The KRAB Archive
Nov 17, 1967 - The teach-in was recorded by KPFA, at the UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom;
Dec 9, 1967 - During Program Director Pam Plumb's Saturday morning program she played the Bevel speech as a preview of the program;
Dec 18, 1967 - FCC engineer/inspector Frank T Roach begins an investigation with a visit to KRAB, where he gets the program log of Dec 9, and confiscates the tape of the Bevel speech;
Dec 19, 1967 - Frank Roach returns with tape and conducts an inspection of station;
Dec 24, 1967 - Program is scheduled in guide, but broadcast is cancelled: Movement Against Political Suspensions - Reverend James Bevel of the Southern Leadership Conference, speaks at a teach-in at the Berkeley campus. KPFA (R);
Jan 24, 1968 - After a meeting of the Jack Straw Board of Directors, the program is rescheduled with this description: The James Bevel Tape. This program is discussed at great length on page 2 of this guide. It is the complete version as confiscated by the local office of the FCC on December 17, 1967. KPFA. (R)
Now that you have listened to the Reverend, read the full story of the FCC's reaction to this broadcast: FCC vs KRAB: The Adventure of the Short-term License Renewal - Part 3 - Reverend James Bevel and the Movement Against Political Suspensions
*Since an actual off-the-air recording of the Bevel Tape as broadcast on KRAB is now available, the recently digitized Pacifica version has been retired.
Recording courtesy Will Estill and Mark Apland, and the originator of the program, KPFA and the Pacifica Radio Archives, www.pacificaradioarchives.org
5:30 PM - L W Milam, manager emeritus of KRAB, plays a hundred samples of talk, and music, and wonder that have been broadcast by the station since the wet, flapping days of Dec 1962, when the rattlebang, the whole mess went public. Sort of a sound montage with the voices of doom, despair, joy, angst; the musics of a world turned grey and old long before its time. Somewhere in all this, sandwiched between the sounds of Sunda, the 16th Century, and explications on Rock gardening in the Ukraine*, will be some sort of attempt at stating where the whole mess has been going. The juggernaut of time, racing down silver tracks, with slots of purple seal's fur, pushing eyes of white wonder into the fog spinning in inks turn from day to night, and back to day again. If, if, there is a day again. (until midnight)
Repeated May 11, 1968, 10:00 AM: 6 YEARS AT KRAB OR WHOOPS I'M STILL HERE, "Lorenzo Milam takes over the Saturday morning show and oh yea bark"
As he prepared to leave gray Seattle for the sunny South, KRAB founder Lorenzo Milam assembled this bittersweet farewell to KRAB. A kind of swan song, in this seven hour montage he shared sounds unique to KRAB, and gave us a reminder of what he had in mind when he started the whole thing. All we have are tapes 6 and 7 - the last two-and-a-half hours from 9:30 pm to midnight. The rest is in the aether.
In response to pleas from readers and listeners, here are some clues as to what is included in this episode:
1 - All That Fall, Samuel Beckett's radio play (69:36)
15 - Bob Fass (0.01)
If you can identify any of the questionmarked items, please send us your ideas.
*I have searched unsuccessfully high and low, well, mostly low, for Rock Gardening in the Ukraine by Ignacio Schwartz. Can anyone suggest where a copy might be found? The Crimean unrest would seem to make it particularly poignant.
Recording courtesy WYSO, and the KRAB Nebula
Conversation between Mike Page and Lorenzo Milam. "Mike is an ex-psychotherapist, with a lot of ideas his excollegues are uncomfortable with, while many others clamor to hear him. It looks as though radio has discovered a new, exciting personality right here in Seattle." so speaks Mike Page
Two days after this interview-conversation was broadcast KRAB aired its first (only) live group therapy marathon, described in the guide as follows:
Jun 1, 1968 (Saturday) 3:00pm - 20 HOUR GROUP THERAPY MARATHON - six people will be sitting across the street for twenty hours, alone & together. With nothing to talk about but themselves. Mike Page, who is an experienced, if disallusioned, psychotherapist will be coming out of retirement to conduct the session. An open time for all people to cry & learn & smile. Broadcast live....the session will end Sunday morning at 11:00
The guide editor probably meant "disillusioned", as the allusions flew fast during the session. "Across the street" was a house that the Jack Straw Memorial Foundation had recently purchased with the intent of eventually (when the transmitter moved to Cougar Mountain) remodeling and turning into KRAB studios and offices. (A couple of photographs of the scale model of Herb Hannum's design for the new facility can be found on the front and back covers of the Oct 10 to 17, 1971 Marathon program guide.) For the therapy session the wiring was precariously strung across Roosevelt to the control room where a tape delay of something like two seconds had been set up. Somehow I let myself be volunteered for the midnight to 6AM engineering shift, making station ID's on the hour while keeping my finger on the switch to cut the signal should the language drift into the forbidden zone.
