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A Radio Horror Revival In The Podcast Age

Spine-chilling new radio drama. Scary stories are back on the air waves. We’ll listen.

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In the golden age of radio drama, it wasn’t all Amos and Andy chuckles and Grand Old Opry. There was plenty of mystery and horror, too. The Fat Man, the Thin Man, Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, The Green Hornet, The Shadow, Johnny Dollar, The Weird Circle.

Real spine tinglers. Without a single visual image, they made Americans scream. A new generation of podcast-era creators is reaching back for inspiration. Hold onto your ear buds. Hellboy’s here. And Tales From Beyond the Pale.

This hour On Point: radio horror returns.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Larry Fessenden, curator and producer of Tales from Beyond the Pale. Filmmaker of dozens of horror films including The Last Winter, No Telling and Satan Hates You, with his production company, Glass Eye Pix.

Glenn McQuaid, curator and producer of Tales from Beyond the Pale. Filmmaker and producer, such films include, I Sell the Dead and Stakeland. He is also part of Glass Eye Pix.

Ron Perlman, a film and television actor. Played title role in Hellboy. He plays Captain Marsh in the Tales from Beyond the Pale’s “This Oracle Moon

Angus Scrimm, actor in many horror genre films such as Phantasm, Witches Brew, I Sell the Dead and most recently, Satan Hates You.  He plays the title role in the Tales from Beyond the Pale’s The Grandfather

From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal “Windshield wipers slapping, a car wooshed to a stop at an old schoolhouse in this coastal city, now home to a theater company. Letting the car door slam as he got out, Bill Dufris, playing a cop in Brattleboro, Vt., said, “I’ll do my best,” and crunched up the wooden steps to a make-believe crime scene.”

Slate “In retrospect, the most remarkable thing about Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds in 1938 wasn’t the mass hysteria and panic it caused, but the fact that anyone cared about a radio drama in the first place. These days, radio drama is as dead as disco, kept on life support mostly by the BBC. But it shouldn’t be this way. Sound has a way of slithering into our ears and burrowing deep down into the folds and wrinkles of our brains in ways that sight does not.”

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  • Hidan

    Cool,

    Wasn’t there a convention not to long ago? I heard it was the last for people in this field cause so many in it were dying off.

    P.S.

    Would be cool if onpoint had them on Monday for Halloween. maybe like a brief 5 minute one.

    Thanks in advance , 

  • Drew You Too

    I get the poop scared out of me every day just keeping up with the news. I seriously doubt any “Scary New Radio Dramas” are going to have much impact. Points for nostalgia though, I guess…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brennan-Moriarty/100000655771831 Brennan Moriarty

    I wanna be a part of that voice!!! the oooh’s and the “oh, really?’s-

    [set scene] I believe that a sociologist moonster lingereth in the ruins above the garden on a pale moon lit night, and like ren and stimpy or sylvester the cat; his vocabulary was gifted.
    I’m affraid of the christian radio, that might make me a dbl or poli-tripple quest for the grinch who joined the circus. Just throw a little Peanuts Gang and “hey hey hey” jazz in there.

  • JustSayin

    When I was a kid I loved The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on the radio every night at bedtime. We really had no TV in the mountains… so there was the radio and books.

    It was really good for blocking out the all of the problems of the day.  The only problem was never hearing the end of the story, because most of the time we all fell asleep before the end. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

    With this frigid shrill of a compromised neophyte, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, reality may truly compete with fiction in regards to frightening news reports.  Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.   “we came,  we saw,  he died”   

    • JustSayin

      Not every subject has to be politicized. This segment is NOT about politics. Its about radio theater. 

      The reason this program has different segments is so that those who do NOT wish to read crass political tripe can enjoy discussions of OnPoint that are devoted to the subject that THEY enjoy.

      Its Friday… Anything can be posted to the other thread.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

        Sorry if you are a big fan of Hillary, but if I didnt see 9/11 on television that day (not in the US at the time),  I would have believed it was an H.G. Wells story.   I think my comments about Hillary are very relevant, and to be sure,  she is a character truly worthy of Halloween.

        • JustSayin

          Selfish arrogant weaseling… An adult would have acknowledged the rudeness and apologized. The worst thing this program ever did was that show about 9/11. Your mystical assertion of political alignment is as deep and informed as your reading comprehension.

