Facebook Post: 2021-04-30T08:35:34

Today is the last day that you can sign up to get the benefits that will go out in May. (You can sign up at any time, but that puts you in for the following month’s benefits, etc.) Starting tomorrow, I will begin assembling packages and items for The Lemonade Stand supporters. The last couple of bits and bobs to get into the mix: Mutated Money and Custom Buttons!

There is a unique Button for each level of Membership. Mail-Art Members will get a different button with their mail art, and a new edition of Mutated Money will be coming out soon, which is only available to supporters. (I believe we will be releasing $2, $3 and $20 denominations, each with their own, unique serial number that may or may not be tracked when you cross international borders.) There’s a lot of benefits for signing up at the higher levels, and I really appreciate it when you do.

There is a level of membership for General Support, what I’m calling, “I’d Buy That For A Dollar!” Over a year that comes to $12, about the cost of an album of new music in a record store. I mention this only because it’s a low-impact, easy way to show your support, without feeling like you are on the hook in a big way. You get billed a single dollar, every month, and it helps support this crazy thing I do. And, even at the $1 a month level, you get a badge that tells the world you are helping me live my dream. 

It’s been exciting see all of this come together. While I still feel very strange about this kind of arrangement, I’ve heard some encouraging things so far. I know I would probably keep making things anyway, even if I didn’t have this motivation. Hopefully a few of you can see the benefit in that, and want to join me on this quest.


Facebook Post: 2021-04-30T02:23:18

Growing up, I was always told I shared a birthday with Willie Nelson. Of course, the story is more complicated than that. He was born very close to midnight, and while it was on the 29th side of the clock, the Dr. recorded Willie’s birthday as being the 30th.

Growing up, I dint know this. But according to this story, Willie also didn’t know. When I was a kid, he thought it was the 30th. So that’s probably why I grew up thinking it was the same as me. As I have learned, at some point when I was in High School is when Willie found out the truth. But with all the various evidence sort of muddying the truth, and all of this happening before the Internet, it is a wonder the story was confusing until 2018, when he and his family finally set the record straight for the public.

I still love Willie, even if we aren’t b-day twins like I thought. He’s still amazing.

Facebook Post: 2021-04-30T01:31:29

I’m mostly furious that money is still a fuckin’ thing in the far-flung future date of 2021, but I resent the most how much was promised by going to school, and how much is actually gained from having an education. I’m largely miserable, I have no access to jobs because of it, and it has weighed me down, financially, since I went, and to make matters worse, the only things I really got out of college was some nice books and a new appreciation for McTeague by Frank Norris. But I’m no smarter or better prepared for work life than I was, and now much more in debt with fewer options than if i’d kept working for that ten years instead.

I’m so angry that this is still sold as something that will better your life. That’s fairly unlikely, unless you already have means and connections anyway. And I never had either.

Blur was right. Modern life is rubbish.

Facebook Post: 2021-04-29T11:51:32

May Postcards were dropped in the mail today. If you are a “High Five!” supporter, you can hear and see the postcard NOW in a slightly different form, and you can see / read a little behind the scenes in making this month’s card.

And, if you want to see / hear this kind of stuff, and get access to other cool perks, I have a recommendation as to someone you could support. If that’s your bag.


Facebook Post: 2021-04-28T10:43:48

A new, once monthly podcast is one of the benefits of supporting me at the “Mail-Art Member” level, over at the Lemonade Stand. In fact: people who are already doing that are hearing an ALTERNATE VERSION of the theme song, right now! It won’t be in the podcast, and the band has been kind enough to let us include it as a special bonus for those on the inside. The real theme song will be heard on the first episode of the new show, coming the first Tuesday in May.

If you wanna throw down at the “Mail-Art Member” level, you not only receive custom mail art that no one else will get to see, but a variety of old publications and releases in these mail art packages, sort of “thank you” gifts for your generosity. All of this, and the once-monthly podcast will be yours. Join the fun! There’s a lot going on over at Austin’s Lemonade Stand.


