The perception of Radio Theater is of sitting around the Westinghouse radio set, decoding the secret message during Little Orphan Annie or panicking over aliens waging a War of the Worlds.
A new generation of writers and radio producers are embracing this form of story telling in a fresh way. With the advent of podcasting, a resurgence of Theater of the Mind has led students of Columbia College Chicago to create contemporary tales in this traditional medium.
Take Babylon, a sleepy Wisconsin town, add four graduating high school seniors looking for answers to life’s most challenging questions, and overpowering them all, a lightening storm of heroic proportions that endows the teens with strange new “energy. ” Babylon, Wisconsin, a 15-part audio serial, written, directed and produced by Columbia College Chicago Radio students. (Download)
By definition they are monsters but maybe they are just plagued with Inner Demons. So, what really makes a monster? Judge for yourself as Columbia College Chicago students bring you a nine-part serial about four "monster-challenged" individuals seeking to overcome their peculiarities through psychotherapy and the bond that forms when everyone they know has Inner Demons, too. Listen for “Inner Demons” this fall on WCRX-FM.
Audio Drama Club:
The Columbia College Chicago Audio Drama Club has members from across the college. Weekly meetings are for reading scripts, learning how to direct, learning how to write and workshop new scripts and more about SFX, music, live sound and other facets of this audio drama art form. Each year the Audio Drama Club performs a live audio senior showcase at Manifest. For more information contact the faculty advisor,MMencotti@colum.edu