Remembering Frank Buxton
We join the rest of our community in mourning the loss of Frank Buxton, and invite you to listen to his first BCB podcast interview, where he reminisced with John Ellis about his early life in radio, and the founding of The Edge Improv group:
This episode of the “Who’s On Bainbridge” podcast show features two islanders — Frank Buxton and John Ellis — who are known and loved by many in our community.
John and Frank are the two founding members of the Edge Improv comedy troupe that entertains local audiences at the BPA’s Playhouse theater on the first Saturday of each month.
This 20-minute interview tells the story of the founding of the Edge Improv, and it also reveals Frank Buxton’s fascinating career history in the classic days of radio and television.
Frank describes his early fascination with the production of radio shows — when he realized at age 8 that he wanted to grow up to be the sound effects guy. Needless to say, his actual professional career in radio and TV went far beyond that. He recounts his early experiences watching the making of radio shows in the top broadcast studios in New York City. And we also follow Frank through his career in television.
Both John and Frank reveal how they were each inspired by the legendary Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams. Frank describes his experiences serving as the Director of the Mork and Mindy TV show, in which those two comic icons teamed up.
In this interview of Frank Buxton by guest host John Ellis, Frank and John talk about the meaning of improv in their lives. Frank reflects on the value of a technique commonly used in the Improv world — that is, responding to conversational openings with “yes, and…” Frank wonders out loud whether the world would be a better place if political leaders looked for ways to get to “yes, and…” rather than “no way.”
This light-hearted interview reveals the personalities of two long-time friends who are co-creators on stage and collaborators in the wider community.
Credits: BCB host and editor: Barry Peters, with guest host John Ellis
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In each episode, listen in on a 15 to 25 minute personal conversation with a local islander who helps make Bainbridge Island such an interesting and engaging place to live. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
Each podcast interview brings you a conversation with an artist or collector who is showing at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art or a local artist, performer, author or musician who is active in the local creative arts community. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
In the time it takes to share a coffee at a cafe with a friend who cares about community, we hear the local need or issue that’s on the mind of a local Bainbridge Island resident. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
In each episode of this new show, we invite you to step outside on foot, bike or boat and enjoy our island’s nature, wildlife, sights, sounds and people along the way. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
This is one of our newest BCB podcast radio shows and it reflects the great Bainbridge Island interest in local foods, farming, gardening, recipes, cooking and dining in this community. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
When there’s something special occurring on Bainbridge Island, there’s an opportunity to hear it in this diverse and eclectic set of BCB podcasts — whether it’s a cast doing a radio play, a panel of clergy standing up against climate change, or voices at a vigil at the Japanese-American memorial. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
Bainbridge Video Podcasts
Some video podcasts tell lively stories about the community, such as the opening of Owen’s Playground. Other videos will illustrate a “how to…” idea, perhaps showing how to make something special at a BARN artisan craft studio.
Our BCB project spans the generations — seniors, other adults, teenagers. And our current group of more than 12 active adult volunteers is supplemented by the students of Bainbridge High School’s Spartan News.
BCB will continue to seek local volunteers — with or without prior radio or podcast experience — to fill openings for interview hosts, studio techs, audio editors, and social media publishers.
Contact us to inquire about opportunities for you to play a role in local community podcasting on Bainbridge Island!