When Did Those American Colonists Stop Sounding Like Brits?

A lot of us here in Deepest Springfield are obsessed with accents. How do we do a good Scouse accent so no one will think it’s Geordie? But with that obsession is also learning about the history of accents and how things shift.

So we’re doing some research for some scripts that raise the question “when did American colonists lose their British accent?”

Damn Yanks and their “audio theaters!”

Well, Matt Soniak over at Mental Floss has some answers. Granted, it’s not exhaustive like a linguistic tome, but it is informative.

Listen Online! Through a Glass, Darkly – Episode 9: The Flowering of the Strange Orchid

“The Flowering of the Strange Orchid” by H.G. Wells (first published in the Pall Mall Budget, August 2nd, 1894).

Narrated by William R. Coughlan, with Brooks Tegler as Winter-Wedderburn and Anna Coughlan as his housekeeper.

Edited, mixed and mastered by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services supplied by Tohubohu Productions, LLC.

Length: 25:01

Rated AD-G. Contains bloodsucking, botany, and an idle British gentleman.

Netflix Looks into Podcasts

On some online forums, fellow podcasters have been discussing how there appear to be more movers and shakers investing time and attention –and almost certainly money– into podcasts.

N’Jeri Eaton (photo via Netflix)

Well, no sooner than that came up than we saw this article in Bloomberg about how N’Jeri Eaton, former executive with a serious storyteller hat at Apple and NPR is now taking her storytelling skill to Netflix.

Now from the article it sounds like the initial push is to create companion podcasts for some of their existing TV and film projects, but Netflix has been creating new shows with reckless abandon for some time, so we’ll certainly be checking out if they venture into the fiction podcast realm.

For Your Consideration: Nominate Jabberwocky Audio Theater for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Earlier this week, we mentioned that one of our shows has been accepted into this year’s New Jersey Web Festival. Besides meeting other creators, festivals and competitions –quite frankly– help get the word out.

Well, now it’s time to nominate podcasts for the 16th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards.

Some of you may remember that we were one of the finalists in the “Storyteller & Drama” category last year, which did lead to a lot more listeners — and some media attention. This year, we’re looking to get nominated in both that category and the new “Fiction” category.

But we need your help!

True to its name, the awards depend on nominations in all the categories — and to do so, you’ll need to register on their site. Once you’ve done that, you can nominate podcasts, including, we hope, Jabberwocky Audio Theater.

If we’re among the top 10 nominated podcasts in a category, we get into that coveted slate of finalists.

Then, in August, a random selection of the many thousands of the registered listeners vote on that final slate.

But for you to be able to vote and for us to be able to get in, you need to register and nominate before July 31st!

Thanks for your support!

Rogue Tyger Accepted to the New Jersey Web Festival

This year, as with every year, we’ve submitted our various shows to various festivals and audio awards and this past Friday, we learned that Rogue Tyger has the honor of being part of the New Jersey Web Fest’s inaugural slate Fiction Podcast nominees.

The festival will be revealing the exact categories all of the shows are nominated in later this summer, but the festival itself will be September 17 – 19, 2021 in, as you likely guessed. New Jersey. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

The Hear Now Festival: Celebrating Audio Fiction

Our move to make more events virtual these days thanks to the pandemic, making them easier to attend, also means it’s easier to forget to attend them.

So, for that reason, we wanted to make sure you knew about one of the events we almost missed: the Hear Now Festival, an annual celebration of audio fiction put on by folks over at NATF (National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.).

We missed some of the events last weekend, but luckily for us –and possibly for you– there’s a few sessions that are available to re-listen to, including a great hour-long intro to Norman Corwin, a true master of audio fiction as well as a panel on making modern audio fiction with Fred Greenleigh and many others.

As we’ve mentioned many times artistic director Bjorn Munson grew up listening to vintage radio fiction — one of the reasons there is a Jabberwocky Audio Theater. We’re glad events like this exist and hope to attend some individually or as a troupe in the future.

Imperium Encyclopedia in Depth: Tormar

If you’ve been enjoying Rogue Tyger, have you checked out the Encyclopedia of the Imperium yet? It’s the definitive source for the history of the Seven Systems and the greater Imperium.

Art by Javier Charro


(b. 422 SIY) Coutharian engineer associated with the freighter Tyger.

Tormar (ney Domash ur Virain) was birthed on the Coutharian homeworld of Uthar Kretik in the early 5th century. Typical of Coutharian culture, his early education came from his clan and clade where he showed a particular interest and aptitude for mechanical engineering.

While the Coutharian education system does not correspond to Imperial standards, the Bryson-Benefield Agreement of 363 did establish a methodology for determining educational equivalency. By those standards, Tormar has the equivalent of masters degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, avionics, nuclear engineering, and applied physics.

Prior to the 460s, Tormar appears to have worked primarily in Coutharian space, though his credentials certified several Coutharian vessels regularly travelling into the Imperium as “spaceworthy.” He also worked for a time supervising construction and repair of spacecraft at the drydocks of the Kilwa spaceport.

Several sources confirm that Tormar was one of the Coutharians who was part of the Salatiga Incident of 469. Some scholars, as a theory to explain Reg Macorum’s actions, speculate Tormar had not only had a primary role in the resolution of the incident, but may also have been on the Silver Star prior to the events. However, no evidence has been found that confirms Tormar working for the Zenocrate Cartel (which would be highly unlikely given the cartel’s actions in Coutharian space).

Tormar has been repeatedly listed in flight plans originating from and for maintenance requests at Flatrock for the freighter Tyger since SIY 470.

Note: this entry will be updated with events from 473 SIY onward after reviewing newly acquired historical documents.

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