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This group offers a public meeting place in which the business of long-form radio production can be talked about. To...
This group offers a public meeting place in which the business of long-form radio production can be talked about.

Topics may include anything relating to the creativity, production and business practices. Want to talk casting, script writing, character voices, Foley, music, SFX, recording, mixing, distribution, underwriting and/or sales, awards competitions or archiving? What am I leaving out? If you think of something, please let me know,
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  •   Ty Ford commented on this post about 11 months ago
    Hi Stephen, Are you doing any long-form down there in Atlanta?
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    • Hey Ty, I haven't yet. I'd like to research it more and see what options are available.
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    • options for..........?
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    • Options for Long-form radio. I'm sure there are other options besides NPR (although my life as a former journalist gets excited about that), I justOptions for Long-form radio. I'm sure there are other options besides NPR (although my life as a former journalist gets excited about that), I just don't know where/how to look yet.   More ...
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    • That's why I'm in this forum, to learn more about what you all in this genre do.
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    • I've made a good living as a trade press writer, but not so much any more. The mid 80s to just after 2000, I did a LOT of VO work as an AFTRA and SAGI've made a good living as a trade press writer, but not so much any more. The mid 80s to just after 2000, I did a LOT of VO work as an AFTRA and SAG member. Enough to become vested for a pension and continuing health care.

      A lot of my friends down in DC do talking books. I've recorded them for others here at my studio, but I don't think I have the patience to voice them myself.

      One of my long-form gigs came from someone being referred to me. We are now 182 half-hour shows in and they run on Sirius/XM 131 Family Talk, as well as being available on iTunes and my client's web site."

      The latest, a series of Edgar Allan Poe re-writes, came in from a friend I've know somewhat distantly now, for the last 30 years. I'm the Technical Director. No voice work. Working with Foley, SFX and original music cues has been great fun. After three shows (one per month) WYPR said we had accumulated 6000 downloads!! (and it wasn't me hitting "download" 6000 times.)

      Here are the Poe shows, so far.

       https://www.wypr.org/programs/poe-theatre-air

      I'm going to write an article here about the process soon.
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  •   Jerry Vigil reacted to this post about 11 months ago
    Alex Zavistovich reached out to me after 30 years of friendly but infrequent contact. He said he was moving to Baltimore City from suburban DC and wanted to talk to me about working on one of his projects; The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater On The Air.

    The Company would produce 20 minute...
    Alex Zavistovich reached out to me after 30 years of friendly but infrequent contact. He said he was moving to Baltimore City from suburban DC and wanted to talk to me about working on one of his projects; The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater On The Air.

    The Company would produce 20 minute radio theater dramas based on Edgar Allan Poe's frequently hideous stories. One show per month. We would record the actors, add music, Foley and SFX and deliver a mix to WYPR, a Baltimore Public radio station. WYPR would air the show once and then make it available for download from their web site.

    In the late Summer of 2019, in a meeting with WYPR, we learned that in a period of three months, the first three shows had been downloaded 6,000 times! And that wasn't counting streams. I thought radio theater had left the building sometime after Prairie Home Companion stopped airing. I guess not!

    This is not my first shot at long-form radio. I have produced 181 half-hour medical interview shows with Dr. Paul Christo of Johns Hopkins. That show is called "Aches And Gains." In each show we take recorded phone interviews with people in pain and a doctor or practitioner who helps them through their pain. The programs air on Sirius/XM Family Channel 151 and are then available as a podcasts from Paul's web site. It takes about six hours to edit and mix one half-hour show. Most of that work is pulling ums, ahs and other wasted words out of the recorded interviews. So far, the twenty minute Edgar Allan Poe Theater on the Air programs take about 12 hours to record, edit and mix.

    I reached out to Jerry Vigil to see if he would create a space for long-form radio here at RAP. He confirmed that there IS interest in long-form and here we are!

    Next time I'll talk about the dialog recording process.

    What are your long-form experiences?
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