Thursday, December 09, 2010

104 - Blue Hanukchristmas Carol

This month we bring you a piece we thought we had brought you a while back, but after going through the archives we discovered we'd overlooked it!  This piece is so good that we couldn't just let that slide, so here it is: Blue Hanukchristmas Carol by Sketch MacQuinor.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

103 - The Competitor, part 2

This month we bring you part two of The Competitor by Brad Linaweaver, adapted for audio by William Alan Ritch.  Performed live at LibertyCon 2010, this marked the very first live performance of this script.  We hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

102 - The Competitor, part 1

This month we bring you part one of The Competitor by Brad Linaweaver, adapted for audio by William Alan Ritch.  Performed live at LibertyCon 2010, this marked the very first live performance of this script.  We hope you enjoy it.

Also included in this podcast, a special selection by our musical guest for our October show, The Old Way by Julie Gribble.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Beam Piper ahead of his time again

A key scene in Ron Butler's adaptation of Piper's "Time and Time Again" features the line: "I do not believe there is anything in the Pennsylvania Code defining an offense along the lines of 'lending an object that looks like a pistol.'"

Perhaps it's a good thing Mr Hartley does not live in Australia...

Toy guns will have to be licensed in Queensland under new firearms laws |
ANY ITEM that looks like a gun will have to be licensed under several changes to the Weapons Act being considered by the Queensland State Government.

..."If it looks like a gun and feels like a gun, it will have to be licensed," said a government source.
The British Empire, it will be noted, does not have an equivalent to the United States' Second Constitutional Amendment.

Friday, September 10, 2010

101 - A Tribute to Brad Weage

In this episode of the podcast, we pay tribute to the memory of Brad Weage, longtime composer and friend to ARTC and its members, who passed away on August 22, 2010 from complications of double pneumonia.

Brad composed many of the themes for our serials including Rory Rammer, Space Marshal, The Brotherhood of Damn Sassy Mutants, Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment, and The Jane Handley-Page Show. He also lent his talents to our feature-length studio works including The Passion of Frankenstein, The Menace From Earth, The Doom of the Mummy, and Solution Unsatisfactory to name but a few.

He performed live with us often. If you ever heard ARTC live, there's an excellent chance you heard Brad. If you heard us live more than once, it's a virtual certainty.

Friday, August 13, 2010

100th Podcast Episode!

We made it! 100 episodes of ARTC's Podcast. Y'know, we really need a catchier name for this thing. If you have an idea for a great new name, send it on to

But we digress.

For the 100th episode, we knew we had to bring out all the stops, come up with something so spectacular that it would blow everyone away and leave everyone talking about how we could possibly top it. Unfortunately, we didn't get permission to use it, so we went for the next best thing (and set ourselves up for an awesome episode 200) and went with our Dragon*Con 2000 performance of Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Queen of the Spaceways.

Not only is Rory Rammer one of our most popular and requested series, but in this episode the role of Rory Rammer is played by none other than Ted Raimi! Joining him in this star-studded cast are Alexandra Tydings and Claire Stansfield!

If you're enjoying the podcast, be sure to tell your friends. And tell us, too. We're your friends, right? So tell us you like it so we'll want to keep doing it!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Could this be the beginning of the end for radio drama?"

Don't touch that dial: the threat to radio drama | Television & radio | The Guardian

The reason, of course, is cost. At £23,000 per hour, the BBC spends on radio drama about one 40th of what it might pay for an hour of television. Hampton's White Chameleon is a marquee production for Radio 4, and yet there are no White Chameleon baseball caps, no Dionysian trailers, no egos being massaged (no time). Gather its entire cast and crew together, and you would not have enough people for a football match. This, BBC bosses argue, is why Radio 4's main evening slot, the Friday Play, will cease to exist from next year; it was either save there, where the audience is smallest, or cut everything else beyond the bone.
Welcome to the media ghetto, British Audio Drama. You'll find it well populated.

Jeez. £23,000 per hour. (That's a touch over $35,000 in "real" money. *ahem*) The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, in over 25 years of producing award-winning radio drama, hasn't spent that much money altogether. We'd shoot a puppy -- well, maybe in the leg, only to wound -- for $35,000.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

99 - Horror at Camp Healthy Springs

This month we bring you Horror at Camp Healthy Springs by Thomas Berry, performed live at the Academy Theatre for Halloween 2008.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

98 - Rory Rammer: Set Loose the Dogs of Time!

