The Ash Tree (Aired December 18, 1963)
The Black Mass was a horror-fantasy radio drama produced by Erik Bauersfeld, a leading West Coast radio dramatist. The series aired on KPFA (Berkeley) and KPFK (Los Angeles) from 1960 to 1965 on an irregular schedule. Bauersfeld was the Director of Drama and Literature at KPFA from 1962 to 1991. After John Whiting began at KPFA in 1960, he subsequently became the listener-supported station's production director, presenting dozens of programs about the arts and current affairs over a 14-year span. Whiting was the sound designer on The Black Mass, and his collaborations with Bauersfeld were later credited as "keeping radio drama alive in America in the 1960s. "Bauersfeld's Black Mass productions were an influence on writer-producer Tom Lopez (ZBS), who noted, "In the 1960s, I was inspired by someone at KPFA in Berkeley, Eric Bauersfeld. who did a series called The Black Mass, adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft and such. He helped me a lot. I consider Eric my mentor. He also did some fine Eugene O'Neill plays for radio."
December 18, 1963. KPFA/KPFK, Los Angeles/Berkeley. "The Ash Tree"
. Sustaining. The story was repeated June 7, 1964 and April 17, 1965. M. R. James (author), Erik Bauersfeld, Maria Gilardin (production assistant), John Whiting (sound production), Jack Nessel (creator). 30:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.