About Fred

“No ideas but in things.” – William Carlos Williams

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Frederick Greenhalgh has brought location-recording techniques from his indie film background to the production of audio drama. His work has been featured in NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal (A4), Financial Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4, NPR and numerous regional publications. Most recently he recorded all location dialogue and oversaw dialogue editing for Audible’s adaptation of LOCKE & KEY  by Joe Hill and Gabe Rodriguez.

Bio, the long story:

The child of back-to-the-landers, Fred Greenhalgh has been writing stories since his childhood in rural Maine. His determination to leave his home town got him as far as the University of Southern Maine, and two years later he took a university-sponsored exchange to the University of New Orleans.

As he studied film in New Orleans he became entranced with the vibrant, melancholy, and exuberant local culture. Living in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, he completed an independent project on the street culture of New Orleans.

After Hurricane Katrina, Fred returned to Maine feeling like he still had a lot to say about his adopted and beloved city. These ideas coalesced into his first radio drama (and senior thesis), Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead was released in May 2006, the same month Fred graduated USM with a BA in Media Studies with University Honors.

Having found his calling in radio drama, Fred continues to produce his own short stories and those of other fine writers as FinalRune Productions (see Why FinalRune? if you want the story on the name). He now applies on-location recording principles similar to what he learned in film school to audio drama.

Fred’s pursuits to master the craft have brought him to the National Audio Theatre Festivals‘ week-long workshop in 2007, and then in 2009 to Ireland to visit his friend and mentor Roger Gregg. He has studied audio engineering with Dave Moulton at the University of Maine Augusta and taught sound design and radio drama at his alma mater, the University of Southern Maine. He also counts mystic adventurer Tom Lopez as inspiration and mentor.

In 2010, a front-page feature in The Wall Street Journal brought FinalRune’s work into the national spotlight. Fred’s perspectives on modern audio drama have appeared in the Financial Times, een featured on BBC Radio 4, the Financial Times. His current major endeavor is writing, funding and producing his original speculative fiction serial, The Cleansed.  Seasons 1 and 2 are released and available worldwide through a distribution agreement with Blackstone Audiobooks.  Season 3 is in post-production and slated for release in Spring, 2016. Fred also worked on the adaptation (Books 4-6) and recorded all location dialogue and oversaw dialogue editing for Audible’s adaptation of LOCKE & KEY  by Joe Hill and Gabe Rodriguez.

Outside of his work with FinalRune, Fred is the digital marketing manager at Maine solar power installer ReVision Energy. He lives on an off-grid homestead in rural Maine.

Audio Credits

  • 2015
    Writer/Director/Producer – The Cleansed: Season 3
    Guest / Writer – Red Flannel Radio “The Curiosities” with Tim Sample
    “The Totals” and “The Crevasse” for The Drabblecast
  • 2014
    Director/Producer – A Journey With Strange Bedfellows (Commission by Forest Rose Productions)
    Field Sound/Producer – Locke and Key with Audible and AudioComics
  • 2012
    Writer/Director/Producer – The Cleansed: Season 2
  • 2011
    Writer/Director/Producer – The Cleansed: Season 1
    Location Recording – Intensive Care
  • 2010
    Writer/Director/Producer – The Cleansed: Pilot, The Troll of Stony Brook, Joe Gunther Audio Pilot
    Director – Live Radio Drama and Bean Supper, USM Theater Dept. Radio Drama Collaboration
    Sound Designer – Severed Threads for BBC Radio 4
  • 2009
    Writer/Director/Producer – Begathon Shorts
    Director/Producer – Mad Horse OTR Project, Live Halloween Radio Show
  • 2008
    Writer/Director/Producer – Waiting for a Window
  • 2007
    Writer/Director/Producer – Fall of the Hero, Begathon Special
    Director/Producer – Tales from Williamsville
  • 2006
    Writer/Director/Producer – Day of the Dead, The Blind Man’s Confession

