The BBC has announced that it will be producing a radio dramatization of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's book, Good Omens.
The radio drama will be broadcast as six episodes in December on BBC Radio 4, and will feature Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz in the lead roles.
On The Media meets Matt Farley
, who earns around $23k per year thanks to the 14,000 songs he has has composed, performed and uploaded to Spotify.
Though best known to fans of Joe Frank, This American Life
, and Hearing Voices
for the irreverent spirit medium recordings he made as an telephone psychic in the 1990s, the Baltimore poet, composer, and artist David Franks spent decades creating his own work. Several recordings are now available at the internet archive
) [more inside]
In the pre-podcast days of 1999, the then Sci-Fi Channel website worked with the Seeing Ear Theater and Bablyon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to produce a series of Twilight Zone-inspired radio stories called "City Of Dreams" along with a cast that included Steve Buscemi, Tim Curry, Kevin Conway, and John Turturro. 13 episodes were planned, but only 8 got produced, and with the decline of Real Player and the Seeing Ear Theater, the episodes were thought to be lost to the mists of internet history.
Until someone uploaded all of them to Youtube.
(each episode about 30 min, link goes to the first video for the episode)
The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight!
. Rolling Thunder
.The Friends Of Jackie Clay
. The Tolling Of The Hour
. Night Calls
. Samuel Becket, Your Ride Is Here
. The Alpha And Omega Of David Wells
. MSCD 00121J [more inside]
The very first major science fiction series for adults on radio was Mutual Broadcasting System's 2000 Plus
(1950-1952). An anthology program, 2000 Plus
used all new material rather than adapting published stories. Just one month after its premiere, NBC Radio began airing Dimension X
(1950-1951), which dramatized the written work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In 1955, NBC relaunched Dimension X
as X Minus One
(1955-1958), drawing from stories that had been published in the two most popular science fiction magazines at the time: Astounding
. 17 of 30 episodes
of 2000 Plus
, all 50 episodes
of Dimension X
, and all 125 episodes
of X Minus One
are available for free download as individual mp3s from the Internet Archive. [more inside]
Daniel Handler, best known for A Series of Unfortunate Events
and his accordion work
with Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, reads a chapter from his novel Adverbs
, which made Dave Eggers describe Handler as "something like an American Nabakov". An excerpt from another chapter, Immediately
, is available courtesy of the New York Times. Handler's first adult novel, the nightmarishly satirical The Basic Eight
(think the movie Heathers
with a less reliable a narrator), is also well worth a read (excerpt
from Google Books).
Jaywalking, in time
The goal of the new site Audiofiles
is to be the Longreads
of public radio, providing an easy-to-use, well-cataloged guide to the best radio stories ever told. Some background
"Kohn" is an award-winning radio story
produced by Andy Mills
(a graduate of the Salt Institute
) that was honored in the 2011 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition
. The story, which features the musicians of Hudson Branch/Dogs on Tour
, tells what happens when someone hears his own voice for the first time and finds that it's not what he expected. (And a Radiolab short
based on the story explains why what we hear in our heads isn't always what the world hears from our mouths.)
In a similar vein, another Third Coast winner, Seizure's Lament
, tells the story of a radio producer who wanted to know what her seizures look like to other people.
A Canticle for Leibowitz
(1981, NPR); an audio adaptation of Walter Miller's 1960 history of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz
in the centuries after the Flame Deluge. [more inside]
On the 29th January 1942 the first ever Desert Island Discs
was broadcast. Surpassed only by the Grand Ole Opry
it is the second longest running radio show in history. Beautiful in its simplicity - each castaway is asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item for their imaginary stay on the desert island. For those who have not come across it before aquaint yourself with its iconic theme tune 'By the Sleepy Lagoon' here
. Then for newcomers and old hands aquaint yourself with the wonderful new BBC website
with searchable archives of 2852 episodes detailing castaways choices, and now
with more than 500 episodes available for free download.
BBC Radio 4 now has a dedicated online program library!
Rather than hunting through the site, you can now browse by subject and/or program from one main 'Collections' page. It's not all of the output by any means, but there's plenty there to keep you going, such as the philosophy archives from Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time"
, or various mathematics programs
from different series. There's much much more as well. [more inside]
The David Foster Wallace Audio Project
, a still-growing collection of interviews, radio profiles, and readings (including staged ones of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Audiophoolery: Pseudoscience in Consumer Audio
. You might think that a science-based field like audio engineering would be immune to the kind of magical thinking we see in other fields. Unfortunately, you would be wrong [...] As a consumerist, it galls me to see people pay thousands of dollars for fancy-looking wire that’s no better than the heavy lamp cord they can buy at any hardware store. Or magic isolation pads and little discs made from exotic hardwood that purport to “improve clarity and reduce listening fatigue,” among other surprising claims. The number of scams based on ignorance of basic audio science grows every day. Via.
