Stumbled upon Joe Frank on a car trip, likely on WFMU, on Thanksgiving, 1992 ("The Dictator"). He's greatly influenced how I write if not what I write, in that I've learned to think about my words as speech as I'm writing them. I promote Joe ceaselessly to friends and acquaintances, because to me he brings dimension and creativity to radio of a kind largely unseen in recent decades.
It's almost ironic to me that he spent so much time on an NPR outlet, because I think his work so largely transcends the stagnant efforts of that network ("the long, grey treadmill to oblivion," as someone once said). His work makes the NPR parade seem tired, formulaic, and creatively resigned.
During the brief period of Joe's offical absence from the internet, I hosted links to the shows at this site.