Behind the Scenes of Radio Theater Podcasting

Feb 9, 2021

In WRIT 2506, students will meet working professional authors all semester, read their work, and promote and coordinate visits to the class via Zoom.

Support the local creators who are “bringing the Northland’s stories to the world” (Icebox Radio Theater: History). On Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m., esteemed authors Jeff Adams and Blake Thomas visit via Zoom to offer a behind the scenes look at the radio theater podcast industry. The former has written and directed over 250 productions for The Icebox Radio Theater, helping it earn both the Silver Ogle and Mark Time Award. Similarly, the latter has produced more than 127 episodes of Take it With You, helping it achieve the Catalyst Outstanding Podcast Award in 2020. 

We will explore these authors' diverse ranges of work, which span the genres of comedy, drama, fantasy, mystery, horror, and sci-fi. On one hand, this will demystify the production process, (e.g., character development, plot mapping, scripting, recording, sound effects, music, etc.). On the other, it will explain how to turn one’s creations into cash through advertisements, grants, merchandise, Patreon, and more. So, come ‘chill’ with us, and learn how to turn passion into profit, all while supporting these wonderful local authors. 

From aspiring creators, to those who simply enjoy entertainment, all are welcome and encouraged to participate in the discussion. Bring your burning questions and lend an ear to the professionals with the answers! 

For more information, please contact Ty Pearson at [email protected]

Presented by students of the WRIT 2506 “Theories of Writing Studies” class at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Our passion for writing is matched only by our thirst for knowledge. In challenging students and community members to explore the world of local writing, we become the authors and artists of tomorrow.

Zoom Link: https://z.umn.edu/radiotheatre