          I repeat: Not every subject has to be politicized. This segment is NOT about politics. Its about radio theater.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            As if the Pakistanis, and Afghan villagers do not view the US killer DRONES,  as if they were right of of H.G. Well’s WAR OF THE WORLDS.    Indeed, my comments could not be more relevant.

            You are the typical head in the sand American…”let’s just have fun today”.  Let’s all enjoy our morbid Halloween holiday and forget about the carnage that the USA has exacted on foreign lands.

            The toy stores in the USA are selling (no kidding) simulated rubber  bloody severed limbs and heads.  seven year olds are attending parties like bloody dead zombies.  

            FYI   Most children in the occupied Middle East have seen the REAL THING, in their own family homes and neighborhoods.

            And if you haven’t noticed, the entire political charade and US foreign policy is radio theatre of the most vile nature. 

             

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            And where is it written on the NPR board that “this segment is NOT about politics” ??   Have you personally declared this rule?

            Evidently “JustSaying” is one of those small-minded guilt-compartmentalized hypocrites with selective attention disorder. 

            H.G. Wells obviously held no such bounds,  he saw WWII coming and he foresaw these killer drones over eighty years ago.  

            How could this particular Onpoint discussion NOT be politicized in the company of thinking people ???

          • Chris B

            “How could this particular Onpoint discussion NOT be politicized in the company of thinking people ??”

            Because sometimes, Paolo, a cigar is just a cigar.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            and cruel hoaxes and morbid celebrations reflect a violent society.

            cigar???? you don’t see these charades mirrored in the news??  Hey Chris B.  your lame jingo faux-wisdom and vacuous snipes cannot hide this.

          • Chris B

            Goodness, so angry.

          • JustSayin

            “And where is it written on the NPR board that “this segment is NOT about politics… Blah blah Blah”  The program TITLE: ON POINT !

            Keep digging.  Now we want to see how far you will go. 

            If the show were about watermelons you would find a way to despoil it.

            Have you ever been to an event that you might feel that doesn’t warrant insertion of your political opinion. A wedding, funeral, a five year old’s birthday party, church? 

            There is a place and a time for everything. I don’t know why you never learned to control your emotions and interact with society with manners and decorum. Do you ever feel the desire to let people have a moment of joy to themselves?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            I beg your pardon, the lead in to this discussion is “Scary stories are back on the air waves.”   I hear scary stories all day long on the news, much of which can hardly be believed.

            Orson Welles was predicting a World War, much of which was incited with dubious and sometimes blatantly false reports.   
            Are you in such a cloud of self-delusion and insulation that you cannot see that my remarks are very much “on-point” ??

          • JustSayin

            Keep digging Mr. Self delusion… Keep digging.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            Hey Justsayin,  

            Looks like you are the one
            who dug yourself a hole.  Just review our discourse.

            Happy Halloween !!

          • JustSayin

            Orson Welles! Twists like that are even too much for a weasels backbone. 

            “Happy Halloween” ??? Flip flop?

          • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

            Boy, you must be a laugh riot at parties.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            Dave,   I’m like that Debbie Downer character…  Whaaah Wah !!!

            But not really.   I’m lots of fun at parties.  I dont typically politicize -  except I always make a point to tell the Russians in the room i’m a huge Putin fan…great conversation starter.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            I meant Orson Welles

          • Plushkin

            “How could this particular Onpoint discussion NOT be politicized in the company of thinking people ???”

            Hmm… That kinda rules you out Caruso.

            Nice seeing you being handed your behind so cleanly! Seeing this just made my day. Happy Holloween!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            Just like “Justsaying” and the Bush administration, you are prone to claiming non-existent victories.   And BTW you add nothing to this discussion other than gratuitous insults.

          • Plushkin

            Nothing is new or surprising here as well. You and people your proclaim to defend have serious trouble admitting defeats. And BTW you’re attempts at hijacking this discussion are reprehensible as other posters  had already noted before me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

            Correction:  I meant Orson Welles

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

          Correction,   I meant Orson Wells…. albeit some relevance here for both Wells.

  • http://twitter.com/TongoRad TongoRad

    Looking forward to this show, thanks very much for covering this topic.
    My father, who was a child of the 1930′s, loved to talk about the pleasures of radio dramas. When the CBS Radio Mystery Theater came around in the 70′s, I discovered that a love for radio drama, especially mystery and horror, must run in the family! I still love to listen to the CBSRMT now and then, and I hope someone will continue the wonderful world of radio chillers.

    Radio’s “theater of the mind” is an art form unto itself that deserves more appreciation. 

