Great Northern productions

In The Embers wins Audie!

In The Embers takes the Best Audio Drama Audie Award


Audies_Brian Price, Paula Poundstone, Robin Miles

June !st the Audio Publishers Association announced the winners in their annual Audie Awards in New York City. We are pleased to say that In The Embers took the prize in the Audio Drama category.

Photo:
Brian Price, Paula Poundstone, Robin Miles. > >

We’d like to thank the Academy, the Foreign Press Association, our long-suffering families, Tom Lopez, the excellent cast, CONVergence, and librarians all across the country for this great honor. We are pleased to be recognized for something that we loved doing.




Stearns and Price honored with Norman Corwin Award


The founders and moving spirits behind the Great Northern Audio Theatre have been chosen to receive the 2017 Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre. Based in the Midwest, Great Northern Audio Theatre creates its own unique brand of lighthearted, whimsical, and comic original stories that evoke the inventiveness of Firesign Theatre and the sophistication of golden-age radio producer, Norman Corwin. Working with Minnesota's premier Sci-Fi convention, Minicon (later moved to CONvergence), Jerry and Brian created live shows each year to the delight of con-goers, embracing – and extending, and often satirizing – the Science Fiction genre. Their motto says it all:
Norman Corwin Award for Audio Theater Excellence

“Ours is not to create the machines of the future.
Ours is to make fun of them when they break down.”


They have also created many excellent studio productions, and their work is not always comic. It can be pointed, ingenious, and dramatic, crossing genres and offering new viewpoints on modern life. To give just a few examples,
Tumbleweed Roundup turned a Western story on its head with a wild cowboys-and-aliens encounter; Drummer's Dome explored generational realities and perceptions; Solid State University took a look at education as it was, is, and might become (winning the Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters); Dialog With Martian Trombone ingeniously revealed the real extra-terrestrial invasion that was covered up by Orson Welles' famous broadcast; and In The Embers – a truly classic original story of music, memory, and time and was mastered at the legendary ZBS studios – has won an Audie Award for Best Audio Drama. .

The Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre, given annually by The National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF), is the premier American recognition of lifetime achievement, regardless of media, in the field of audio theatre. It was instituted May 3, 2010, on Norman Corwin's 100th birthday. The first Award was given to Mr. Corwin himself, who is considered the Grand Master of American radio theatre.


In The Embers is Audie Finalist

In The Embers is an Audie Award Finalist


2017 Audie Awards finalist

The Audio Publishers Association announced the finalists for the 2017 Audie Awards on February 8th, and Great Northern’s In The Embers is included as a finalist in the Audio Drama category, and in the Original Work category. We’re very pleased by this event. The Audies are given each year for the best in audiobooks, and for the narrators who perform them.

In The Embers available from Blackstone Audio


A review in
AudioFile Magazine announced when In The Embers was released by Blackstone Audio on their Downpour website. We are very pleased to be published by Blackstone, one of the leading audio publishers with an ear for audio theater. You can also find In The Embers as a download in the ZBS online catalog.
In The Embers

The Blackstone release includes three original songs integral to the story and a 70-minute In The Embers - The Making Of documentary created especially for Blackstone. The song lyrics were written by Brian Price and sung by Robin Miles, with music performed by Mike Wheaton. (In The Embers, My Columbine, and My Gorgeous Boy.) The documentary consists of commentary from the writers and producers, and interviews with the actors, musical composer, and producer Tom Lopez of ZBS. We also introduced the two actresses who played the grownup versions of the two sisters at the center of this story, Robin Miles and Jacquie Maddix, on KFAI radio recently. The two had not met until we brought them together on Sound Affects to talk about their roles.





Twin Cities Geek Reviews In The Embers


Twin Cities Geek website

The Twin Cities Geek website posted a review of In The Embers, written by Kelly Starsmore. You can read the whole review at twincitiesgeek.com. She says, “In the Embers is one for the ages and something that I will come back to time and time again. We’re glad she liked it, and we hope you will get yourself a copy and give it a listen, too. You can see more here at Great Northern Audio. It’s available for download from ZBS.org and at Blackstone Audio’s Downpour site. In the Twin Cities you can get compact discs of the show at Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore, and at Dreamhaven Books.

