The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

Welcome To The Sonic Society!

Each week Jack Ward and David Ault are pleased to showcase the very best Modern Audio Theatre (Radio Drama) from around the world. From the days of Old Time Radio in the early 20th century until the modern age of broadcasts, podcasts, and streaming simulcasts, audio plays are movies for the mind!

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Forbes Finds ADPP!

Posted By on November 12, 2017

In a recent article by Sarah Rhea Werner Forbes had a great article on 7 Podcast Communities to Join. One of the communities (the bonus eight) was the awesome Audio Drama Production Podcast community. Congratulations, Sarah Golding and the Lads from Scotland! From the article:

I didn’t initially include the Audio Drama Production Facebook group because I wasn’t initially an audio drama creator. But as I fumbled and flailed my way through creating my very first audio drama, Girl In Space, the information I gleaned and the people I met within this group became invaluable. So if you’re interested in fictional podcasts (which are exploding, by the way), join this group and be amazed.

Sonic Yap with Jack and David

Posted By on November 9, 2017

After seven years two hosts get back in the same time zone. Jack and David chat of all manner of things, No Sleep Podcast, The Audio Drama Convention of 2020, and what’s on their podcatchers for example! Please forgive the poor sound quality we are in noisy locations!


Episode 533: BlackJack Cometh

Posted By on November 7, 2017

This week David and Jack welcome episodes one and two of Say Hello to Black Jack as well as the short from Dylan Vance “Speak of the Devil”. It’s Audio Drama Time!

Episode 532: A Cask of Faith

Posted By on October 31, 2017

Tonight in a double-frighture for Halloween Night we present the last performance of Chatterbox Audio Theater with “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Faith” by Electric Vicuna Productions starring the incredible Tanja Milojevic and produced by Scott Mosher.

Episide 531: Shoppers from Hell

Posted By on October 24, 2017

As David rehearses in Toronto for the No Sleep Live show, he and Jack present the hillscarious show Attention Hellmart Shoppers from Fatecrafters.

Vienna This Halloween Weekend!

Posted By on October 23, 2017

Virginia’s, New Vienna Community Center will help light up their 2017-2018 season with an evening of live radio dramas “In Living Sound – Back Home” for the end of October.

Check out the Connection article on the upcoming performance:

In its first show of the 2017-2018 season in the newly renovated Vienna Community Center, the Vienna Theatre Company is presenting the live radio drama, “In Living Sound – Back Home,” this coming weekend, Oct. 27-28, at 8 p.m.

Directed by Patricia Kallman, the ensemble of six actors is performing four scripts from the Golden Age of Radio during the 1930s and 1940s – one humor, one crime, one sweet tale from the Depression and one horror. The ensemble cast includes: Stuart Fischer, Terry Mason, Jay T. Stein, Jocelyn Steiner, John Totten and Kathy Young.

The first show, “Popeye – Visiting the Zoo,” which is replete with live sound effects by Sherry Kaiser and Roy Kallman, was an episode that aired in the 1930s. In this play, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy and Matey, the newsboy, visit the zoo in search of adventure.

Kallman said she paid particular attention to the voices to get them down just right. “They are so distinctive for Popeye and they were so popular. So I thought that would be the interesting vocal part for this,” said Kallman, 70, of the Greenbriar community who co-founded the Alliance Theater in Centreville with Elaine Wilson in 2000.

HER CHALLENGE was to make the sound effects interesting, she said. “We debated animal sounds. We tried a lot of different things. We tried all kinds of things for the hyena. It would be fun if there were actual animal noises but we did the best we could with them. There weren’t any in the original radio play; we thought we would add something to it.”

The second play, “Boston Blackie – Blackie and the Fur Trade,” which aired in 1945, was created by Jack Boyle, a newspaper reporter and reformed opium addict while serving a term in San Quentin for robbery. Blackie started out as a jewel thief and safecracker, but then became a detective. The radio series spawned 14 films for Columbia Pictures. In this play, Janet and Harry are fur thieves, and are apparently getting assistance from Boston Blackie. But the hare-brained Inspector Faraday is in hot pursuit and we learn that crime doesn’t pay.

Kallman said she was trying to recreate a film noir kind of feel to it – “the mystery and the grit,” she said. “I was really amazed when I started researching it; I didn’t know there were 14 Boston Blackie movies,” she said.

The third play, “The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour – The Church Mouse” first aired on Dec. 19, 1935. Also known as the Rudy Vallee Show, it was a musical variety show on NBC from 1929 through 1936, and into 1939 when it was renamed The Royal Gelatin Hour. In its prime, it was second only to “Amos ‘n Andy” for popularity and showcased many stars of the future. In this play, a meek but scrappy unemployed secretary lobbies for a job in a bank in a creative and unconventional way.

Kallman said she was trying for something a bit lighter. “It was three times made into a movie and it was on Broadway as a play first,” she said. “I guess it ends up being a love story. I forgot that people were desperately hungry in the middle of the depression. People were trying to get by, so it’s amusing to hear her talk about dividing up a sardine.”

The final play, “Lights Out – Knock at the Door,” first aired on CBS in 1942. This tale begets the supernatural, when an overly protective mother is done away with by her new daughter-in-law. Arch Oboler took over Wyllis Cooper’s series in 1936 when it had 600 fan clubs. Rod Serling counted the duo as his inspiration for “Twilight Zone,” which was to TV what “Lights Out” was to radio.

“We all said Halloween is coming and we ought to end up with something scary,” said Kallman. “We read a number of scripts and thought somebody coming back from the dead was interesting.”

The Vienna Theater Company is presenting the live radio drama, “In Living Sound – Back Home,” Oct. 27-28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14. The venue is located at The Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., SE, Vienna, VA. Visit the website at

Sonic Echo 202: Lights Out!

Posted By on October 19, 2017

Tonight Lothar Tuppan leads the Amigos- Jeff Billard and Jack Ward in a discussion about the classic horror “Valese Triste” from Arch Oboler and Lights Out!

Episode 530: Rabbits Radio

Posted By on October 17, 2017

This week Jack and David explore the world of the podcast Rabbits Podcast with Carly Parker, and talk about the upcoming No Sleep Live show in Toronto.

Episode 529: Fun and Fear Audio

Posted By on October 10, 2017

Tonight on the Sonic Society we begin our double-feature with Chatterbox Audio‘s “Marjorie and the Magic Words” by Robert Arnold, and finish with a tale of fright from Room 503 Productions with  “Just a Campfire Scare”.  Because, IT’S AUDIO DRAMA TIME!

A Great Light

Posted By on October 10, 2017

It is no secret that I have always loved Orson Welles. One of the great compliments I had was back in Teacher’s college when someone saw me on the stage and remarked later that I would take this compliment too far but I had indeed resembled the great man in her mind.

I was humbled. Of course, there never was, and never will be a man like him. This interview was said to be his last, and perhaps even on the day of his death. What charm. What panache. What a man. Here on the anniversary of his death we remark his passing. 32 Years without Welles.