Facebook Post: 2021-04-27T16:23:46

I’ve been wondering if I could do this or not, and so today’s experiment paid off in the way of a new perk for “High Five!” Support Members. There is now a unique, one of a kind zine that is only available to supporters, and will contain your name in the back, as a thank you for supporting this work.

The first edition of that zine will be coming out soon, for the first batch of supporters who join before May 1st. If you want to get one of the first editions, you will need to support the digital Lemonade Stand, to help keep this dream alive. I’ll give you a tease: this is a new Detective Dexter Roland tale that has never been told before! Largely because I wrote it today. And it will never be told elsewhere, so this is your chance.

If you want to get this, consider signing up to support me in this crazy thing I do. I promise, you won’t be sorry.


Facebook Post: 2021-04-26T11:44:11

New blog post for supporters. We are now making enough to cover our monthly postage! Read all about it by following the link. And: why not join the crew who are keeping The Lemonade Stand in operation, so you can read stuff like this? Even when you join at the $1 level, you help keep this dream alive, for which I’m very grateful.


Facebook Post: 2021-04-25T16:55:30

We don’t have an off-week show this time, so instead, why not check out our friends The Secret Light? Their guitar player, kiisu d’salyss, remixed our theme song, which you can hear when you subscribe to 20 Minutes Into The Future. They are good peeps, and their songs are your new faves, for sure.

Next week: our big panel show with the Max Headroom creators. Don’t miss it!


Facebook Post: 2021-04-25T07:51:17

Within hours of launching my Patreon page, I already got a few supporters signed up. How cool is that? While there will still be content at my old blog, supporters will get access to blog posts that only THEY get to read, just for being a supporter. The first one is up now, so if you want to read it, you’ll have to join. I hate putting anything behind a paywall, but after almost 30 years of having almost no paywalls, putting a few things in a place where you have to pay to see them isn’t that much different than selling merch at a show. (I keep telling myself.)

The first episode of the Patreon-only podcast will come out in May, so this is the perfect time to get the lead out. There are five tiers to choose from, so choose wisely! If I can get 198 more supporters at any level, I can afford to start to actually treat this like a real job.

Are you doing something similar? How can I find yours?


#Patreon #DIY #Podcast #Radio #Music #Zines #MakeMyDreamComeTrue

Facebook Post: 2021-04-24T19:33:53

I’m taking the plunge: I’m asking for you to support me on Patreon, to help keep this dream alive. patreon.com/austinrich

There’s five tiers, starting at $1. For $5 a month you start getting stuff in the mail for your patronage. There’s merch, custom mail art, and some other items that you have probably already been hearing a bit about from me, at the different tiers of membership. Hopefully, there’s a level that works for you. 

With enough patrons, I can start paying my collaborators… and maybe myself? I can replace some broken (and much needed) gear, and I can relax a little regarding trying to earn an income. And, it will also help me recover the money I haven’t been able to make this last year.

I love making music and radio, and it is a total dream. This new podcast about Max Headroom is a combination of so many things that I love, that it is absolutely a labor of love for me. But it is also hard to maintain doing all of this without finding some way to balance the costs of doing this stuff. I hate asking for money. This is not how I want to go about the work I do.

But maybe we can look past that, and move on to making really cool music and radio?

If you have advice / recommendations about Patreon, I’m very curious. Please, let me know what you think. 

And in the meantime: thanks. I love and miss all of you.

Facebook Post: 2021-04-23T20:57:26

Genuine Idea: as I contemplate how to make a place for myself in the world, I am considering the idea of an old-fashioned Lemonade Stand, but for DIY Art. 

Part of me feels like it would be more of a stunt than anything that could ever make any money. (Even if I was just looking for enough coin so I could got to the A&P to get some penny candies.)

Another part of me is just looking for something to do during the day that might lead to some human interactions.

Regardless: would you shop at a folding table with charming DIY art for sale? More importantly, how far out of your way would you drive for it? 

Will this end up being a situation where M ends up buying pity 7”s from me just so I don’t get frustrated after a few days? 