In the Embers, feature-length audio drama

Oh, and there’s a 60-minute documentary on The Making of In The Embers that includes interviews with the producers, the actors, and the musician, and a few comments from our mentor, Tom Lopez of ZBS. It’s entertaining as well as having something to say about the making of modern audio theater. There’s a link to the documentary on the ZBS home page, and it’s free.

And since we’re speaking of
ZBS, they also have links to some new podcasts all about ZBS’s use of binaural sound recording. There are already several episodes up there, so lots to listen to, including complete ZBS stories, and some examples of ambient binaural recording that is full of fun and wonder. Narrated by Meatball Fulton. To get the full effect of binaural be sure to listen using headphones.

Sound Affects: A Radio Playground, on community radio KFAI in Minneapolis, is broadcasting another ZBS project, The Fourth Tower of Inverness, the very first Jack Flanders adventure. There are a few episodes each Sunday evening at 9:30 PM through June, on 90.3 FM and 106.7 FM in the Twin Cities, and streaming live at KFAI.org. Archives of the show are kept for two weeks, so don’t hesitate to listen now.



Mark Time Awards finalists posted


Mark Time Awards
Annnnd, since we are on the subject of modern audio theater, there is a list of the latest finalists in this year’s Mark Time Awards competition posted. Take a look at them at marktimeawards.org. Some good new works in the genre’s of science fiction, fantasy, and detectives. The winners will be announced on June 9th in Kansas City, MO, at the HearNow Festival of Audio Fiction, and presented by David Ossman. The Mark Time Awards are a legacy project of the Firesign Theatre celebrating the best in modern audio drama.





The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 30


Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 30


This is the final chapter.  Turner tells about what he knows of the end of an era.  And then maybe he shuffles off.
Thanks for listening.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 30 (19 minutes, 13.5 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 29


Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 29


Turner and Laze Fitzgerald participate in a happy ending or do they?

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 29 (12 minutes, 8.5 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


In The Embers Available Online

Available now from ZBS


Great Northern’s newest feature-length audio production,
In The Embers, is available now from the ZBS Catalog. Downloads include the 80-minute production in 320 kbps resolution, and a PDF CD cover image suitable for printing.

In The Embers coming from Blackstone Audio


A new review in
AudioFile Magazine announces that In The Embers will be released by Blackstone Audio on their Downpour website on December 8th. We are very pleased to be published by Blackstone, one of the leading audio publishers with an ear for audio theater.
In The Embers

This new release includes three original songs integral to the story and a 70-minute In The Embers - The Making Of documentary created especially for Blackstone in cooperation with Waterlogg Productions. The documentary consists of commentary from the writers and producers, and interviews with the actors, musical composer, and producer Tom Lopez of ZBS.


Great Northern Audio Collection Boxed Set


Blackstone also carries the entire Great Northern Audio Collection in a Boxed Set of 18 stories, including many from the celebrated Mark Time Radio Shows. You can get them individually or all together as downloads or on CD or MP3 CD. You can even rent them if you just want to see what this silliness is all about.
GNA_Collection-300

These are whimsical and original tales of science fiction and fantasy, featuring the voices of Firesign Theatre members David Ossman and Phil Proctor, and well known Hollywood actors Chuck McCann and Wally Wingert along with the superbly comic regular cast. The tales include Tell Them NAPA Sent You, about wizards, dwarfs and auto parts; Dialogue With Martian Trombone, the real story behind the Ramone Raquello Orchestra featured on Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast; The Jewels of the 11th Generation, a tale of a 300-year-old starship, kids, space pirates, and squeaky toys; and much more audio fun.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 28


Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 28


The world is changing.  The Age of Indenture is collapsing.  And Turner and Laze Fitzgerald are trapped in the crossroads town of Trinidad, Colorado.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 28 (15 minutes, 11 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 27


Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 27


Turner and Laze have returned from Cyberspace.  Unfortunately, one of them didn't quite end up where they should have been.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 27 (14 minutes, 10 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 26


Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 26


Turner and Laze find out that cyberspace is like real life, except it's a longer way down.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 26 (14 minutes, 10 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 25



Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 25


Turner describes the cliffs and dunes of Cyberspace and what it is like to be stuck in the mind of the one you love.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 25 (12 minutes, 8.5 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 24


T_Ashbey_Chapter 23

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 24


Those old personal tracking memory chips were nothing but a pain in the rear.  Turner and Laze's chips have flipped and now they are in each other's heads.  How muc4 room is in there?

