Joe Frank's America

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Joe Frank's America[1]
In The Dark
Original Broadcast Date
Many Joe Franks
Serious Monologue, Telephone, Real People, Absurd Lists, Sound Effects, Singing, 26 minutes
Preceded by: A Natural Disaster
Followed by: That Night

"My name is Joe Frank, and I live in Burlington Vermont."

Joe Frank's America is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series In The Dark. It was originally broadcast in 1994.


Joe calls a long list of men named Joe Frank. Joe talks about having no interest in the show, contemplates leaving radio, and talks about a direction-less man who had been a diplomat for a nation which no longer exists. Joe is on the beach and fantasizes over a man he mistakes for a woman, then he meets a stranger looking for Indian burial grounds. Joe talks about his name against a background of children singing "Me and My Shadow." [Yeah, I know it's not really a call in show; but creating a new category for a call out show seemed excessive.]


Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "[C]reated in collaboration with Arthur Miller and David Rapkin. The story editor was Farley Ziegler. Audio editing by Jerry Summers and Theo Mondle. Recorded and mixed by Theo Mondle. Special thanks to Jennifer Ferro."


Joe Frank sings a karaoke version of Me and My Shadow.