Listener’s Choice Voting Preliminary Voting Begins

In celebration of our tenth season bringing you the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio, the first round of voting in our Listener’s Choice Poll is underway as we winnow the choices in our standard division from forty-nine to thirty-two. Rank your choices in two polls. The top sixteen from each poll will advance. The first poll is here and you should be redirected to the second poll. If you’re not, click here. Deadline is January 24th.

For more details on the Listener Choice process, click here

Update (01/14): Now more than 300 votes in each poll. Thank you for participating.

Update: More than 200 have voted in each poll. I made a video to celebrate when 100 votes had been cast.:

Rocky Jordan: Adventures with Andrea

Jack Moyles

A friend of Rocky’s asks to stay with him, but a black-haired from Brazil has a score to settle with him.

Original Air Date: September 11, 1949

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EP2722: Stand by For Crime: The Lonely Hearts Club of Doom

Glenn Langan

A wealthy man with a poor physical appearance asks Chuck’s help, alleging that the wealthy man’s new bride and her brother tried to kill him.

Original Air Date: 1952

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Video Theater 147: Boston Blackie: False Face

A friend of Blackie has an exact double who robs the bank he’s president of and frames Blackie’s friend for the crime.

Season 2, Episode 27

Original Air Date: April 27, 1953

EP2721: Mister Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: The Abandoned Well Murder Case

So lost, I'm fading

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Mister Keen investigates when a wealthy man is found murdered in an abandoned well.

Original Air Date: August 10, 1951

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Audio Drama Review: Night of the Triffids

In Night of the Triffids from Big Finish productions, the survivors’ great advantage against the Triffids appears to be thrown in jeopardy by the coming of a worldwide darkness. David Masen, the son of the protagonist in Day of the Triffids leaves the Isle of Wight by airplane to investigate.

The Production has some commendable elements. The cast is strong, particularly Sam Troughton and Nicola Bryant. The effects do a good job of bringing the Triffids to life. The sound design helps create tense scenes, particularly the part with David and Marmi swimming and battling Triffids who have evolved to survive underwater.

The writing is the challenge.  Night of the Triffids is a good adaptation of a so-so book. The story has some interesting ideas such as finding out how the United States fared in the catastrophic blindness, the encroachment of the Triffids, and the aftermath. Yet, the story’s inciting incident fades from importance and resolves itself in the last two minutes. At the same time, the story asks us to follow a lot of wild and improbable plot twists. Most notably is the attempt to take a character from the original book and turn him into the prime villain of this story when this story is set mostly in America. They have to explain how the character survived probable death, got across the ocean in a post-apocalyptic future, and rose to be a major leader.

This is not horrible, but it isn’t a worthy successor for the original.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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