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 – “Locke and Key” shortlisted for 4 Audie Awards
  • 2014 – Finalist in Radio Romania’s “Grand Prix Nova” international radio drama contest
  • 2012 – Maine Arts Commission “Good Idea Grant” Recipient
  • 2011 – RØDE Microphones signs on as in-kind sponsor
  • 2011 – Gold Ogle for Best Horror Audio Drama – Intensive Care
  • 2010 – Coffee by Design “Rebel Blend” Arts Grant Recipient
  • 2010 – Silver Mark Time for Best Sci-Fi Audio Drama – The Cleansed, Prologue
  • 2010 – Golden Mini Disc Award – Best Writing – The War on Poverty
  • 2008 – Gold Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio Drama – Waiting for a Window

National Press:

  • May 8, 2016 – “Tom Lopez and ZBS,” Jon Kalich for NPR (Greenhalgh appears at 18:14), view online
  • March 27, 2015 – “The resurgence of audio drama,” Financial Times, view online
  • February 15, 2010 – “Return With Us to the Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear – Via the Internet.” – A4, Wall Street JournalView online or Adobe PDF Download Article PDF)
  • April 24, 2007 – “The podcast’s the thing to revive radio drama,” The Guardian, – View online, or Adobe PDF Download Article (PDF)

Local/Regional Press:

Speaking/Interview Appearances:

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  • Nick

    Hey I really like your stuff! I don’t know if you remember me but we met at mainly men this past may. I’m sorry it has taken this long to get back to you. Keep up the good work!

  • Hi there,

    My name is Christof Laputka and I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed checking out some of the resources on your website. I’ve been working on my own audio drama for the past two years and have finally released it in podcast form in April. Each episode is 30-60 minutes and I release one new episodes over 10 days. We have a cast of over 50 actors and great original music score .I would be very grateful if you would consider including The Leviathan Chronicles in your index of audio drama. You can check out the website at http://www.leviathanchronicles.com. Additionally, the RSS feed is http://www.leviathanchronicles.com/rss/podcasts.xml

    Thanks for your consideration. Keep up the great work.


  • Liz

    As always Fred, loving the site! Miss you and hope the family is doing well!

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  • As producer of a radio program in Montreal devoted to covering theatre, we often include radio dramas. Upstage has been on air since 1995, and has a wide and diverse audience.

    Is there some way we could air any of FinalRune Productions radio dramas? We would of course announce that the radio drama is a production of FinalRune, and give info if anyone was interested to become a member, etc.

    Estelle Rosen

  • Please check out our podcast and let us know if you would be willing to play one of our older shows. New series coming in the end of 2010.


    Jeff Wolf
    FreeQuincy Radio Theater
    West Bend, WI USA

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  • Penny Hale

    Juat wanted to congratulate you on the astonishing ‘Severed Threads’ on R4. Obviously the writing and direction by John Dryden were superb but the sound was just wonderful and the play would have been nothing without such excellent work. I really enjoyed your blog on the making of the play on the R4 website and just wanted to say ‘thanks’ and keep up the good work. 🙂

    Penny Hale

  • Penny,

    Thanks so much for the kind words, and glad you enjoyed Severed Threads! You still flatter me 🙂 I was the guy who held the mic – the background sound, sound effects, etc. I think was mostly John (though you do get a bunch of that in the background when you record on location). But, I’ll take it! Thanks, and hope you enjoy my radio plays…

    – Fred

  • Robert Flood


    Have Gun Will Travel originated on TV and then migrated to radio. It is the only drama show I can think of that migrated from TV to radio during the golden age of TV and old time radio.


  • Elias

    Hey Fred this is Elias! Do you remember me? We did Mars is Heaven in Shannon’s sound design class last year. I was the opening narrator if you recall. At any rate I saw your ad for voice talent and would love to participate. Get ahold of me at the email I entered above if you would, and lets talk!
    Until then,

  • Hi can u pls re-boot this show, I send all my friends here to listen to it, Thanks eh Tim

  • Samuel L. Wick

    Mr. Fred Greenhalgh, I’m a student at Southern Oregon University. I would like to see if I could get your permission to use one of your scripts to host a radio drama production I have on-campus. Could you please contact me?