May 31, 2015
The Fourth Ambit, Episode 2: Tethers
An ambitious 9-part story from The Ambit Group. The Internet has grown into a chaotic conglomeration of full-immersion virtual spaces collectively known as the Ambit. As a tracker, Gilles's job is to navigate his way through this madness.
In doing so, however, he becomes immersed in a web of intrigue. There is order behind the seeming chaos - a Second Ambit behind the first. And the revelations don't end there. Behind the chaos, beneath the order there is a Third Ambit. And even a Fourth.
We bring you only Episode 2 to introduce you to the characters, and to the well-defined future world. Written and performed by Dawson Nichols.
June 7, 2015
Blues For Johnny Raven: The Ambience Man
A very different kind of detective story, using the tropes and memes of audio drama as the thread of the plot.
Johnny Raven is a detective from outside the loop. He's hired to protect a frightened woman, but as he digs into the case he finds he's up against some tough character voices, and a lot of background ambience.
Written by Thomas E. Fuller, founder of the Atlanta Radio Theater Company.
June 14, 2015
The Stan Freberg Show
Two episodes from Freberg's radio show from 1957. It is considered a milestone in radio, covering 15 episodes, but it never had a sponsor. Freberg turned down several partial sponsors, and two cigarette companies offering full sponsorship.
The first show in the series brings us Tuned Sheep, and a biting satire, Incident at Los Varoces, about two feuding Las Vegas Hotels. It was recorded and sent to the network, whose censors ordered a rewrite. It was rapidly rerecorded for broadcast the next day. What we have here is the original recording, not the rewrite.
The fourth series show features guest star Hans Conreid, along with his regulars, Daws Butler, Peter Leeds and June Foray.
Libby Donohue, of KFAI's TransAtlantic Mixtape of Your Mind, sitting in for Jerry tonight.
June 21, 2015
In The Embers, Part 1
New from the Great Northern Audio Theatre.
A song, a pressed flower, and the sound of two girl’s voices recovered from a burned wooden beam by using a laser to read its charred surface like the grooves of an old 78rpm record. These are the clues that archaeologist, Digger Morgan, discovers while working on a routine Maryland plantation dig. Who were the girls? When was the fire? The answers all lead to 1920s jazz pioneer, Kit Jeffers, whose voice mysteriously appears on Digger’s computer, and whose existence remains haunted by a singular tragic event.
June 28, 2015
In The Embers, Part 2
Written and Produced by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns. Mixed at the ZBS Studios, Froggy Acres in Upstate New York. Original Music by Mike Wheaton, songs by Wheaton and Brian Price. Featuring Robin Miles, Edwin Strout, Dawn Krosnowski, Gordon Smuder, Susanne Becker, Dean Johnson, Charlie Meitzner, Tom Joyal, Jacquie Maddix, and E.G. Bailey.
July 5, 2015
Alba Salix, Royal Physician
A medieval fantasy medical comedy from Forgery League. Alba Salix has been appointed official physician to the royal family, which includes her sister, the Queen. But she also has to deal with real or imagined illness and injury of the people of the kingdom. Court intrigue and family relations are only part of her problems, she's also been saddled with an accident-prone fairy herbalist and a young monk assistant whose cure for everything is lancing, using a sword.
We have episode one, Well Met, to introduce the kingdom and the characters.
And we have episode 4, A Chance to Cure, in which Alba and her House of Healing have to deal with an epidemic of exploding heads. This episode won a Gold Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio Theater. It was written and produced by Eli McIlveen.
July 12, 2015
Big Fun Radio Funtime and Vermin
Tonight we have the producer/director of the Big Fun Radio Funtime show, Tim Wick, in the studio to talk about that series of sketch comedy shows that have been running at the Bryant Lake Bowl - and you've heard them here on Sound Affects as well. We have a new sketch from their latest show, Selfies.
And we have Gordon Smuder, the creator of the new Vermin, a puppet TV show about lab rats, who has just relaunched a Kickstarter campaign to get the show on the road. He was formerly involved with the excellent Transylvania TV show.
You have heard these guys before, as they are both regular cast members in the Mark Time Radio Shows that we have broadcast annually for many years. In fact we will play a short piece the features them both, Who Drank From That Cup?.
July 19, 2015
Anne Manx and the Blood Chase, Part 1
The new series from the Radio Repertory Company of America.
Anne Manx is dying! In the spellbinding sixth installment, Anne (Claudia Christian, Babylon 5), the galaxy's finest P.I., trails a cryptic clue to Balduria seeking to save her life. Hot on her tail, the flame-haired fiend, Jean Richmond (Patricia Tallman, Babylon 5, Night of the Living Dead 1990) is going to steal the secret to multiple lives for herself.
July 26, 2015
Anne Manx and the Blood Chase, Part 2
Jam-packed with fast-paced dialog and two-fisted double entendres, Anne Manx and the darkly duplicitous Brighid (Moira Kelly, One Tree Hill, West Wing, The Lion King) spiral into danger as they try to outwit Chief Arum (Jerry Robbins, Powder River, Beacon Hill) and the entire planet who are literally out for their blood.
Written by Larry Weiner. Sound Design and orchestral score by Angelo Panetta. Cover by Douglas Shuler. From the Radio Repertory Company of America.
August 2, 2015
Anne Manx and the Blood Chase, Part 3
The conclusion of the series starring Claudia Christian, Patricia Talman and Moira Kelly.
The Sting of the Dark Tower, Part 1
Peter Gruenbaum takes a story probably written, but not completed, by C. S. Lewis and adapts it into a modern story from the past and about the future. In the present, a precocious teenager and her mysterious nanny explore and ultimately complete this work of fiction that was discovered after C.S. Lewis’s death.
Original score composed by Leon Gruenbaum and performed by the Firebird Saxophone Ensemble. From Coiled Stories, and a selection of the Hear Now Festival of Audio Fiction.
August 9, 2015
The Sting of the Dark Tower, Part 2
The writer C.S. Lewis is invited to visit a lab in 1940’s Cambridge England where he is shown a device called a “chronoscope” that does to time what a telescope does to space. The chronoscope shows strange images of a dark tower ruled by men with stingers on their foreheads. An accident with the machine results in minds being switched between Cambridge and the dark tower.
A very short tale about people who foretell the future, scientifically. It's a Mark TIme Award Gold winner from producers Eliza Smith and Leon Morimoto at Snap Judgement.
August 16, 2015
Patch & Click, Ep. 1-2
Patch wakes up in a strange hotel and finds her memory has been stolen. The only clue to her identity is a hip leather jacket and the two Cyber Law Enforcement agenets escorting her to a dark alley.
A facetious future just a double-click away. Cyberpunk audio theater, featuring genetically altered weasels and other furry electric creatures...with guns.
August 23, 2015
Patch & Click, Ep. 3-4
Patch and her sidekick, Click, a cyberhanced talking ferret who's just been laid off from his job, get clued about the Species Separation Act.
A wonderfully weird series from the SoundStages collection of WMNF in Tampa, Florida. Written and directed by Ed Lehmann.
August 30, 2015
Patch & Click, Ep. 5-6
Patch and Click go looking for lemurs and find instead a giant sloth who sings. There are also a poetic bear, two faux-Italian horses, and Ethel Merman impressions. Who could ask for more from radio, eh?
September 6, 2015
In which the god responsible for what things sound like goes on vacation, and an unpaid intern takes the job, and thinks a few changes are in order.
Written by David Rappaport, directed by Skip Pizzi. From WNYC's The Radio Stage.