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Escape with Media Mothership: Podcasts, Video Games and Classic Radio Drama

Episode 40

Broadcast @ Edge Radio, Friday 30 June 2023.

Also available on YouTube.

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In this episode of Media Mothership, find out why Australians are hooked on podcasts, how a video game challenge could outlast human civilization, and how a classic radio drama series Escape mastered the art of suspense (see previous eps on The Fat Man, Gangbusters and Duffy's Tavern). Tune in and don’t miss this thrilling ride!


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There is nothing wrong with your radio.

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Do not attempt to adjust the volume. We are controlling. For the next hour, we will control all that you hear.

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You are about to experience the knowledge and insights of the media mothership.

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Media mothership designed to reveal the aporias of today for one hour of difference. What are you waiting for? Hop on the media mothership. Troubled by the multiple narratives ever question the possibility of a stable meaning, one had deconstructed all edge. Radio doesn't just offer you media, we offer you media mothership. Media mothership designed to expose you to the simulacra of today for one hour of playful irony. What are you waiting for? Hop on the media mothership.

DR CRAIG

All right. And with that very exciting intro, welcome to Media mothership here on entry here, 99.3. FM. You're listening to media mothership and that was a teaser on the deep Dive. We're continuing to do into the old time radio here, looking at how they best encapsulate methods of introducing radio and audio. So as always, I'm your host. Doctor Craig and. This week, just this, me, just me this week. Poor Lord Taylor is going through. A kind of mouth altering wisdom teeth extracting endeavour so wishing you the best for a speedy recovery there and looking forward to hearing what? You sound like on air. Wisdom teething removing so as always here on media mothership, we explore how media can shape our understanding of the world around us and to achieve maximum distribution. We're streaming over numerous platforms including our mothership edgeradio.org dot AU as well as. As its FM system, 99.3 FM and. Also the 20. 1st century format such as YouTube and Twitch you can get to us just by searching media mother. And if you wanna reach out to communicate to us, you can message us on the SMS which is 04888. 11707. Or send us message on the chat. At Twitch or YouTube? So again, today's topic, we're going to be covering some interesting news articles as well as exploring what we can learn from old radio show intros. And this week we're looking at. Escape. So yeah, I'll be featuring some wonderful little themes from escape during the show because our master Jingle maker Taylor is. Is unfit for Judy. And yeah, I'll. I'll theme it up with with some year oldie themes from the radio drama Series Escape, which ran from the 40s till the 50s. But all that and more here on media mothership. Wow, that was so loud. Yes, let's turn to news now and look at some of the exciting news which has hit recent media mothership radars. All right, first bit of news is open. AI is being sued. It was only a matter of time. For training ChatGPT with stolen personal data. This was an article on mashable.com talking about a a law firm which is accusing open AI of using data generally without consent. This is over in California and it's. Yeah, an interesting case. I'll be wondering how there might be other lawsuits following it. But in California, yeah, class action lawsuit against open AI for stealing in quote marks, personal data to train ChatGPT, an idea we've been covering on media mothership for a while now. We've looked at people concerned from. Areas such as fan fiction to photography as to how their work has been clearly used to train. These chat bots so Gettysburg, Gettysburg images, you know, the the telltale there was that some of that branding. Gettysburg Branding began to appear on some images that one of the image creation chat bots was making, as well as the very deep dive inside. The knowledge you need of the Omega verse that led a fan fiction writer to conclude that that knowledge could only come about. If the chatbot had been trained within this particular fanfic archive of material. So it's an interesting piece to be interesting, to see what the outcome and what the increasing of it is. You know, I think the key questions here is is generally, yeah, how should we feel about open AI companies like open AI? Allegedly using data to train ChatGPT without the consent or knowledge of those that created that data, that fan fiction writers, photographers, and very. With image archives. Yeah. Do you think? Yeah, indeed. They have violated privacy and rights issues additionally. On the other hand, looking at the benefits of that, I mean