  • Anonymous

    I live in fear of the next pledge drive.  Such awful radio!

  • American #1234

    Super excited love scary stories, great show ahead! Happy Halloween!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Caruso/1778940602 Paolo Caruso

    Who needs fiction radio in America,  when there are tales of a group of upper
    middle class arabs not much older than teenagers who commandeer airliners with boxcutter and
    completely demolish the twin towers ?   Eat
    one that Orson !!!!!

     

    Or how about a guy named “Mad”off who swindles his
    best friends and very powerful associates out of 60 Billion dollars?  Crazy right??

     

    Or ten years of war were because of a guy in
    cave on kidney dialysis watching porno?    How
    about Anthrax through the mail while the towers were imploding at free fall
    speed ?      And
    there is so much more … more to come too.

    • American #1234

      Go away, I know its Halloween but do we really need trolls on every board, can’t you just enjoy something for once, Trust, we all know how bad things are in the world, but even the desert gets rain, just enjoy and listen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1816544 Dan Trindade

    I don’t know about you but listening to Tom Ashbrook say “Old School” just makes me giggle.

  • jerry

    Don’t forget that this was done very successfully in the ’70s … the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre. Why not broadcast these on public radio?

    • JustSayin

      I’m for that 100%.

    • http://twitter.com/TongoRad TongoRad

      Himan Brown, the producer of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, apparently owns the rights to the original masters and wished that they never be re-released! Mr Brown recently passed away, and from what I understand his family is respecting his wishes.

      Here’s some background from a CBSRMT fan forum that I belong to: 

      “Himan Brown devoted the latter part of his life to making certain that the CBSRMT shows would NEVER see the light of day ever again. Over the years I had personally talked to him several times about this issue (I was a dj on Yesterday USA) and he was adamant that the shows would never be re-released. He made it very clear in discussions with me and others who asked about their future availability, and I am sure it was his dying wish that no CBSRMT shows as we know it would ever be distrbuted. Apparently radio back then did not cover itself to deal with the issue of royalties, and since there is no way to distribute fairly any profits made to all the writers, directors and actors associated with the show, Himan Brown decided to bury all rights of the show forever. His daughter and now his granddaughter, are carrying out his wishes. IF the day ever comes when all of the original CBSRMT shows are released to the public, I will rejoice and be thankful… but I seriously doubt that day will ever come.”

      • JustSayin

        Thanks for the info…That very sad info. 

        If evil exists, it exists in the repercussions of the actions of lawyers.

        I share your hope that someday they may air again.

        • http://twitter.com/TongoRad TongoRad

          CBS Radio Mystery Theater has been kept alive by the fans. It’s not that hard to obtain a complete set. Amazingly, many people recorded the show when it first aired back in the 70′s, and these recordings have been digitized.

          I was surprised to hear a snippet of CBSRMT in the recent sci-fi movie, Super 8.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1816544 Dan Trindade

    That little bit they just played there was absolutely excellent! Please play more of these on NPR! Pllllleeeaase! Sate my hunger for horror!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, may NPR listen to your words!

  • Carlina

    My father, Charles Paul, composed and played the music for many many old radio shows, including “Martin Kane, Private Eye,” (the first jazz theme ever, for a show).  Background music was hugely important in shaping character as well as story line, in the 30s and 40s. Question: what’s the new radio drama approach to theme/background music?

  • Liz

    War of the Worlds……it doesn’t get better than that!

    Liz /Bennington,VT

  • Hikaru Katayamma

    I still love to listen to old radio dramas on my computer. There are multiple places where you can download the shows digitally.  They also rock for long car trips!

    Hikaru/Kansas City

  • Jaci Wallace

    I’m 30 years old and as a kid I used to love listening to these old shows on our local AM station who would play them nightly.   I remember many nights where I laid in bed at night unable to go to sleep because I was so captivated by the stories.   

    I wish I could listen to them again regularly.  My favorites were The Weird Circle and the Shadow.   Halloween time was always a great time to listen in too!  A yearly playing of War of the Worlds!

  • Christina

    OMG! Why isnt Ed Walker from WAMU in DC being interviewed? This was one of the few things my kids and I did together for their whole lives all the way until I sent them off to college.   Sunday night 7pm gathered around with hot chocolate or icecream.  It’s time for THE BIG BROADCAST!

