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| September 15, 2017

The BBC is taking a step back to make a splash in the audio drama world. Check out this article in The Verge about new interactive audio dramas: The BBC is known for producing radio plays, but the format is about to get a high-tech twist: a new experiment by the broadcasting company will turn traditional audio […]

Sonic Echo- 0200- Danger!

| August 29, 2017

Jeff Billard, Lothar Tuppan, and Jack Ward look at more old time radio shows beginning season 2 with “Danger” or “A Comedy of Danger” from the Columbia Radio Workshop.  

Netflix of Spoken Word

| December 28, 2016

Whether you’re a fan of Moonlight Audio or Audioflix one thing is certain, audio plays and stories are on the rise. In this article from The Conversation, BBC has declared its intention to target the world as the new “netflix” of audio. The question is, who will eventually reign as king? BBC Radio has declared its […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blake Sets Sail

| April 14, 2016

It was with some sadness that fans of Blake’s 7, the powerful series created first for the BBC by Terry Nation from 78 to 81, heard of the death of Gareth Thomas. His reprisal of the role in The Liberator Chronicles in 2012 created a whole new generation of fans. The Telegraph has the story: […]

Fixsoniced by The Archers

| April 14, 2016

The tale of Helen and Rob Titchener, characters in the BBC’s radio soap opera “The Archers”, has an entire nation transfixed as the violent conclusion Sunday night’s past saw Helen stabbing her abusive husband in front of their young son. During the episode,  #TheArchers was trending on Twitter as tens of thousands of listeners vented their […]