these large language models like Chat GB. The delivering some really fascinating outcomes that we've been exploring over the last few weeks. Yeah, to the benefits outweigh those risks in a way for getting access to that material. And again, it will be interesting to see how this lawsuit affects the future of open AI. And software such as ChatGPT. It might require them to change policies or practises, and there might of course be more legal challenges and regulations around the corner now or yeah, so it would be interesting to see. So again that's open AI. By being sued for training, ChatGPT. With stolen personal data stolen in quote marks, of course. Alright, the next now to cool Australians are world leaders. When it comes to podcast listening and this is an article being reported around various agencies. This ones from Sydney Morning Herald. And it's talking about how a recent bit of research has revealed. That Australians have overtaken the US to become the leader in overall podcast listening amongst English speaking countries with 43%. Of the entire Australian population who are aged over 12, listening to a podcast in the past month, certainly half of Australia's population who are age 12 and over, have listened to a podcast in the past month and again that has located as well as some other data. Australia as the leader. In overall podcast listening articles, picking up some of this research by talking about how. This why this might be the case, why Australia might be the kind of Ground Zero for Internet or podcasting popularity. So it's interesting to see if you yourself listener, I mean I guess you might be one of the growing trend of Australian digital audio listeners. And yeah, it's interesting to consider how this. Rise in podcast listen. Being specifically in Australia has impacted traditional radios such as Edge Radio, diversifying, transmedia vizing its content across multiple platforms. Beyond just the FM signal, but also digital and podcasting, yes. So it's interesting to see how people might TuneIn to radio stations or listening behaviour, which seems to have shifted now towards specifically digital platforms. According to the article, it's interesting that Australia is the leading English speaking country of. Digital audio consumption be intriguing to consider what factors. Have contributed to this trend. Certainly media mothership via a key influencer there. Are are there? Unique characteristics of the Australian market that influence this popularity of digital audio. So really interesting to consider again that Australia. Has become a a leader. In terms of podcast listening, so this is from the Infinite Dial Australia reports. So I was looking at. Australia, as well as other countries digital listening trends. Yeah, it's striking that 43% of the population over 12, aged 12 and over have listened to podcasts in the last month. So yeah, they're truly part of. Tools various work patterns, so this is the second successive year the article goes on to say that Australia has recorded a higher monthly rate of listeners than the US. But it's the first in which it has also reported a higher weekly listenership, right. So infinite dial studies, yeah. So it's worth checking that out further in terms of some new data that's come up around podcasts and listening habits and Australia being the leader. When it comes to podcast listening globally, wow. So yeah, it. Just a matter of time before this show, of course, is considered one of the reasons one of the tipping points for that immense popularity of podcasting in Australia. Well, I I do. I don't know. I don't know if these jingles. Our improvement from Taylors or not, but again they're part of the 1940s escape. Canon of musical interludes that we're trying out here on today's media mothership. Next bit of news is from creative blog and it's headlined dear Netflix. Please add a hygiene warning to your extraction to ads. So extraction 2A movie that's currently airing on Netflix or streaming on Netflix with Chris Hemsworth and it's. Very popular. And what's fascinating about this is the advertising strategy for it has featured a billboard of Chris Hemsworth's sweaty face sweaty. Literally, it turns out the advertising company behind it. Laser cut pores into Hemsworth's forehead on this billboard, so it's a large ish billboard at St level in New York that's featured here, and these these are cut pores, which are on. The photo of. Hemsworth's face. Have behind them. A hidden water supply which slowly pumps out water droplets to mimic real perspiration, so there's various wonderful little YouTube videos or Netflix or Twitter videos you'd catch of people touching. The beaded sweats on the photo. Huge photo of Christina's face. And discussing how intense the experience is, the article goes on to say some people have claimed to even lick. His sweaty face. I'd lick it, said one person on Instagram. Is there a shirtless version? All these great comments on Instagram that you can find out anyway, that certainly takes the cake for the interactive advertising news. This