Whatever became of Mike Page? About all I have been able to find, so far, are the Aug 26, 1991 minutes of the Island County Commissioners, in which Mike Page is appointed County Designated Mental Health Professional.
Recording courtesy the Pacifica Radio Archives
Lorenzo Milam is back at the controls with baroque music or maybe flamenco and he tells me he's been reading some good things lately. Maybe he'll read some this morning.
[Editor's note: When I see references to "free form" radio (Lorenzo called it "Free Forum"), this is what comes to my mind.]
What you will hear (besides some long pauses):
Part 1 (43:01 )
1 - Henry Purcell - From the Second book of Trio Sonatas, violin – Giorgio Ciompi, Werner Torkanowsky; cello – George Koutzen; harpsichord – Herman Chessid
2 - Reading from the Wall Street Journal of Thursday Sep 12, 1968: "That auto you rent may have just had an exciting weekend" by Stanford Sesser
3 - Handel Suite #7 in G, Wanda Landowska, harpsichord
4 - Reading from Wall Street Journal of Aug 2nd 1968, "Confession Magazine Revenue Keeps Rising" by Kent McDougall
Part 2 (42:46)
1 - Francois Couperin - From Leçons De Ténèbres, Hugues Cuénod, Tenor; Gino Sinmberghi, Tenor; Franz Holetschek, Harpsichord and Organ; Richard Harand, Cello
2 - Lorenzo does a subscription pitch - He suggests that if the station was put for sale then, it would be reasonable to value it at about $100,000. Which is roughly $74,130,000 in 2020 dollars.
3 - J S Bach - Some 2 and 3 Part Inventions - Glenn Gould, piano
4 - And finally, it appears LWM is editing program guide essays for The Myrkin Papers, but a future book is loitering at the back of his mind because he identifies the work in progress he is reading from as "Sex and the Federal Communications Commission Fairness Doctrine".
If you go looking for the essays, the first was published in guide 81, Feb 9, 1966. Unfortunately, our copy is missing the first 2 pages. We are also missing guide 60, Apr 21, 1965, which is where the 2nd essay would be found. But do not despair, both essays can be found in The Myrkin Papers, which is available in the KRAB Archive. You just have to know where to look.
Guides are valuable tools for finding information about the programs and people of KRAB. If you have any guides you are willing to have scanned for the archive, please email us at email@example.com
Recording courtesy Bob West, BW1068
Although Lorenzo “retired” from his managerial role, he continued to volunteer at KRAB. He would read from a book or article, and play whatever music seemed to fit. This recording starts with the reading in progress of Claude Brown's "Manchild in the Promised Land". After a musical interlude, Lorenzo then reads from Ed Donahoe's column "Tilting the Windmill" in the Nov 29, 1968 Washington Teamster.
If I can get the money together, Gene Johnston did a six hour interview of Ed Donahoe in 1972, and it needs to be digitized.
Recording courtesy Bob West
Tonto and Lop-Lop protest the tearing down of the old armory, and Lorenzo W. Milam eggs them on.
This was probably recorded some time in mid-1968, as that is when the "controversy" unfolded: "The City of Seattle agreed today to stopping demolition of the old National Guard Armory, Fred Bassetti, an architect, said." (Seattle Times Mar 11, 1968)
"The Armory is as remarkable an example of 19th Century Americana as the cannery or any of the buildings in the Ghiradelli development in San Francisco", wrote protesting architects in a letter to the Seattle City Council. The letter went on to say "Buildings like this have a unique character which could never be recreated and must be considered an environmental resource."