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 24 (14 minutes, 10 MB)

See all the Turner Ashbey Chapters
here.


Great Northern is On the Air!

Great Northern audio productions
being broadcast and podcast

Villains On Parade

Starting
Friday, March 27, four Mark Time Radio Shows will be broadcast on the Midnight Audio Theatre, which comes out of WCBE in Columbus, OH. The show is on at Midnight, so it’s actually Saturday mornings, but there we are. They will be playing four of our works over the next four weeks. You can go to the source and listen to the stream at http://wcbe.org/, or you can pick it up on their podcast anytime at http://midnightaudiotheatre.com. We thank them for supporting the audio medium, and for playing our stuff for you.
Here’s the schedule of what’s playing when:

03/27 - Villains on Parade, featuring Wally Wingert and Chuck McCann
04/03 - Thwack that Dirigible, featuring Wally Wingert and Gordon Smuder
04/10 - The Learning Curve, featuring David Ossman and Wally Wingert
04/17 - Space Girl, featuring David Ossman, Phil Proctor, and Melinda Peterson as SpaceGirl.

CyberBob_and the Digital Nymph
AND our recent production, Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph, is the current offering on the great Radio Drama Revival podcast, Episode 408. This is the Last Mark Time Radio Show, with David Ossman returning to the raucous stage for the farewell performance of this long-running series. (See the history of the series.) Thanks to Fred Greenhalgh for throwing one of ours up against the wall of sound.

And thanks for David Farquhar for making several more of our works available for listening at the
Moonlight Audio Theatre podcast as well. Some of them are free to hear, and some others are in their Premium Episodes list. Either way it’s another way to listen to the Great Northern Audio Theatre brand of new and different audio. Our Three Wizard Tales collection is one of their Top 25 Free Shows. So, have at it.

Interview


Jerry was interviewed recently by Stuart Flynn for his science fiction blog: SCY-FY: THE BLOG OF S. C. FLYNN. Take a look at
http://wp.me/p4T72p-fc. See what he has to say about podcasting and his radio show, Sound Affects, and about the work that Great Northern Audio has been doing for 20 years.

HEAR Now Festival


We at Great Northern Audio are planning to be at the National Audio Theatre Festivals
HEAR Now Festival the weekend of June 11-14. If you’re interested in audio theater, audiobooks or other kinds of audio storytelling, this is the place to come. There will be lots to listen to, lots of interesting people to talk with about audio fiction, and presentation of the new Mark Time Awards for audio drama. Find out more at http://www.hearnowfestival.org.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 23


T_Ashbey_Chapter 23

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 23


Turner finds himself drowning in the sands of West Texas and he has stumbled upon the Fair Liza Fair, but is the Fair Liza Fest just a simple Fertility Rite or something more?

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 23 (15 minutes, 11 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 22


T_Ashbey_Chapter 22

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 22


There's smoke in the air and it turns out Texas is on fire.  So, Turner and the Magic East Tennessee Travelers head for the hills in search of clear skies.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 22 (15.5 minutes, 11 MB)


History of the Mark Time Radio Show

The Partial Secret Untold History
and Production Notes of
The Mark Time Radio Show


As Produced by Great Northern Audio Theatre
by Brian Price


Introduction:
Connie and Mark Time

Last July Jerry Stearns and I wrote and produced the last Mark Time Radio Show (Cyber Bob and Digital Nymph starring David Ossman), performed at CONVergence 2014 in Bloomington, MN. We didn’t think much about it. We just did the show (a month or so of developing the script over Skype, casting the usual suspects, one-and-a-half rehearsals, a half cue-to-cue and then hitting the stage in front of 500-600 people). We didn’t discuss that we’d come down to having produced 19 years of science fiction satire shows together. But I was thinking—well, that’s a body of work. That’s a lot of stuff.

