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Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

The Actors of the Flintstones Owe it All the Radio

| July 26, 2019

The great actors of The Flintstones (minus Mel Blanc) talk fondly of their love of radio drama and how they worked on the titular animated series in the same way. Alan Reed, Fred Flintstone, specifically talks about how radio is his favourite medium. And what could we say in reply? Yabba Dabba Doo!”

The Magic of Audio

| April 12, 2019

We often forget the absolute magic of the audio story. If we go back to our childhood, we can remember being read to- even if we couldn’t see the page. Our imagination fills in the worlds that are drummed up through sound in a way that the visual medium could never accomplish. If you don’t […]

Right Number, Right Radio Play

| February 4, 2019

It’s always a joy when someone else uncovers a secret pleasure so many of us have enjoyed. Devon Strolovitch from PRI identifies Sorry, Wrong Number as one of the gems of the Golden Age of Radio Drama. Our only beef is the line: “Often, even during the golden age of radio, these were formulaic, poorly produced […]

Jack Benny on Television versus Radio

| January 20, 2019

Tales of Our Miss Brooks

| January 19, 2019

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 […]

The Immortal Jack Johnstone

| December 6, 2018

As we gain deeper insight into the producers, writers, and sound engineers that brought us some of the powerful shows of the past, in our ongoing attempt to understand this medium we look at this little clip of the great director/producer Jack Johnstone talking about live radio drama and specifically how a flub was handled […]

Radio Ain’t Dead Yet

| November 9, 2018

This Spectator article wants to point out to those enamoured with the latest craze of podcast-madness, that radio hasn’t exactly been overwhelmed by the downloading RSS feeds. Podcasts, too, have yet to master drama; it will surely become established, challenging the corporation to maintain its commitment to what is for many of us the USP of […]

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 […]

Mediumship

| May 26, 2017

So many great actors work in the medium of audio drama/radio drama these days, every little bit of wisdom and experience can help. Consider the article in Spotlight by Katie Redford who gives great advice on how to break into radio: When I was little, my parents always told me I could be anything I […]