The old days of audio drama are affectionately called “Old Time Radio” in audio drama circles. These shows are more commonly known as “radio dramas” or “radio plays”. These are shows like “The Lone Ranger”, “My Favorite Husband”, and “Fibber McGee and Molly”. Radio dramas, radio plays, and audio dramas, while very similar, technically refer to three subsections of the art. Radio dramas and radio plays, as their names imply, are both on the radio. However in this modern age, these shows are no longer exclusively on the radio, in some cases they are released exclusively through the internet or CDs. Since modern radio stations mostly focus on either music or talk shows, most audio drama is now released online, and the “radio” prefix makes less sense. In case you're curious though, the difference between a radio drama, and a radio play, is the same difference between a stage play and a television show: one is performed live, the other is pre-recorded. Each option allows for different audience experiences.
Now that I've given you a brief summary of the art form, I'd like to tell you a bit about the audio dramas I work on.
“Shadows and Daylight” is a serial audio drama about an amateur sleuth, Winter O'Brien, in the fictitious small Canadian town of New Dublin. There are a wide array of interesting characters, with varying view points and backgrounds, the plot is rife with secrets and clues. There are currently seven, season one, episodes you can stream online for free, or buy an MP3 for $1.99 each, at www.shadowsanddaylight.ca. The plot is starting to thicken, and once you start listening, you won't want to stop!
“The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show” is the comedy program I co-produce with one of my sisters. The show revolves around the intentionally impossible adventures of three rather eccentric boys: Jimmy Dunn, the wacky “say whatever pops in your head” character; Sam Hoomer, the snobbish aristocrat from a high class, rich family; and Tommy Hoomer, Sam's not-so-classy younger brother, who is friendly, optimistic, and gullible to a fault. From run-ins with space aliens, to rare genuine antique hog ticklers, The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show is packed with clean absurd comedy. Check it out, at www.jimmysamandtommy.weebly.com.
“The Audio Drama Alliance” is another audio drama group I'm a part of. It's not a series production like the others, but it's rather a collaborative international team, producing a group of family friendly skits and shows. If you'd like to be involved, and to learn how to create original audio drama, go to www.audiodramaalliance.com and click “Join ADA”. Be sure to read the entrance requirements first.
Another show to be on the look out for, is “Greenhorn Tales”. A collaborative project between myself and JD Sutter, host of “Audio Theatre Central”. The show revolves around two room mates, Nick and Cam, who are striking out on their own for the first time, and they are hilariously unprepared. We've written several shows, and the pilot is currently in production. Check out www.greenhorntales.com for details!
There you have it, some audio dramas I work on. I hope you check them out, and be sure to let me know what you think! God bless.