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    And I'm looking for some good ones. Hopefully, in pod-cast form. I like radio-plays better when there's no radio involved.
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    The Sci Fi Channel website used to have Seeing Ear Theater, which was pretty rad.
    but, apparently, It was cool, so they killed it.

    this link might be moderately helpful if you're interested in tracking any of that stuff down: el Linko
    • CommentAuthorKassiday
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    http://www.zbs.org/catalog/ - a bit new age-ish but has some amusing radio plays - Ruby and the Jack Flanders series are the ones I've heard (the older ones).
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    Flanders is good. Anne Manx is amusing on a few levels.
    • CommentAuthorjeffx
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    While not in Podcast form there is a pretty decent selection over at archive.org. For science-fiction, my favorite area, I recommend X Minus 1 and Dimension X.

    The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company used to have a podcast. http://www.artc.org.
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    I don't know if you like old radio plays but I have recently subscribed to the following at iTunes and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Sometimes they play old commercials but you can always fast forward.

    Black Museum Hosted by Orson Welles
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=209546950

    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=210819500

    Nostalgia Old Time Radio. Lots of different kinds.
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=256183547
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      CommentAuthorDstinct
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    Unfortunately by posting this link I will likely get the site shutdown from all us hooligans bombarding it, but I like this one:

    clickie.

    It has the Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, LotR, The Twilight Zone, even the old X-1 shows from the 50s. I like it. What I need to find is the old Superman radio shows on CD. My old boss had the collection, and it was great.

    j

    Edit: I dont know if it interests you, but if you are ever given the chance to act this stuff out, it's a blast. You can find a lot of the old scripts in books. A local guy here puts on his own live show "the adventures of Boneyard Man" every month or so. It's sort of a tongue in cheek poke at the old noir radio shows, and its a real fun time to watch.
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    If you're willing to pay a little you can get massive amounts of old time radio from http://otrcat.com/

    They issue their recordings on MP3 cds, very easy for slapping onto the computer. They also have a daily streaming show on the front of their site.

    I'd highly recommend The Adventures of Harry Lime Five bucks gets you 52 episodes of Orson Welles chronicling the adventures of his character from "The Third Man". Alot of these are Welles just riffing on an idea, almost improv on the radio. Very worth you time and money.

    Also, Lights Out! which is marvelous scare-tactic radio. 10 bucks for 96 episodes.
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      CommentAuthorGypsy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008 edited
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    "Those thrilling days of yesteryear...Today! All-new full-cast audio drama in the classic style."
    Decoder Ring Theater on MySpace.

    ...or, if you prefer, the Decoder Ring Theater website.
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      CommentAuthorWaxPoetic
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are soo much fun, I listened to them obsessively for a few weeks when i had them out from my local library (i have no tech at home).

    occasionally our local playhouse will do a radio play and invite audience members - Flash Gordon saved the universe a few years back.

    I agree that radio plays are much fun and. I enjoy the imaginative space they allow. I would like to hear more of them - the sound effects are sometimes incredible, at worst hilarious.

    good topic - fun links!
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    I have to pimp the creative output of a friend of mine here--Red Shift, Interplanetary Do-Gooder in "Havoc Over Holowood." Comedic pulp serial sci-fi. What more could you possibly want out of life?
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    We sometimes get the "When Radio Was" program on a few AM channels, when the ozone is right.
    I got addicted to old time radio shows when we had a lucky break on a roadtrip and found a AM station that carried old time radio all night. It kept me from falling asleep and ever since I then I usually download or buy a new set before we go on any long trips.
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    I'm amazed that no one has pointed out that BBC Radio broadcasts new radio plays every day of the week.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/dramaon3
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    Here's a question: How does someone get work as a writer for radio plays?
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    There's no real industry for radio plays in the US, but they're still big in Europe.

    The UK and Germany in particular are big on radio plays. In the UK, you start by writing a play and sending it to the BBC. That's how it works, and the only open submission policy for radio plays out there.
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    My god. How neat.
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    Look up the "writer's room" on the BBC website.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2008
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    Some shows in the UK start off as radio series. Examples - The Mighty Boosh, Whose Line?, Little Britain (shudder). If you've never listened to the Hitchhikers Guide series, I recommend that straight away. It's got most of the TV series cast and you can ignore all of those silly BBC effects that turn off a lot of people. The Doctor who radio series by Big Finish is pretty good, just shows me how ripped off Colin Baker and Paul McGann really were.
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    I am uninterested by Doctor Who. I know that I can never be English, even if I try.
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    The BBC World Service and Radio Four run radio plays about non-British people and stories regularly.