  • Andra

    I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and we only had Armed Forces Network Radio until the late 50′s – NO TV!  And do I ever remember listening to “The Whistler” in particular – in bed, dark outside, scary stuff!  Also got “Gunsmoke”, Fibber McGee” and many more – wonderful memories.

  • Benson hodgson

    I listened to CBS Radio Mystery Theatre every night in the late 70′s. I have over 1000 home recordings that were passed on to me from a gracious collector. I love the medium and I’m very excited to learn about Tales from Beyond the Pale. Keep it up!

  • JustSayin

    A few note about the drama posted. I liked it, but the sound effects were sometimes louder than the dialog, and the volume was all over the place. I assume that some post processing would level it out.

    There is another radio drama being broadcast now (I forget the name) but its pretty good as well. I can no longer get this kind of radio because Ultra conservative ClearChannel seems to own most of the radio markets, and they hate happiness.

    • American #1234

      “…and they hate happiness.”

      hilarious! (no sarcasm truly laughed out loud)

  • L armond

    I think if neurobiologists studied attention of listening vs watching TV they would see something interesting.  I remember watching soldiers from Bosnia area after one had been in a flight training module from NATO.  I watched them listening to the teller and I saw how powerful telling was, and wished American’s could experience just story telling.  I think listening allows you to add two rhythms that of the story teller and your own of hearing.  I think rhythm is very important.

  • Drew You Too

    Great gesture on the part of your guests offering the caller who was blind a complimentary Box Set! It’s so good to see humanitarian gestures these days. And I love your work Ron Perlman!

  • http://profiles.google.com/waylandprod Casey Wayland

    They Just mentioned “We’re Alive” from http://www.zombiepodcast.com – And the video is above.

  • Cwhalen930

    The BBC has a wonderfully long history of radio dramas and other audio only entertainments. I love listening to their broadcasts via the Internet. I hope that the US develops something like this as the TV has become no more than a waste land of so-called reality shows.

  • Pete

    Two old-time radio performers I liked were Jean Shepard and Ken Nordine’s “Word Jazz”. Not so scary, but awfully fun to listen to.

  • Janna Frelich

    As some one with a degree in medieval music and who fills my programs with medieval stories spoken in english, I’m not surprised that radio theatre and stories are coming back. Just like “back to nature”, many in our culture are find ing again that ancient and prehistoric love of stories. It’s in our molecular structure to love the spoken story.

    Janna (yana) in Boston

  • Christina

    Hey Everyone listen to WAMU out of Washington DC this Sunday at 7pm.The Halloween shows will start at 9pm. The host, Ed Walker, has been doing the BIG BROADCAST for years and it’s great fun!

  • Brittany -Norfolk,VA

    Hi Tom,
    I just checked out the beyond the pale webpage and noticed you have to to purchase each story, is there a way to hear any of the stories for free, I love radio drama. In fact I remember when I was in acting class and my teacher had us watch a horror film clip with out sound and taught us how much audio creates the mood and the truly the scene, so whenever I’m at home watching something scary instead of closing my eyes I plug my ears. But with radio drama there is no escape. Maybe NPR could pick this up, you definitly have an audience.

    • American #1234

      Brittany Norfolk,VA

    • Anonymous

      Brittany – some 200 hours of programming available (though not beyond the pale) on my website/podcast – check it out… http://www.radiodramarevival.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1306970233 Marlin May

    Did you know that audio dramas are being produced right here in the Greater Boston area?  The Post Meridian Radio Players, through Hub of the Universe Productions is doing wonderful work, including their live Halloween production, “The Big Broadcast of 1954″ – http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/events_bigbroadcast54.html

    • Scotthickey

      Absolutely- Scott Hickey “The Grist Mill”

  • joe

    One day I was surfing Sirius XM in my car and came across Radio Classics and I haven’t changed the dial. I love being able to use my imagination. I enjoy the writing and sound effects used in these wonderful horror and mystery programs. I get to imagine where this is taking place and what the characters look like. I am now buying CD versions of these shows I didn’t know there so many of these programs. I wonder if we could bring these radio programs back today now that we have channels like Sirius XM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1306970233 Marlin May

    I tuned in 1/2 way through, so I don’t know if anyone has mentioned NPR Playhouse or the always incredible  ZBS productions – http://www.zbs.org/catalog/ – !!!

    • Anonymous

      +1 for ZBS.  Tom Lopez is an amazing artist, one of the true greats of the post- “golden age” era

  • Dan

    have you heard…the Chicken-Heart that Grew to eat New York City…aaaaahhhhhhhhhh…..

