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It's a new year, and a new era for the Audio Drama Production Podcast.

Matthew and Robert will be stepping aside, and handing the presenter hats to Fiona Thraille and Sarah Golding. The ADPP will be a fortnightly show in 2017 and we're excited to see the podcast continue to grow alongside this great medium.

Also mentioned on this episode - Nova DarkA Scottish Podcast, and MyPodcastReviews.com

As well as that, an email from Gerry Paton with links to some international radio stations outside of the BBC that are still producing Audio Drama.

 

I appreciate that you mainly focus on independent productions, but perhaps listeners are unaware of the handful of English-speaking radio stations around the world that still produce audio drama (apart from the BBC).  RTE Radio 1, for example.  It's Ireland's state media-outlet and all of its radio dramas are accessible via itunes (search for 'RTE Drama') or go to the RTE website:
 
 
From the website you can search by genre (click on 'Plays - Genres' tab).  The range of plays is eclectic and, surprisingly, the language is quite adult (not a problem for me, but listeners should be warned).  What I really like are the short supporting audio casts for many of the plays.  Writers and performers talk about how they approached the work and there are good performance tips etc here and there.  Click on the 'special features' tab for those.  I can recommend Death and the Beatles Fan, which starts off nerdy but becomes quite dark and humorous.  Also recommended are Paulo in the Underworld  and Redemption Beating.
 
In a similar vein, Radio New Zealand produce audio drama:
 
 
I've only listened to a few short dramas so far.  All were excellently produced and well written.  Again, an eclectic mix.
 
Perhaps of less interest are long-running soaps in far-flung corners of the globe, intended as public information dramas (along the lines of the Archers).  Still noteworthy though.  The award-winning Belizean radio soap, Punta Fuego on Love FM:
 
 
Guyana has 'merundoi':
 
 
St Lucia has 'Callaloo':
 
 
Trinidad and Tobago has 'Calabash Alley'
 

Finally, we're getting together for a pint in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th Feb 2017. If you're interested in coming along, drop us a line at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 102ADP_The_Changing_of_the_Guard.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

It's part two of the Audio Drama Production Podcast's 100th Episode.

What advice would you give yourself before you started making Audio Drama?

That's the question that's going to be answered by our fantastic panel of creators from some of the best shows around.

Featuring input from

We’re AliveRadio Theatre WorkshopThe Stories of Mahabharata,Contador de HistoriaHidden Harbor MysteriesFiona ThrailleHadron Gospel HourWooden OvercoatsRoswell B.COwen McCuenSpace CaseyThe CleansedThe Sting of the Dark TowerThe Vienna Jetschko PodcastLightnighBolt Theater of the MindGreater BostonThe Night KeepJarnsaxa RisingAlba Salix Royal PhysicianMatt LeongShadows & DaylightAtheist Apocalypse, & Rick Coste.

And, as always, you can get in touch with the show at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 101ADP_Advice_For_Making_Audio_Drama_Part_2.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 3:14pm UTC

It's part one of the Audio Drama Production Podcast's 100th Episode.

What advice would you give yourself before you started making Audio Drama?

That's the question that's going to be answered by our fantastic panel of creators from some of the best shows around.

Featuring input from

Edict Zero FISWireless Theatre CompanyRadio Drama RevivalThe Vienna Jetschko PodcastWooden OvercoatsZ-Poc Nation, The Grist Mill, Locke & KeyThe Post-Meridian Radio PlayersYou Are HereThe Bright SessionsThe TruthSlumberlandThe OrphansNova DarkOhrenkneiferThe Once & Future Nerd, Valenhigh, and Archive 81

And, as always, you can get in touch with the show at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 100ADP_Advice_For_Making_Audio_Drama_Part_1.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 8:49pm UTC

It's episode 99, it's Halloween, and it's time to talk about terrifying your audience.

Featuring an all star panel of Audio Dramatists from around the world. In order of appearance, Tanja Milojevic (LightnighBolt Theater of the Mind), Kc Wayland (We're Alive), Chris Jarvis (Radio Theatre Workshop), Scott Hickey (The Grist Mill), Domien de Groot (Audio Epics), Vienna Jetschko (Vienna Jetschko Podcast), Marc Sollinger (Archive 81), Rich Wentworth (Hadron Gospel Hour), Jon Grilz (Small Town Horror), Lindsay Harris-Friel (Jarnsaxa Rising), Zachary Fortais-Gomm (The Orphans), Danilo Battistini (Contador de Historia), Owen McCuen (Voice Actor), Daniel Edenfield (The Night Keep), and John Ballentine (Campfire Radio Theater).

Contact us at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 99ADP_How_To_Scare_Your_Listener.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 9:15pm UTC

Some of the finest minds in the Audio Drama world come together to share their wisdom on laughter, humour, and comedy.

