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Now Playing… August 2, 2010

This Week…

Dead On You Studios says “Lets Put a Smile On That Face” and release the newest episode of their Zom -Com one day early! Misfits Audio Productions faces their “Fear” and rides with the Lone Ranger once again while Icebox Radio Theater explores “The Sounds Of History”! No Line Radio heads back to a galaxy far far away, and decides its time to “Fight or Flight”, while Pendant Productions gets a case of “The Hook Ups” and gives birth to “The Brainchild of Friedemann Freudenberg”! Science Fiction takes center stage as Hole with a Rock Around It Productions heads into Warp’d Space to celebrate “Peace Day” while Kung Fu Action Theatre Ends Book Two of Twin Stars with a good old fashioned “Showdown”! Then Spirit Blade Productions must “Search The Night” and shine a light on many dark mysteries, as The McCroskey Internet Playhouse goes into “Denial”! The Texas Radio Theatre Company solves the case of “Sherlock Holmes and The Final Problem” while Radio Drama Revival’s “Troll Story Wraps Up with a Farewell to Rio”! And finally, Bells in the Batfry met the Hypnotist while “Death Danced at Midnight” with The Red Panda on Decoder Ring Theatre!

And Its All… Now Playing!

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Dead On You Studios Presents

You’ve Got Dead On You:

Episode 18 –

“Lets Put a Smile On That Face”

August 2, 2010

The couples awaken from their third night in the zombie apocalypse, ready to venture out to an uncertain future. Will Craig and Faith put aside their differences? Will They reach their destination? Will the couples stop for a bite to eat? Tune in and find out!

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Icebox Radio Theater Presents

“IBRT Summer Season”

August 2, 2010

The Summer Season continues with another great short from ‘Sounds of History’. This week, it’s a touching story of life after the war told through the eyes of a young housewife living in the new ‘paradise’ of suburbia. But it’s not always easy to leave the past behind, even when it is tragic. Ashley Hasbargen, Scott Walsh, Justin Kapla and Rachel Adams star.

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Kung Fu Action Theatre Presents

Twin Stars: Book Two Episode 11 –

“Showdown” Part 3

August 2, 2010

Death, tragedy and betrayal lay waiting as Ping An and Commodore Vasquez duel in the skies over Hannah’s World.

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Spirit Blade Productions Presents

Of The Night: Episode 2 –

“Search The Night”

August 2, 2010

James Elysian is a former policeman recovering from the death of his fiancee. But is she truly dead, or merely transformed into a creature… of the night?
(This audio series contains content recommended for ages 16 and older.)

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Misfits Audio Productions Presents

Misfit Monday August 2, 2010

The Lone Ranger:

Episode 2 – “Fear”

“The Lone Ranger and Tonto help a frightened new Sheriff deal with an arrogant outlaw.”

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Pendant Productions Presents

The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater:

Episode 47: “The Brainchild of Friedemann Freudenberg”

August 02, 2010

Freudenberg takes a trip through his past and Brassy Battalion corners the Beast!

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No Line Radio Presents

Star Wars Marvels: Episode 3 –

“Fight Or Flight”

August 1, 2010

A new enemy emerges against the heroes and their Fight or Flight instincts kick in!

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John Bell Presents

Bell’s In The Batfry: Episode 109

August 1, 2010

We meet… THE HYPNOTIST!!!

Plus an explanation of why its been a while….

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Decoder Ring Theatre Presents

Plat It Again!

“Death Danced At Midnight”

August 1, 2010

Holy cats, Decoder Ringers, two “Red Panda” Play It Agains in a row? It’s almost like we’re saving a Black Jack for the summer’s big finale in a couple of weeks… But in the meantime, what could be better than an old-school creepy mystery with the cast stood on its head? Kevin Robinson as the Red Panda! Andrea Lyons as the Flying Squirrel! Chris Mott as a Newsie! Get ready for Death Danced at Midnight as we…. Play It Again!

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Hole With A Rock Around It Productions Presents

Warp’d Space: Episode 5 –

“Peace Day”

August 1, 2010

The Crew of the Drake celebrates the anniversary of the end of the worst conflict in living memory – the war that broke up all cohesion in the human galaxy. On this day, the crew and passengers commemorate those who died to end the conflict, and look forward to future peace, all while trying to get back to their original plotted course.

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Texas Radio Theatre Company Presents

“Sherlock Holmes and The Final Problem” – Part 3

August 1, 2010

The Texas Radio Theatre presents an audio adaptation of one of Sherlock Holmes’ most notorious cases, featuring literature’s first super villain – Professor James Moriarty. How great must Holmes’ sacrifice be to rid the world of such a complete and diabolical menace?

