The Bootleggers Ep. 1: A Fine Day for a Felony

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It is March 1921. After the U.S. Congress passes the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, the sale and import of alcoholic beverages becomes a FELONY. The amendment does nothing to slack the thirst of a nation in the grips of the excesses of the JAZZ AGE, however, and an entire generation of CRIMINALS, LOW-LIFES, CHARLATANS, and RAKEHELLS rises to meet the challenge of supplying that thirst. THE BOOTLEGGERS follows two ROCHESTER rumrunners as they smuggle booze across Lake Ontario in an old sailboat while avoiding the LAW, the GANGSTERS, the WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, and the occasional GREAT LAKE SQUALL.

The Bootleggers Ep. 1: A Fine Day for a Felony (Downloadable mp3 – right click the link and choose “Save Link As…”)

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Written, Directed, and Edited by Karl Sparks

Recording Engineered by Natsumi Mariner.

Voice Actors (in order of appearance):

The Blue Nose – Karl Sparks

Frankie – M. J. P.

Marshal Tate – Greg Madejski

Marcus Sanac – Dan Barnak

Frieda Nigel – Kira Redzinak

Nick Lullaby – Clarence Ling

Jay – Dan Barnak

The Pocket Radio Theater theme is by The Pueblano Boys 2011 –

Our opening credits music is by Meridian Splendor –

Our closing music is “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin (written in 1899), recorded by Zachary Brewster-Geisz using orchestra software – this recording was released under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 license and downloaded on 3/7/15 from the following URL:

Photography by Carrie Klocke

Special thanks to WRUR’s The Sting ( for the use of their recording studio and expertise.

This episode was remastered on 9/2/15 to make vocal levels more consistent.

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Old Car Starting in Winter by Tobiasz ‘unfa’ Karoń ( ;

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Hand Winch Quick Release by Benboncan (

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