From the Vault 520: Remembering Erik Bauersfeld

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From the Vault 520: Remembering Erik Bauersfeld
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In this episode of From the Vault we remember longtime KPFA Drama & Literature Director Erik Bauersfeld, who passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Bauersfeld was a talented voice-over actor and radio drama producer, who blessed Pacifica Radio with an incredible legacy spanning six decades. Among his many notable accomplishments in radio and film, Bauersfeld voiced the part of Admiral Ackbar in the third film of the 'original' Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi.

Our tribute to Bauersfeld today will highlight two of his superb recordings held in the collection at Pacifica Radio Archives. We begin with the 1967 dramatic reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, starring Martin and Nancy Ponch, Chris Lighthill, Shirley Jones, Toby Halpern, and Erik Bauersfeld as the "Ridiculous Man." We then listen to a 1967 radio performance of two monologues Bauersfeld adapted from Dorothy Parker's Arrangement in Black and White and But the One on My Right, starring Ann Content and Norma Jean Wanvig.

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From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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