week's news discussion. All right, next article from ABC News ChatGPT writes for South Gippsland Newspaper Sentinel Times. And the MEAA has raised Smith, who could concerns this is a fun article talking about how the regional Victorian newspaper editor has just come out and said, yeah, of course he's using chat tribute to help pump out content when they're under the pressure to get some articles done. And again, the articles that we're talking about here. A pretty. You know, low level, you know, one of the articles that Sentinel Times editor Michael Giles admitted to using or just came out and said I'm using. It was the top ten list of Australian travel locations for the newspapers. Brief section interestingly. Yeah, the article goes on to point out that, you know, it's refreshing the media, arts and entertainment lines. Meraa has commended. In fact, Mr Giles, for at least being open and transparent about using ChatGPT in print. Given how probably it's been using recklessly, I imagine through many, many industries. So the FAA media president Karen Percies quoted as saying. We're not saying no to AI because we understand that it can be helpful, but there just needs to be rules and regulations about it. So again it's, you know, it's flagging some of those concerns we've raised in the past in terms of. You know there's. The case of the lawyer and the US. Who in the deposition or whatever it is, the law papers he submitted at. The end of the. Court case to the judge had various references. He'd just gotten chatty PT to produce. And chichi, BT or whatever it was that he was using had hallucinated them. What's referred to as hallucinating them. Where it just made them up just totally made up all those references and the judge said, hey, these references don't exist. We couldn't find them. Where are they? At which point the lawyer admitted. To using chatbot to write it. So here we at least have you know the editor saying he uses it and the nature of the articles are not. Hard hitting, you know, investigative journalism, the top ten articles, but you know will come in as the the case of the lawyer in the US shows us these chat bots will hallucinate. They are not, are not, you know peer referenced. Elaborately transparent. Answers and they're what is it they're meant to be just conversation, discourse, replicants. So, yeah, it'll be interesting again, you know, context being important. So here we have an article where the epaa have been, you know. Realistic about what's happening and commended the editor for at least being transparent about. The use of it. Hmm. As we are to here on, on media mothership, of course. Hi. Yeah, I don't think that that we'll ever get sick. I'm looking forward to playing that when Taylor gets back, I think he'll love that. Jingles addition to our cannon, it has certain you know gravitas to it. Yeah, Italy vows to find them punished. Tourists who deface 2000 year old Coliseum. I thought this is an interesting article. It's a story about this tourist who graffiti a part of the Colosseum in Rome with Ivan, plus Healey, 23. And what's what's interesting is watching the video clip linked to it. So of course, you know, it's a busy daylight. Tourist space and the guys just got his keys out graffitiing this. What is it? 2000 year old Flavian Amphitheatre and yeah, of. Course when the tourist is. Is recording and doing it right? Just saying, you know. Oh man, what are you doing and that? That Instagram that, that video feed has then gone viral and, you know, triggered this attempt by Italy to find and punish this tourist. And again a bit of media tourism there. It's interesting how media gets connected to these locations. In this case, for better, right? I mean unleashing. I hope not a lynch mob on to this digital lynch mob, but yeah. Nevertheless, again, it's it's intriguing. The consequences that are coming about here, the outrage that's being. Discussed. Yeah, but being recorded so publicly as this, it's. Yeah. Intriguing to see. Roller coaster tycoon Map will take 100 million years to finish. Roller coaster tycoon two. I never played it. It's one of these kind of city builder games. In this case, it's a roller coaster builder game where you're building a theme park. And it's it's a fantastic little video that's here, I'll play. I'll set it up by playing the start, but basically what it is is it's a gamer who has been crunching the numbers of this video game where you build a theme park to try and create the most. Impossible to play version of this game, right? So basically it's it's you can kind of build your own roller coaster and you've got to get a kind of entrance to your theme park. You got to get it ticket gates and then you might want to set up other attractions, like a carousel or other spots. And then you've got the roller coaster and. You know you want it to be viable, but in this way it's this wonderful example of gamers playing the game not at all in the way the developers would have anticipated. So just setting it up here it is the setup of the 100 million year. Theme park ride game.

