Joe Frank

It would have been in the early 2000s. I was working the second shift on an inpatient unit of a substance abuse treatment center. I'd often work from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm but stay later than that, doing paperwork or talking with other people who worked there. Sometimes, I'd go to Denny's to eat because it was open and cheap.

One night, when I was leaving, I started my car, and the radio was tuned to 91.5 WBEZ, the local NPR station. I heard a deep voice speaking in a deadpan manner. I turn it up. I can't believe what I'm hearing. It is amazing. I'd never heard anything like this on the radio, and now, all these years later, I still haven't.

It was the voice of Joe Frank (Wikipedia, YouTube, Soundcloud).

It has been years since I listened to or even thought about Joe Frank. But, as I was trying to put my youngest kid to sleep, I remembered him.


After my kid was sleeping, I found a few examples of Joe's work, and I'd like to share them with you.


Joe Frank died at 79 in 2018, but most of his work has been preserved. I found that you can get a membership to joe frank dot com for

  • $12.99 a month
  • $29.99 for three months
  • $99.99 for a year

And have the ability to stream everything. I'm considering getting the three months or a-year membership now.

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