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2019 The Year of Audio

| March 7, 2019

It’s been a long time coming, but those of us who have been in the trenches for years could foresee the day during even the longest nights. Forbes Magazine in one of their latest articles The Audio Boom: How Podcasts are Changing the Game for Marketers by David Shadpour has identified that people are tuning […]

The Famous Jack Benny Show

| February 7, 2019

This is a long episode from The Wallbreakers but extremely informative. We at Sonic Echo love the Jack Benny Show and have one in the can, but in the meantime check out the depth of one of radio, television and stage’s masters and progenitors of the situation comedy.

Who is Jack Ward in the Audio Drama World Anyway?

| February 2, 2019

Today is my birthday. Birthdays have a unique power- like Christmas and New Year celebrations- to force us to look back through our lives and consider some goals, high points, low points, lessons learned, lessons still to be learned and, if we turn around, the horizons yet ahead of us. Seventeen years ago, my friend […]

Jack Benny on Television versus Radio

| January 20, 2019

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 […]