  • Scottspears

    I loved “Radio Mystery Theater” as a kid and am now hooked on “We’re Alive” from the gang at http://www.zombiepodcast.com.   They do a great job at using the audio medium to tell an exciting and rousing tale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    I discovered that radio plays were still being made when I stumbled across We’re Alive. My God is this show good. From the professional voice acting, to the wonderful original musical score and the terrifying sound FX. The story has been top notch as well, no longer just a survival horror about zombies, but mysteries have started to develop, a slow revealing of something more that our heroes are stumbling across. Much like the show LOST, the focus is on the characters as the mystery deepens.

    We’re Alive is not only my fave digital broadcast of the year, it was my fave show, even beating out Dexter and The Walking Dead which I truly love.  Nothing I have heard has come close to the quality of this show, although if people have suggestions I’d certainly like to hear them. I am especially intrigued if anyone has heard of a podcast drama that focuses on H.P. Lovecraft’s history of work or original tales based on them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Hoverson/100001202905446 Julie Hoverson

       For a show talking about Lovecraft – the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast – http://www.hppodcraft.com.  For shows based on Lovecraft, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has done several (CD, not podcast), and so has my show 19 Nocturne Boulevard (www.19nocturneboulevard.com) – in fact, part four of our Dunwich Horror is coming out on Halloween.

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

        I’ll check those out. Cheers!

    • Anonymous

      David,

      There are a bunch of us out here!  I tend to produce “one offs” – a few horror tales in there and some Twilight-zone esque type stuff.  I’m working on a post-apocalyptic serial production now which I think will be up your alley… massive, epic story ala “Canticle for Leibowitz” which I think is one of the finest radio serials ever made.

      Check out my YouTube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVpz9BovPwI

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NUQ4XMTZ32OAXZSJHIWPBOOJ2I GH

    Great show.  I’d like to also mention the group that got me interested in radio plays, in their case comedy.  I started listening to The Firesign Theater in the late 70′s and those guys are unparalleled in their ability to use sound create ‘pictures’ in the mind’s eye. There was also the original BBC radio production of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the galaxy.  One of the funniest things I’ve every heard and far superior to any of the other incarnations Douglas Adams ever attempted, including the books. Thank God for the BBC.  They have been almost  single handedly keeping this art form alive for decades.

  • Fedorko

    I tried to calll during today’s program on the radio drama revival several times but couldn’t get through.  I grew up during the late 60′s and early 70′s in rural PA where we were still able to get replays of some old radio shows on AM radio late at night and this program reminded me of a (no longer politically correct to even talk about) favorite pass time of myself and my friends.  

    I wasn’t an avid reader at the time but we liked to drive out into the woods at night where we could be alone, smoke a little pot and listen to these old shows on the radio.  We loved it, mostly because it was so engaging and it gave us a great opportunity to use our imaginations.  From this, I developed a great appreciation for reading that continues today, albeit without chemical assistance.

    It occurred to me as I was listening to the program that this helps explain in part why I continue to enjoy reading even as I have become so disenchanted with TV and movies now that the sensationalism has worn off.  Reading still gives me the ability to let my imagination run wild and just listening to the few clips of audio shows that you aired on the program I felt that same sense of joy and wonder. 

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear of the attempt to bring back and update the format.  I may even break down and buy in iPod!

    • Ameliapenny

      By the by, Mr. Fedorko, you don’t HAVE to buy an ipod–any mp3 player (without the obnoxious ipod/apple restrictions) will do! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NUQ4XMTZ32OAXZSJHIWPBOOJ2I GH

    Thanks to all the people who have included links in their posts!  I now have a new folder in my bookmarks.  Allow me to return the favor.  Download the original Orson Wells War of the Worlds, bradcvast at internet archives.
    http://www.archive.org/details/OrsonWellesMrBruns

  • Amandatorcano

    This was such a fun segment. I checked out their site and it’s fantastic. http://www.talesfrombeyondthepale.com 

  • nate

    So excited to hear this.  Like one of the callers, I grew up without TV, just a bit earlier than him in the 70′s.  I listened to AM radio into the night.   In addition to old time radio replays, at that time there were some decent radio drama’s produced for public radio.  They all seemed to disappear in the mid 80′s or so.    So glad to hear it’s coming back and judging from the Tales Beyond the Pale clips on here, these are the richest radio drama soundscapes I have heard.

