Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm
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Shockwave Radio Theater's 30th Anniversary

Anokon II, September, 1979. Everett Forte and Chris Dronen were programmers on the upstart radio station, KFAI-FM. Fresh Air Radio, a non-profit, community sponsored organization dedicated to serving the underserved, was barely a year into existence. Everett and Chris came to the con and asked if anyone wanted to help them with a science fiction show. The next Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1979, six of us showed up. Everett and Chris never did another show, though they stayed as producers and engineers for many years.

September 19, 1979 Shockwave Radio Theater on archive.org .

Thirty is an odd anniversary. Sure, you can send us pearls or diamonds. Heck, I encourage you to do so. But still, 25 seemed like more of a milestone than 30. Perhaps not having the broadcast show takes some of the edge off. Perhaps I'm just lazy.

This year, Sept. 19 is also a) Rosh Hashanah, the new year (starting at sunset), b) Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan (starts at sunset), c) Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Coincidence?

I wish all Jews and Muslims the happiness that comes with their religious holidays. On Shockwave, we're more likely to make fun of religion (or at least the practice of religion) then celebrate, so let me slide over those. Talk Like A Pirate day is stupid and frivolous, so we embrace it. Indeed, for the 30th Anniversary, I'm going to dig into our archives for one of our Minicon Stage Shows that feature incredibly cheesy pirate accents.

Generic Movies, from Minicon 21, 1986. mp3, 27:43.

I've created a Shockwave Radio Theater fan page on Facebook. (Oh, I wish I'd written that sentence 30 years ago...) Still on the nascent side, it will eventually have pictures and more soundfiles and such.
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