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What Do You Call What Yuri Was Doing?

The Echo of One Hand Clapping
Notes on Audio Publishing and Production by Brian Price

Award-winning audiobook and audio theater producer, Yuri Rasovsky, passed away last week, January 18th, in Hollywood at the age of 67.  He was one of the best-known, hardest working and more successful artists in the odd little niche of multi-cast audio drama in the past 40 years.  He crossed the aural landscape from radio broadcast to reel-to-reel tape to cassettes to NEA Humanities grants to digital audiobook downloads.     

He liked the classics.  He liked quality.  He liked good acting.  He pursued them.  I think that’s probably what took Yuri out west to Hollywood.  I mean look at the last few shows he produced.  SAINT JOAN with Amy Irving.  THE MALTESE FALCON with Sandra Oh and Edward Herrmann.  And the Grammy nominated MASK OF ZORRO with Ruth Livier and Val Kilmer.  Val Kilmer for crying out loud.  Yuri worked with a lot of good people telling a lot of good stories. (continued)