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10 Years Later: Short Comings

| December 30, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Kevin Cummings. But we remember quite fondly his contributions to early storytelling and audio drama with his series Short Comings! Here’s a link to his favourite Short Comings in which podcasters pick their favourites. Look for our Jack in the list!  

CBC Rediscovers Audio Drama

| December 30, 2018

Rebranding Audio Drama as “Fiction Podcasts” seems to be all the rage. Some time ago we called these “podficts” for short. Regardless, it’s nice to see the CBC taking the medium seriously again. Check out Fiction podcasts are giving new form to the old art of the radio drama and maybe give them a nudge that […]

Bully for You

| December 20, 2018

Social media is a blessing. Social media is a curse. As a teacher, I’m faced every day with the reality of cyberbullying. The definition of which includes: “Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.” For decades, these nasty rumour mongerings might have been contained strictly within childhood. That’s […]

The Audio Life of Sam Donato

| December 3, 2018

We were saddened to see from a post of the great Jerry Robbins of Colonial Radio Theatre the loss of his long-time actor and collaborator, Sam Donato Junior on the 2nd of this December. Among some of the favourite roles Sam played for CRT over the years, Sam performed Sheriff Wilkins from Powder River and most recently […]

To Foley or NOT to Foley

| December 3, 2018

For the longest time I’ve held a secret dislike for the term “Foley”. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a perfectly good description for someone who makes sound effects for a movie. But since radio drama and thus audio drama has been around for a lot longer than sound in movies, I think we […]

Texas Radio Theatre and the Ed Wood of Audio

| December 1, 2018

We’re loving the return of Texas Radio Theatre’s feed into the world of activity. Some shows you love podfade forever, but Rich Frolich has brought back TRT with new vigour. In case you haven’t heard, TRT is one of the great originals of the modern audio drama movement- and to just kick up their qualifications a […]

Radio Ain’t Dead Yet

| November 9, 2018

This Spectator article wants to point out to those enamoured with the latest craze of podcast-madness, that radio hasn’t exactly been overwhelmed by the downloading RSS feeds. Podcasts, too, have yet to master drama; it will surely become established, challenging the corporation to maintain its commitment to what is for many of us the USP of […]

A Shot Rang Out

| October 1, 2018

Sound is key to identification… even a potential murder. Check out the article on the CBC site- Audio Forensics and see how law enforcement is turning what we can hear into a new technique to catch criminals!  

How Do I Create and Audio Drama?

| August 31, 2018

Recently, this question came up in Quora. And since no one provided an answer for a year, we took a crack at it. How’d we do? Audio Drama (Radio Drama to some) has become a kind of hot topic for those in the know more recently. My weekly podcast/radio show “The Sonic Society” features new […]

Howelling Wisdom

| August 24, 2018

Recently, our Sonic Echo team have been talking about the classic Nightfall horror suspense series from CBC Radio in the eighties. Bill Howell, the senior producer had a fascinating take on the challenge of getting an audience in Radio Drama. From the Theatre Research in Canada Journal. 1990’s article Bill Howell from Canadian Radio Drama in […]