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CBC Rediscovers Audio Drama

| December 30, 2018

Rebranding Audio Drama as “Fiction Podcasts” seems to be all the rage. Some time ago we called these “podficts” for short. Regardless, it’s nice to see the CBC taking the medium seriously again. Check out Fiction podcasts are giving new form to the old art of the radio drama and maybe give them a nudge that […]

A Shot Rang Out

| October 1, 2018

Sound is key to identification… even a potential murder. Check out the article on the CBC site- Audio Forensics and see how law enforcement is turning what we can hear into a new technique to catch criminals!  

Sonic Echo: 301 Nightfall with Tanja

| September 20, 2018

Tonight in a cross-over extra of the Sonic Summer Parlour series, the Queen of Audio Drama- Tanja Milojevic from Lightning Bolt Theatre of the Mind joins our Amigos Lothar Tuppan, Jeffrey Billard, and Jack Ward to discuss a classic episode of Nightfall from CBC radio- “Beauty’s Beast!”

The CCBJS Archives

| September 1, 2018

Concordia University has become the archive for Canadian audio drama- especially the CBC. Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies Archive has an incredible collection. Just check what their page details: CBC Radio Dramas Since 1975, the Centre has been the official legal depository of the radio drama scripts and ancillary drama materials of the Canadian […]

Howelling Wisdom

| August 24, 2018

Recently, our Sonic Echo team have been talking about the classic Nightfall horror suspense series from CBC Radio in the eighties. Bill Howell, the senior producer had a fascinating take on the challenge of getting an audience in Radio Drama. From the Theatre Research in Canada Journal. 1990’s article Bill Howell from Canadian Radio Drama in […]

Nazi Eyes

| August 19, 2018

A new Facebook group appreciating classic old-time radio from the north : Canadian Old Time Radio. One of the shows was a five-episode series called Nazi Eyes on Canada. Rumour in the group is that there are six episodes but one was lost. Have a listen back to 1942… in simpler, yet dangerous times.

Sonic 211: Summer Parlour- Could Be

| July 19, 2018

Tonight Richard Frohlich from Texas Radio Theatre joins the Amigos for an exploration into the most geopolitical radio show in the history of the Sonic Society, Norman Corwin‘s “Could Be”. Have a listen yourself and consider whether you too could be part of a better future world! Mentioned in the discussion: H.G. Wells Things to Come- […]

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 […]