The Black Mass: Update

Next week’s tale in our series The Black Mass is Dis­il­lu­sion­ment by Thomas Mann — a tale that is also, some­what para­dox­i­cal­ly per­haps, the ori­gin of a pop­u­lar song.

Lis­ten to it next Wednes­day at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 / 03:00 GMT) on Radio Riel’s Main Stream.

We are now near­ing the end of our broad­casts of this land­mark radio dra­ma series, with three more tales to go. By the end, we will have broad­cast a total of 30 of the approx­i­mate­ly 39 tales that were orig­i­nal­ly record­ed for the series — we have been unable to locate tapes for the remain­ing nine works, but if we ever find them we will broad­cast them if we are able.

We are most grate­ful to Erik Bauers­feld (above) and Bay Area Radio Dra­ma for mak­ing this series avail­able to us and we wish Erik every suc­cess in his oth­er ven­tures. We would also like to thank John Whit­ing, at the time Pro­duc­tion Direc­tor at KPFA Berke­ley, who gave birth to the series in many ways, and car­ried out the superla­tive audio pro­duc­tion on many of the tales. The tapes we have used for broad­cast of these out­stand­ing exam­ples of radio dra­ma have been culled from the col­lect­ed mate­ri­als of both gen­tle­men.

Read more about The Black Mass and Erik Bauers­feld’s oth­er work on the Bay Area Radio Dra­ma web site, and there is more on The Black Mass at John Whit­ing’s KPFA His­to­ry site.

Mean­while, of course, our series of broad­casts of the works of ZBS Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues on Sat­ur­days in the ZBS Radio Hour — and it’s inter­est­ing to note that ZBS’s co-founder and cur­rent CEO Tom Lopez got his taste for radio dra­ma while work­ing at KPFA with Messrs Whit­ing and Bauers­feld.

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