Bay Area Radio Drama (BARD) was established as a nonprofit organization in 1986. Its mission has been to keep alive and develop the art of radio, particularly radio drama, in this country. BARD worked in close association with KPFA-FM, in Berkeley, California, where Bauersfeld, was Director of Drama and Literature for 30 years. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and other national & international sources, BARD has produced many series of original radio dramas; works by such writers as Sam Shepard, Susan Griffin, André Codrescu, Ed Bullins, and others. BARD collaborated with Earwax Studios editing the sound production for KCRW's 29-part dramatization of Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt. With sound designer Randy Thom BARD produced the Eugene O'Neill Radio Series, commemorating the playwright’s centennial. Seven O’Neill plays under the direction of José Quintero, including Hughie, with Jason Robards and The Emperor Jones with Joe Morton. The final production was O’Neill’s Lazarus Laughed. This was the play’s first complete production and was produced in association with James McKee and Earwax Productions in San Francisco. The O’Neill plays were broadcast nationally and in London six plays were selected and broadcast by the BBC. In association with WDR Köln, Bard produced Hörspiel USA, a series of translated works representing a wide range of work produced in Germany following World War Two, Funding from the Goethe Institute and our National Endowment.
As a center for radio and other sound projects, BARD and its colleagues featured a conference on sound design in all its varieties, bringing together artists engaged in the varied territories of sound: film, radio broadcasting, environmental documentary, acoustical compositions and experiment. The conference featured artists from Europe, Australia & America and was presented in association with Lucasfilm at their technical center in Nicasio, California.