Sigh. “The Days Are Just Packed…”

Facebook Post: 2021-04-21T17:28:58

Today in Max History: the episode “Security Systems” first aired on ABC television on 21 April, 1987. This episode is about a private company that offers security, in exchange for knowing everything about you, and can use that power against you at the drop of a hat. But when this company is up to be sold, suddenly everyone’s privacy is a news story worth trying to make Edison Carter… disappear.

An eerie tale of modern life… accurately predicted in 1987.

Facebook Post: 2021-04-18T16:26:02

It’s time for our third episode of, “20 Minutes Into The Future.” (I believe the kids are already using the #TMITF hashtag when they chat about it online.) For this one, we are reviewing Season 1, Episode 1 of, “Max Headroom.” Heather and I discuss this and so much more, including our continued tech issues, and how much we really love Billie Bird’s brief performance in this one. Tune in to hear that and so much more in today’s dispatch from, “20 Minutes Into The Future.”


#MaxHeadroom #Podcast #Blipverts #BillieBird #CyberpunkChristmas #TechIssues

Facebook Post: 2021-04-18T06:45:16

I wrote this song in the 90s, while working in a bookstore, across the hall from a record store. Today I woke up singing it for the first time in decades. I never recorded it with anyone, or really shared the lyrics either. It goes:

“Record Store Girl
Always listening to an ironic band
Record Store Girl
I’ll never get to hold her hand.
It won’t be long
Before I write myself a song
And the song will be called:
Record Store Girl.”

And it’s stuck in my head…

Facebook Post: 2021-04-17T21:19:03

I can’t wait for all financial systems of slavery to fuck off. I’m all for someone owning a small business so they can trade the work they do for other local labor that is also useful to your neighbors, but all forms of capitalism are vile, and our obsession with money is gross and is actively destroying lives.

I’m sick of hearing people talk about money. Rich people can go to hell. Anyone who believes in this system is the true monster of the 21st Century.

(I could really use a fuckin’ job. Can you tell how desperate I am?)

Facebook Post: 2021-04-17T20:24:06

Our Zoom Watch Party was a success, even though we totally got Zipped by Racist and Transphobic trolls, who were absolutely children.

It just goes to show that, if you want to have a Max Headroom watch party, you will run the risks that all people living 20 Minutes Into The Future do when it comes to living “online.”

Hopefully everyone who wanted to participate got in. And if you missed it: message me. We might have a link for you.

Tomorrow Episode Three drops. Until then: Be seeing you!

Facebook Post: 2021-04-16T16:27:49

The fun goes down tomorrow, at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST! We are having another Max Headroom watch party, and this time it is for S1 E1, the classic, “Blipverts.” Hosted by Heather & Austin of, “20 Minutes Into The Future,” there will be cocktails! Jokes! An Episode of Max Headroom! And a Q&A / hang party afterwards. So join the fun!


#MaxHeadroom #WatchParty #Blipverts #TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture

Facebook Post: 2021-04-16T13:44:50

Now available in the podcast feed: The first inauguration in the United States took place in April, not in January. And on April 16th, George Washington set out to become the first president inaugurated in the United States. Join me for the first installment of a three-part story about a president you don’t know much about… and how his story sounds very American, even today.


#RadioZine #RadioJournal #BetweenRadioZine #Podcast

Facebook Post: 2021-04-15T18:19:49

This came my way yesterday, and I finally got to take a look at it: the newest issue of “Dialtone Aggressor,” with an essay I wrote about some gear I love. (#GearTalk, as they say.) I write about the @mothhuntermods Tapeworm, and the tried and true Bastl Microgranny.

This zine rules! Interviews with other artists and some great live photos. I believe you can still get them from “Forever Escaping Boredom” out of Florida. Message me if you’d like some contact info.

23 & Me

On this day in 1998, I began my first radio broadcast on KWVA in Eugene, OR. It began at 4 AM, and ran until 7 AM. A momentous day for me! It had taken months of calling and stopping in to chat with the staff and then my application got lost and then the staff changed. But: eventually the stars aligned, I walked in and spoke with the station manager, who had found the application, and at the next staff meeting, they agreed to let me on in the least desirable spot. I leapt at the chance.