Speaker 4

Hello everyone and welcome to another video. This scenario consists of a few right in a small abandoned mine and has a trivially easy goal of getting 1000 park value and paying back your loan of just 1000 bucks. However, while it may seem easy, this scenario will take you over 100,000,000 years. To complete, even if you started all the way back when the big meteorite killed off all the dinosaurs, you would only be about 2/3 of the way to the goal right now. How is this possible? Just like in the 55,000 year scenario from last week, you start out with the debt of a little over €214 million.

DR CRAIG

He goes on to explain what he's setting up there in terms of, you know, you're starting with. This budget.

Speaker 4

Hello everyone and welcome.

DR CRAIG

Thank you, Marcellus. This is Marcel. So basically, yeah, you've got. To you're the owner, the Make believe. Owner of this roller coaster and you're trying to become a tycoon, right? You've taken a debt and then you're trying to make it viable, but the skills here are to. Basically break the. Game to have it so that it can't be finished and it's absolute genius in terms of. You know the the type of structure which he built, the way in which it's impossible to have, you know. The patrons, which are coming through the park. Rides the roller coaster if they ride it, it takes, you know, 100 years for them to in in the kind of, you know, game time. If you don't spend it up, speed it up to get back to their destination to get out of it. It's. Yeah, it's. It's a fascinating deep dive and there are always these cases of these old games. There was, when I remember of. Like civilization two game, it's kind of a strategy game where you're playing one of the countries from, you know, kind of. Caveman time through to space age and this guy had been playing it for like 15 years. Stuck in this nuclear wasteland kind of thing. The game had evolved in and couldn't. Break beyond that to win the game and he put the game save up and then yeah the the. Community came around it to see can they finish this game? Can they finish this 15 plus? Year old game. Of civilization tools right in this case. Yeah. Roller coaster tycoon map, which this guy has created that will take an estimated 100 million years to finish. That is to try and pay it off to try and actually win the game. That, yeah, by the metrics of the amount of roller coaster there again. It's worth looking at. This is from Kotaku, this roller coaster tycoon map will take you 100 million years to finish. Yeah, yeah. Bizarre, bizarre. And it's fascinating to, to to think of this, you know, I wonder if anyone has ever played roller Coaster Tycoon two or any similar theme park simulation game you. Know there's got. To be some memorable experiences there. I know in The Sims. There are all these bizarre aspects to the sins that you can create to inflict sadistic aspects of. To the poor sin. People. I wonder what motivates a creator to make a scenario such as this and possibly long challenge. Do you admire? This dedication and creativity, or do you question it? How, how, how? Yeah, I would approach this attempt to complete the scenario. It's interesting looking underneath the comments because there are people commenting trying to figure out a strategy or a trick that might allow them to actually play the game. To finish it. So yeah, it does. It is interesting. It does set up a puzzle for some. To try and to actually play and win the game. So yeah, it's intriguing looking. Yeah. Yeah. People saying it looks like there's three rides. Maybe if you do that and other people commenting behind it, so yeah, yeah. Bit of puzzle there to see if you can actually. Not take 100 million years to finish Roller coaster tycoon map that this gamer created. If any of those could. Be used for good instead of evil. Maybe not that it's evil. But talking of suspense or challenge, let's look into our next part of the show, which is a bit of radio theory. How old radio shows and introductions to them could possibly teach us a little bit about hooking our listeners. And so as we've covered over the last two. Or three weeks the best way. Claimed in the literature to hook a listener is to, you know in the 1st 10 seconds create audio content which will make them want to stay tuned for more. And the theory behind that is you've got to have the right voice, the right music, sound effects put in a bit of episode information, and if those elements are all strategically and creatively assembled into a Vive. An exciting soundscape that then, yeah, hopefully your listener will stick around for more than 10 seconds to explore the show in more depth. So what we're going to have? A look at now is building on some of the previous weeks work we've done. So those that have listened before, we'll know some of the earlier attempts we've done, such as this one, this is the one from the Fat Man radio drama. Which will play a little bit off. So this is from fat Man, which was a detective radio show which we appropriated to create something for media mothership. A little like this.

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Don't let your stomach ruin your day.

