The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

Welcome To The Sonic Society!

Each week Jack Ward and David Ault are pleased to showcase the very best Modern Audio Theatre (Radio Drama) from around the world. From the days of Old Time Radio in the early 20th century until the modern age of broadcasts, podcasts, and streaming simulcasts, audio plays are movies for the mind!

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Project Audion Episode 20: Bob and Rae

Posted By on September 12, 2021

It’s another visit with our favourite recreation regulars- Larry Groebe and Project Audion with “”Bob and Rae”! Not too many stars from the OTR era have also hosted Saturday Night Live and a Broadway show, but comic geniuses Bob & Ray did it – and so Project Audion salutes them with a recreation of the offbeat, deadpan humor that aired on radio networks across the country for years starting in the early 1950s. John Bell in Alabama, and Pete Lutz in Texas take on the many characters created by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding in an assemblage of sketches – both familiar and obscure – designed to replicate the kind of free flowing absurdity they did so well. You’ll recognize a couple of Mutual’s finest from our United Artists of Audio doing their amazing work!

Sonic Society #697- Midsummer Sonic

Posted By on September 12, 2021

This week, Fairies wreak havoc on the lives of their favorite human podcasters during 2020 lockdown. This modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set during 2020 NYC with bickering fae, flirtatious mortals, and a podcast within a podcast, must be the work of none other than The Faustian Nonsense Network. This phenomenal group has a beautiful collection of audio drama, fiction, and live play shows and much, much more. But we begin with their first outing with “A Midsummer Quarantine, episode 1- An Honest Puck“! It’s Audio Drama time!

Mutual Presents: MADCON 2021- Friday 3: Story Structure

Posted By on September 5, 2021

We return to Mutual Presents with Season 2’s audio replay of MAD-CON 2021 Events. We continue with our third session “Story Structure” with host Jack Ward and panellists Steve Schneider, Tony Sarrecchia, Neil Jones, Robert Arnold! All full videos can be found on the Mutual Audio Network Channel!

Sonic Society #696- Cross Park

Posted By on September 5, 2021

We’re back with Season 17! Jack and David welcome one and all to the world’s largest and longest-running showcase of modern audio drama!
For our premiere, we have a dynamite double-feature beginning with James O’Neill’s “The Scarlet Cross“.

  1. The Great Plague has reached Cambridge.
    Man of learning Francis Mortymer describes the blight and it’s tightening grip.
    Sitting alone, in a stifling chamber with the plague closing around him, his thoughts circling smaller and smaller and darker and darker.
    And the regular visits of his haunting, spectral doctor.
    An atmospheric account of dread and fear.
    And death.
    Performed by Anton Lesser (Wolf Hall, The Crown, Game of Thrones)
    Sound Design by Paul Freeman
    Written by James O’Neill

And Residents of Proserpina Park from Angela Yih! The park is a beautiful and wonderful place with no screaming children, crowded spaces, or trash littered everywhere. The catch? The park residents might not be so welcoming. Welcome back, it’s Audio Drama time!

Mutual Presents: MADCON 2021- Friday 2: How to Approach Your Project

Posted By on August 29, 2021

We return to Mutual Presents with Season 2’s audio replay of MAD-CON 2021 Events. We continue with our second session “How to Approach Your Project”with host Lothar Tuppan and panellists Michael Wilhelm, Bill Arrowood, and Robert Arnold! All full videos can be found on the Mutual Audio Network Channel!

Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 12.9: Escape- The Derelict

Posted By on August 29, 2021

And finally in our season finale for Sonic Summerstock 12 we have Pete Lutz with The Narada Radio Company Presenting: “The Derelict”. An episode of the hit radio series “Escape”, originally Aired In 1953. Producer Pete chose to put a sci-fi spin on this tale of shipwrecked castaways. Other than that, it’s the same story Of treachery, deceit and murder that went out over the airwaves 68 years ago!
Jack Ward sits in with David Ault for this final performance.

Mutual Presents: MADCON 2021- Friday Opener!

Posted By on August 22, 2021

We return to Mutual Presents with Season 2 as we begin an audio replay of the MAD-CON 2021 Events. We begin with the “Welcome and Opening Discussion:” from Friday July 23rd with host Jack Ward and panellists David Ault, Lothar Tuppan, and Jeff Billard! All full videos can be found on the Mutual Audio Network Channel!

Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 12.8: Sherlock Holmes- Murder in the Casbah

Posted By on August 22, 2021

Returning to the Sonic Summerstock stage is Larry Groebe’s Project Audion with The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The episode from December 3, 1945 entitled “Murder in the Casbah” has been carefully re-created by a terrific Project Audion cast which includes voice actors performing from England, Hollywood, and multiple locations inbetween!

Mutual Presents: Wednesday Wonders- Exploring Tomorrow’s Tomorrow!

Posted By on August 15, 2021

We return to Mutual Presents! This week we’re back with Wednesday Wonder’s “Exploring Tomorrow” and more classic old time radio from the Mutual Broadcasting System with another trilogy of grand sci-fi tales- “The Happiness Effect”, “The Doctor” and “The Liar”!

Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 12.7: Double Feature: The Shadow- The Bells of St. Peters and The Shadow’s Revenge

Posted By on August 15, 2021

Another fantastic creation from the Mutual Broadcasting System was “The Shadow”. And the Shadow Recreation Society on youtube has been hard at work to recreate these grand episodes! “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” The opening lines of the “Detective Story” program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that “Detective Story” was soon renamed “The Shadow,” and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. This week the Recreation Society recreates “The Bells of St. Peters” and “The Shadows Revenge” in a special Playhouse double feature!