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv PA0541
THE RADIO LETTERS - Lorenzo Milam reads from letters sent to WEAF (New York) and other Bell Telephone stations when they were conducting experiments in the transmission of music and talk . . . 1920 - 1923. Accompanied by music from Folkways Phono Cylinders Vol 1 and 2. From "The WEAF Experiment" by Banning. From KTAO.
In Jun 2017 the we received an email from Lorenzo: "There was a great tape I did in 1973 [sic] at ktao called the weaf experiment - - - a reading from the book of the same name of people @ radio 1922. I did the readings with appropriate scratchy music, and sent to jeremy and larry bolef at kdna and they added the kinds of intrafrequency weep & beeps aether noises typical of the time. It may have ended up at pacifica or in the kdna tapes . . . "
Eventually a copy of the program was found to be in the collection of tapes formerly exchanged by and among NFCB member stations and now in the Library of the University of Maryland. The WEAF Experiment was written by William Peck Banning a former AT&T Assistant Vice-President, and published in 1946.
Recording courtesy University of Maryland Special Collections and University Archives, (NFCB collection), bcast-072374
Lorenzo Milam interviews John Daugert, who has lived in either a Kaiser or a Fraser for -the past 8 years. He talks about his fleet of Kaisers (he's owned fifteen) and why they were the best car made. the difficulties of sleeping in a car (he is also six foot three and weighs 220) and the various hassles, especially with the police, he has encountered living in his car.
This excerpt was found on an air check of KFAT (Gilroy), a station that Jeremy Lansman owned for a while. Someday, maybe, we will find a complete version.
Recording courtesy of KFAT aircheck posted online
INTERVIEW: ROBERT GARFIAS - L W Milam talks with Mr Garfias about his recent trip to Africa (and several other places); about the political situation in Rhodesia and South Africa; and about the treatment of blacks in these countries as well as describing the music he was there to record. Robert Garfias is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Washington; he does a Wednesday night music show on KRAB called "Ethnic Music", heard every week at 9:00 pm, and repeated Thursday at 11:30 am.
For those puzzled by the program guide description above, Zimbabwe was once called Rhodesia. The death of Nelson Mandela makes some of the comments in this program all the more poignant. In addition to being KRAB's first Music Director, Robert Garfias founded the Ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington. With his guidance, KRAB became one of the few radio stations in the world to prominently feature the traditional and classical music of non-western cultures.
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv PA1070
For those unfamiliar with Mbira, here is a very short sample taken from Robert Garfias's field recordings made during the 1971 trip discussed in the above program. Mbira.org has released two CD's (numbers 1200 and 3020) of his recordings, as well as many other styles of Mbira. This excerpt is from "Njari 1971", recorded in Harare and performed by Alvoro Shiwoto and Enoch Kaute:
One of the 'Phone Phreakx' mentioned in a recent Esquire article, Captain Crunch is privy to most all the secrets of the telephone company. In this interview with Lorenzo Milam, there are actually four calls (all which took place Sept 13, 1971) routed through different trunks so that it would be hard to trace them. Captain Crunch is a pseudonym, of course, and in this interview he shows his deep concern that he will be found out, discovered, busted by the Telephone Co. He also describes the famous 2111 loop in Vancouver, some interesting calls he has made and phreakx he has known. (From KTAO) (KRAB Guide Apr 1972 Marathon)
You never know who is going to come through the door, or over the phone line, and what will fascinate the listener. This was one of those programs that KRAB listeners couldn't get enough of, even if portions were almost unlistenable. The audio does improve after the first minute.
Over-the-air recording courtesy Bob Gudgel
Lorenzo Milam delivering the keynote address at the first National Federation of Community Broadcasters conference in Telluride, Colorado, June 17, 1976.
Recording courtesy Robert Weppner
Photos from video by Thomas Lofstrom, from Telluride conference. The inspiration for David Byrne and Stop Making Sense?
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