History of the Mark Time Radio Show

The Partial Secret Untold History
and Production Notes of
The Mark Time Radio Show


As Produced by Great Northern Audio Theatre
by Brian Price


Introduction:
Connie and Mark Time

Last July Jerry Stearns and I wrote and produced the last Mark Time Radio Show (Cyber Bob and Digital Nymph starring David Ossman), performed at CONVergence 2014 in Bloomington, MN. We didn’t think much about it. We just did the show (a month or so of developing the script over Skype, casting the usual suspects, one-and-a-half rehearsals, a half cue-to-cue and then hitting the stage in front of 500-600 people). We didn’t discuss that we’d come down to having produced 19 years of science fiction satire shows together. But I was thinking—well, that’s a body of work. That’s a lot of stuff.

I don’t think either of us has listened back to the entire canon, one after another from beginning to end. I don’t think anybody has. I wondered if all those shows sounded any good? Did they make any sense? Did they march off into some greater cosmic scheme? Most importantly, did they make anybody laugh? They were supposed to make people laugh.

So, I’ve decided to try a little exercise and listen back to each Mark Time Radio Show (listening to one per day for the next 19 days, starting November 18, 2014) like I’ve never heard them before, and then comment on each one, say what I liked, what I would’ve done differently, what I remembered, soulfully thank every actor that ever lent their precious time and talent to the show and quote maybe some favorite lines.

These will all be posted on the Great Northern Audio Facebook page, and collected on this website.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 21


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Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 21


Turner and a perfect specimen of a human being are about to leave Texas when they witness a very special magic show and are compelled to stay.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 21 (15.5 minutes, 11 MB)


The Last Mark Time Radio Show

Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph


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Yes, we’re sad to say this was the last dangerous Mark Time Radio Show. We’ve been doing them for 17 years, and it’s time to move on. ‚óŹ This time David Ossman of the Firesign Theatre returns one last time to the live raucous stage to play Cyber Bob, who leaves his position as cart-wrangler at the Mart to lead a digital expedition into the digital glade in search of the beautiful yet elusive Digital Nymph. There's a history between the two, and they are not playing...well, they are playing games...and when the Nymph asks, "Do you want to take the leap?" There's only one answer for an old campaigner like Cyber Bob. (See more...)

Also on the playlist is A DAY AT THE LIBRARY where they answer that electric question, "What would be the first thing you'd make with a 3D printer?" A 1958 Ford Edsel, of course. We also find there are other things we can make to enhance our 3D lives.
Connie-&-Mark-Time

Both pieces recorded live before a very appreciative geeky audience at Convergence 2014, Bloomington, MN. We give heartfelt thanks to the convention for their support all these years. Especially we thank the Main Stage crew and the ASL interpreters for helping to make the shows possible. We’ve had a terrific ensemble cast, and some great guest stars over the years. We hope you’ve had as much fun listening to them.

Available for download at ZBS. To be broadcast on Sound Affects on December 7, 2014.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 20


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 20


Turner makes it back to Richmond and then ends up Texas.   But it's not because of the chip in his head.  It's because of the chip in Laze Fitzgerald's head.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 20 (15 minutes, 11 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 19


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 19


Turner wakes up in a horse-drawn ambulance and is accused of having been part of the plot to assassinate Fair Liza and is rescued by her at the same time.  Stuff that dreams are made of...

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 19 (15.5 minutes, 11 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 18


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 18


Is Laze Fitzgerald really the legendary Fair Liza, the Angel of the Unity Movement?  Turner is trapped in a cave with the evidence.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 18 (10.5 minutes, 8 MB)


Mark Time Award Winners 2013

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Yes, it’s finally that time of year again, to announce the winners of the Mark Time Awards for Science Fiction Audio Theater, and the Ogle Awards for Fantasy/Horror Audio Theater. After seventeen years, still the ONLY awards given solely for audio theater, anywhere in the world. These are the winners for the 2013 Production Year.


Mark Time Award


GOLD
The Truth: Biological Clock
The Truth
Written by Ira Gamerman
Produced by Jonathan Mitchell
New York, NY
www.thetruthpodcast.com

SILVER
Alone in the Night
Electric Vicuna Productions
Written & Produced by Jack Ward
Michael L. Stokes, Production Engineer
Halifax, Nova Scotia
www.evicuna.com


Ogle Award


GOLD
The Legend of Springheel’d Jack
Wireless Theatre Company
Written by Gareth Parker, Robert Valentine
Producers, Robert Valentine, Gareth Parker, Mariele Runacre-Temple
London, England
www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk

SILVER
The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us
AudioComics Company
Written by Todd DeZago, w/Elaine Lee
Produced by William Dufris, Lance Roger Axt, Elaine Lee
Bellingham, WA
audiocomicscompany.com

There’s a lot of audio theater out there on the web. I tell people there’s probably more audio theater being made now than there was during the heyday, the Golden Age of Radio. Maybe that’s true. Maybe it isn’t. It’s certainly true that there’s a bigger variety of works available now. Science fiction and Fantasy are a very large percentage of what’s new in audio drama, partly because it lends itself so well to the medium.

We would like to thank the Geek Partnership Society (GPS) for their generous sponsorship for a dozen years or so, and thank CONvergence for their support in giving us a stage to present the awards and a chance to spread the word that there’s a lot of good audio stories out there. Please give it a listen.

The Mark Time Radio Show


Great Northern Audio has presented the Mark Time Radio Show each year of the Mark Time Awards - though they are related by name, they are really separate events. We have another coming for CONvergence this year, as well. Keep an ear out for Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph, coming this summer.

Also this summer, Decoder Ring Theatre has taken six of our Mark Time Shows and reproduced them in their own grand manner for the Summer Showcase series of Mark Time Show Time. Check those out, too. They are really fun, if I do say so myself.

However, after this year we will be giving up our place on the schedule of CONvergence. This will be our last dangerous Mark Time Radio Show. It is time for us to move into new ventures and other efforts dear to our hearts. We thank all of you for listening to these shows. We will have new and more ambitious works to come, so keep checking back here for those.

We are also hanging up our stewardship of the beloved Mark Time Awards. It has been a great honor to keep them running since their inception. We have given the reins back to the owners of the character of Mark Time. We don’t know what will happen to them, but we certainly hope they continue - I would love to keep being a judge. I have loved listening to the hundreds of entries all these years. I’ve learned a lot. And if we have encouraged some of you to try to make your audio theater better, then we have succeeded in what we set out to do. We encourage you to keep making great SF audio, and to keep sending it to us here at Great Northern. Jerry still has a radio show to broadcast them on (Sound Affects: A Radio Playground on KFAI), and he’s always looking for new material. We’d love to hear what you think about all this. Comments can be sent through Facebook and Twitter.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 17


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Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 17


The Somerset, Kentucky Irregulars (and we're talking irregular) believe that they have cornered Fair Liza in a cave in the hills.  Turner is hoping to get there first.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 17 (18 minutes, 13 MB)