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Trap Released…

| April 5, 2016

The audio drama and Star Wars world is whirling at the news that Erik Bauersfeld passed away. Known widely as Admiral Ackbar from the famous Return of the Jedi episode of the original trilogy, Bauersfeld was known mostly as a radio man who acted for decades in our favourite medium. NPR has a great series of […]

Audio Tips for Migration

| April 3, 2016

It’s not often that Brietbart mentions audio drama, but they took the time to talk about a BBC Radio Drama that they feel gave practical tips for illegal migration out of Somalia. Of course, one might consider that the Old Time Radio series I Was a Communist for the FBI might be giving practical tips […]

The Social Contract of Radio Drama

| March 31, 2016

At the Sonic Society we try to demonstrate that radio drama opens up conversation in the areas of social and political concern. Many communities around the world may not have wide distribution to televisions or Internet, but they have radio. Radio can teach and delight (to borrow from Philip Sidney). Case in point, from The […]

Churchill’s Audio Adversary

| March 12, 2016

Winston may be a volleyball to some, a Ghostbuster to others, but to a nation at war he was also the man speaking about the finest hour. I don’t believe he meant the hour of contention. Television is achieving a kind of new Golden Age, and unfortunately that puts us straight in conflict with BBC’s […]

The C in BBC Stands for Comedy

| February 26, 2016

While the “C” in BBC actually stands for Corporation, it might as well, be comedy as BBC4 historical sit-com called “Plum House”. Starring Simon Callow, Miles Jupp and Jane Horrocks. The Chortle article describes the six-part series as one that shows: Peter Knight, curator of Plum House, former dwelling of poet and artist George Pudding, with Jupp […]

Radio Without Limits

| February 23, 2016

In an IBT article entitled, BBC Radio to air uncensored adaptation of Erica Jong’s feminist novel featuring sex scenes BBC is dramatizing for radio scenes from the famous novel Fear of Flying. BBC began to air scenes last night, as they break the novel into five different episodes. Fear of Flying was a controversial book for iconic […]

Twilight Zone Appears Over England

| February 22, 2016

The BBC has made arrangements to carry the famous Twilight Zone Radio Dramas from producer Carl Amari. For those of us familiar, Stacy Keach’s rich voice fills the role of narrator once held by the iconic Rod Serling for the original television series. In an io9 article, we discover that ten episodes will be released featuring the […]

Hurt’s So Good!

| February 3, 2016

So many great stars old and new keep coming back to Audio Drama. Now it’s the War Doctor himself, John Hurt, has a plea for many people out there. About radio drama, Mr. Hurt says:  “I consider it a very important part of my life. I think one of the major weapons of an actor […]

Serial Successes

| December 14, 2015

In the Guardian newspaper, Miranda Sawyer asks a very simple question: Why are Americans so much better at making podcasts than the British?  I for one think that Ms. Sawyer has the ideas backwards. She suggests in the article that you have to do massively produced shows to get them to be successful and that the British […]

25th Annual Radio Playwriting Competition

| October 15, 2015

“Creative Writing is a vibrant subject area at The Open University, with courses from beginner and undergraduate, to MA and PhD level. We are thrilled to collaborate with BBC World Service in this important and unique competition, encouraging and supporting talent internationally.” So says Doctor Derek Neale of The Open University Faculty of Arts in consideration […]