The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

A Grand Actor- Chris Wiggins

| February 25, 2017

As a young lad just developing my love for Audio Drama, one of the fun CBC shows I listened to was Johnny Chase- Secret Agent of Space. It ran weekly for a time on Saturdays. Johnny fought all kinds of evils and even set a kind of Battlestar Galactica like fleet quest to look for […]

Someone Sonic

| January 9, 2017

I’ve been a listener of CBC Radio all my life. I miss the heady days of Peter Gzowski, Vicki Gabereau, Michael Enright and Alan Maitland duo and Lister Sinclair‘s dulcet voice and gentle hand on the wheel. CBC has gone through a lot of changes, some of them great, some not so. The not so […]

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 […]

The (Radio) Show That Happened Long Time Ago

| March 26, 2016

In a generation far, far away, Americans everywhere were treated to Star Wars the Radio Drama trilogy in 1981, 83, and 96. While my reintroduction to modern audio drama was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as CBC replayed the British phenom  just before the bus came in the morning, yanks were thrilling about George Lucas‘ […]

Blurring Sounds Waves

| March 22, 2016

Mira Burt-Wintonick who was a producer for ten years on the popular CBC Radio show Wiretap has some incredible things to say about making fiction on the air. While I think her thoughts are especially valuable for those making podficts (fictionalized podcasts), her clear thoughts can be found in detail in the article Storytelling through […]

DIY Sound Booth!

| November 11, 2015

Years ago I went to the new building of CBC in Toronto. A friend of mine had arranged a tour through their branch Radioworks. I got to stump the lady giving the tour with my knowledge of my beloved public broadcaster and I got to drool over their sound stage. The stage, I fear, is […]

CBC Sentimentality

| August 2, 2015

Recently Sibby P Wieland was speaking in an interview about the great loss of CBC audio drama. As a child who grew up in the eighties- one of golden ages of the CBC, I concur. My imagination exploded with everything from CBC’s Nightfall, Booster McCrane PM, Rumours and Borders, and of course my childhood favourite, Johnny […]

We Don’t Make Radio Drama Anymore (CBC)

| May 2, 2015

For someone who grew up with CBC Radio, it’s really heartbreaking to see the lowest point in Canada’s finest broadcaster (It is the lowest point, isn’t it? It can’t go any lower… please?) With scandals, and criminal charges, and cutbacks from the federal government, the CBC seems to have entirely lost its way. For years, […]

Sonic Echo- 0113- A Wonderful Escape

| November 28, 2014

  From the twisted but brilliant mind of J.G. Ballard comes these tales of excitement, science fiction, and fear in the rare CBCseries “Vanishing Point”. Come complete our month of November Nightmares with “Escapement” and “Having a Wonderful Time”. Be sure to stop off at the boutique before you leave and stock up on all […]

Sonic Echo- 0112- Night Falls

| November 21, 2014

  “In the dream you are falling” was the first words you heard in this spine tingling series from the CBC. “Nightfall” kept Canadians in terror on the radio weekly and tonight’s Sonic Echo November Nightmares is no exception with “Gerald” and “Angel’s Kiss”. Stop by and check out all these grand shows at archive.org- […]