I spent the evening before in the bar with friends, wandered out at 2:30 AM, picked up my records at my house, walked to the studio, and began an odyssey that I’m still on to this day, 23 Years Later. I haven’t really left that studio, in a way.

To celebrate my 23rd year, I launched a new show about the eerily prescient sci-fi program, “Max Headroom,” where I’ve been watching and discussing the show with my friend Heather, who has never seen it. And, as if that weren’t enough, I interviewed three of the creators of the US version of the show yesterday, so I could get the full scoop on Network 23 for my 23rd year in radio. The fact that new episodes come out at 23:00 Hours, GMT is merely icing on the cake.

For some, there are plenty of things about the number 23 that are interesting, and while my own particular numerological curio happens to be the number pi (which kept – and keeps – popping up in my life, for a variety of reasons), as an enthusiast of all the dada streaks in our culture, 23 has been of interest to me, too, as it does re-occur in places that are well-worth investigating.

I knew that, going into my 23rd year of radio, that I would want to do something meaningful and significant, to me, if to no one else. And, since I’d been toying with a certain idea regarding “Max Headroom” for a while, it only made since that I should try to line up this new show with this occasion. We even got our release date to line up with the original UK broadcast of the 1985 telefilm, and it felt like we were doing everything right. I was trying to infuse the show with my brand of “Headroom”-style humor, and we pre-recorded so far in advance that there would be no missed deadlines this year, which felt like a win all around. Finally, it seemed like I had done everything right this time. 

What we could not count on was that fate had other plans for and and this show. While I knew in the back of my head that it was possible we could get a few listeners, and many even some mail and interactions from fans, I was not prepared for the fact that the first person to contact us was none other than Martin Newell of The Cleaners From Venus. And, sort of like a story torn from his own songs, Martin called his friend Steve Roberts, who called his friends Brian Frankish and Michael Cassutt… and so on. 

It’s one thing to get interaction from listeners. It’s quite another to have among those listeners The Greatest Living Englishman, with connections to the “Max Headroom” creative team. 

The power of 23 indeed.

I’ll be honest: I couldn’t have lined all of this up on my own, even if I had intended it. I can pick release dates and I can try and be as clever as I want to be, but I could never have planned for something like this. I never could, and I never will be able to. 

I’ve been on countless radio shows and podcasts, worked at and visited a ton of stations and studios, and produced hundred of hours of radio in my life. And, here’s where I could name-drop ’til the cows come home, not that I don’t already do that a lot anyway. And yet, with all this experience under my belt, I still don’t know what tomorrow holds. 

Coincidences and strange encounters, like those of “Max Headroom” and the world of rock and roll, do not afford you a chance to know what is coming next. One day I’m on the phone with Ronnie James Dio’s manager, and somehow this leads to getting free tickets to The Faint, Patti Smith and Ministry. Another time, you get to spend an hour with Exene Cervenka, live on the radio, because once you played an Angry Samoans song for a listener who happened to have connections. Still another time, I’m sitting in while a live episode of “The Puzzling Evidence Show” is being aired on KPFA, watching as these two radio weirdos are offering some of the best verbal wordplay I’ve ever been witness to. I recall Johnathan Richman calling to apologize for missing our scheduled interview, because he had a break-down and was already running late for the show, and he hoped some guest list spots would be enough to make it up to me. Getting to know all the living members of Negativland has been personally fulfilling in a huge way, while being let down by Jello Biafra at a Zolar-X show was actually the perfect kind of encounter to have with him, with hindsight. The time I met Bloodhag long enough to get on the guest list to a show where I got to party with Andrew from Dead Moon is the kind of coincidence that radio just puts in your lap on a regular basis, and it’s not exactly something you can plan around. I stepped into a radio booth 23 years ago hoping to play some silly records and mix in this faux “religious radio” spiel I’d been working on with my friends. And In the here and now, it has led to me talking to my favorite Hollywood Creators, and not just a super-stoned J Mascis backstage at a metal show I was at in Texas. 

I think that is what radio, ultimately, is. In the long run. There’s always one more hour to fill, and there’s always another phrase to turn while introducing the next bit, and there’s always a new twist on an old idea that you could try, and there’s always a new strange coincidence that leads to you having a conversation with someone you admire that you could never have anticipated. 