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Spencer Prokop.

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The McCroskey Memorial Internet Playhouse Presents

“Denial”

August 1, 2010

Boulder, Colorado-based documentary filmmaker William Harford takes us on a tour of the life of Ari Fleischman, global warming skeptic, intelligent design booster, and Holocaust denier. Ari has lived his life in passionate pursuit of truths, seldom thinking of the consequences…

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Fred Greenhalgh Presents

Radio Drama Revival: Episode 184 –

“Troll Story Wraps Up with a Farewell to Rio”

July 30, 2010

Things are not quite over in the Troll of Stony Brook… the troll didn’t make out so well, last we heard, but Jamie is dedicated to honoring him and while on a mountain hilltop, encounters some magical things he never expected.

And, in another “sweet sorrow to part” moment, we heard the end of Tom Lopez’s Fallen Angels that Bounce. Begging the answer to the question – what will Little Leroy do with his cockroach army?

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Pendant Productions Presents

The Kingery:

Episode 4 Season 2:

“The Hook Ups”

July 30, 2010

Regina confesses to Roberts and Maddie makes new friends while Devi pounces Hooks!

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Can Podcasting Speak For Radio Drama?

July 19, 2010

By Dex Trenchcoat

The focus of the Listening Post has always been modern audio drama podcasts. However, podcasts are far from the only delivery method for audio drama. On the internet there are hundreds of streaming radio stations, some of which carry audio drama all the time, (such as Sound Stages Radio) and sometimes streaming stations only feature certain shows or certain time slots for audio drama. For example Living Dead Media Radio, plays the newest episode of “You’ve Dead On You” one day before its made available for podcast. In another example, Voices In The Wind Audio Theater was able to get their production, “Running To Detroit” aired on both broadcast and streaming radio from Country 92.9 just this past Saturday. Even with all these great listening options, finding the time to listen to a show during a particular time slot can make audio drama a challenge in our increasingly “on the go” world. While you can find audio drama in the United States on satellite radio or even on NPR from time to time, exposing the general public to audio drama, just isn’t as easy as it used to be.

The BBC and Broadcast Radio Drama

While broadcast radio drama may be rare as hens teeth in the United States, in other countries it can be quite common and popular. In the UK for example, you can still find actual honest-to-goodness radio drama; often in prime time and sometimes with A-List talent such as Sir Ian McKellen, (of X-Men and Lord of the Rings fame) who starred in an audio adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger which BBC 4 aired earlier this year. One would think in an environment with big name talent and the financial backing of the BBC, it would be easy to to keep radio drama on the air. But sadly, the BBC recently announced plans to drop its Friday Play time slot. The company has stated that radio drama will remain a part of the BBC for some time to come, though one does have to wonder how long it will be before  further cuts are made. In addition to the cut backs it was also announced that the Drama department was being merged with the Documentary department, a move that some feel could potentially destroy radio drama at the BBC, in the long term. On June 20th The Guardian published an article which offered a glimpse into the contributions the BBC has made to radio drama:

Yes, the BBC is still by far the most prolific drama broadcaster in the world, airing 649 hours this year (including readings), with a total of 200 single plays. And yes, the Friday Play represents just 3% of this and was the least popular slot (although many would argue that the quality was more consistent than that of the Afternoon Plays). Nevertheless, it remains a loss for radio drama, not a gain.

While it would be easy to think “This is great, here’s an opportunity for independent podcasters to fill the void and continue to grow“! As long time followers of audio drama can attest, and the Guardian article  goes on to point out, “survival is not the same as growth”. In my opinion, whatever growth podcasters of the medium experienced, it would probably not last long without the type of exposure and growth mainstream radio (broadcast in any country) can give to audio drama.

So is radio drama dying, as Equity warned us? Not yet, not while the BBC still exists. But survival is not the same as growth, and the medium needs to make better use of digital technology. Videos, DVDs and hard-disc recording have fundamentally altered the way people consume television, especially drama. Radio plays remain very difficult to enjoy in the same way. The iPlayer helps a little, but for a limited period“.

