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(The Spectator UK)   Why can't today's podcasting whippersnappers make a good old-fashioned audio drama? They're always doing self-indulgent narration and audio wankery that requires headphones and full attention when all I want is a pleasant whodunit to fall asleep to   (spectator.co.uk) divider line
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2020-07-02 10:56:21 PM  
The old  Radio Mystery Theater is available here.
They also had the Firesign Theatre , the Credibility Gap. , Dr. Demento. and  the  King Biscuit Flower Hour.

A Little Bit of Heaven, Ninety-Four Point Seven - KMET - Tweedle-Dee.

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2020-07-02 11:36:15 PM  
I like Crime Junkie for my true crime story podcast. I donate to their patreon channel. They work with crime stoppers of Indiana and do a lot of good work with other non profits that help in finding missing people. They cover murders, kidnappings, serial killers, infamous stories, mysterious deaths, and they post updates when cases they've covered have new evidence, suspects, arrests etc. They put all their sources, references, crime scene photos and recordings etc on their website if you're into that stuff, too.

I just listen.

It's been unfortunate with the pandemic usually I listen to their pod on my commute. The episodes are anywhere between 30-60 minutes.

I've tried listening to other true crime podcasts but I haven't found anything I like as much.
 
2020-07-03 1:08:54 AM  

Butterflew: I like Crime Junkie for my true crime story podcast. I donate to their patreon channel. They work with crime stoppers of Indiana and do a lot of good work with other non profits that help in finding missing people. They cover murders, kidnappings, serial killers, infamous stories, mysterious deaths, and they post updates when cases they've covered have new evidence, suspects, arrests etc. They put all their sources, references, crime scene photos and recordings etc on their website if you're into that stuff, too.

I just listen.

It's been unfortunate with the pandemic usually I listen to their pod on my commute. The episodes are anywhere between 30-60 minutes.

I've tried listening to other true crime podcasts but I haven't found anything I like as much.


I second that, along with Court Junkie. If you haven't listened to Murder Etc, you should. I was engrossed in it, and can't wait 4 something to get posted. I also listen to 20/20 and Dateline podcasts. The other ones, I don't like the ones that try to be cute and chatty. Just like those damn recipe sites whose author has to tell their life story before they'll give you the actual recipe. Just the facts, ma'am. Just the facts.
 
2020-07-03 5:33:39 AM  
 
2020-07-03 5:36:49 AM  
Because money. Supply and Demand.

It would pay more to be a voice actor for audible.

That said, before my podcast apps all decided competing against spotify was futile, and the NPR app being a random jumble of crap, I do miss listening to Snap Judgement and Story Corps. I'm sure I could find them now. The NPR One app was hot garbage last spring. The search feature was bugged for 3 months and not queuing things correctly if it wasn't randomly crashing.
 
2020-07-03 6:04:26 AM  
I love me some Big Finish.

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/had you told me years ago the 8th Doctor would be one of my favorites I would have thought you were crazy considering his first appearance
 
2020-07-03 6:21:52 AM  
 
2020-07-03 6:30:21 AM  
Every Halloween I listen to the original Orson Wells War of the Worlds.

I could listen to more....if they are good.
 
2020-07-03 6:33:26 AM  
I'm currently enjoying what they're doing at the True Crime Obsessed podcast.
 
2020-07-03 6:41:56 AM  
Best crime podcast I ever listened to was Bear Brook, followed by Dr Death
 
2020-07-03 6:43:12 AM  

Valacirca: I love me some Big Finish.

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/had you told me years ago the 8th Doctor would be one of my favorites I would have thought you were crazy considering his first appearance


God yes, 8th Doctor is one of the best because of these dramas. I wish they'd bring him back for more than a 10 minute video.
 
2020-07-03 7:14:04 AM  
There are plenty. Article writer had a deadline.
 
2020-07-03 7:18:13 AM  
+1 for using Wankery in a sentence.
 
2020-07-03 7:31:19 AM  
Because podcasts aren't audio plays.

Other hard hitting topics I am willing to help with:
Why won't my car fill the whole width of the lane anymore, it seems wasteful?
Why is there so little news about French Indochina these days?
Am I out of touch or is it the kids who are wrong?
 
2020-07-03 8:06:09 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: Because money. Supply and Demand.