Size: 4.7M, Duration: 10:03
This month we bring you another episode from our longest-running most requested serial, Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Set Loose the Dogs of Time! by Ron N. Butler, recorded live at TimeGate 2008.
If you enjoy the adventures of the intrepid Marshal and Cadet Skip Sagan, be sure to check out the imaginatively-named Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Volume 1 available by mail order at or by download at, iTunes, and Amazon.
Next live performance:
LibertyCon July 10, 2010, 9pm Featuring: The Competitor by Brad Linaweaver, adapted for audio by William Alan Ritch and Time and Time Again by H. Beam Piper, adapted for audio by Ron N. Butler, along with some nifty other surprises!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

97 - The Gargoyle's Shadow

Coming to you from deep inside studio territory, it's the ARTC podcast!  The next live shows will be in July, September, and October, but for now we're laying down tracks for the next round of CDs and downloads!
This month we bring you The Gargoyle's Shadow by Katherine Kurtz, adapted for audio by Daniel Taylor.
Remember, the most powerful help you can give us is to tell your friends and family about the richness and power of the imagination.  Use the Share This button at the top of this post to plaster us all over the Internet! 
You can also give us encouragement by commenting on this podcast.  Give us something besides spam to read.  ;)
Special thanks to violinist Paul Mercer and pianist Brad Weage for providing music for this podcast.
Size: 9.7M Duration: 20:43
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Thursday, April 08, 2010

96 - The Last Dragon to Avondale

Size: 38.7M, Duration: 26:51
Fresh off our performance at the Academy Theatre comes the 2010 update of The Last Dragon to Avondale by Thomas E. Fuller.  We'd like to take just a moment to thank Bob Zimmerman for turning around the post-production of this piece so quickly for the podcast.
We're entering into the offseason for ARTC now, taking a break from the stage to get back into the studio.  Full details about what we're recording and how we're progressing will be available via our newsletter, Breaking Radio Silence.  Sign up here!
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The Last Dragon to Avondale was performed as a benefit for the Georgia Aquarium.  Thanks to everybody who came out to support audio drama and the study of endangered species.  And what's more endangered than the last fire-breathing dragon in the world?

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

95 - The Worst Good Woman in the World

Size: 16.5M, Duration: 35:03
The Worst Good Woman in the World by Kelley S. Ceccato.  Also, Caught by our special musical guest for March, Rooke!  Rooke can be found on MySpace and Facebook.
Come be a part of our podcast!  We draw all of our material from our live performances, and we have another show coming up at the end of March.  Witness one of the few audio drama ensembles in the country that performs live!
The Last Dragon to Avondale by Thomas E. Fuller (Also on March 27, 8:00pm March 28, 2:30pm Academy Theatre 119 Center Street Avondale Estates, GA 30001 Tickets: $10
Also featured: The House Across the Way by Kelley S. Ceccato, with guest violinist Paul Mercer.  All this with Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Colour of the Shadow of the Outsider over the Mountains of Madness out of Space.
ARTC is pleased to benefit the Georgia Aquarium with this performance.  25% of ticket sales will go towards their efforts to study and protect endangered species.
ARTC is also proud to offer free admission for the visually impaired and half-price admission for their sighted friends and family through a partnership with the Center for the Visually Impaired here in Atlanta.
Performance calendar.
There is Adventure in Sound!
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Friday, February 26, 2010

In 'Mind Movies,' the Word Picture Continues to Appeal to Eager Ears

It's no surprise to me that the Theater of the Mind still has the power to enthrall listeners. I suspect you're aware of it as well.
I did find it a bit startling to learn that Susan Loewenberg, the head of L.A. Theatre Works, isn't a big fan of the genre.
"Mind movies"? That's the label the Wall Street Journal likes for what we do?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

94 - Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper

[Time: 32.23] [Size: 31.1MB] [Classic Science Fiction] from Dragon*Con 2009: "Omnilingual" written by H. Beam Piper & adapted for audio by Daniel Taylor.
Speculative science fiction: Follow the first archaeologists to land on Mars. How do they decode what they find there, with no similar cultures to compare it to?
Direct download: Omnilingual.mp3

Thursday, January 14, 2010

93 - Rory Rammer Space Marshal: Enemies Within!

[Time: 22:23] [Size: 26.9 MB] [Genre: Sci Fi/Comedy] Another part of our 2 performances at DragonCon 2009, we present Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Enemies Within! Written by Ron. N Butler, directed by Neil Butler.

This episode draws heavily from a previous episode of Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: Luna Shall Be Dry!

Comments? Questions? Requests? By all means, email us: podcast [at] artc [dot] org There is Adventure in Sound!
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