I don’t think either of us has listened back to the entire canon, one after another from beginning to end. I don’t think anybody has. I wondered if all those shows sounded any good? Did they make any sense? Did they march off into some greater cosmic scheme? Most importantly, did they make anybody laugh? They were supposed to make people laugh.

So, I’ve decided to try a little exercise and listen back to each Mark Time Radio Show (listening to one per day for the next 19 days, starting November 18, 2014) like I’ve never heard them before, and then comment on each one, say what I liked, what I would’ve done differently, what I remembered, soulfully thank every actor that ever lent their precious time and talent to the show and quote maybe some favorite lines.

These will all be posted on the
Great Northern Audio Facebook page, and collected on this website.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 21


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 21


Turner and a perfect specimen of a human being are about to leave Texas when they witness a very special magic show and are compelled to stay.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 21 (15.5 minutes, 11 MB)


The Last Mark Time Radio Show

Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph


CyberBob_DigNymph-300

Yes, we’re sad to say this was the last dangerous Mark Time Radio Show. We’ve been doing them for 17 years, and it’s time to move on. ‚óŹ This time David Ossman of the Firesign Theatre returns one last time to the live raucous stage to play Cyber Bob, who leaves his position as cart-wrangler at the Mart to lead a digital expedition into the digital glade in search of the beautiful yet elusive Digital Nymph. There's a history between the two, and they are not playing...well, they are playing games...and when the Nymph asks, "Do you want to take the leap?" There's only one answer for an old campaigner like Cyber Bob. (See more...)

Also on the playlist is
A DAY AT THE LIBRARY where they answer that electric question, "What would be the first thing you'd make with a 3D printer?" A 1958 Ford Edsel, of course. We also find there are other things we can make to enhance our 3D lives.
Connie-&-Mark-Time

Both pieces recorded live before a very appreciative geeky audience at Convergence 2014, Bloomington, MN. We give heartfelt thanks to the convention for their support all these years. Especially we thank the Main Stage crew and the ASL interpreters for helping to make the shows possible. We’ve had a terrific ensemble cast, and some great guest stars over the years. We hope you’ve had as much fun listening to them.

Available for download at
ZBS. To be broadcast on Sound Affects on December 7, 2014.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 20


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 20


Turner makes it back to Richmond and then ends up Texas.   But it's not because of the chip in his head.  It's because of the chip in Laze Fitzgerald's head.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 20 (15 minutes, 11 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 19


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 19


Turner wakes up in a horse-drawn ambulance and is accused of having been part of the plot to assassinate Fair Liza and is rescued by her at the same time.  Stuff that dreams are made of...

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 19 (15.5 minutes, 11 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 18


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 18


Is Laze Fitzgerald really the legendary Fair Liza, the Angel of the Unity Movement?  Turner is trapped in a cave with the evidence.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 18 (10.5 minutes, 8 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 17


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 17


The Somerset, Kentucky Irregulars (and we're talking irregular) believe that they have cornered Fair Liza in a cave in the hills.  Turner is hoping to get there first.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 17 (18 minutes, 13 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 16


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 16


A song about Fair Liza, The Saint of Reunification.  Liza waited quietly by the side of the road and would not let them take that orphan boy.   “Fair Liza lay in wait and she smote them.” But what does that mean? Fair Liza and the song seem to have a basis in the recent history of the Sundered States.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 16 (15 minutes, 10.4 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 15


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 15


History has changed.  Maps have changed. The tides have changed.  Turner and his friends enter the Realm of Kentucky and Turner ends up working for the Duke of Lexington's daughter.  

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 15 (18.5 minutes, 13.4 MB)


Mark Time Radio Show Sales Event at ZBS

Mark Time Sales Event at ZBS
Yes, the Mark Time Radio Shows are all ON SALE at ZBS. So if you didn’t get them before, NOW is your chance! Highest quality audio download available anywhere - all at 320 kbps.

