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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 30 January, 2016

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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