It would pay more to be a voice actor for audible.

That said, before my podcast apps all decided competing against spotify was futile, and the NPR app being a random jumble of crap, I do miss listening to Snap Judgement and Story Corps. I'm sure I could find them now. The NPR One app was hot garbage last spring. The search feature was bugged for 3 months and not queuing things correctly if it wasn't randomly crashing.


I use Stitcher (android) and get Snap just fine.

Stitcher also does Marvel radio plays. I've seen a Wolverine story and there is a very long series that dramatizes Phil Sheldon's perspective of the Marvels series. Reporter on the ground trying to understand what's happening while Galactus tries to eat the world and the FF stops him. Voice acting and the whole shebang.
 
2020-07-03 8:10:29 AM  
Podcasts requirements are fairly minimal.  Good microphones, non-echoing room and a small mixing board can usually do the trick for the smaller shows.  Audiodramas require a proper sound studio, sound effects, ambient music, voice actors and an audio engineer who can properly fit it all together.
 
2020-07-03 8:38:10 AM  
Pendant Audio have been doing audio drama podcasts for nearly 20 years. fark, podcasts have been around that long? Early on they did a couple Indiana Jones adventures and I want to say a Wonder Woman but I can't remember.
 
2020-07-03 8:59:28 AM  
There's several, subby.Blackout, The Edge of Sleep, Carrier, all just off the top of my head.

/although Blackout isn't really that good all things considered, sadly
 
2020-07-03 9:16:58 AM  
The Magnus Archives
Archive 81
The White Vault
Vast Horizons
The Bridge
The Big Loop
Old Gods of Appalachia
Welcome to Nightvale

To name a few
 
2020-07-03 9:35:29 AM  
I have a HUGE pile of radio mysteries & science fiction radio.  Thank you archive.org for this.  I love me some Barrie Craig, confidential investigator... brought to you by bromo-seltzer!


BARRIE CRAIG, CONFIDENTIAL INVESTIGATOR 14 The Deadly Fight
Youtube 9w0WuumkVl8


Dragnet, barrie craig are great.  The science fiction ones are even better. X Minus 1, Dimension X, 2000 Plus are some of the radio shows i've compiled.  X minus 1 especially, as its full of classic ray bradbury shorts.

lastly, I'll point to this radio station as one of the local ones here in indy that I listen to online.

http://radio.garden/listen/otr-usa-su​s​pense-radio-365/xLNUaVvs
 
2020-07-03 9:49:57 AM  
As a longtime collector of classic radio shows, the best ones to listen to are gunsmoke ( vastly better than the TV series with superlative performances dark edge the TV series never came near) Orson Welles Mercury theater and the third man, dimension x and x minus1, escape, frontier gentleman, Richard diamond private detective...there are a few others but those are outstanding ones to start with
 
2020-07-03 10:09:02 AM  
Here is where I bring up the two shows from  "Decoder Ring Theatre", each in the style of radio dramas.  1930's era super hero called "The Red Panda", and a hard boiled 'detective series called "Black Jack Justice".  Each episode fits in half an hour, each is well scripted with solid voice acting and complete with foley (sound effects).  And many days worth of back catalog.  https://decoderringtheatre.​com/shows/
 
2020-07-03 10:12:51 AM  

cocozilla: As a longtime collector of classic radio shows, the best ones to listen to are gunsmoke ( vastly better than the TV series with superlative performances dark edge the TV series never came near) Orson Welles Mercury theater and the third man, dimension x and x minus1, escape, frontier gentleman, Richard diamond private detective...there are a few others but those are outstanding ones to start with


Gunsmoke was one of the best old radio shows that I've ever heard. The writing and acting were top-notch, and the sound effects crew was regarded as the best in the business.

As you say, the TV show was intended as family viewing, but the radio show was written for adults. For example, Kitty on the TV show was the town saloon keeper, but the radio version was clearly a prostitute who worked out of the saloon. Pretty adult fare for the late 40s-early 50s

Another favorite of mine is "I Love a Mystery." Intended for a more juvenile audience, but fast-paced adventure stories, with a heavy dollop of humor, that are still highly enjoyable.

