Spring Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Giveaway!

Spring is in the air and summer reading is fast behind, so –as with previous years– we’re joining with a host of other awesome indie creators in bringing you a giveaway of $300 worth of some of our favorite sci-fi and fantasy books.

We’ll be posting about some of our picks in the days ahead, but don’t wait to sign up for the giveaway! It ends Friday, March 19th!

(Some) American Podcasters: Prepare for Brood X!

We’re slowly recording our second season of Quorum using COVID precautions, which is stretching out our recording sessions into May, which led producer Bjorn Munson to realize we might need to content with Brood X aka the Seventeen-Year Cicada.

The constant hum is unmistakable.

You can check out this article written by Keith Matheny and Georgea Kovanis of the Detroit Free Press for more details.

Basically from roughly mid-May and for the following month or so, billions upon billions of these grape leaf-sized bugs will emerge and mate. Perhaps because of this single-minded obsession, they will ignore all ideas of social distancing. Now, they don’t have any stingers and are not poisonous, so despite their red-eyed appearance making them look like extras in an insect-themed eco-disaster movie, they’re harmless. If you have a dog, they’ll likely like the snacking options as you go on your walks.

But it’s the mating calls of billions of cicadas which is why we thought it’d be good for some of you audio producers to prepare. Because there’s sound-proofing and sound-prooding, and for those of you who don’t have a nice hermetically-sealed whisper room, you might want to plan your recordings accordingly!

Back to the Future with Audio Theater

The New York Times did a piece this past weekend about all sorts of old radio theater you can listen to on the Interwebs for free.

Old Time Radio aka Vintage Radio is, of course, one of the inspirations for Jabberwocky Audio Theater (along with Mind’s Eye productions and some others). So if you like old time radio, you should definitely check out what we suggested they check out: The Big Broadcast every Sunday from 7-11pm ET on WAMU 88.5 FM (luckily, they keep their shows archived for about four weeks so you can check things out).

And if you want to tell the Times that there’s a bunch of wonderful contemporary audio theater, hey, that’s good too.

Quorum Season Two is In Production!

Amazingly, this isn’t our whole cast from our virtual table readings in January

After plenty of time spent casting in the Fall, we returned from the holidays getting ready to product the second full season of Quorum (the first season and an ‘interlude’ are available to listen to already if you want to catch up).

The Gambler’s Tale: All That Glitters picks up with poker player and ad-hoc sleuth Jimmy Harmon almost a year later and in a new city, Los Angeles. While the city and its dangers might be new, you’ll find the mayhem and cliffhangers are what you’ve come to expect.

We have a cast of 28 actors voicing about 56 roles through a labyrinthine story that spans 10 episodes (just like season one). The picture above is from our virtual table read, which took two sessions considering it’s over 200 pages of script. That was late January.

Now we’re going through the slow, but steady process of recording each of those 28 actors. It’s a change from our usual style of gathering everyone together, but COVID demands we take those precautions — and we’ve been excited about the performances we’ve captured already.

Look for the next season of Quorum this Fall on WERA-LP 96.7 FM and on fine podcatchers everywhere.

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 30: The End Run, Part 5 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we conclude our second season of Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Narrowly escaping enemy agents in the Imperial capital on Acheron, the crew of the Tyger search for a safe haven for themselves and Princess Nalini.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Nalini al Zamin: Sophia Medley
Taquermeraphan 651: William R. Coughlan
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Naveed: Neil Conway
Lady Shohreh: Samantha Merrick
Baker: Bjorn Munson
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Grand Duke Khalil al-Zamin: Phil Amico
Crier: Matt Bostaph

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 15:45
Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested. Contains sci-fi related action, nasty smells, alcohol drinking as Vic fully avails himself of an open bar, and sudden, but inevitable betrayal.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 29: The End Run, Part 4 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we continue our second season of Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

In space, amid the wrecks of hundreds of past space battles, the Tyger faces an enemy armada. Beneath the Imperial capital on Acheron Prime, the remaining crew try and get Princess Nalini to safety.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Nalini al Zamin: Sophia Medley
Taquermeraphan 651: William R. Coughlan
Tormar: Phil Amico
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Jochi Bortay: Bjorn Munson
Sylvia Malabar: Carol McCaffrey
Redback # 1: Neil Conway
Redback # 2: Corporal Wilhelm
Goon: Brooks Tegler
Vic Ratha: Francis Abbey

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 12:49
Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested. Contains sci-fi related action and peril — and Aidan almost says a naughty word.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 28: The End Run, Part 3 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we continue our second season of Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

While the Tyger remains in the Hrageddor system, most of the crew –hidden aboard a Coutharian vessel– have landed covertly on Acheron Prime. Will they be able to escort Princess Nalini al-Zamin to safety?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Tormar: Phil Amico
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Nalini al Zamin: Sophia Medley
Taquermeraphan 651: William R. Coughlan
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Jochi Bortay: Bjorn Munson
Sylvia Malabar: Carol McCaffrey

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 11:55
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains crowds, festivals, unpleasant smells, and a key discovery about Coutharian anatomy.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 27: The End Run, Part 2 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we continue our second season of Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Can the crew of the Tyger deliver Princess Nalini al-Zamin safely to Acheron?.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Mintha: Samantha Merrick
Tormar: Phil Amico
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Taquermeraphan 651: William R. Coughlan
Nalini al Zamin: Sophia Medley

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 13:20
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains preconceived notions about other species being challenges, brief juvenile humor about mating, and lots and lots of ships.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Podcast in Print Form (Magazine Interview!)

We’re always looking for ways to get the word out about Jabberwocky, so we were excited when artistic director Bjorn Munson was able to (virtually) sit down for an interview with the relatively recent Podcast Magazine. You can find the interview in the January 2021 issue.

Alas, the John Tenniel artwork spread works in print, but may not recreate well online.

We were hoping to announce it when there was a standalone online link to the article, but in the meantime, you all can check out the magazine, with the interview starting on page 16.

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 26: The End Run, Part 1 of 5

oin us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we continue our second season of Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Rescuing the Royal Princess Nalini al-Zamin from deadly peril, the Tyger races back to the safety of the core systems.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Nalini al Zamin: Sophia Medley
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Taquermeraphan 651: William R. Coughlan
Tormar: Phil Amico
Vic Ratha: Francis Abbey

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 14:30
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains both confidence and concerns about the future, expectations of class and caste, plus skimmer refits.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')