The 10 Greatest Radio Dramas
Article by: Witney Seibold
Thanks to the mad over-cataloguing of all human knowledge brought on by the popularity and ubiquity of the Internet, the words “nerd” and “geek,” while superficially gaining ascendency in popular culture, have, in fact, lost much of their meaning. Whereas a “nerd” or “geek” was once a specialist in a back corner of pop culture, it now just describes any run-of-the-mill enthusiast. Anyone who is not an enthusiast can, according to an article I read recently, access every last minutiae of any TV how, video game, movie, or music genre with a few well-placed mouse clicks.
It seems to me, though, that there are still back corners of popular culture that can, even in theyes of most self-proclaimed geek, be too nerdy for mainstream acceptance. Furries, for instance, are often cited as the weirdos of the fetish world. Filking will always be way out there, and I don’t see many swing choir kids at sci-fi conventions.
And then, there’s my own pet nerdcorner, the vast, underexplored corners of radio drama. Radio was once the dominant form of entertainment in this country, and, for decades, rode highest in the public consciousness. The advent of TV brought its popularity down, but there have always been hard-working radio personalities plugging away and keeping the form alive.
The celebrate my own passionate, esoteric interest in the form, I wrote an article for the good folks at Geekscape.net exploring the ten best radio dramas that I have had the good fortune to encounter. Thanks to the holistic, obsessive collective tendencies of the Internet, you may even listen to all of them online. Follow the link below to read the full article and, if you have time, listen to the shows. You will not regret it.
As always, I encourage you to leave comments, positive or negative; I appreciate all feedback. Call me a nerd if you must, but, like all good nerd, even of the old stripe, I follow my passions.