A brief look at the 'No Other Radio' Program
Since 1981 John Gullak, through his radio program "The No Other Radio Network," has pioneered and provided a forum for underground,
electronic, industrial, psycho acoustic, and technogrunge music. His
weekly midnight program on Berkeley radio station KPFA gives public
access to musicians who would not be able to get their sounds heard
because they do not conform to the commercial, conservative, censored,
make believe media mold in the USA..Listeners to the program can also
send in their contributions, giving a true validity to the home taping
music scene. (paraphrased from Brian Lustmord)
From UNSOUND magazine:
US: How did the radio show, 'No Other Radio' come about?
JG: The radio show came about the because of the Public Hearings. With
the second Public Hearing Don Joyce and Jane Hall, Mark Hosler got some
space on KPFA to do a little Public Hearing special to play some tapes
over the air, that went over pretty well. Charles Amirkhanian liked it and realized that there was a real good outlet for music. I had already developed this kind of network and he
was looking for something like that for KPFA. He asked me if I was
interested in taking over this time slot that was opening up. I guess
Tim Yohannan had something to do with it also in terms of encouraging
him to ask me, that was in '80 or '81.
US: Has the show changed?
JG: Yes. At first I did just strictly real underground music. A lot of
it was really hard to listen to but I thought, 'this is great, these
people are here and why shouldn't they have their moment on the radio?"
US: How did you choose what tapes to play?
JG: I try to find things that are just really unusual in terms of what
you normally hear on a radio station.
US: Although, now there is this history and there are all these people
doing this and you have to look at it on another level.
JG: That's true, but the basic idea is that you still don't usually hear
that music on the radio. I like things that are interesting, that
somehow conjure up different emotions, things that are emotional, or
make you think of certain images. It's really hard to talk about. The
program's changed now to where I play records, as well as the cassettes,
but it turns out that a lot of the people that I used to play who did
cassettes now have things out on records.
Now I'll play more historical pieces, things that were maybe done twenty
years ago, or more and they sound contemporary. I don't have a good
experimental background in terms of all the different composers, but
people will give me records and tapes that they think I'll enjoy, and I
usually do. It's become more educational instead of being a curiosity
attraction, or a refuge for things that have now where else to play. It
seems to be so much better now because people are getting out more and
writing to each other, trading tapes, etc.
Some of the artists that have appeared on No Other Radio:
DAEVID ALLEN, AMK, ARCHITECS OFFICE, ATOM SMASHERS, BLEVIN FROM BLECTUM,
BLACKHUMOUR, BREATHER, KIM CASCONE, MONTE CAZZAZA, CLUSTER, CON-DOM ,
CRASH WORSHIP, CRAWLING WITH TARTS, CHRIS CUTLER, THOMAS DIMUZIO, DER
PLAN, NON , DOLL PARTS, D.D. DOWNER, EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN, FACTRIX,
STEVE FISK, JOHN GIORNO, ANNIE GILLIS, GREG GOODMAN, HAFLER TRIO,
PHAUSS, BILTING/KARKOWSKI, JOHN HUDAK, BROOK HINTON, HUNTING LODGE, IAO
CORE, ICEPLANTS, IF BWANA, KINGSHOUSE, LAIBACH, LEATHER NUN, LEGENDARY
PINK DOTS, LESSER, LITTLE FYODOR, LUSTMORD, MERZBOW, MSBR, NATIONAL
DISGRACE, NEGATIVLAND, DEATH IN JUNE, NULL SET, BOB OSTERTAG, PHILLIP
PERKINS, SHIRLEY & SPINOZA, STEEV HISE, MR.MERIDIES, PHAOSS, PLATEAU,
POST BAND, PTV, STAALPLAAT, MILES STANDISH, SUCKDOG, THESSALONIANS,
TUXEDOMOON, 2 ORDINARY GUYS, UNIVAC INDEX, MONOPAUSE, WE NEVER SLEEP,
WOBBLY, ACHIM WOLLSCHEID, YOUR HOST BOBBY, ZOVIET FRANCE, DER
BLUTHARSCH, DEUTCH-NEPAL, ANENZEPHALIA, XOME, 15 DEGREES, STIMBOX,
HATERS, POISON GAS RESEARCH, ALLEGORY CHAPEL
Randy H.Y. Yau is a curator, sound artist and designer who has been
active in the sonic arts since 1993. He has produced multiple solo and
collaborative audio works which have been distributed internationally.
He has also performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe
and Japan with upcoming performances in China, Australia and Peru. Yau
founded and continues to co-curate Activating the Medium, an annual
sonic arts festival which travels through Universities, museums and
alternative art spaces across California including The San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art and Beyond Baroque. He also founded Auscultare
Research, a record label releasing sound works from artists all over the
world. He has conducted radio programs focused on sound art for over 11
years and continues to broadcast on KPFA's "No Other Radio Network."
Since 1999, Yau has served as Vice President and Curatorial Director of
23five Incorporated, a non-profit sonic arts advocacy group based in San
Scot Jenerik is a conceptual artist who primarily works with the mediums
of sound, fire, performance and instrument building (as a solo artist
and as a member of F-Space). He has performed and lectured extensively
in the United States, Europe and Japan, and has produced multiple
internationally distributed audio and video works. Mr. Jenerik is a
co-founder of 23five Incorporated and currently serves as the
organization's Executive Director. (23five is a non-profit arts
organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of
sound works in the public arena, while providing support and education
for artists working with and discussing the medium of sound.) He is a
co-owner and CTO of Mobilization Records and co-hosts the No Other Radio
Network program on KPFA 94.1. Scot Jenerik holds an M.F.A. from the San
Francisco Art Institute, in Performance/Video, and a B.S. from Weber
State College with a double major in Photography and Printmaking.
Russell Kent got involved with Radio Broadcasting in 1990 with the goal of
giving a radio voice to the unusual artists he was interested in while
introducing the Experimental/Industrial genre to the artistically open
minded. He hosted a weekly late night program on KFJC 89.7 FM (Foothill
College) from 1992 through 2000 which was an extremely thorough four hour
investigation of the culturally extreme music underground. The show
concentrated on current and brand new releases and featured regular Live Mic
performances/interviews with local, national and international experimental
artists and a semi-regular line-up of guest dj's. In 1995, John Gullak
invited him to join the No Other Radio Network team as a co-host and
dAS is a musician, producer, and engineer with more than twenty years of
experience in print and broadcast media. Before coming to Pacifica, he was a music director and production instructor at KZSC in Santa Cruz as well as producer of three programs, including a scripted live radio comedy show, and a Sunday afternoon live 20th century classical program, which included guests such as Lou Harrison, John Cage and Aswin Batish. But perhaps dAS is best known as the host of the Ub Radio Network, which for a decade pushed the limits of art on the air. He has also had programs on KALX and started his radio pranks years ago with a overnight slot on KNAC, playing only records the station had thrown away. A long time colleague of No Other Radio, dAS simulcast the show on KZSC throughout the 80's as well as making at least 40 appearances on the show during John Gullak's tenure. dAS now resides in Alameda, CA where he composes and engineers for the long-running arts group Big City Orchestra.