The Spotlight on Podcasting

One of the big strengths of the podcasting format is being able to download podcasts to an ultra-portable mp3 player, and listen to shows anytime, just about anywhere. As I understand it, the BBC has begun to podcast “The Archers” a popular audio soap opera, so why not podcast other productions once they’ve aired, as well? The same article went on to point out some new sources of listening material that do use podcasting as their delivery method. Regular readers of The Listening Post will find some very familiar names here:

By far the busiest group of original audio dramatists, however, are the small-scale podcasters. For the most part, this means science fiction, fantasy and mystery stories – try the Pendant Productions website (pendantaudio.com). For a polished zombie drama podcast go to zombiepodcast.com. Mystery stories can be heard at olinemysteries.com and wormwoodshow.com. One well-regarded (and British) ghost story series from 2006 is still available at paranormalists.co.uk. You can find well-packaged guides to what else is out there at audiodramareview.blogspot.com and radiodramarevival.com. And it’s all free.

The Possible Effects

Its great to see so many audio drama groups and people mentioned all at once, the extra publicity should help boost download numbers if nothing else. Reaction to the closure of the Friday Play was so strong that journalists, writers and fans alike began a huge outcry against the move. One such fan is R Frank Wilson who started a Facebook group called “Speak Up For Radio Drama Now!” which is well over one thousand members strong. R Frank Wilson’s group has begun recommending alternatives to the BBC’s well known works. In an encouraging move filled with potential for podcasters, many of Speak Up For Radio Drama Now’s recommendations come from  independent podcasts such as the award winning Icebox Radio Theater and 19 Nocturne Boulevard, among others.

What the ultimate effect of all this will be (assuming the BBC actually goes through with its plans to  merge departments and cut the Friday Play) is difficult for a humble blogger like me to say. After all, I have little knowledge of the BBC or its inner workings. But I think  this is a story that anyone with an interest in audio drama should at least take note of, and not just for the recognition to independent podcasters that has come from from the mainstream press, either.

I am very interested to hear what others have to say about this subject. Where do our readers think all this could be headed?

Special Report: The 2009 Mark Time and Ogle Award Winners!

July 1, 2010
By Dex Trenchcoat

This years winners are a diverse group of talented individuals, two of whom have won Mark Time or Ogle Awards previously. Also this year, in a first for the Mark Time Awards, a production from  Australia has been picked as a winner! Julie Hoverson, producer of 19 Nocturne Boulevard has won the Mark Time Gold Award for a second year in a row with her production, “The Rookie“. In their first appearance, Tom Hogan and Hamish Sinclair of nerdsandwhey.com, the producers of Henry Current; Space DJ (and The Broadcast of Doom) took the Mark Time Silver Award home, all the way to Australia! In their first appearance at the Ogles Kc Wayland and Shane Salk, took home the Ogle Gold Award for their production of “We’re Alive, Chapter 10“, and former 2004 winner Jeffery Adams returns again this year for Icebox Radio Theater’s production, “The Thing On The Ice” which won Ogle Silver.

Congratulations To All The Winners for 2009!

If your looking for outstanding audio drama, look no further than the Mark Time/Ogle Awards…

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2009 Mark Time Gold Award Winner

19 Nocturne Boulevard: “The Rookie”

Written & Produced by Julie Hoverson
Seattle, WA

This is the second  Mark Time Gold Award for Julie Hoverson, who first won for
19 Nocturne Boulevard: “The Outpost” just last year in 2008.

2009 Mark Time Silver Award Winner

“Henry Current; Space DJ

(and The Broadcast of Doom)”

Written & Produced by
Tom Hogan & Hamish Sinclair
New South Wales, Australia

In a first for the Mark Time Awards, this winning production is from Australia!

2009 Ogle Gold Award Winner

“We’re Alive”: Chapter 10

Written by Kc Wayland
Produced by Kc Wayland & Shane Salk
Los Angeles, CA

“We’re Alive” has topped the Zune charts and is now racking up awards, with a Communicator Award and a Parsec Nomination in addition to their Ogle Award!

2009 Ogle Silver Award Winner

Icebox Radio Theater Presents

“The Thing On The Ice”

Written & Produced by Jeffrey Adams
Icebox Radio Theater
International Falls, MN

This is the second win for Jeffrey Adams and Icebox Radio Theater
who took home The Gold Mark Time Award in 2004 for the production
Snowbank

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The 2009 Mark Time and Ogle awards are going to be presented at CONvergence 2010 which is taking place right now in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The first Mark Time Awards were handed out fourteen years ago, and have become a showcase of some of the best audio dramas being made today. The Mark Time Awards began in 1996 and are presented by The American Society For Science Fiction Audio. The first Mark Time winners were The Apotheosis Saga, which took home the Gold Award, While The Island of Doctor Moreau by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, won the first Silver Award.

