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 drew increasingly larger audiences.

In 1978, Joe was hired to co-anchor Weekend Edition on NPR's "All Things Considered,” before moving on to create his own radio dramas 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, he has been honored with many major industry honors, 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 has recently turned to live performance, appearing before full houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

He is presently producing new shows for KCRW’s radio series, “Unfictional.”


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Joe on KCRW’s UnFictional - July 20, 2012

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Get a letter from Joe - July 1, 2011

Since Joe started offering signed notes, they’ve really expanded – we thought you’d like a peek at one of the latest ones to go out*:

Dear Lily:

I understand that soon you will be 40, the number of days Jesus remained on the mountain, the number of years Moses wandered in the desert, and the number of glazed donuts I’ve had since the New Year. So this is an important time in your life, and you should not lose sight of it.

Now Alex has asked me to discuss your complicated relationships with your clients. Let me say first, that I don’t have an agent. Perhaps this is why I am being evicted from my apartment on Venice Beach. In any case, I am inexperienced in this area.

But my guess is that your task foremost is to get financially rewarding work for your clients. I imagine this should relieve any difficulties in their temperaments. However, procuring rewarding opportunities can be problematic, particularly when the artist is only marginally talented.

And so, when facing an inept yet temperamental artist, I would simply turn the argument on its head and blame him or her for your failure to find rewarding employment. In fact, I would express my contempt and rage at the individual for wasting my time, standing in the way of my success, undermining my credibility and, if necessary, as a last resort (and I am not referring to a tropical retreat in the Caribbean) threaten physical reprisal.

But that’s just me.

Regards to Alex and Happy Birthday Lily!

Joe Frank

*Posted with consent from the recipient; the names were changed in this letter

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