Side Tracks

Outside of the ridiculousness of Great Northern Audio Jerry Stearns and Brian Price have worked independently in practically every capacity of audio theater—from writing and digital editing to producing, directing and SFX to sound design and engineering for a pile of professional and amateur radio theater groups and artists. We’re proud of this work and encourage you to check out more about some our favorite audio theater friends and colleagues.

Also listed below are some works from the
Archives of the Great Northern Audio Theatre. Sought-after works from our past that are only available here.

• Sound Affects: A Radio Playground

Sound Affects: A Radio Playground
Audio theater, comedy and the audio arts.

Jerry has been hosting the
Sound Affects broadcast on Community Radio KFAI since 1994. It's a showcase of modern audio theater from all over the world. I will play Old Time Radio on occasion for historical reference, but mostly I'm offering the new material that is being made today, or at least since network radio drama ceased.

Schedule of coming attractions.

Sundays
9:30 - 10:30 PM CST
90.3 & 106.7 FM Minneapolis/St. Paul
Streaming on
www.KFAI.org
Archives kept 2 weeks after broadcast
  • AudioSeaStories.com
    These are the great people at Good Old Boat sailing magazine. They've published several audiobooks about sailing, and we've had a good time getting to work on some of them.

    There are samples to listen to. Try
    Sailing Around The World, Captain Joshua Slocum's tale of his solo circumnavigation. Or Jule Miller's A Voyage Toward Vengeance, a suspenseful thriller in the Caribbean.

  • Shockwave

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    For 14 years, Jerry and Dave Romm and Brian Westley hosted Shockwave on community radio station KFAI-FM in Minneapolis/ St. Paul. During that time, from 1979 through 1993, they produced a large catalog of very silly original science fiction and fantasy works. Here are few pieces from the Shockwave shows performed at Minicon, a Twin Cities regional science fiction convention, or done in the studio. You can find out more about Shockwave, and its continuity between 1994 and 2007, under Dave Romm and Brian Westley, at www.romm.org.

    • The Pirate Sketch - was part of a longer work titled, "Generic Movies", in which the characters and story went on, but the genre of the movie changed periodically. This is, naturally, the Pirate Movie portion. (3:39 minutes)
    • The Dead Tribble Sketch - a crossover between two universes - Star Trek and Monty Python's Flying Circus. (3:31 minutes)
    • The Landing At Davis Corners, IA - a scene from Warp of the Worlds, a parody by Jerry and Kate Worley. (5:21 minutes)
    • Cable Video at the Spaceport - a typical Shockwave show with the boys marveling at the technology in the St. Paul Spaceport. (27 minutes)
    • Goblin Tax - a play by Allen Varney about gamers whose role playing becomes all too real. (28 minutes)
    • The Food Wars Saga, by Kara Dalkey. Yes, she wrote all three movies entirely in Food Puns. And we recorded each one in an entirely different manner. Food Wars 1: A New Cook (20 m). Food Wars 2: The Empire Bakes Off (45 m). Food Wars 3: The Repast of the Jello. (Live. 30 m)
    • Night of the Cooters, a Howard Waldrop short story, adapted with permission of the author for the 1992 Shockwave Minicon show. It's a War of the Worlds as it might have happened in Texas. (Live. 29 m)
    • Vince Washburn, the New Age Detective. The first script, "Penalty For Early Death," won the MRTW script contest in 1988. We performed it in 1987 at a Shockwave Minicon show. The second episode, "If You've Got the Time," was part of the first show we ever did with David Ossman, called Coming Soon To A Galaxy Near You, at Minicon 31. Both brought to us by Astral Travel. (VW 1 is 22 minutes. VW 2 is 25 minutes.)
    Spindizzy
    • Spindizzy. A collection of silly sci-fi sketches originally published on one of those floppy records you used to find in magazines. (19 minutes, 24 MB). Includes Preconceptions: News of the Future and Captain Audio and the Space Cassettes. Full of science fiction references. The title is from James Blish’s Cities In Flight novels. Cover art by Kara Dalkey. Find more artwork and complete credits on DavE Romm’s Shockwave Facebook page.
  • Star of Vengeance

    This is a ten-part serial written by Andre Guirard, and produced by Jerry for the Shockwave radio show. We include here in MP3 format all ten episodes for you.


