcasting, and is presently producing new shows for KCRW’s radio series, “Unfictional.”
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