The Sonic Society is weekly Tuesday night podcast through libsyn and is also broadcast out of CKDU 88.1 FM from Dalhousie Campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and by other affiliate stations across Canada and around the world.
The Society was founded by Jack Ward in September, 2005 initially broadcasting from the Dalhousie Campus and Community radio station. The show was a natural outgrowth from an early radio series called The Shadowlands which ran in the same time slot (Tuesday nights from 9 until 10:30 PM) from 2003-2005. The Shadowlands showcased Old Time Radio episodes each week, and shared a lot of chatter and general nonsense between the host and guests.
The transformation into The Sonic Society occurred as other stations across Canada considered carrying the show as affiliates. Conversations with Station Managers and Programme Managers identified that many stations didn’t have the license to play OTR. The Shadowlands was doomed as a syndicated show.
However, another aspect of The Shadowlands had some merit.
Jack and the Shadowlands Players (cobbling together actors from the Halifax Regional area) produced 10 original radio plays during the two years of The Shadowlands. The soon developed a taste for the theatre of the mind!
Over the summer of 2005, Jack scoured the Internet and contacted a number of exciting new innovators in Audio Drama and began programming shows that were written and produced in the “aughts” (modern audio series from the year 2000 and later).
Folks like Jerry Robbins from Colonial Radio Theatre, Jonithan Russell from DreamRealm Enterprises and Gregg Taylor from Decoder Ring Theatre were quick to share their incredible works. The name “The Sonic Society” was decided as a good metaphor that suggested an inclusive membership of listeners from around the world.
Nine seasons and three hosts later and The Sonic Society is still going strong! Every year there are new eclectic audio cinema to be heard. With original companies and fresh individuals in the field, the future is bright, and Jack and David are just glad to be a part of it!
Thank you so much for listening and reading!