• The Iowa Radio Project

The Iowa Radio Project
Back in the early 1990's we worked for Dan Coffey's Iowa Radio Project. When Dan wasn't being Dr. Science, he produced and taught radio at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. We don't know where Dan got the goofy postcards he used to market the series, but they were certainly appropriate.

Brian,
as a sort of staff writer, wrote 15 Iowans Abroad episodes. Here are the first three, and his favorites. "The idea was to do a 30-minute TV sitcom in 5 minutes. We got it down to 4 minutes. It was loads of fun and Dan got to use all his goofy accents."


Here is another piece from each of us done for the IRP: Brian's,
Bringing Back Your Dirt sketch, and Jerry's golf horror short, The 13th Hole.

  • The Grist Mill

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    The Grist Mill is a horror audio production house out of Lowell, MA, headed up by Scott Hickey. One of their recent releases is God of the Razor, a terrific horror story by Joe R. Lansdale. He's a familiar character in Lansdale stories. Script adaptation by Jerry Stearns, direction and post production by Brian Price, with music by Mike Wheaton.

    Also includes Mort Castle's
    If You Take My Hand, My Son.

    Another to look for is
    Slasher, adapted and directed by Brian from a story by F. Paul Wilson.
  • Scripts and Services

    Several of our scripts have been produced by other groups. See more on the Scripts and Services page.

    And we offer audio theater services of various kinds. See our
    About Us page for details on what we have in the way of experience.
  • The Dakota Reader

    Brian Price produced The Dakota Reader, a series of performances through the South Dakota Institute of Art in Brookings. They included a variety of presentations, including local poets and musicians, audio theater, and presentations on aspects of audio arts. We may have a few CDs of these still around: Jerry Stearns' treatise, "The Best Aliens Are the Ones Only You Can See: A History of Science Fiction on Radio, 1930 to 2001", and Rev. Dwight Frizzell's "From Ark to Microchip: A History of Audio Art, 10,000 BC - 2010."


  • Audio Theater Conferences


    TC Radio Theater Workshop


    In 1997 Jerry and Brian organized the
    Twin Cities Radio Theatre Workshop, meant to be a live persentation of audio theater written by local writers and performed by local actors. It was open to the public in the Rarig Center Theater on the University of Minnesota campus, and broadcast live on KFAI-FM and KUOM-AM at the University. The first half was Tirebiter's Follies, an original variety hour by David Ossman, of the Firesign Theatre. The second hour, the only part that was broadcast, consisted of five short pieces. Here are the original works from that broadcast.

    Independent Producers' Conference


    In October of 2004 Jerry, Brian and Kris Markman assembled the
    Twin Cities Independent Audio Theater Producers' Conference in Minneapolis, hoping to help producers talk to each other and exchange ideas and create a community of audio theater makers. Thirty people attended from around the country.

    The Keynote speech at the
    Conference, was by Judith Walcutt and David Ossman, of Otherworld Media. A history of audio theater in America over the last 30 years of the 20th Century, through the exploits of one independent audio theater production team. Great Northern Audio hosted the conference.

  • Reviews

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    Brian writes reviews for Audiofile magazine of audio theater and audiobooks. Some of them he records for their reviews podcast. Hear his review of Frank Herbert's "Dune," and one of Jack Finney's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." He also writes a column called The Echo of One Hand Clapping for AudiobooksDJ, a website about all aspects of new audiobooks. The column is some notes on audio publishing and production.

    Read some of Jerry's
    reviews of science fiction audio theater on this website.
  • Others we have worked with

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