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Listen to some refreshing media mothership and feel the difference. There he goes. Into that radio station he's about to. Host the show.

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Doctor Craig and Lord Taylor. To most people, a radio show is a collection of sounds and words. But there's one programme I know of where the hosts explore the power and influence of media on our perception of reality. Every week they chat with creators, critics and fans of movies, TV shows, video games and more. In the first episode, for instance, you'll find the K Pop and cultural intermediaries. Interview and in another audio adventure you can inspect the Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes radio dramas that are a unique creation of artificial intelligence. Don't miss these chat bot generated radio dramas gone wrong.

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DR CRAIG

And that was the tribute of media. Mothership is the fat man. What I enjoyed about that was in Full disclosure, I was curious to see how chat box would. Chew up the script of the fat Man, so I asked it to create something in the tone of that for media mothership. And what fascinated me was that it went into two ad spots and then an intro, which if you listen to some of these 1940s fifties radio shows, they'll they'll do at their interest, they'll have these awkward. Wonderfully awkward adds pieces, so taking a bar from that ChatGPT dialogue, I rescripted it with the media. Motherships own endorsement brands, moving on from Fat Man from last week. Today we've got escape and as people know, we've been. Abiding by Jeff Jorgensen's list of Top 10 Best radio show intros, and this is him setting up the escape radio intro and why it matters.

Speaker 9

#7 escape. Escape was a dramatic show that billed itself as 1/2 hour of high adventure, and it was. Every show was unique, be it a western or science fiction or murder mystery. But the audience could always count on lots of thrills. The intro, narrated by the Great William Conrad, followed by music from Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, certainly set the stage for that expectation.

Speaker 10

Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you escape.

Speaker 11

Us designed to free you from the four walls of today for 1/2 hour of high adventure.

DR CRAIG

So you can really see there the build up of that 10 seconds, the narrator's voice, which is used there to really transport. Listener into that location of an exciting event. Which as we heard there, the escape series is separate, separate kind of stories for each episode and you've got some famous authors that stories that are there, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as new. Radio pieces of mystery and science fiction and adventure. And a little bit like. Black Mirror and current shows like. That it takes a. Kind of idea and then it basically dials. It up to. 12:15 and you escape into it, and yeah, it's quite an intense plot that it sets up. It really does. In that first. You know, 3040 seconds set up a strong hook to try and create a kind of memorable character or issue, or a moment with the kind of sound. Effect and vivid. Audio that's being used and it also was wonderful at the end of that. They have the night on Bull Mountain. Kind of piece at the end just to to double down on the High adventure radio drama vibe they're going for. So let's listen to a couple of other examples. What I want to do is just play the start of these. Classic escape episodes. Just to see how. It's trying to create that sense of curiosity in the escapism that the next hour, half hour episode will unfold, and the kind of, yeah, I guess the power of audio imagination is setting up. So this first one is the escape episode called. Bushmaster, which is a great one if you're phobic of snakes, definitely want to watch. In fact, I was listening to this last night and it did make me think, you know, maybe snakes on a plane got its idea from the escape episode Bushmaster. We'll play the start of that to see how they set this up.

Speaker 8

Did you miss out on that big football game last week? Can't get rid of that head cold. Want to get away?

Speaker 12

From it all, CBS offers you escape.

Speaker 8

You are groping your way slowly through the dark hole of a ship at sea. Moving carefully step by step, searching intently for something you dread to find because you know that this ship carries a cargo of death.

Speaker 12

The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations presents escape produced and directed by William Robson and carefully plotted to free you from the four walls of today. For 1/2 hour of high adventure.

Speaker 8

Tonight we escaped to a harbour front in Venezuela and a grim voids that started there, as told by Martin Storm in his gripping story, a shipment of mute fate. I stopped on the.