So I have no idea how to predict what is coming after this.

What I can say is that, strange coincidences and name drops aside, most of that 23 years has not involved having cool things happen to me. The majority of that time has involved sitting alone, in front of a radio consul, trying to create something that I would want to find if I was sitting at home, listening instead. And while that kind of life is a little lonely, to be sure, and has lead to periods of solitude over the long haul, it all seems worth it when I perfectly nail a one-hour broadcast, or get to do something wild like this.

Being a radio creator is a strange and wonderful life, and sometimes, only when you can reflect on the long arc of things, can you see that the things you did to get here were part of a larger pattern, much like thinking back on a radio show you just heard, to find the running theme through the entire show. 

In the moment, there is only pushing forward. You can’t predict what exactly will happen. There is only finding the next track, the next sample to mix overtop, the next perfect transition, the next idea for a show.

There is only moving forward. To the next show, the next year, the next milestone, and hope that the not-knowing is something you can live with. While I love to reflect, I must also scan the horizon, looking for the next outcropping where I can land my radio boat, and hope to find the next thing that inspires me to build a little show there.

Thanks for listening, all these years. Let’s see if we can make it to 46.

Be seeing you.

Facebook Post: 2021-04-15T06:57:20

Today is my radio-versary. Been on the air for 23 years now. Feels both longer and shorter, and I have a lot to say on the subject.

I thought it might be fun to try and line up this new podcast, about “Max Headroom” and Network 23, for my 23rd year. You know, for a lark? It was funny to me, anyway.

Turned out I actually made contact with Network 23, without really trying. Who knew I’d be talking to Brian Frankish, Steve Roberts & Michael Cassutt – people who made “Max Headroom” – for my 23rd radio-versary.

Here’s a few thoughts on the last 23 years of making radio, the privilege that comes with it, and the constant, deep uncertainty that lies ahead.


#Radio #23 #MaxHeadroom #Podcast #SteveRoberts #MichaelCassutt #BrianFrankish #MidValleyMutations #AustinRich #Unpredictable #Anniversary

Facebook Post: 2021-04-11T16:22:19

It is our distinguished honor to announce that we will be having three of the creators of “Max Headroom” as guests on our podcast. Writers Steve Roberts and Michael Cassutt, and Producer Brian Frankish, have all agreed to interviews, and to a one-off, panel discussion of the work it took to get the show on the air. And it will all be on our show, in the coming weeks.

This is huge news. We’re incredibly excited, and we can’t hold this news in any longer. Here’s the press release for the full details.


This is the perfect time to subscribe, because the only way to hear these is on 20minutesintothefuture.org

Facebook Post: 2021-04-11T16:12:36

Now it can be told! It’s a new, off-week episode of “20 Minutes Into The Future,” and it is a hot one, for a show that is less than 30 minutes long. We absolutely offer details on our next Zoom Party (April 17th), we unveil a NEW REMIX of our theme song by kiisu d’salyss of The Secret Light (which absolutely makes our theme song KICK ASS), we address listener correspondence, AND introduce a new segment of our show, “Memories of Max,” where people call in with their stories of what Max means to them. It’s a lot to pack into a 30 minute show like this, but we do all of that, AND MORE!

Because in this episode, we announce something we’ve been sitting on for a few weeks now: we have been in contact with Brian Frankish and Michael Cassutt, part of the creative team that brought the US show to life, and FURTHERMORE, we had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Roberts, who wrote the UK Telefilm, and most of the ABC program along with Michael.

This is a real honor, and we are very excited to bring these conversations to you. All three were very generous with their time, and offered great stories about their careers, and working on “Max Headroom.” They seemed as excited to speak with us as we were to speak with them, and we think that comes through, too.

We will be dropping these in regular running order, along with our normal stock and trade, where we talk about episodes we watched. We’re still massaging the schedule, but we knew we couldn’t sit on these interviews for very long, and we wanted to let you know as soon as possible.

