Voices by Frank Calabrese

There once was a hirsute social commentator on San Luis Obispo radio known as F. Fester Fletcher. He was a parody of a reknowned local radio newscaster, Fred Peterson (1918 – 2005), who worked on the air at KSLY radio, 1400 on the AM dial.

Listen to one of F. Fester Fletcher’s newscasts on KCPR radio 91.3 at Cal Poly (0:02:43 MP3 1,277 KB). This recording is a very small sample of an ongoing satire series on KCPR by Frank Calabrese, whose many imaginative voices gave life to multimple personalties:

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You can begin to appreciate the talent of Frank Calabrese by listening to this KCPR news feature entitled “The Runny Side of the News” (0:02:12 MP3 2 MB). Note how he over-exaggerates the rolling of “R’s” in his speech–the way Fred Peterson (sort of) did on KSLY:

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Hear the sad-but-true final episode of the satire entitled “Fester’s Last Stand” (0:01:52 MP3 878 KB). This charming–yet patriotic–feature was written and produced for broadcast on KCPR radio 91.3 at Cal Poly by Frank just before he left San Luis Obispo to serve in the United States Navy:

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Listen to some of the most unforgettable voices of Frank Calabrese on KCPR radio (0:02:48 MP3 2,641 KB). This recording includes an excerpt from the notorious Pozo Dam disaster–an elaborate prank upon a late shift DJ who was tricked into thinking newscaster Fred Peterson was phoning in a report about a fictional dam about to break.

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But, wait. there’s more! During the hilarious late-night Pozo Dam prank, Frank Calabrese also created and portrayed the ficticious Larry Smith, who claimed to be the “Sheriff of Pozo” (0:00:48 MP3 761 KB):

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You can listen to many additional voices by Frank in the tribute video presented at the October 25, 2009 memorial at Cal Poly.

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