The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

The Worst Sound

| October 3, 2016

A while back Erik Hermansen from See Space Labs has given us at the Sonic Society the joy of experiencing the Worst Sound ever. So, interestingly awful is this contest, NPR had a little segment on it. Have a listen to All Things Considered and imagine just how bad it can get! Sound designers have been competing […]

OTR (Old Time Radio) finding NTL (New Time Listeners)

| September 17, 2016

There’s a huge discussion in the modern audio drama realms that often ends up being confrontational. The New Time listeners and the Old Time Listeners represent a stark contrast in the listening habits of those who love radio plays. This can be a good thing, in that the medium is growing so large that we […]

The Archers Highlight the Issues of Domestic Abuse

| September 15, 2016

We’ve mentioned before that the BBC long running audio drama series The Archers have been helping a charity highlight the issues of domestic abuse. As this story line winds down, Helen Titchener, is on trial for the murder of her husband. The Slough Express writes: A domestic abuse charity from Slough is hoping a hit radio […]

Old Timey Detective Still New Timey Awesome

| September 14, 2016

Caroline Crampton waxes love in this New Statesman article about a classic 1970’s posh detective Peter Wimsey. Check out how her housemate is intrigued: Walking into the kitchen on a Monday evening to find, as ever, the radio blaring, my housemate asked a question that had clearly been plaguing him for some time. “Who is this […]

Society Meetings on the SouthWaves

| September 2, 2016

If you tune into SouthWaves Radio, check out the latest flourish of Audio Drama. Station Manager Jamie Dyer has our Sonic Society on twice Thursdays. Sonic has the classic beshttp://www.southwavesradio.co.uk/behind-southwaves-02-09-2016/t times drive times of 9-10 AM and 7-8 PM. Check out this article on the SouthWaves site for details of all the great changes on […]

Longest Career in Wisconsin Passes

| May 5, 2016

a tiger in the arena of radio drama and radio personalities passed. Wisconsinites remember Karl’s decades long commitment to WPR’s Chapter a Day. Inducted in the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2013, they consider his long career spanning back to The University of Wisconsin station WHA-AM in 1941 while he was still a student at the school. Read the […]

BBC Must Not Become BCE

| May 2, 2016

Some folks are quite concerned with the latest budget considerations for the famous British Broadcasting Corporation. Public radio has a long history of audio drama in England, and if the mother country wants to avoid the terrible state that conservatism has placed the CBC in Canada, they might do well to listen to the words […]

Syrian Soap

| April 30, 2016

While Radio Alwan operates on a shoe-string budget, its dreams and creativity are surely gifts of avarice. This article from BBC News explains the power of this Syrian soap opera on the radio: A sorrowful woman’s voice begins to sing – and even if you don’t speak a word of Arabic you can guess that the […]

Getting Fresh with the Archers

| April 29, 2016

Stoke-on-Trent seems to be just getting stoked now that their alternative soap to The Archers has gotten national attention. The Colcloughs is the first radio drama to be made outside of BBC‘s London headquarters. Check out the full story from The Stage: A radio soap opera first aired in Stoke-on-Trent 25 years ago is to be […]

Love Letters Lost and Found

| April 25, 2016

I’m always amazed at the flexibility and breadth of radio drama. The longer I live in this medium, the more I’m excited by the variety of stories that can be told. For example, The Irish Times look at a multi-part series based on the love letters of a British soldier and his Irish sweetheart: Love […]