Our digital warehouse space is limited and all Mark Time Bundles downloads have been slashed and must go:

Did we say?
MARK TIME FIRESIGN THEATRE GUEST BUNDLE - was $39.42, that´s crazy, now $34.95.

The
MARK TIME GUEST STAR BUNDLE - was $19.42 now a ridiculously low $14.95.

and The
COMPLETE MARK TIME RADIO SHOW COMPLETE BUNDLE - (was $59.42) -- 15 years of science fiction satire and lunacy performed on a live stage in front of a live audience for just $52.95. That includes 14 shows plus a number of audio shorts.

Here´s what some of Mark Time´s favorite professional guest performers have had to say:

"The collection of CDs you guys have done over the years at the Con embody some of my favorite live performances (and the few opportunities to play in other writers´ work!)"
-- David Ossman (Firesign Theatre)

"The most fun I´ve had in 20 years."
-- Michael Sheard (Dr. Who, The Empire Strikes Back)

"I´m not putting that bucket on my head."
-- Wally Wingert (The Tonight Show)

"That´s it. I don´t want to play the dwarf anymore."
-- Cyber Bob (Cyber Bob and Silicon Kid)

"You can´t have two Scotsmen in the same play. It´s just not done."
-- Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre, Rugrats)

"It´s ok, Philip. I´m sure they´ll do better the next time."
-- Melinda Peterson (Cagney and Lacey, MacGiver, JAG)

"Look, really, the dinosaurs aren´t mine."
-- George Leroy Tirebiter (High School Madness)

Yeah, we do make them available for sale, but all of these have been on many peoples’ podcasts for years, so it’s not like they aren’t out there to find. This is just the high-quality audio files with a CD cover PDF file included.


While we’re on the subject of ZBS, we’re broadcasting their latest Jack Flanders story,
Dreams of Tiffany Blue, on Sound Affects: A Radio Playground on KFAI community radio. It’s January 5 and 12, 2014. If you missed one, they’re kept in the archive on the KFAI website for two weeks.

AND, a wonderful ZBS series called
Saratoga Springs is being made available for listening by the online news-site, Saratoga Wire, along with a nice writeup about Tom Lopez, the talent behind everything ZBS.


And finally, all the
Mark Time Radio Show CDs are available at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, in Minneapolis, including the latest ones - Jokes in Space with VIllains on Parade, and Thwack That Dirigible with SpaceGirl, which aren’t available on CD anywhere else. CDs specially made for Uncle’s.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 14


T_Ashbey_Chapter 14

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 14


Turner enters the Realm of Kentucky and joins a band of entrepreneurs selling citizenship and peerage transfer papers to honorable customers.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 14 (16 minutes, 11 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapters 12-13


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 12


The great Get Gone is in progress and Turner and his new friends, Ed and Claire, are headed to Colorado, but it looks like Kentucky might be in the way.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 12 (14.2 minutes, 10 MB)

Chapter 13


The venerable historian, Turner Ashbey, never did like the number thirteen.  Here's what he did about it.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 13 (2 minutes, 1.7 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 11


T_Ashbey_Chapter 11

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Turner and Laze Fitzgerald are saved from a drone attack when all the drones mysteriously drop out of the sky. Laze says they all need to leave their safe haven at the underground Library, and Turner escapes from further attacks, but hates to leave Laze behind.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 11 (14.5 minutes, 10.5 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 10


T_Ashbey_Chapter 10

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Young Turner and Laze Fitzgerald are working in an intelligence library when the power goes out. Laze tells him a secret about herself, and she says he must come with her because “they” are coming.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 10 (15 minutes, 11 MB)


Cult Radio A-Go-Go

Joe Bev to broadcast Great Northern Audio


The Joe Bev Experience
The estimable Joe Bevilacqua will be broadcasting several works of the Great Northern Audio Theatre on his online radio show at Cult Radio A-Go-Go. These will be about once a month on Saturdays, beginning this Saturday, April 20th.

