Audio Drama Production Podcast: How to make radio drama, radio plays, & audio fiction


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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

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).

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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

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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

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

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


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

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 

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 before the 15th August! 

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

Kc Wayland isn't just the guy behind We're Alive and Lockdown. He's the very reason many of us are listening to and making Audio Drama of our own. 

It's always a real pleasure to welcome him onto the show, and this is another conversation packed with insight and value. 

With Lockdown in the can and available for release, Kc will also be working on an Audio Drama with Laurence Fishburne later in the year.

On top of that he's currently writing an Audio Drama production 'bible' titled "Bombs Always Beep" which will form the basis for a course he'll be teaching at a University in Southern California. 

You can keep up to date with all of these projects on Kc's website and by following him on Twitter at @waylandprod

Direct download: 92ADP_Kc_Wayland_Audio_Theater_For_The_Mind.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 8:04pm UTC

Download figures are discussed, and sometimes obsessed over by podcasters. It's better to focus your attention on those who are listening, rather than stressing over those who aren't. Keep creating great Audio Drama and you will grow your audience. 

With that said, let's take a look at some hard numbers that can provide useful milestones for your show as it grows. These are compiled by Libsyn and were presented originally on their podcast The Feed.

Based on the number of downloads received for a single episode in the 30 day period following its release. 

More than 169 downloads puts your podcast in the top 50%

More than 1300 downloads puts your podcast in the top 20%

More than 3800 downloads puts your podcast in the top 10%

More than 5000 downloads puts your podcast in the top 8%

More than 9600 downloads puts your podcast in the top 5%

More than 27,000 downloads puts your podcast in the top 2%

More than 52,000 downloads puts your podcast in the top 1%

Also mentioned on the show, The Once & Future Nerd's new USB cassetteMirth DefectBootleggerWe're AliveFire on the MoundPen & PaperArs ParadoxicaReturn HomeNova DarkParagon Podcast Network

Direct download: 91ADP_Download_Numbers.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 6:14pm UTC