Category: Podcast

EP2980: Let George Do It: Portrait of a Suicide

A farmer calls George in after he sees the wife of a local artist in an apparent suicidal state.

Original Air Date Unknown

Likely Rebroadcast Date: June 24, 1952

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AWR0085: Here’s to Veterans: Eve Arden and Abbott and Costello

Two post-war episodes of the Veteran’s Administration sponsored program Here’s to Veterans featuring Eve Arden and Abbott and Costello.

EP2979: Box 13: Blackmail is Murder

An older single woman from Indiana sends a letter to Box 13 because she found a dead man in her room.

Original AIr Date: October 31, 1947

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EP2978: Dragnet: The Big Complex

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith find a series of burglaries was committed by a troubled youth.

Original Air Date: January 11, 1955

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Audio Drama Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes

In Colonial Radio Theater’s 2007 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, a carnival arrives in a small Midwestern town in late October. Two thirteen year old boys, Jim and Will, discover something sinister is behind the carnival and its leader Mr. Dark.

The story itself is pure Bradbury at his best. Superficially, it’s about a couple of kids in a small town and a scary carnival. But there’s a lot of depths and themes here such as age and youth, innocence, and evil. Yet Something Wicked This Way Comes never seems like it’s trying to be profound and it never forgets to be an entertaining and scary story.

The dialogue is not typically the way most people talk either now or then. It has a stylized, almost lyrical quality.

The production qualities are solid. I’ve listened to hundreds of hours of Audio Drama from many companies. So far, Colonial has the best sound design this side of the Atlantic. Even though it was recorded twelve years ago, the sound design and music hold up and build that creepy small-town atmosphere. Colonial’s talented team of actors delivers good performances all around and manage to handle Bradbury’s unique style of dialogue.

Overall, this is a fun and well-done take on a Bradbury classic that’s definitely worth a listen.

Rating:4.5 out of 5