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James Horner Rare 1982 Interview


Many thanks to my friend and colleague Neil Bulk for pointing out a rare 1982 radio interview with James Horner that was posted by the host, David Schwartz, from his show Cinema Showcase.


This was originally broadcast June 10, 1982, on KCSN radio, Northridge, California—right after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan debuted in theaters, and before the soundtrack LP was even available in record stores.

Most of Horner’s comments are things that fans have read before about the project, but it’s fascinating to hear them in Horner’s voice.


Speaking of which...the most interesting thing is what is not here: Horner’s English accent! He pronounces “rather” a couple of different ways, but he sounds completely American.


Perhaps he adopted the English accent after he started to work in England? He mentions he is soon to go to the U.K. to interview for a project that must have been Krull. (To be fair, he did live in England for some of his school years.)


He also plays a cue from his lovely TV movie score, A Few Days in Weasel Creek.


Kirstie Alley makes an appearance (recorded separately), talking about her debut in Star Trek II.


What a great find!


Also on Schwartz’s channel, John Barry while he was working on King Kong:

And this 1977 interview with Jerry Goldsmith:

Many thanks to David Schwartz for preserving and sharing these priceless recordings!

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Popa Razzie71
Popa Razzie71
Sep 07, 2023

I missed a lot of radio shows growing up the only one i did hear was Star Wars, he (James Horner) always fascinates me listing to him talk and especially with Khan behind the scences how he said "watcher"

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Mark So
Mark So
Sep 06, 2023

...opening tomorrow, E.T.!

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Mark So
Mark So
Sep 06, 2023

I've been enjoying all these David Schwartz interviews as he's been putting em up -- incredible to think there was a time when a wide-eyed kid could do a radio show at Cal State Northridge and these guys would just show up! what a trove. If you listen the the aliens featurette and the field of dreams interview with Phil Alden Robinson, he's basically talking like this as well. also, that long one outside the restaurant in calabassas about avatar.

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