The Third Coast International Audio Festival recognizes excellence in audio documentary, and the 2009 awards have been announced. You can listen to all of the winners' work as well as a two hour broadcast of the highlights.
has been featured here once
before, but Jim Griffioen's site
photo-documenting his discoveries in and around Detroit deserves a look.
Griffioen was recently interviewed [direct mp3 link]
on the American Public Media radio program The Story
. [more inside]
A tale of two countries
Some time ago, the french & German tv channel Arte
had created an internet extension devoted to audio only, Arteradio
. This website contains hours of audio creations. This is the place where you can listen to The first radio drama /la première fiction radio /in two languages and one version /en deux langues et une seule version /a BBC-ARTE Radio coproduction /enregistrée à Paris et London /recorded on location /diffusée en hertzien /broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 on February, 4th, 2009 /online on arteradio.com.
You can also listen to McKenzie Wark
, or to the moment of silence
created on September the eleventh 2002, to Steve
, to English pupils in Paris
, to Susan George
, to Dean Hurley
commenting his work, and then dive into the complete unknown, and pure French sounds, like these
testimonies about masturbation, or about la chanson
, like a Paris postcard
, or even a street
To The Best Of Our Knowledge
is one of the most wide-ranging and literate public radio shows in the US, a two-hour "radio salon" featuring leisurely exploration of weekly themes like No Smoking
, Identity Crisis
, and The Mind, Music, and Math
. Host Jim Fleming
approaches these big ideas through the works of authors - journalists of all stripes, memoirists, poets, fiction writers, essayists. Five years' worth of shows
are available on audio archives; you can also search the impressive list of authors by name
, or subscribe to the podcast
. [more inside]
was one of the greatest storytellers ever to be heard on radio. The Jean Shepherd Project
collects recordings of these historic broadcasts, converts them to mp3 files and makes them available to be revisited by his longtime fans and by those who wish to discover what great American storytelling is all about. [more inside]
was a unique and well produced radio drama set in New Zealand. It was science fiction, a thriller, a soap opera. It aired in 96 five minute episodes, but died mid-storyline
when it's creative team- like so many creative teams- couldn't get it together.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is pumping out a pile of podcasts
that have covered the importance of offensive comics to Art Spiegelman
, 600 bands over 54 shows
, Captain America versus the American government
, Amy Sedaris and geekdom
, the journey of young immigrants
, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and Harper's publisher John MacArthur discussing Europe and America perspectives since 9/11
, the after life
, sex with monkeys
, what radio producers do
, the french word "corps"
, Bonnie Fuller's "The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For the Big Life — The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted (Even If You're Afraid You Don't Have What It Takes)"
, Veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas
and some other bits & bobs [Breakdown inside]
John Kerry's debate prep session
(as imagined by Harry Shearer). 90 second streaming Real Audio.
How to build a bomb
isn't all there is to the Internet as press would have you think. Anyway it's harder than just getting some plans
, as this guy
So why not build a bomb shelter
instead? Or build your own train, hovercraft, speedboat, car
- can't fly - don't worry build a flight simulator
! Toast your success with DIY firewater
cooked with your solar furnace
. Enjoy your CB radio
, listen to MP3s
or toy with your sextant
. And with all the kinky clothes
and loads of pervy toys
to make who has time to build bombs? I can see the bumper stickers now "Make leg spreaders
, not war!"
A Day in Radio.
"On September 21, 1939, WJSV, an AM radio station in Washington, D.C., recorded the entire 19 hours of its broadcast day... Along with the news coverage, the station ran the standard stream of music, soap operas, sports, and other programming." Looks like you can listen to pretty much the entire's day's broadcasts.
Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! ("The Exception to the Rulers") maneuvered a get-out-the-vote telephone call by President Clinton to WBAI in New York into a 30-minute interview addressing such controversial topics as the death penalty, sanctions against Iraq, clemency for Native American activist Leonard Peltier, relations with Cuba and China, racial profiling, and the candidacy of Ralph Nader! A transcript
is available, and the audio
is extremely compelling listening.
The Bellingham Radio Museum
is a neat find. Inside its sound archives are Real Audio recordings of some of the highlighs in radio history, including the Abdication of Edward VIII
and Hitler's Speech after the Annexation of Poland