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The sheer incoherence of it all is a form of amnesia, like being trapped in a burning temple wearing a pair of shorts and suspenders and performing a traditional folk dance thinking 'Help me! Save me! Catalog me! Look me up in books to find out who I am, what I've done...'   - The Decline of Spengler

The Joe Frank Wiki is a catalog dedicated to the pioneering work of radio artist Joe Frank. The wiki is maintained by a community of Joe Frank scholars and enthusiasts. All who are interested in participating in this noble endeavor are encouraged to request an account.

To listen to Joe's material, visit Site membership provides access to all of Joe's programs. Individual programs and series can also be purchased on CD and as mp3 downloads. They make thoughtful gifts. (The JFWiki is not directly affiliated with our friends at

Numerous shows are available for free streaming. Several stations broadcast Joe regularly.

The wiki currently hosts 493 articles:

Programs by Type

Absurd Monologue (120 shows)

Serious Monologue (61 shows)

Improv Actors (58 shows)

Scripted Actors (47 shows)

Narrative Monologue (44 shows)

Karma Style (41 shows)

Real People (33 shows)

Panel Discussion (16 shows)

View all 19 types

Programs by Cast Member[1]

Larry Block (85 shows)

Arthur Miller (82 shows)

David Rapkin (63 shows)

Tim Jerome (42 shows)

Jack Kornfield (34 shows)

Lester Nafzger (22 shows)

Paul Mantell (21 shows)

Debi Mae West (20 shows)

View all 116 cast members

External links

  • The Joe Frank Index is a handy launchpad for exploring all Joe Frank shows by date, name, series, or type, with show-specific links to and the other resources including this Wiki, the FAQ, and the discussion groups.
  • The joe-frank-list mailing list stopped working in 2022; its archive has messages dating back to 2003, with a lot of information not available elsewhere.
  • Joe was interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air


    1. This is a work in progress; we continue to update and finalize cast listings.