DR CRAIG

War. So opposed, then, that it is a really beautiful idea of that anticipation and curiosity of what's going to happen next and and some wonderful phrases that. You know, you again, just throwing you straight in the middle of the story at the start as the hook. You know, you're you're groping around in the dark in the cargo hold of a boat. And the cargo is deaf. And and then, yeah, that that kind of wonderful orchestration around it, you get a? Sense of the the. The setting immediately I feel in terms of. The the the threats, I guess the the the violent adventure that's about to await you. So let's have a look here at the next episode continuing that theme of. Danger. What we're looking here is so that was the first minute of the Bushmaster episode. Let's now listen to the poison episode. See how it creates mood, atmosphere, emotion and tension here through the use of clever use of music and sound.

Speaker 13

Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all?

Speaker 11

We offer you escape. Escape designed to free you from the four walls of the day for 1/2 hour of high adventure. Escape brought to you by your Richfield gasoline dealer and the Richfield Oil Corporation of New York. Marketers have Richfield gasolines with zilean rich Lube, all weather, motor oil and other famous petroleum products.

DR CRAIG

Gee, I love how dated that ad is. There's Eileen. Yeah, I don't. I don't know if where the hell is Eileen is today. Anyway, let's continue. So pushing on. So in that, that wonderfully. Needed add setting up is the whole package of course that it's brought to you. It's interesting because the title of this episode is poisoned and it's intriguing to me that many people would critique the sponsor for today's escape episode that happened back in the 1940s. That petroleum company as itself. Always a very meta.

Speaker 11

Look for the Richfield eagle on the cream and blue pumps.

Speaker 13

Tonight we escape to India. And the story of a man trapped in his bed by a crate, the most deadly poisonous snake in the world as Raul doll tells it in his terrifying story.

Speaker 8

Listen, it's enough.

DR CRAIG

Don't. It's again. Classic author. We've got a rolled Dal here. Roald Dahl story here that the next half hour is going to do a radio drama interpretation of wonderful scoring. That kind of blustery atmosphere of the electric organ fantastic. You can really hear in that mood and atmosphere. And the wonderfully droll delivery of the narration that's offered at the start. So the next episode I want to get us to listen to is the country of the blind. So it takes a departure from that idea of the danger of snakes into a a little more environmental danger.

Speaker 8

Are you burned up at the high price of turkeys? Can't get eggs for your pumpkin pie. Want to get away from it all? We offer.

Speaker 10

You escape.

Speaker 8

You are trapped in a remote valley of the Andes, walled in by sheer rock precipices and surrounding you. Closing in on you is a band of blind men. Who want your eyes?

Speaker 10

Escape produced and directed by William N Robson and carefully plotted to free you from the four walls of today for 1/2 hour of high adventure.

Speaker 8

We escape to the high mountains of Ecuador. And to a remarkable world where sight is unknown. As HG Wells imagined it in his curious story. The country of the blind.

DR CRAIG

So that we have a HG Wells story country of the blind. What a great hook at the start that you're grouping around in the top of this mountain surrounded by. The blind who want your eyes. I again. Wonderful theatre of the mind. There that's being created. So to be fascinating to the next. The next two I'll play two more final episode or or teeth. I guess intro hooks this one again by a famous author. Since the suicide club by Robert Louis Stevenson and again it's a wonderful hook and setup of it and we'll give it a quick listen to now again thinking of the. Atmosphere and mood created by music.

Speaker 10

Started your Christmas shopping yet? Worried about where the money is coming from? Want to get away from it? All we offer you escape you. He was seated around a green felt table with a dozen desperate men waiting for the turn of a card. If it's the ace of spades, you will be next and you desperately desire the impossible escape. Escape produced and directed by William Robeson and carefully plotted to free you from the four walls of today for 1/2 hour of high adventure. Tonight we escaped to London of the last century, a London of gas lights and handsome cabs. A London where a gentleman still valued his word of honour above his life, a London of which one terrifying incident is recorded by Robert Louis Stevenson. And his unforgettable story. The young man with the creamed tarts.

