Listen to Two New Radio Dramas – On WRUR 88.5 FM! THIS TUESDAY @8pm

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THIS TUESDAY (11/3) at 8 pm tune your radios to WRUR 88.5 (or stream it here), gather your loved ones near, and prepare yourself for TWO NEW POCKET RADIO THEATER RADIO DRAMAS! Beginning the hour will be John Falls into Another Dimension, a Lovecraftian horror radio drama written by PRT scion Matt Payea, narrated by Karl Sparks, and starring Greg Madejski, with supporting roles by Kira Redzinak, Justin C. Schilling, Peter Bryk, Chapin Cavender, Mallory Scott, Tony Dipiazza, and Matt Payea. Next, we move on to Cops and Robbers, a radio drama about the folly of pride as demonstrated via a botched robbery. This ensemble production stars Frankie Dioguardi as Stephen Rich, David LaMantia as Clark Chapman, Alex Gibbons as Gene, Rowland Smith as Officer Corbin Lichtinger, Dan Brennan as Officer Billy Caplan, Karl Smith Sr. as The Dispatcher, and Shivani Dudhia as the negotiator.

Tune in! We personally guarantee you will be glad you did!

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Upcoming Halloween Special and Short Break from The Bootleggers

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The PRT is taking a brief break from The Bootleggers (we’ll be back in December). But don’t worry! On October 31st, we’ll be releasing “John Falls Into Another Dimension”, a terrifying Lovecraftian tale. In November, we’ll also be releasing another non-Bootleggers radio drama, before getting back to our series. It’s been a crazy few weeks and we’re grateful for your patience, listeners!

Also, you may not know that PRT director Karl Sparks got in USA today!

“Radio drama for your – and their – enjoyment”: We’re on the U of R’s News Page!

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"l-r: Clarence Ling (5th year, biochem); Jon Baker (4ht yr, microbio) and Karl Smith (5th yr) rehearse the day's script. // URMC PhD students voice a radio show at the WRUR studios in Todd Union August 11, 2015. // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester"

When the croak of seagulls hovering over Lake Ontario’s shores washes over The Bootleggers soundscape in “Episode 1: A Fine Day for a Felony,” it’s not difficult to visualize a couple of bootlegging smugglers approaching Rochester’s shores in 1921.

Carlie Fishgold wrote a flattering and evocative story about the PRT featured in the U of R’s News Center! Check out the article at the link below:


Father’s Day Bootlegging Special

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Father’s Day Special (Downloadable mp3 – right click the link and choose “Save Link As…”)

This is in no way a serious episode (and doesn’t appear in our iTunes link). But PRT artistic director Karl Sparks was field recording sailboat sounds at Moraine State Park in Portersville, PA, when his father launched into a hilarious improv Bootleggers riff. There are no added sound effects in this episode – it’s all recorded in one take on the boat (and Karl Jr. really did get stung by a huge wasp). The PRT officially endorses fatherhood and fathers everywhere. Happy Father’s Day, listeners!

Karl Smith, Sr. as The Skipper
Karl Smith, Jr. as Blue Nose
Summerbreeze II as The Hardly Able

Wasps as themselves

PRT Artistic Director Karl Sparks interviewed by Doc Palindrome!

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On Sunday, our artistic director Karl Sparks was interviewed by Jesse Edmond and Derek Shoals for the Doc Palindrome podcast!

Much was discussed, including reanimating bears, the origins of the PRT, future directions for the theater, and the ‘viral sweepstakes’ that is putting something on the internet.

Find the interview here:

Jesse Edmond is a cool guy with several different podcasts currently running, including Red Trunker Radio and Doc Palindrome. Check out his website at The co-host on Sunday was the talented voice actor Derek Shoals ( Both of them were kind enough to lend their voice acting talents for The Bootleggers Ep. 3: He Died Smiling.

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Samples of Upcoming Radio Dramas

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On March 15, we will be releasing FIVE RADIO DRAMAS on this website and through the iTunes Store. Available for free (as all Pocket Radio Theater productions are), these five stories showcase the diversity of talents the PRT is home to.

The dramas being release are:

1. Cops and Robbers (Listen to short samples of each of the podcasts using the embedded player below!)

2. Lord’s Bounty, Texas

3. The Bootleggers, Episode 1

4. The Bootleggers, Episode 2

5. The Bootleggers, Episode 3

(sample forthcoming)