Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Lone Ranger - The Return of Butch Cavendish - Radio Drama

Rudy Ramos, Duncan Regehr, Tim Considine, Bob Daniels in The Lone Ranger, The Return of Butch Cavendish
The Lone Ranger Rides again! On the weekend of June 13-15, 2013 several Hollywood actors noted for their work in westerns came together at the Memphis Film Festival to share stories of their experiences in film and television. As part of the festivities a radio drama re-creation was performed. This year's selection was from the old time radio western series - The Lone Ranger. With an excited audience looking on in great expectation the cast ensemble took to the stage and entertained the crowd with an animated and delightful performance of The Return of Butch Cavendish.

If only more modern audio dramas could be produced with this level of acting talent. What a difference professionals make to the quality of a show! The exhibition put on by this talented group of actors was not only an enjoyable trip back down memory lane to the golden age of radio but it was also a vision of what the future of audio drama could be again. What a fabulous treat!

This outstanding performance has been made available on Youtube for your viewing and listening enjoyment. So return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... and enjoy this wonderfully fun episode of The Lone Ranger as the daring and resourceful masked man takes on a fiendish outlaw in The Return of Butch Cavendish.

Hi-Yo Silver Away!

Featured in the cast:

Bob Daniels (grandson of Brace Beemer – radio’s Lone Ranger) as The Lone Ranger
Duncan Regehr  (Zorro) as Butch Cavendish
Don Collier (The High Chaparal) as Thunder Martin
Rudy Ramos (The High Chaparral) as Tonto
Tim Considine (Spin and Marty) as Dan Reid
David Stollery (Spin and Marty) as Captain Reid
John Buttram (son of western legend Pat Buttram) as Collins
Tommy Nolan (Buckskin ) as Sparks 
Boyd Magers (western movie historian ) as the Narrator/Announcer 
Gary Yoggy – Director-SFX-Music

# 145 Perry Mason and the Case of the Sulky Girl (CRT)

Spoiled, young heiress to be Francis Celane wants to get married. But she can't due to a stipulation in her late father's will. If she marries before turning 25 she'll lose an inheritance of over one million dollars. Determined to get her way Francis hires hard-nosed lawyer Perry Mason to convince the trustee Dexter Norton, who just happens to be her uncle, to let her marry and keep the money. But just after Uncle Dexter stubbornly refuses to see things her way he's killed and her boyfriend, Robert Gleason, is fingered for the murder. To make matters worse Francis is being blackmailed. It's a complicated, mixed up mess and Perry must sort things out quickly if he's to solve The Case of the Sulky Girl.

Perry Mason and the Case of the Sulky Girl is a Colonial Radio Theatre presentation offering solid sound design and production value. Erle Stanley Gardner provides an excellent story for dramatization. Acting varies from average to above average. Overall this is an enjoyable audio adaptation. Definitely worth listening to. A plus for any radio drama enthusiasts collection.

From CRT: 
An impetuous niece who demands her trust fund be released comes to Perry Mason for help. But it's her boyfriend who needs defending when he is charged with murdering her controlling uncle.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hear Now Audio Festival in Kansas City, Missouri

HEAR Now Audio Festival June 20-23, 2013 Kansas City, Missouri
It's THE place to be! IF you are an audio drama lover, radio drama enthusiast, an audiobook aficionado, a voice actor, a narrator, a director, a producer, an editor, a publisher, a distributor or in any way involved in the world of spoken word productions then you need to be in Kansas City, Missouri from June 20th thru June 23rd for the premiere event of the year in the audio world:   HEAR Now - The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival. This four day event will feature live and recorded performances, competition of submitted works and awards, recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas, moderated discussions and panels for conversations and the exchange of new ideas and much, much more. Some of the greatest names in audio will be on hand for the HEAR Now Audio Festival - so don't miss it!

For more information about HEAR Now and the events scheduled check out their website

the place to be in June for all makers and fans of audio dramas and audiobooks!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Cleansed - Now Available From Blackstone Audio

The Cleansed, the post apocalyptic radio drama series from FinalRune Productions and the mind of Fred Greenhalgh, is now available from Blackstone Audio.

In recent years there's been an increasing fascination with the idea of an apocalypse where some life changing, earth shattering event forces mankind to pick up the pieces and rise from the ashes. Whether it's asteroids hitting the earth, thermonuclear warfare, alien invasions or an act of God people the world around continue to get keyed up over possible cataclysmic future events. So the question is: how would mankind react to the prospect of having to rebuild after a world changing event or events? The subject is a playground for the imagination. Fred Greenhalgh's FinalRune Productions gives one possible answer to that question by taking listeners on an intriguing adventure in their first season of The Cleansed.