DR CRAIG

So that's the young man with the cream tarts by Robert Louis Stevenson. I love the intro to that one in terms of how relatable the hook is in terms of the desire for escapism. Literally. Well, maybe in this one the, you know, stressed out by not having Christmas guests ready or stressing about having Christmas shopping. Started and the cost that everything is going up. Very relatable today with the high pressures on life, you can see 1940s, fifties. The role that the classic narrative of media being one of of escapism, literally here embodied by these escape narrative, this last one that I wanna play is 1 long time listeners of the show will hopefully fondly remember 3 skeleton Key we spent. Gosh, maybe. Two months deep, driving into 5 minutes analysis, analysis of this famous short Story 3 Skeleton Key. Let's go back now to listen to how they set this up here. We're starring. Of course, the famous Vincent Price.

Speaker 13

Of the everyday routine. Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it?

Speaker 10

All we offer you escape. Escape designed to free you from. The four walls of today for 1/2 hour of high adventure.

Speaker 13

Tonight we escaped to a lonely lighthouse off the steaming jungle coast of French Guiana. And a nightmare world of terror and violence as we bring you again in response to hundreds of requests, 3 Skeleton Key starring Vincent Price.

Speaker 11

Picture this place.

DR CRAIG

So exciting Vincent Price. Well, again, such fascinating little deep dive there into how escape was able to really appeal to a listener sense of curiosity. And escapism of the stresses they are under by offering the chance to experience these kind of really at the time, and even today, exotic different worlds and Expo. Experiences through the theatre of the mind. So again, that idea of using words in the setups that we were listening to around being tired or dreaming, wanting, getting away and and and then of course escape that implied in this. And dissatisfaction with the current reality and desire for change. So if we think of the 1940s, fifties periods dominated by so much global crisis pressures, cost of living expenses. Coming out of a depression into World War Two and the horrors of the Post War, recovery and knowledge of of the atrocities of that period. Again, that real desire of for change, that kind of dissatisfaction with the current reality beautifully encapsulated in this series. Escape and again you know some some, some amazingly quality material and work that was used. There is. Yeah. If I don't know if it's material you'd listen to as you're wanting to get to sleep at night. But it's certainly worth a listen if you're doing the dishes. So to play us out 2 short clips, our tribute to escape by media mothership. First one has a bit of a deconstructionist bent to it. All right, all right.

Speaker 2

Ever questioning the possibility of a state?

DR CRAIG

Sorry. Alright. Yeah, I will actually put the volume. Up this time, so as I said, the first one has a bit of a. Deconstruction that's bent to it.

Speaker 2

Are you defined by the binary oppositions? Ever doubt a life of stable meaning? What a trace it all. Edge Radio doesn't just offer you media. We offer you media mothership. Mediate mothership designed to reveal the aporias of today for one hour of difference. What are you waiting for? Hop on the media mothership.

DR CRAIG

And finally.

Speaker 2

Troubled by the multiple narratives.

DR CRAIG

A bit of a. A bit of a postmodern bent, bit of a postmodern bent for the 2nd 10 they'd sprinkle through. I did get carried away creating these.

Speaker 2

Troubled by the.

DR CRAIG

I think I've got about another 10. This one was a bit of a. Post modern twist to it. And again in. The future, definitely training capsulated that idea. Of of a theatrical story at the end of it.

Speaker 2

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Right. So that pretty much brings us to the end of today's show. Thanks so much for listening. I hope you've enjoyed that trip into 1940s and 50s. Radio drama through escape. Again, check it out. You can definitely find tonnes of episodes via the Internet Archive or YouTube or searching escape. Radio drama. Well worth. Diving into that space. So this has been doctor Craig for another week. And yeah, keep listening to how radio drummers can best hook us in. And given that Australia has now the global leader of podcast listening, maybe add your pod to your podcast diets, some classic radio dramas. Hopefully some of those have teased and hooked you in to see how they can. Conclude or go. For it further. Into yeah, escaping from maybe a reality. You're. Dissatisfied by today. Keep listening to Edge Radio coming up. Next I'll be taking over Kpop Unlimited so you know it's. It's going to be interesting. There has been media. Mothership for another? Week next week we'll be looking at what are you up to, number? Seven of the top ten radio dramas, so that would be amazing to have your listening pleasure there as we take a slight departure into the world of the Western in radio dramas.






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