It is with great sadness we share the news that Mindwebs creator Michael Hanson has passed after a long and valiant struggle against cancer. He was 78 years old and is survived by his wife Rosie and sons Rolfe and Stephan.
The airing of MINDWEBS on WMSE was a coordinated effort with Michael Hanson to publicly release his show before his death and we are honored to be the station Michael chose to be a part of it knowing his tremendous history with Wisconsin radio. He expressed a comfort in knowing that his voice would be transmitting out over the radio waves after he was gone so in that way he could live on with his voice on the air. Michael was so happy to be back on the radio that it sparked him to create new episodes of his legendary radio program with WMSE Engineer Darkman who has spent many hours, years and days working with Michael to get his stories to air. It was un-expected and has been a genuine thrill to be able to hear Michael Hanson’s newest creations and we do still have more of these new episodes to bring you. Including the amazing final MINDWEBS episode Michael Hanson recorded. We start with a MINDWEBS special. The first three story MINDWEBS episode that will be airing on the 28th/29th. Join us on this world premier event in memory of this amazing Wisconsin broadcasting legend. This project of releasing every single episode of MINDWEBS that was created will continue to its completion as was promised to Michael.
Thank you for the stories you gave, the music you played and the love you created along the way. We will miss your amazing ability to bring stories to life but will look forward to hearing your voice again every week as we air every single episode of your wonderful creation. R.I.P.
Memorials may be made in Michael’s name to the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804 or the Freedom From Religion Foundation PO Box 750 Madison, WI 53701
Short Stories from the world of speculative fiction. Hosted by, Michael Hanson.
A 1970’s series out of WHA Radio in Wisconsin that featured weekly short stories of science fiction by some of the genre’s best writers, including: Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheseon and Arthur C. Clarke. The music, sound cues and occasional character voices along with the performance of Michael Hanson, the reader, resulted in better than most fully dramatized productions of the period. 169 shows were aired between 1975 and 1984.
“To be the caretakers of such an incredible radio series is both humbling and exciting,” said WMSE Station Manager Tom Crawford. He goes on to say, “We have the creator, Michael Hanson’s, blessing and we can’t wait to share this treasure trove of stories to our incredibly dedicated listeners.”
Each episode has been meticulously restored by WMSE engineer Darkman whose obsession with the series has led to a friendship with creator Michael Hanson and is one of the key reason why WMSE has the series.
5/25-26 #068 Sword Game – H.H. Hollis “A professor pursues a questionable relationship with a young gypsy girl using a time altering tesseract.”
6/01-02 #069 The Last Question – Isaac Asimov “Will there ever be an answer to the last question?”
6/08-09 #070 Eurema’s Dam – R.A. Lafferty “The world is kept healthy only by some of the unhealthy minds lurking in it.”
6/15-16 #071 Gas Mask – James Houston “Some traffic jams are worse than others. Will this one ever end?”
6/22-23 #072 The Show Must Go On – James Causey “When androids can do anything better than man, the only thing left for man is hate. Or can a performance change all of that?”
6/29-30 #180 All the Sounds Of Fear – Harlan Ellison “Richard Becker was the worlds greatest method actor until he murdered a girl preparing for a role. Now the actor’s characters are unraveling to a terrifying conclusion.” *** Premier Episode
7/6-7 #073 Beyond The Wall of Sleep – H.P. Lovecraft “Lovecraft’s classic tale of a mental hospital intern who believes the dream world is the true reality, and one far more terrifying.”
7/13-14 #074 A Place and A Time To Die – J.G. Ballard “A retired police chief and a deputized used car salesman dig-in and prepare for a futile last-stand against an advancing army.”
7/20-21 #075 A Walk In The Dark – Arthur C. Clarke “On a nameless planet in a far corner of the galaxy, Robert Armstrong’s rover has broken down and he must make it back to base in the dark of the night alone. At least he hopes he is alone.”
8/24-25 #079 In The Imagicon_George Henry Smith – Corrida_Roger Zelazny
8/31-9/1 #182 Language Of Birds – Dave McKean *** Premier Episode
9/07-8 #080 Allegory – William T. Powers
9/14-15 #081 Cephes 5 – Howard Fast
9/21-22 #082 The Plot is the Thing – Robert Bloch_and_The Midnight Express – Alfred Noyes
9/28-29 #183 New Episode with three stories!
10/05-6 #083 The Ever-Branching Tree – Harry Harrison
10/12-13 ##084 The Night All Time Broke Out – Brian W. Aldiss
10/19-20 #085 The Icebox Blonde – Thomas N. Scortia