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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 […]

There Is a Great Disturbance in the Force…

| December 27, 2016

If you grew up in the seventies or eighties, you couldn’t avoid the iconic presence of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars. Many post modernist reviews of perhaps the first modern blockbuster series in movie history dwell on the dearth of women in the original trilogy. The fact was, it would have been […]

Daley Wishes- More Star Wars Audio Drama

| April 16, 2016

I don’t know about you. But the thought that the new Star Wars movies could produce more NPR Star Wars audio drama makes me more excited than even for the release of the next installment- Rogue One. For many of us who held on to the flame of radio drama in those twilight years, the […]

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 […]

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‘ […]

Many a True Word Hath Been Spoken in Radio

| March 19, 2016

A star-studded cast will be performing in BBC‘s latest release of Shakespeare‘s classic tragedy King Lear. The play about the elderly King and his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, is to be broadcast on Radio 3, May 8th and stars Ian McDiarmid famous for his role as Palpatine in Star Wars in the lead role. […]

When The Force Awoke

| December 14, 2015

John Madden was “making movies with the lights turned out” by releasing the incredible NPR Star Wars radio drama. With the help of Brian Daley, this never before tried extended series of the original trilogy was an instant sensation and starred Mark Hamill (who Madden proclaimed as a “natural” in radio drama) and Anthony Daniels of C-3P0 fame. […]

Voom Voom! Shkkkksh!

| August 28, 2015

As we get closer to the latest Star Wars epic movie, it behooves us to look at sound engineer Ben Burtt’s explanation on how the iconic sounds to the universe are created. As we get closer to Biff Straker’s launch in the Sonic Society with Year 0, the question is how will Josiah Ambrose produce […]

And Now a Sound Effect from Star Wars

| December 17, 2014

Remember Star Wars? It was quite the thing in the day (and if you believe the hype it will be again starting next year. George Lucas wasn’t just the King of visual effects, he also pioneered in a pile of really unique sound effects. Here’s an incredible look at how the breakdown of the Millennium […]

Who Listens to Audio/Radio Drama?

| September 13, 2014

Who listens to Audio Drama anyway? That’s always been the big question we who create new Audio plays always asks. Is this a medium that’s still mostly appreciated by Baby Boomers? Or is it the Gen X’ers who listened to A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Star Wars Radio Drama in the eighties […]