So far as I can tell, there are only two complete story arcs available: "The Thing That Cries in the Night," and "Bury Your Dead, Arizona." Pulp fiction at its pulpiest.

All are available at archive.org.
 
2020-07-03 10:23:11 AM  

BafflerMeal: The Magnus Archives
Archive 81
The White Vault
Vast Horizons
The Bridge
The Big Loop
Old Gods of Appalachia
Welcome to Nightvale

To name a few


I can highly recommend Old Gods of Appalachia. Also, my datemate sang this track from the Build Mama a Coffin arc.
 
2020-07-03 10:30:16 AM  
The problem os the podcast audio drama are either trying remake oldtime dramas, and sound stupid doing it or are not well written and are really uncreative trying to be Serial but not Serial but it is Serial.
 
2020-07-03 10:34:40 AM  

darkhorse23: Butterflew: I like Crime Junkie for my true crime story podcast. I donate to their patreon channel. They work with crime stoppers of Indiana and do a lot of good work with other non profits that help in finding missing people. They cover murders, kidnappings, serial killers, infamous stories, mysterious deaths, and they post updates when cases they've covered have new evidence, suspects, arrests etc. They put all their sources, references, crime scene photos and recordings etc on their website if you're into that stuff, too.

I just listen.

It's been unfortunate with the pandemic usually I listen to their pod on my commute. The episodes are anywhere between 30-60 minutes.

I've tried listening to other true crime podcasts but I haven't found anything I like as much.

I second that, along with Court Junkie. If you haven't listened to Murder Etc, you should. I was engrossed in it, and can't wait 4 something to get posted. I also listen to 20/20 and Dateline podcasts. The other ones, I don't like the ones that try to be cute and chatty. Just like those damn recipe sites whose author has to tell their life story before they'll give you the actual recipe. Just the facts, ma'am. Just the facts.


I really tried listening to TCO (true crime obsessed) but they spend so much time laughing and teating each other that the 60 minute episodes feels like 25 minutes of real content.

So I definitely understand that "recipe" feel.
 
2020-07-03 10:53:53 AM  
Leviathan Chronicles was a good sci-fi podcast audio play. It finally just resumed after a long long hiatus due to personal reasons. It might not be free anymore either.
 
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2020-07-03 11:01:19 AM  
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is great
 
2020-07-03 11:39:16 AM  
I stay up all night/
I go to sleep watching Dragnet

/though I guess it should be "listening" because that's a link to the late 40s Dragnet radio episodes
//yes, Jack Webb
///yes, that business went on for a long-ass time
 
2020-07-03 12:37:44 PM  
Someone on Fark told me about El Chapo Trap House. They did a story about a couple whom the wife is being possessed by 8 different spirits. It starts about 47 mins in
Rod Dreher's The Exorcist feat. Brett Payne and Bryan Quinby | Chapo Trap House | Episode 252 FULL
Youtube mrIfGmPCGu8
 
2020-07-03 3:37:48 PM  
Dimension X
X Minus One
Sherlock Holmes
The Shadow
The Inner Sanctum
Dark Shadows
 
2020-07-03 5:03:50 PM  
Why is there a WWE wrestling image in headline?
 
2020-07-03 5:05:19 PM  
True Crime Garage is one of the best true crime podcasts out there.
 
2020-07-03 5:15:14 PM  
Not a podcast, but I'm quite fond of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre productions (I get them through my Audible account). They're really excellent radio plays. I'm currently listening to this:

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2020-07-03 5:59:40 PM  

ViolentEastCoastCity: I stay up all night/
I go to sleep watching Dragnet

/though I guess it should be "listening" because that's a link to the late 40s Dragnet radio episodes
//yes, Jack Webb
///yes, that business went on for a long-ass time


Never sleep alone because Jimmy is the magnet
 
2020-07-03 9:38:57 PM  

phedex: ViolentEastCoastCity: I stay up all night/
I go to sleep watching Dragnet

/though I guess it should be "listening" because that's a link to the late 40s Dragnet radio episodes
//yes, Jack Webb
///yes, that business went on for a long-ass time

Never sleep alone because Jimmy is the magnet


<3 that makes me happy.
 
2020-07-04 12:36:53 AM  
Because radio plays are hard.

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2020-07-04 1:56:39 PM  
This is SOOOO a bookmark.
 
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