The series has a bit of a Hitchcock feel to it and we HIGHLY encourage audio drama lovers to acquaint themselves with this most entertaining and fascinating story from one of the best new audio theater producers in the world. For those not familiar with Fred Greenhalgh we offer you this insight: He records every production live and on location. For example an outdoor scene that calls for crossing a river will actually be recorded at a river location either in the water or from the shore. Or if a scene calls for people running through a forest, the cast of actors is actually recorded running through a wooded area. This recording style brings with it a realism that gives productions from FinalRune an authentic cinematic sound.  It's an experience audio aficionado's won't want to miss. Live on-site recording coupled with solid writing and acting make The Cleansed a most enjoyable series.

From Fred Greenhalgh:

The Cleansed is a post-apocalyptic adventure, yes. But it is not about the apocalypse. It is about Luke, Maria, and Marc – three youths who grow up in the context of a world greatly reduced in size, a world insular and hard. It is about what happens to them when they respond to a call for adventure.
It is about John Prophet, who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, leaving us to ask – is what he is trying to gain worth so high a cost? It is about Lucian, Amos, and Zeke – three characters caught in the shadows of larger-than-life characters who believe that a divine reckoning is coming.
Oh, a reckoning is coming to the world of The Cleansed. But is it the work of actual angels and demons, or that of humans who have embraced the angels and demons of their nature?  Is the reckoning avoidable, or inevitable?  And can we as individuals, small as we are, but empowered with choice, do anything to change the course of events much bigger than ourselves?
The Cleansed does not answer these questions but explores them, and, with a bit of luck, leaves us asking those same questions of our world today.

To learn more about The Cleansed visit the shows official website.

I Love Lucy: The Untold Story Live Radio Drama Presentation

Lucille Ball starred as Liz Cooper on My Favorite Husband during the golden years of old time radio before moving on to television to star as Lucy Ricardo along with her favorite husband Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) in a loosely based adaptation called I Love Lucy. Now you can hear the story behind the story as the loveable redhead returns to radio drama with Charlene Tilton playing the funny lady in I Love Lucy: The Untold Story.  

I Love Lucy: The Untold Story will be preformed live on stage in Pacific Palisades, California with a cast of Hollywood actors on March 3, 2013. Sounds Like a great show. Don't miss it if you can be there!

From Gregg Oppenheimer:

I'm excited to announce that I'll be directing a live, full-cast performance of my original short play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story, Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 4pm, at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 

It's a humorous look behind the scenes at the creation of TV's most beloved sitcom, based on my dad's memoir, Laughs, Luck…and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular of Sitcom of All Time. Since its New York premiere in 2011, the play has had successful productions on both coasts, as well as a nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM™ Radio.

Our phenomenal cast features such talented performers as Charlene Tilton (Dallas's "Lucy Ewing"), Dick Van Patten (star of Eight Is Enough), Phil Proctor (founder of the legendary Firesign Theater comedy troupe), William Schallert ("Dad" on The Patty Duke Show), Second City alum Lance Kinsey ("Lt. Proctor" in all the Police Academy films), and musical guest Dora Pearson (lead female vocalist for Sha Na Na). 

The show, which runs about 45 minutes, will be performed in the style of old-time radio, with the actors and singers standing at microphones, scripts in hand, plus sound effects and recorded music. 

After the show, refreshments will be served, and you'll have the opportunity to mingle with members of the cast. 

Proceeds benefit Kehillat Israel's "Sages" seniors program. The suggested donation is $18, but any amount is welcome. Free parking is available. 

Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets now at Cast lineup subject to change. 

For further information, please contact Kehillat Israel's Director of Programs & Marketing, Matt Davidson, at 424.214.7454 or 

We're going to have a lot of fun on March 3rd, and I really hope to see you there. 

Gregg Oppenheimer 

P.S. If you can't make the March 3rd performance, be sure to check out the full-cast recording of I Love Lucy: The Untold Story now available at iTunes, at, at, and at Audiobooks.comAll royalties from sales of the recording benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Radio Drama Presented Live

If you're in Los Angeles, California on February 16, 2013 be sure to catch the live onstage production of California Artists Radio Theatre's presentation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The California Artists Radio Theater Presents:
 Jane Austen's
Pride and Prejudice
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of its publication!

Samantha Eggar as Elizabeth Bennet
John Rafter Lee as Mr. Darcy
James Lancaster as Mr. Bingley
Paul Keith as Mr. Collins
Phil Proctor as Mr Bennet
Diane Mercer as Mrs. Bennet
JoAnne Worley as Lady de Bourgh
Elizabeth Dennehy as Charlotte Lucas
Linda Henning as Lydia Bennet
Melinda Peterson as Caroline Bingley
Johnny O'Callaghan as Captain Wickham
Peggy Webber as Mrs. Reynolds
Tom Williams as Sir Lucas
Annie Gagen as Jane Bennet
and Announcer John Harlan
with Sound Effects by Tony Palermo
and Music by Ken Stange
Adapted, Directed, and Produced by

 Tickets: $15 online via PayPal or with phone reservation, $20 at the door, children under 12 free with an adult
Parking $5 at the hotel, free street parking

Reservations: (213) 683-3422 or online at

“We are all fools in love.”