  • Hidan

    Cool show,

    Any chance for a 5minute short story on Monday?

  • David Harris

    Great show! Would love to hear more of this kind of thing on NPR! 

  • Jeff

    Great show, great discussion.  Just so’s everyone knows, there is a marathon of new audio horror this Halloween from 7pm Eastern until midnight on the streaming service, Sound Stages Radio.  The show is called Transcontinental Terror, and it’s a marathon of new audio theater from groups stretching from London to Portland, OR.  Listen here:
    http://transcontinentalterror.com/

  • Tim Szewczyk

    I spend a lot of time looking through a microscope and keep my sanity by listening to podcasts (mostly NPR – thanks for all the wonderful episodes!).. A rebirth in ‘radio’ dramas is great for someone like me!

  • http://lizybee.wordpress.com Sweetman

    I love to listen to frightening stories on the radio, it’s creeeeeeepier than having shocking, bloody images thrust at you in sens-a-round. Thank you for such a great show. Happy Halloween!

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  • Anonymous

    I’m a bit late to the comments here, but want to say – nice show and a great collection.  The more serious film/TV producers that see opportunities in audio art, the better we’ll all be (audio producers and listeners alike).  In an age of overprocessed, expensive visual programming, why not return to the craft of theatre of the imagination?

    For plenty of listening, my podcast, going since 2007 shares contemporary audio drama every week and we have HUGE archives of horror material (and plenty of other stuff) – http://www.radiodramarevival.com

    Listen up!
    Fred

    Alfred, ME
    FinalRune Productions/Radio Drama Revival

    • http://twitter.com/BlindFlyTheater David Lorell Hoskins

      Love this stuff… Horror radio drama grabbed deep within me at 11 years old when I listened to CBS Radio Mystery Theater after bed time, under the covers, with a stealthy twisty-corded ear piece (that hurt my ear, that’s how much I wanted to listen).
      Love these Tales From Beyond the Pale.

      It’s amazing how there really is a “Radio Drama Revival” going on, something that Fred (finalrune above) is proof of.

      David Lorell Hoskins
      http://www.BlindFlyTheater.com
      “Just Sit There on the Wall and Listen”

  • Aural Stage Studios

    The evolution of audio drama as a very real and increasingly popular medium is evident when you listen to excellent programs like We’re Alive (http://www.zombiepodcast.com), Radio Drama Revival (http://www.radiodramarevival.com), The Sonic Society (http://sonicsociety.org) and the plethora of other programs out there on the internet.

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  • alliwant54

    Excellent feature.  Reminded me of the National Radio Theater, which was active from 1973-1986, and which I heard in the early 1980s.  I remember in particular their production of “The Adding Machine”, originally written in 1923 and again produced by the BBC in 2008, according to Radio Drama Reviews.  Surreal and wildly imaginative, a visual production would be hard pressed to match the visceral impact of the radio play.
    I also remember “Who’ll Save the Plowboy,” a grim and devastating little slice of a small man’s life.
    NRT is evidence that radio theater has been revived, and again went quiet in the recent past.  As a confirmed audiophile, I can only hope that audio plays are back to stay.  I find listening much more satisfying and compatible with my activity level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.trimm.7 Todd Trimm

    I am a little sad On Point didn’t do a halloween special this year….look forward to theirs for the past several years. 

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Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Secretary of State Kerry to Israel. Obamacare back in the courts. Mourning as remains of Malaysia Flight 17 victims come home. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jul 25, 2014
Guest Renee McLeod of Somerville, MA's Petsi pies shows off her wares. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

There is nothing more American than a piece of pie. We taste and talk pies.

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Jul 25, 2014
Guest Renee McLeod of Somerville, MA's Petsi pies shows off her wares. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

There is nothing more American than a piece of pie. We taste and talk pies.

 
Jul 25, 2014
Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Secretary of State Kerry to Israel. Obamacare back in the courts. Mourning as remains of Malaysia Flight 17 victims come home. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Friday, Jul 25, 2014

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The Art Of The American Pie: Recipes
Friday, Jul 25, 2014

In the odd chance that our pie hour this week made you hungry — how could it not, right? — we asked our piemaking guests for some of their favorite pie recipes. Enjoy!

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Hillary Clinton: ‘The [Russian] Reset Worked’
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took time out of her global book tour to talk to us about Russia, the press and the global crises shaking the administration she left two years ago.

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