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Radio News: Joe Frank dies

Jan 16, 2018 10:50 pm
Radio artist Joe Frank died Jan. 15, 2018, after a lifetime of surreal and influential radio works. While most Americans are probably not familiar with his work, many have heard his voice or his echo. He could be best known for his 1982 monologue "Lies," which Martin Scorsese used, without permission, as the basis for the movie "After Hours." (Scorsese settled out of court.) His distinctive, resonant voice can be heard on voiceover work for The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and commercials for Zima and the Saturn Corporation. He worked at WBAI in New York, and was a co-anchor for the weekend edition of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" in the late 1970s. In 1993 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Radio Art, and in 2003 he won a Third Coast International Audio Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the first jobs of "This American Life" host Ira Glass was working for Frank. He was truly, won of radio's most unique voices. A feature-length film, Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There, about Frank's life and work, is scheduled for release in 2018. The film was completed prior to Frank's death and includes interviews with collaborators and other radio personalities.
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