Peter Bergman of (The Firesign Theatre) 1939 – 2012March 9, 2012
I just this moment learned that Peter Bergman of The Firesign Theatre has passed away from complications of Leukemia.
I am heartbroken!
I had the pleasure of meeting Peter last December when he and the other Fireheads were here and we talked about radio what can be done on it in terms of art. We hatched plans to do things between Radio Free Oz and KBOO Radio, even an idea he had to do things live – such as a détournement of the Fox Thanksgiving parade. Peter was a genius who knew how to use the medium of radio as a canvas for surreal political commentary. Sadly, none of these plans will come to fruition now.
I was proud to be their live engineer for their live appearance on KBOO. I was no Live Earl Jive, but I did man the board for them, bringing some of the records they used back in the 70s.
They were amazing that night! They ended up going an hour over what they had originally intended, to the delight of all of us in the studio and undoubtedly the radio audience. It was a magic night.
For me, it was one of those rare times where you meet someone who you grew up idolizing and they end being so cool and genuine. Peter’s love of community radio and KBOO was apparent that night. Such a genius! Such a nice man.
Peter kindly offered to let KBOO run the classic series of 1970s radio programs in their entirety.
Here’s a link to Firesign’s appearance on KBOO last December – possibly one of the last recorded performances by all four of them together.