In its heyday, radio played host to mystery, comedy, and variety shows. Now the major stations are mostly music and blather pumped out of the Clear Channel Central Omni-Core, and there’s nary an audio drama to be found. Fortunately podcasting came along and reawakened the napping giant, and today original productions are easier to find than ever before.
One of my favorites is Decoder Ring Theatre, an authentic recreation of old-time pulp superheroes in the form of The Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel, a pair of Toronto-based gadget-masters with a twist of hypnosis. They’re a lot of fun and really capture the feeling of the original old-time shows, right down to the sometimes excessive violence that took place before Batman and his ilk developed their code against beating the ever-loving crap out of people. It’s a little jarring if you’re used to the more talk-things-through heroes of the modern age – but I once heard an old Flash Gordon where Flash killed a guy for his house, so you can’t say it’s not authentic.
They also produce a noir detective series which is less my thing, but very true to the genre, so if you’re a fan I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. If you’re looking for something to listen to, I suggest you check the place out.