The first one arrives May 2nd, where we offer a panel discussion with Steve, Michael and Brian, led by Heather and Austin. It’s an informal walk through their lives and work, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

So, tune in and enjoy “Memories of Max,” and be sure to thump the new theme song. Then check back next week, when we review “Blipverts,” and then two weeks after that: “Writing And Producing The Future: A Conversation with Steve Roberts, Brian Frankish & Michael Cassutt.”

It’s been a joy to work on this program, and the fun is only just beginning! In the meantime:

Be Seeing You!

Facebook Post: 2021-04-10T10:17:23

Something has been cooking in the “20 Minutes Into The Future” kitchen, and we are dying to tell you about it. So we will have a half-hour, off-week episode tomorrow, to get everything off our chests, and to introduce you to a new segment on our show, “Memories of Max!” This is where listeners call in with their stories of the character, what they remember from growing up, and other related experiences with the show. You can leave your “Memories of Max” in audio form, by calling: (585) 678-1211. Or, send us an e-mail: mitchheadroom@gmail.com. Your correspondense may wind up on the show!

If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to the program. The more listeners we have, the more weight that holds in podcast aggregators, like iTunes, and thus, makes it easier for others to find. And, speaking of: please leave a review, if you can, in whatever service you use to listen to us. Those reviews also help people find the show, and are a good way for us to find out what you like about the show. 

And: tell a friend! The old-fashioned, word-of-mouth system of advertising still works, and we are grateful for everyone who has already sung our praises.

So: tune in tomorrow for our new episode, and we’ll do our best to keep this news until then…

Facebook Post: 2021-04-09T12:20:48

One of my favorite experimental albums released in 2019 is “The Secret Assembly” by Daona, a UK band who really captured my imagination. I began listening to, and playing their album, which led to them composing a piece that debuted on my program, “Mid-Valley Mutations.”

On my half-hour talk show, “Somewhere In-Between: A Radio Zine,” I speak with Daona about making music and art, and how a partnership can lead to other beautiful things.

The full conversation will come out on “Mid-Valley Mutations” later this year. Visit daona.bandcamp.com to check out “The Secret Assembly” and their composition for our program, “Nightside of Eden.”

Facebook Post: 2021-04-04T16:18:35

Today is the 36th Anniversary of the original broadcast of “Max Headroom” on BBC 4. This hour-long telefilm was the first time the world was exposed to the character, and the ideas associated with him.

To celebrate, the new episode of our podcast, “20 Minutes Into The Future,” is out NOW, where Heather and I discuss this telefilm, sexual harassment at the workplace, and and why we both can’t stop gushing about the glorious Blank Reg.

Some very cool things are happening with our show, and the only way to stay on top of it is to subscribe to the podcast, where you can stay current on everything we’re doing with Max. And trust me: we are making an announcement soon that you won’t want to miss out on.

Thanks to all the Maxheads out there keeping Network 23 alive. We’ve had a great start, there’s a lot more to come.

Until then: Be Seeing You!


Facebook Post: 2021-04-03T12:40:26

Tonight is the night! At 6 PM, PST (9 PM, EST), we will be meeting up on Zoom, and you can join us! Follow the link below, and we’ll all meet up to chat about Max. 

We’ll wait a few minutes, to let people log in. Then we’ll watch the UK Telefilm, “Max Headroom.”

If you want to watch at home, with higher quality audio, you can here: https://youtu.be/aZY-yQYVf38

Or, you can watch / listen on the Zoom party, which will have questionable audio, and commentary from Heather & Austin.

After we watch the film, we’ll open up the Zoom party to questions and conversation.


This is gonna be a ton of digitized fun. Join us!

Facebook Post: 2021-04-02T16:43:41

Here’s a Friday Treat that you’ll enjoy: here’s a different edit of the interview that Heather and I did with Martin Newell, where you get to hear TWO new songs from his FORTHCOMING ALBUM that is NOT YET OUT YET! So, if you want to hear a couple samples of the new album, “Penny Novelettes,” and hear a few stories about what it’s like to be Martin Newell, then you’ll want to check out this 25 minute podcast, which you can now enjoy at your leisure.

Martin is as charming as his songs are catchy, so you’ll want to check this one out, for sure.