Jan 23, 2018
How do you pay proper tribute to a legend that many people haven’t heard of?
We began asking ourselves this question last week when the visionary radio producer Joe Frank passed away, after a long struggle with colon cancer. Joe Frank was the radio producer’s radio producer. He told stories that were thrillingly weird, deeply mischievous (and sometimes head-spinningly confusing!). He had a big impact on us at Radiolab. For Jad, his Joe Frank moment happened in 2002, while sitting at a mixing console in an AM radio studio waiting to read the weather. Joe Frank's Peabody Award-winning series "Rent-A-Family” came on the air.
Time stood still.
We’ve since learned that many of our peers have had similar Joe Frank moments.
In this episode, we commemorate one of the greats with Brooke Gladstone from On the Media and Ira Glass from This American Life.
This episode was produced by Jad Abumrad with help from Kelly Prime and Sarah Qari.
A very special thanks to Michal Story.
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