Broadcasters of Audio Drama

BBC Radio 4
The world’s foremost commissioning body for new radio drama, BBC Radio 4 features a range of top-quality original audio work, often theatre. Sign up for their weekly newsletter for a recap

XM Radio – Sonic Theater
The only (?) nationally-available audio theater programming comes care of XM radio. Sonic Theater features a rotating schedule of many top audio dramatists, albeit criticized as being a bit repetitive if you’re a loyal listener. Makes me want to sign up

ZBS Foundation
Both a producer and a source of audio theater works, the ZBS Foundation features great original audio theater from contemporary producers available on CD or download.

Blackstone Audiobooks
One of the foremost audiobook publishers, Blackstone features the audio drama productions of the late Yuri Rasovsky and has picked up the podcast-hit “We’re Alive”

Audible
Audible is a great service, but their audio drama selection is a little spare. However, there are a few gems available at a reasonable price and the catalog seems to be growing.

WMPG
Portland, Maine’s WMPG features “Radio Drama Revival!” a weekly show by FinalRune’s Fred Greenhalgh, Thursdays 1-1:30PM EST

Radio New Zealand
The drama department commissions new writing and seeks to work with New Zealand’s best writers. Each year, up to 30 hours of new drama and comedy more than 200 readings (one-off short stories and serialised book readings), and over 50 new children’s sto

  • Richard Roberts

    HI There

    As a supporter of the radio drama revival, I would like to recommend a newcomer on the scene – check out UK based 3DHorrifi at http://www.3dhorrorfi.com/. Fantastic drama, fantastic recording sound, best listened through headphones.

  • http://www.finalrune.com Fred

    +1 for Richard’s suggestions… that’s by the folks who create Wireless Theatre Company, among my top 5 list of best audio groups out there.

    binaural is scary!

    – Fred

  • http://www.webxceed.com Richard Summers

    The Canadian Broadcast Company’s RADIO 1 ostensibly still produces comedy/drama programming and has for years even as these programming genre’s disappeared from United States airwaves.

    CBC appears committed to developing independent work. They have a full web section at their site focused on Independent Producers ( http://www.cbc.ca/independentproducers/) within which you can locate information on pitching audio programming to CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/pitch/index.html?copy-comedy).

    Note that CBC indicates significant interest in developing ongoing series. In May, 2010, SFFaudio ran a story on the new BBC scifi offering, Backbencher (http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=19819).

    Has anyone “listening in” to these Comments attempted to pitch CBC or has more information about Radio 1 audio drama programs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MVChap Matt Chapdelaine

    Check out TheTruthAPM.com or The Truth Podcast on iTunes. Great radio drama as well.