When the history of freeform radio is written, KPFA from Berkeley will figure prominently. It was on KPFA in the late 40's and early 50's that some of the first audio experiments and collages took place on a broadcast station in the US. And one sound artist who influenced KPFA from afar (and then became a programmer there) was Henry Jacobs.
Jacobs got his start in radio on a Mexican border blaster, but eventually settled in Chicago where his love affair with reel to reel tape manipulations and audio experimentation gave birth to a weekly radio show called Music and Folklore (a Best-Of was later issued on Folkways Records). KPFA aired the Music and Folklore shows, so when Jacobs arrived there in 1953, he was already known. In the bay area, Jacobs fell in with Alan Watts and Ken Nordine and collborated with Lenny Bruce and Karlheinz Stockhausen. (Lenny's first LP, Interviews of Our Times, was a Jacobs project.) Jacobs went on to co-invent the concept of Surround Sound at the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco, and he was invited to the Brussels World Expo in 1958 to recreate it. He also went on to produce ground-breaking television, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964. A few years ago, Important Records issued a Best-Of Henry Jacobs CD and DVD called The Wide Weird World of Henry Jacobs.
Here is his 1950's "comedy" LP, The Wide Weird World of Shorty Petterstein. Click the image on the right for the album's annotated back cover.