The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

We are starting the Firesign Theater broadcasts on Monday, January 2, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

Each episode, we'll play a show from The Firesign Theater's classic Dear Friends era (1970 to 1972) of radio broadcasts, which started out with The Firesign Theater Radio Hour Hour (Originally on KPPC-FM in 1970), which begat Dear Friends ( KPFK in 1970-1971), which begat Let's Eat (KPFK in 1971-1972).

For the uninitiated, Firesign Theater's radio era had its roots in Peter Bergman's radio program Radio Free Oz, which ran on Pacifica Network station KPFK-FM in Los Angeles in 1966.

One night, Peter had as guests three friends, Phil Austin (who was Radio Free Oz's producer), David Ossman (the station's former dramatic director) and Phil Proctor (an actor).

That Oz broadcast was a life-changing improvisation,” says David Ossman. “After that we set out to stone the system, if you see what I mean.” Phil Proctor concurs: “We knew we were on to something. No matter how absurd we were, the audience bought it!

The shows were a success with radio listeners and a record deal with Columbia Records soon followed and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Firesign Theater radio era presented here on KBOO covers the period from 1970's Radio Hour Hour to 1971's Let's Eat. These programs were running when Peter, David and the Phils were working on thier classic LPs. It's like listening in the Founding Fathers during a rope-smoking rap session whence came the Constitution. Many Firesign characters and situations appear here in embryonic form.  While some shows contain polished skits and japes, some are simply the four or five crazy guys ad-libbing to books they've brought in or riffing on contemporary events. It's easy to see the shows as the crucible from which emerged Mark Time, Artie Choke and Rocky Rococo.

Many may be familiar with some of this era of Firesign radio via the Columbia compilation Dear Friends, which was released commercially in 1972, which excerpted select bits from a similarly titled twelve record set of complete Dear Friends episodes that was distributed to radio stations and was heavily bootlegged over the years and into the bits n' bytes era over the internet. But the Duke of Madness Motors collection goes much further, thanks to the tireless digging of Firesign archivist Taylor Jensen and others who've come forward with airchecks of seemingly lost episodes.

We're pleased as punch to have the kind permission of the Firesign Theater to run these programs on KBOO.

This program alternates with "Talking Earth."

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Episode Archive

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 11/04/13

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 10/28/13

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Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:10pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 10/07/13

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Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

Dear Friends: Was There A Cow on the Moon?

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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It's time for the Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

Tonight, we have another episode from the Dear Friends series (KPFK).

This one's entitled Was There A Cow on the Moon? and it aired 11/29/70 on KPFK.

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour!

It's fourth Monday evening, so it's time for another mind-wrenching episode of The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour, bringing you another classic episode from the vault.

Hope you can tune in!

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on 06/03/13

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Mon, 06/03/2013 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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It's time for another installment of The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour!

Yes, that's right!
It's time for another thrilling episode of the four or five crazy guys of Firesign Theatre as we go back into the past and play another classic, unheard in years, show from their immoral Dear Friends era.

Hope you can tune in!

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Last Show, with a surprise ending

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Mon, 02/24/2014

We've got a surprise to end the series
As KBOO's run of The Firesign Theatre Radio draws to a close, we bring a special treat for all you Fireheads.

We've got an interview with Peter, Phil, Phil and David, recorded on November of 1970, conducted by KBOO's own Ken Jones.
In addition to hearing the interview - which hasn't been heard since its airing on KPFA in '70 - while hear Ken recount how it happened, his recollections of meeting them and more.

Thanks so much for listening to The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour. No doubt, this isn't the last we'll hear of Firesign on KBOO.
  • Length: 59:45 minutes (41.03 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Playlists

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour playlist for 11/04/2013

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11/04/2013
Firesign Theatre: Radio Hour Hour, episode 01: "Yes Mistress!" (edited to fit this time slot)
Original air date 1/25/1970, KPPC FM Pasadena)
from the book & audio DVD compilation: Duke Of Madness Motors: The Complete "Dear Friends" Radio Era 1970-1972.
Tonight's program also included 2 one- minute segments: Firesign Station ID & Peter Bergman signoff.
total running time [60:21]  

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour playlist for 07/01/2013

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07/01/2013

Tonight, we air the very first episode of The Firesign Theatre's LET'S EAT radio series, entitled "Hey Banana Nose".

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour playlist for 05/06/2013

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05/06/2013

"Louis P. Illuminato's Church of Everything" (57:47) - episode #3 of The Firesign Theatre's Dear Friends radio series.

Originally aired on KPFK FM Los Angeles, 9/23/1970

mp3 audio from the dvd/book The Firesign Theatre: Duke of Madness Motors: The Complete "Dear Friends" radio Era 1970-1972

The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour playlist for 01/02/2012

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01/02/2012

Series: Dear Friends

Show Title: Don't Open The Door On Reality

Originally broadcast on KPFK-FM Los Angeles, Sept. 9 1970 (time of day unknown), engineer Live Earl Jive
 
Contents:
Invocation from the Book of Punter, Rosicrucians, Rules
The salvation of Dr. Millage, War against the cows, Punter, Beat the goat
Opening the door on reality, Mixmaster Balong Jesus, Hunting in Vietnam, Handwriting erit
Rat-killing, Listen to L.A., The Schnifter
Crippled vets rioting in Vietnam, John Wayne's busboy, Greetings from Free Popov
John Mermelstein, Tin Pudding Can Hash, Children are unpredictable
Arabs hijacking a train, Hello Israel, Armageddon in the Holy Land. Palestine
Triple blue chip stamp poetry, Rorschach test, Everybody Ha, Peace at any price
Blue sound effects alert, The big number one on the Boss 30, Eat, Mommy bought some tuna
Something to hoot on, Dr. Memory; Happy the Hop~Hop, Zucchini shot from a cannon, Hip Senator
The Long Strangler and Busby Berkeley, Berlin, Gamut of sexual dismay, Father takes Bennies
Gablinger'sISchlieger/Nordlander, Two Weeks in the Life of Fred, Multiple Identity, Schizophrenia
Dick Nixon, The George Putnam Hour, The Russians
Dismissal from the Book of Punter, Land of the telephone, God Savings and Loan
Off the pig, A crooked man, The Firesign Brothers

 

 

 

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