What if a citadel of higher education was completely automated?  Great Northern's Solid State University will be featured this Saturday, April 20, 2013 on The Joe Bev Experience. (http://www.joebev.com/) That’s at 3 PM EDT and 12 Noon PDT.

Written and produced long before computers started showing up in classrooms, just about everything in this academic send-up ended up coming true.  Featuring Dan Coffey (Dr. Science himself), Dave Moore and Jerry Stearns.  Winner of the Golden Reel Award for Best Radio Drama for 1993 from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
Solid State University

Joseph Bevilacqua's website is entertaining, informative and goofy–a wonderful mix and just the kind of place to hear SOLID STATE UNIVERSITY – hope you have time to visit. And listen in for other Great Northern Audio works in the coming months.



New Spontoon Radio

Spontoon Islands Radio Drama


Spontoon Islands Radio

The Spontoon Islands are in a cartoon world between 1920-40, inhabited by furry animal cartoons and seaplanes. Artists from all over the world contribute art, strips and stories to the shared universe. E. O. Costello contributes radio scripts evocative of the time and place, filled with original characters and sounding like a cross between Old Time Radio and the Sunday Comics.

The Great Northern Audio Theatre is proud to present two of the many scripts available at:
http://spontoon.rootoon.com/SPwRdoCn.html.

Rosie’s Place is LuChow’s, the spot where every fur goes for lunch on Meeting Island. “
It’s Shot From Guns” is about Rosie, when she hires dimbulb brothers B’onss and K’nutt to do laundry for the restaurant. B’onss powers the washer with an airplane engine, showing the consequences of stupidity as a way of life. The usual characters show up at Rosie’s lunch counter, too.

The Headline Chaser is Michael Mooney, a new reporter for the Spontoon Mirror. In “
If You Can’t Stand the Heat”, when his minkess friend tells him about local restaurants losing food right off the loading docks, he knows there’s a story there. He’s a reporter, he can’t help himself. He has to investigate. Featuring Simon Jones (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as publisher Charles Foster Crane.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 8

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 8


T_Ashbey_Chapter 6

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Turner and Laze Fitzgerald talk about the recent history of the Republic of Texas and how everyone was afraid of what it meant. They have an afternoon of feeling relaxed and free, and suddenly discover that they aren’t as alone up there on the mountain as they had thought they were.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 8 (13.3 minutes, 9.7 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 7


T_Ashbey_Chapter 6

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Turner and Laze Fitzgerald talk about the recent history of the Republic of Texas and how everyone was afraid of what it meant. They have an afternoon of feeling relaxed and free, and suddenly discover that they aren’t as alone up there on the mountain as they had thought they were.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 7 (12 minutes, 8.4 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 6


T_Ashbey_Chapter 6

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Turner finds Laze Fitzgerald, talks about a billionaire who bought a state government, and the beginning of the dissolution of the former United States.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 6 (17 minutes, 12 MB)


Mark Time Radio Shows

Mark Time Radio Bundles from ZBS


Mark Time Radio Shows

This year marks the 15
th anniversary of the coveted Mark Time Awards—the only awards given annually to honor the best in science fiction and fantasy audio theater. (Meatball Fulton has a lifetime achievement award from Mark).

Each year Jerry Stearns and Brian Price of
Great Northern Audio Theatre have celebrated the celebration by writing and producing their own ridiculous sci-fi satires performed before a live audience just preceding the awards ceremonies. These silly shows have always been well received and under distributed.

But right now you can download them ALL from the fine folks at
ZBS. All highest quality audio at 320 kbps, with PDF covers and liner notes.


Mark Time Radio Shows Complete bundle

- $ 59.42 ($91 originally)
For the first time ever—the compete package of Mark Time shows in one place for one low price. Space travel, time travel, kids, monsters and inflatable dreams—no subject was left unscathed—though we promise few Tribbles were harmed during the recording of these shows.