For the last fourteen years the Mark Time and Ogle Awards have become unique for many reasons; not the least of which is they are one of the few awards strictly for audio drama and there are few barriers to entry into this long running competition. The Mark Time Awards are named after David Ossman’s radio character “Mark Time”, and represent excellence in Science Fiction audio production. The Ogle Awards, are named after Charles Ogle the actor who played Frankenstein’s Monster in Thomas Edison’s 1910 silent film classic and represent excellence in Horror and Fantasy audio production.

Producers and fans of modern audio drama have been grateful to the founders and organizers of the Mark Time and Ogle Awards, who have provided a way to acknowledge contributions to modern audio drama, for twelve years running. The founders and organizers of these awards have also provided modern audio drama a place to shine and grow over the years, giving may fine productions, a voice and platform they would not otherwise have.

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Find out more about the Mark Time Awards HERE.

Now Playing… June 21, 2010

This Week…

Icebox Radio Theater kicks off its summer podcast season with a special version of the classic tale “3 Skeleton Key” while The Post Meridian Radio Players pull off “The Mask of Innana” and premiere their latest mini-series! Texas Radio Theatre unleashes a schlock cinema “Virus”! Misfits Audio dares to open “The Box” on Miranda: Survivor’s Story, then its another Bold Venture for Bogart and Bacall as Sailor is “Framed for Treason… and Murder” on Radio Classics Restored! Wayland Productions Re-Releases two episodes of “We’re Alive” and walks down “The Road  to Living Death” once again! Circus 13 Productions turns another page of the Wolfman Journals and opens “Goblin Gate”! Pendant Audio crosses “The Line” and discovers “Hidden Messages” Once Upon a Time in Vegas! Darker Projects helps the Byron Chronicles introduce us to “Sam” while Radio Drama Revival comes down with a case of “Collector’s Fever” and Larisa Naples introduces us to “The Realtor and the CEO”!

And Its All… Now Playing!

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Icebox Radio Theater Presents

“3 Skeleton Key” In “Compare-O-Rama”!

June 21, 2010

In 2007, the Icebox Radio Theater presented an old time radio recreation at it’s Halloween show of ‘3 Skeleton Key’, a classic episode of ‘Escape’ that originally aired in 1948 starring Vincent Price.  In the story, three lighthouse keepers in tropical Guinea find their lighthouse besieged by millions of starving rats that have washed up on their tiny key (or quay) from an abandoned ship.

In Compare-O-Rama, the original radio play is spliced together with the IBRT recreation, telling the whole story by switching back and forth between versions, giving listeners a chance to hear differences in performances, sound effects, and music. Summer kicks off at the Icebox Radio Podcast!

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Texas Radio Theatre Presents

Son of Schlock Audio Theatre: Virus

June 21, 2010

This is the first step alien love child (son) of Schlock Audio Theatre.  The film we poke fun at is Kinji Kukasaku’s VIRUS, a dreadfully bleak film due to its being cut to ribbons for an international audience.  Virus was made in 1980 and originally starred Masao Kusakari, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey, Edward James Olmos, Ken Ogata, Sonny Chiba and Glenn Ford.

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The Post Meridian Radio Players Present

The Mask of Inanna

Episode 1:

Pilot Pilot Burning Bright

June 21, 2010

In which down-and-out 1950′s radio host Leonard Allen is given a second chance in 2008, and the mystery of his horror show begins anew.

This episode’s After Dark tale: “By the Brake Lights’ Red Glare

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Misfits Audio Presents

Misfit Monday June 21, 2010

Miranda: Survivor’s Story

Episode 29: “The Box”

Anoria finds her mental abilities are still growing, when she begins seeing flashes of memories from Isibo, the newcomer to the crew, who has her own secrets.

Radio Classics Restored

Bold Venture: Episode 14 –

“Sailor Framed for Treason… and Murder”

The police inspector informs Sailor that he has found incriminating evidence against her– she has 24 hours to leave Havana or be forced out. A friend of Shannon offers to help, but can he trust her?

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Circus 13 Productions Presents

The Wolfman Journals: Episode 2 – “Goblin Gate”

June 21, 2010

Jacob’s father Samuel stayed behind to fight a mountain troll and three harpies to allow Jacob time to get away. When Jacob returns with help, they find Samuel gone. As they follow his trail, it leads to a Goblin Gate, an entrance into the Shadow Realm. What will they find on the other side? Find out in The Wolfman Journals part 2: Goblin Gate!

