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!
Welcome to episode 500 BONUS! in which David Ault and Jack Ward continue their retrospective on the last 12 1/2 years of the Sonic Society. Tonight it’s Season 6 and up! Thanks again to all who called or wrote in to share in this milestone!
Welcome to episode 500 in which David Ault and Jack Ward have a retrospective on the last 12 1/2 years of the Sonic Society. Stay tuned for the second part as a bonus episode tomorrow! (We just hate to take away from new audio drama on Tuesday nights!) Thanks to everyone who called in!
Someone said to me recently that they felt that audio drama folks weren’t as snobby as podnovel folks.
That was a strange comment to make. Looking back, I do notice that Audio Drama has been seen as the ugly step-child of the podcast community somewhat. Through the years there’s even been some suggestions that audio dramatists could “graduate” to audio novelists if they were good writers. It made me wonder if there were similar ideas between stage playwrights and novelists. Or television writers and movie scriptwriter writers.
Is there a kind of hierarchy of writing and production?
When I think of it I have witnessed some strange behavior through the years. Now, I’m the first one to admit I’m a literary snob of some sort. I enjoy story beyond and above everything else. Good story, for me, is key to any writing in any genre.
I have heard some various forms of audio snobbery though from various quarters:
American audio drama is more valued than Canadian
British audio drama is more respected than American
New audio drama is accepted as better than Old Time Radio
Podficts is more edgy than audio drama
Heavy narration is worse than no narration
Lots of special effects (the “Every Blade of Grass” folks) is seen as modern compared to a limited soundscape
Horror and Comedy is more popular than drama
Podcast is better than radio, and streaming is better than podcasts
Social awareness trumps social commentary
These are the forms that come to mind for me. What snobbery do you see in the art form? Is it justified?
CBC has gone through a lot of changes, some of them great, some not so. The not so great has been the loss of radio drama which has been stellar through out the years. But maybe some forms of podficts are coming back. Thanks to NPR’s famous Serial, CBC has started a couple more innovative story telling shows. The latest is Someone Knows Something. This documentary first person style series- like Serial- follows a tale all season about a missing person- unsolved cases. The first season it was Adrien McNaughton. Season two it’s the story of the disappearance Sheryl Sheppard.
The episodes are compelling like only crime mysteries can be. That they are true, brings out the very iciness in the veins. Let’s hope that someone does know something and these mysteries can be solved.
One of the benefits of being a teacher and introducing audio drama to my students, is to see how it engages them in ways that no other media does. Students in the 21st century are programmed to respond visually, but that often means not responding as critically or creatively.
Looking for some new audio to listen? One of the things Jeffrey Adams from Icebox Radio used to speak about was the casual way radio drama had an appointment with its listeners. With podcasting and other audio on demand, the days of must listening times have come to an end. Or have they? Sound Stages Radio and now Coral Island Adventures are some of the must listen radio for your ear. Get a chance to sneak in an episode of new Coral Island Adventures each Saturday at these locations.