Includes:
Velveteen Submission
Peter Galaxy / Tell Them NAPA Sent You
Martian Trombone / High Moon / Wizard Jack
Super Pal / Jewels of the 11th Generation
Cyber Bob / The Learning Curve
Jokes In Space
Villains on Parade
Thwack That Dirigible
Space Girl


Mark Time’s Firesign Theatre guest bundle

- $ 39.42 ($65 originally)

David Ossman of the legendary Firesign Theatre and in reality, Mark Time himself, was often on hand to celebrate the celebration. His talented friends and compatriots, Phil Proctor and Melinda Peterson, made wonderful appearances as well. Besides, if Santa Claus lived in outer space he probably would look and sound a little bit like Mark Time.

Space Girl
Cyber Bob / The Learning Curve
Jewels of the 11th Generation / Super Pal
Martian Trombone / High Moon / Wizard Jack
Peter Galaxy / Tell Them NAPA Sent You
Velveteen Submission


Mark Time Guest Star Bundle

- $ 19.42 ($30 originally)
Mark Time Radio Guest Star bundle

Over the years Mark Time has played host to some wonderful guest stars: Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel of Stars Wars), the grand dame of fantasy—Jane Yolen, the Voice of the Tonight Show—Wally Wingert, and the amazing voice talent Chuck McCann (CooCoo for Coco Puffs).

Peter Galaxy / NAPA (David Ossman & Michael Sheard)
Martian Trombone / Wizard Jack (David Ossman, Phil Proctor, Jane Yolen, Melinda Peterson)
Villains on Parade (Chuck McCann & Wally Wingert)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

TURNER ASHBEY, Chapter 5


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Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Turner recalls heading up into the Appalachians to search for Laze Fitzgerald, and finding everything but.

Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 5 (13.5 minutes, 10 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

TURNER ASHBEY, Chapter 4


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Turner follows Laze Fitzgerald’s directions, and recalls a particularly memorable event they both attended when they were teenagers, before things fell apart.

Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 4

(13 minutes, 10 MB)


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

TURNER ASHBEY, Chapter 3


Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey remembers back to the 2030s when Laze Fitzgerald went missing, how he figured out where she might be headed, and what he did about it--all those years ago.

Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 3

(13 minutes, 10 MB)


SpaceGirl - The Mark Time Radio Show 2012

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SpaceGirl: Downloading the Legacy


The
Mark Time Radio Show at Convergence 2012 was a huge bit of fun. We had a terrific cast, lots of sound effects, and an enthusiastic audience. We marked the convention theme of “Wonder Women: women in science fiction” with a female heroine played by the fabulous Melinda Peterson. And we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Mark Time Awards with two members of the Firesign Theatre in the cast; David Ossman and Philip Proctor always add performance excellence to a production.

SpaceGirl


Linda Kim Shelmerdine discovered her powers as a teenager, when she was a turmoil of solar and hormonal flares. Now she occasionally feels her age, and she’s tired of the way everyone seems to perceive of superheroes saving the world, always in it for themselves. Meet Dr. Creep, the Super Villain, and Senator Mulder Hack, chair of the joint joint sub-sub-committee, and the magnificent Hungarian Dwarf Parade, who are watching over SuperGirl’s personal affairs.

Available now as a download from ZBS.

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The Cast: (above, left to right)


Wndy Bowlsby
Tim Liebe
Megan Petersen
David Ossman
Gordon Smuder (
Transylvania TV)
Melinda Peterson
Phil Proctor
Rich Fish
Tim Wick
Tony Brewer (sound effects with Brian Wesley)
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Music by Eleanor Price.
Sound by Jerry Stearns and Kris Markman.
Produced by Jerry Stearns and Brian Price.

David Ossman - Mark Time himself




The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

TURNER ASHBEY, Chapter 2


Recollections of Turner Ashbey
The year is 2096 and the 82 year-old Turner Ashbey has seen a lot in the turbulent 21st century:  The rising oceans, the Eastern Migration, the Stay Put, the Tax Indentures and of course, the collapse and dissolution of the United States Federal Government into fifty-three "ephemeral nations" as Ashbey liked to call them.  Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald, in this Audio Novel by Brian Price.  

Brought to you and produced by Great Northern Audio Theatre.  A new chapter is planned to be released every two to four weeks.

Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 2


(10 MB, 13 minutes)