A Kiss Is Just A Kiss

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A Kiss Is Just A Kiss
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
2.5 hours
Preceded by: When She's Asleep, She Looks Like An Angel
Followed by: Dreams Of The River

A Kiss Is Just A Kiss is a radio program produced by Joe Frank.

Program Information

It is not clear when the program originally aired. The WFMU FAQ lists the program date as 2002, but this is clearly not the original air date. I [ddyer] have aircheck tapes for parts 2 and 3 which date from KCRW in 1986.

The only known existing copy is divided into three parts of unequal length, and the first part has been lost. It is not clear if the division is original.


Part 2

  • Johnny and his relationship to his stepmother at the start of WWII.
  • He fights with fascists in a German-American movie theater. He and his stepmother kiss.
  • He runs off, gets drunk, and enlists in the Canadian air force.
  • Enthusiastic recruits board the ship for Europe.
  • His plane goes down and he gets a desk job, invites death when London is bombed.

Part 3

  • Johnny returns from Europe after the war.
  • He finds religion in a Thomas Merton poem and joins the monastery in Gethsemani.


Part 2

Part 3

Shared material


  • This program is not available at joefrank.com.
  • I believe this was broadcast (or maybe just made available for RealAudio streaming on a KCRW web page) as the last "new" program of The Other Side, in 2002. It sounded like a weaker version of To The Bar Life; makes sense that it was produced earlier, and then improved. -Rash (talk)