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Wayland Productions Presents

A Special Re-Release of

“We’re Alive – A Story of Survival”

Chapter 9 – “The Road to Living Death” Part 1 & 2

June 21. 2010

Chapter 9, Parts 1 and 2 have been re-released with the role of Skittles recast. The role of Skittles will now be performed by Bob Bergen. You might recognize him from his various other roles, including the most notable, the Voice of Porky Pig.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0074036/

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Larisa Naples Presents

The Realtor & the CEO

June 21, 2010

Just in time for summer vacation: a Silicon Valley spooky story for geeks of all persuasions. Twelve delicious minutes of ghosts, crazies, and blood-curdling screams — as cheesy as it comes. Everything you need for your summertime car-trip or campfire entertainment. So, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and imagine…

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Pendant Audio Presents

The Line:

Season 1 Episode 3 – “Latera”

June 21, 2010

Kitty pushes fate and Joe gets a brutal revelation!

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Darker Projects Presents

The Byron Chronicles:

Season 3 Episode 2 – “Sam”

June 19, 2010

“I’m going to eat you… eat your pretty face!”

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Radio Drama Revival Presents

Radio Drama Revival: Episode 178 –

“Collectors Fever” and a Chat with Yuri Rasovski

June 18, 2010

This week we wrap up our focus on Yuri Rasovsky, one of audio drama’s true greats who has been so kind as to let us re-broadcast pristine stereo recordings of his Beyond 2000 series originally recorded for NPR.

Today we feature two last bits – “Collector’s Fever” by Roger Zelazny and “And Miles to Go before I Sleep” by William F. Nolan.

Followed by an interview with Yuri himself where we talk about his more recent work in noir audio drama, an exciting new project featuring Zorro, and reflections on 40 years in audio.

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Pendant Audio Presents

Once Upon A Time In Vegas:

Chapter 31 – Hidden Messages

June 18, 2010

Todd runs into Princess, the past haunts Robert and Abby and Jeff gets a spirited ultimatum!

Now Playing… May 27, 2010

This Week…

The Leviathan Chronicles makes waves with its epic two hour Season Finale and a bonus Mini-sode! The Byron Chronicles returns for its third season! Broken Sea serves up the supernatural, old school style on SwagCast! Wheeality Productions gets the drop on The Deadeye Kid as “Haunting Melody” continues! Icebox Radio Theater tickles our funny bone with a “Comedy Cavalcade!”

Its all New Audio, and its all… Now Playing!

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Christof Laputka Presents

The Leviathan Chronicles: Chapter 25 – “Showdown at Mount Chenglung”  (Part 1 & 2)

May 27, 2010

The Season Finale is here!  In this huge double length chapter, two mysterious worlds are about to collide!  Seinshun and Nathaniel race to Mount Chenglung to intercept Whitt Roberts before his nefarious plan can unfold.  Oberlin reluctantly helps Mai Lee find her father but instantly regrets his decision.  Macallan learns the heavy burden of leadership.  A covert union between Leviathan and Blackdoor is revealed.  And deep within Leviathan Cathedral, a secret is exposed that Evangeline has fought to keep hidden for 1,000 years.

Leviathan Chronicles Mini-Sode:

Leviathan Orientation Program – Part 1

May 27, 2010

Stolen from the central AI server within Leviathan City, this secret audio program is required listening for all new immortals as they descend down into the Marianas trench to enter Leviathan for the first time.

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Darker Projects Presents

The Byron Chronicles: Season 3 Episode 1 – Reflections in Shadow

May 27, 2010

“Bit of an underestimate, my friend. I may have just caused the end of the world.”

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Brokesea Audio Presents New Audio ThursDAY

May 27, 2010

OTR Swag Cast: Season 2 Episode 17

Doc, Jack and Reggie are back again with Dead needing burying in Arizona! Join us for ep 6 TONIGHT!!!

Emma and John continue on their case which should not be sneezed at!

BUT FIRST….

Tonight— Tales of Aztec Ghosts and a Hand that just won’t go away! We must be in for some terrifying treats from CBSRMT!

It’s SUPERNATURAL THURSDAY at the SWAG CAST!

 

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Wheeality Productions Presents

The Deadeye Kid: Haunting Melody (Part 2 of 5)

May 24, 2010

More on what is ailing the girl.  And who got the drop on Lem?

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Icebox Radio Theater Presents

The Icebox Radio Podcast: Comedy Cavalcade!

May 24, 2010

The 2009-2010 Podcast Season wraps up with a comedy special!  It’s the Icebox Radio Theater’s Comedy Cavalcade!  Featuring new takes on three classic IBRT sketches, first recorded live, now given the ‘studio treatment’ for the first time!  Featuring ‘The Super Happy Sugar Elves’, ‘First Draft Playhouse: The Stallion on the Moors,’ and ‘Two Guys Coffee’.