Featuring (in order of appearance)

Greater BostonOwen McCuenVienna Jetschko, The Grist Mill, Wooden OvercoatsRadio Theatre WorkshopRoswell BCWe're AliveContador de HistoriaHadron Gospel HourJarnsaxa RisingShadows & DaylightAlba Salix Royal PhysicianThe OrphansYou Are HereAdventures of MechaBettyThe Adventures of Don Clark, and Locke & Key

Contact us at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 98ADP_How_To_Make_Your_Listener_Laugh.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 4:34pm UTC

VP of Podcaster Relations at Libsyn Rob Walch joins us for a chat on this episode. Rob has been in podcasting from the very beginning and has a wealth of experience in the medium.

We talked about media hosting, and why you might want to think about hosting with Libsyn. iTunes, and the myths and misinformation surrounding the rankings and New & Noteworthy categories. Why you might want to have an app made for your show. What should be on your podcast's website. And some poorly researched articles doing the rounds at the moment.

You can also find Rob on The Feed (The Official Libsyn Podcast)Podcast 411, and Today in iOS. One particular episode he mentioned on this episode was his chat with Aaron Mahnke of Lore.

And if you're signing up to Libsyn in the future, remember you can always use the coupon code ADPP to get a free month there.

Other things mentioned on this episode, the Out on the Wire Podcast11th Hour Audio, and the Audio Drama Promo Trailer Park.

As always, get in touch with us at any time on podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 97ADP_Libsyn_iTunes_New_and_Noteworthy.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 11:40am UTC

It's a common problem in Audio Drama. The first episodes of your show are often your very first steps in the world of recording and mixing audio. This can mean they're a bit rough around the edges, and can cost you a few listeners who'll judge you on their quality. 

Does this mean you should abandon your ongoing series and start something new? 

We're also talking about the importance of practicing. It's worth spending as much time as you can learning the craft of audio production, and just working on your show alone might not be enough. 

As always, we welcome your feedback, comments, questions, suggestions, etc. Get in touch at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Direct download: 96ADP_Quitting_Starting_Again.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 8:39pm UTC

Should you try to steer clear of politics, or is it okay to write a political message into your story? That's part of the discussion on this week's episode.

Also, what about your characters? Can they have all sorts of beliefs and viewpoints without these ever becoming the main focus of the story?

We'd love to hear your own views on this - send them over to podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

Links

Direct download: 95ADP_Politics_Character_Viewpoints.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 11:44am UTC

The subject of pitching original content ideas to Audible has been a popular one this year.

It began with Eric Nuzum's appearance on the podcast, and was followed up by Joseph Tucker's interview with Audible "comisionee" Chris Winstanley.

Joseph returns this week with another interview - this time with Rebecca Fenton of Audible UK's 'Original Content' team.

If you've got an idea for an Audio Drama you think they'd like to commission, you can get in touch with them at submit@audible.co.uk

You might also be interested in the Chasing Audible podcast, and in particular, their interview with Steven Jay Cohen (episode 10. This show takes a look at publishing on Audible as well as coming up with story ideas that might be pitch-worthy.

And Joseph himself has a new show out, we've mentioned it before, it's called Mirth Defect. It's absolutely hilarious, but not for the easily offended.

Neither is one of our own Audio Dramas, actually. We've been making one recently called A Scottish Podcast, so feel free to check that out too.

Oh, and we mention a great video by Mike Russell on producing Audio Drama in Adobe Audition's new Essential Sound panel. 

As always, you can get in touch with us about anything and everything at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com 

Direct download: 94ADP_Pitching_Audio_Drama_Ideas.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 6:56am UTC

A bit of a discussion around the habits of Audio Drama listeners, and why people are naturally drawn to discover shows similar to the ones they know and love. 

Inspired by a book called The Power of Habit, which is absolutely worth a read. 

We talk about the pros and cons of creating a show which fits with current trends. You can grow very quickly, but you also open yourself up for some early criticism, so be prepared for that. 

On the other hand, you might be making something very different to what's out there at the moment. Because of this, perhaps you're seeing small download numbers and low engagement. Does that mean you should give up and try something else?

Also mentioned on the show, our new AKG-C214 mics, Roswell BC, Wynabego Warrior, Atheist Apocalypse, Mirth Defect, and The Adventure of Don Clark. 

And we want you to be a part of some future episodes. Can you send us an audio clip or three (between 1-5mins) with your take on the following -

  • Tips on making your listener laugh
  • Tips on scaring your listener
  • Advice you'd give to yourself before you started making Audio Drama

Send them to us in MP3 form to podcast@audiodramaproduction.com before the 15th August! 

Direct download: 93ADP_Listener_Habits_Trends_and_Bad_Reviews.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 12:30pm UTC