Main: The ZBS Radio Hour returns

Many lumi­nar­ies in the enter­tain­ment world seem to have passed away already in 2016. One you may not be so famil­iar with is actor Robert Lorick, who is best known to us at Radio Riel as the man who played the eso­teric adven­tur­er Jack Flan­ders in a whole string of bril­liant radio dra­mas cre­at­ed by ZBS Foun­da­tion in upstate New York from 1972 onwards.

1972 saw ZBS expand their activ­i­ties from doing pro­mo discs for record com­pa­nies to cir­cu­late to DJs (such as the Warn­er Reprise Radio Show) into radio dra­ma. The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness was the first, and it was broad­cast on pub­lic radio sta­tions across the Unit­ed States and ulti­mate­ly beyond. It was fol­lowed by anoth­er Jack Flan­ders adven­ture, Moon Over Moroc­co, and then many more — and ZBS fur­ther branched out to include sci­ence fic­tion tales and much more.

Start­ing next week, in mem­o­ry of Robert Lorick, we are run­ning all the Jack Flan­ders shows, in chrono­log­i­cal order as much as pos­si­ble, from Fourth Tow­er to The Green Vel­vet Chair, in the return of the ZBS Radio Hour to Radio Riel Main, broad­cast every Sat­ur­day at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK.

But this week, to kick off, we are broad­cast­ing a spe­cial 80-minute ZBS Ret­ro­spec­tive. Meat­ball Ful­ton, the cre­ator of Jack, Ruby, The Android Sis­ters, and many oth­ers, was asked by “Hear Now: The Audio Fic­tion & Arts Fes­ti­val,” to put togeth­er a ret­ro­spec­tive for the fes­ti­val. He select­ed scenes from his favourite sto­ries, start­ing with The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness, and on through the decades. In fact, he cre­at­ed quite a lav­ish pro­duc­tion, weav­ing in his com­ments along with Tim Clark’s music. It goes out in the clas­sic ZBS Radio Hour slot, and we hope you enjoy it.

And don’t for­get that if you enjoy what you hear on the ZBS Radio Hour, you can down­load the com­plete series from ZBS at

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. You can also lis­ten via TuneIn.

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