Storytelling is such an important part of life. If your story you’re telling comes off as bland, it can lose the interest of whoever is listening. Storytelling in radio drama is the foundation of what makes a good radio drama. Radio drama takes a lot of dedication, work, and time to create a story worth listening to. Unlike TV or magazines, radio has to lure in listeners with it’s sound effects, production, audio quality, and story. There are so many modern movies people enjoy simply for the special effects. Not the quality of the story. That’s what makes radio drama so unique, you get attracted to the story based on the purest form or storytelling and the world it creates with it’s sounds.
Radio drama has
its own way to capture imagery in the listener’s minds. The entire production
tries to cover all senses as best as possible. Music sounds, and vocals are all
very important. It lets you feel what the setting is, rather having to see it.
If something is sad, then sad music will play, and so forth. I enjoyed the
music because it sets the tone very well. It covers all bases very well. Sounds
are all vital. While people can be familiar with jingle bells, or water
running, it’s nice to gain a visual even though you already know what it looks
like. The voice actor himself has a very approachable voice and you wouldn’t
mind listening to him at all. You can literally be familiar with everything
just by listening to it. Sometimes you can even feel familiar with everything
and it’s always nice to relate to something. He would describe things to the
fullest detail. For instance, even though we know what snow is, it’s
interesting how far you describe the snow even though it’s just white. You
explain every bit about it, like how it tastes or how it feels. I think it
would have been smoother if he placed all of the sounds together for a complete
story, so we don’t have to break our attention so easily. Television and film
makes it so that the visual is there for you. They’re not expecting you to use
your imagination; they’re giving you the imagination from their own minds.
Radio drama allows you to create imagery. What’s interesting about it is that
everyone will come up with their own story in their mind. No one’s thoughts
will ever be the same as the other person, which is why radio drama is its own art
form, and should continue to be used in any way.
Episode 7: Be Good of Cheer
I think the key to radio drama is
simplicity and structure. The sentences do not run on and the body of the story
is smooth without being dragged out. The words, sometimes comical, but always
moral gave the listener a sense of wonderment, which kept my attention
throughout. I must also pay attribute to Tim Slover—he was a wonderful
narrator, whose soft voice and engaging accent was perfect for the Christmas
felt as though I was a child again and hearing a bedtime story while listening
to this piece. It’s acted out subtly and conversationally. I couldn’t picture
it as a film, for the format in which the story was told was overall
storyteller, thus there wasn’t the screenplay structure. For me, it was more
like someone performing a monologue on stage, rather than a sitcom or something
you would see on the big screen. It had the right amount of background music
and sounds, where it took your attention when it needed to, then assimilated
into the background. Overall, it was different in its form and required much
I listened to the first episode in The Christmas
Chronicles: A Christmas Radio Drama in 8 Episodes and thoroughly enjoyed
it. Tim Slover’s writing and narration creates an engaging story clearly
illustrated with his words. My favorite part about this radio drama is that
Slover uses very descriptive and poetic words to create an image. But he
doesn’t over describe details; Slover leaves room for the listener’s
imagination to create a personal and unique world. In addition to being poetic,
Tim Slover is also a great storyteller. In the short 27 min piece about Santa
Clause, he created a dynamic and engaging piece. There was suspense around
every corner with occasional touches of comedy.
The Radio Drama medium is an interesting one because it is
such a simple art form. I thought of how I would react to this story if it was
a film and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t last for 3 min if it were in a different
medium. Sometimes film and television can be a sensory overload. There are
sounds, flashes, sound effects, dialogue, soundtrack, commercial interruptions,
and continually changing camera angles that disorient and distract. With this
radio drama, the story was simple and straightforward.I could actually tune out my other
senses and just focus on listening and creating the images in my head. I really
enjoy the radio medium.
The food we eat, the clothes we
wear, and the variety of plants surrounding us all have to be pollinated by
someone. But what would happen if that someone was suddenly extinct? Honeybees
in the United States are disappearing from their hives at a scary rate. Nearly
1 million hives are disappearing each year. According to the USDA, “This is the
biggest general threat to our food supply.” For years, the sharp decline in
bees has been a mystery. But within the last year, scientists have unmasked the
Pesticides and genetically modified
foods that help to increase the life of the plants are actually harming the
honeybees. Chemicals absorbed by plants are secreted in the nectar that
honeybees use to make honey. The unnatural nectar causes a destruction of the
nervous system within the bees causing disorientation and an inability to find
their hive. Big business pushes the findings under the rug to keep costs of
food low while the beekeepers feel the burn. This is another instance of humans
accidentally causing a major shift in the biosphere. While some may see this as
a small issue, honeybees are the foundation of our agricultural economy.
Without the honeybees, we will inevitably see a food shortage in the United
States. So we can sit back and watch the downfall of honeybees and our economy or
put an end to our genetically modified plants and harmful pesticides.
Former U.S. spy agency
contractor Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday
after three weeks held in a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the
United States on espionage charges.
Snowden is seeking permanent
refuge in Latin America after leaking details of U.S. government surveillance
programs, but has not risked taking any flight that might be intercepted by the
United States since flying in from Hong Kong on June twenty-third.
Although the acts of
Snowden are having very large affects on the lives of every American, It has
become increasingly harder to find news stories about the former N.S.A. agent.
Every time there is a new story about Snowden there seems to be something else
in the news that is more important. Most recently it has been the Zimmerman
trial, but it has also been Chicago homicides, Derrick Rose’s injury update,
riots in reaction to the Zimmerman trial, and the upcoming return of the
I understand that some
of those stories are actually important, but too many times are there stories
of less importance than the N.S.A. scandal. Some of the stories affect a few,
and some affect a lot, but what is going on wit the N.S.A. affects everyone.
urge the American public to pay attention to all the news about the N.S.A. and
Snowden. I also would like to see the American news company broadcast more
about it. For a country that boasts about freedom, the surveillance program
known as the N.S.A says the opposite.
Nicky Quiles and this is the Unknown News Broadcasting, goodnight and goodbye.
Detroit Red Wings To The East - Commentary Assignment
A lot of people are still huffing and puffing about the
newest realignment of the NHL, sending the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus
Blue Jackets to the Eastern Conference. I can understand why some teams such as
the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks would be upset, Phoenix being that
three-fourths of the fans at Red Wings/ Coyotes games are Red Wings fans and
it’s probably the only time they sell out, and also the Blackhawks because
that’s a natural rivalry AND because it leaves the Hawks as the only Original
Six team left in the West, but the move had to happen.
For starters, my personal reason starts because I’m from
Detroit and I remember staying up until ten o’clock at night waiting for the
Wing’s and whatever west coast team game to START and it wouldn’t FINISH until
the early morning- and that was if it didn’t go into overtime! Detroit and
Columbus are the only Eastern Time Zoned, Western Conference Team. It didn’t
make any sense.
The second, and most logical reason, this should probably be
before my own personal motives, but the move of Atlanta to Winnipeg meant that
a change HAD to happen. Winnipeg couldn’t continue to compete in the Southeast
Division in the Eastern Conference, playing teams like Carolina, Florida, Tampa
Bay and Washington. Their travel distance to play an away game against the
Florida Panthers, who are located in Miami, FL, is two thousand two hundred and
forty two miles. In 2012, the Jets played the Panthers three games at Florida
and 3 games in Winnipeg. That’s just over thirteen THOUSAND miles traveled. A
little absurd if you ask me.
Okay, so one team HAD to move to even out the sides, but why
two? Simple: opens up the possibility for 2 expansion teams in the west! With
the hype for a basketball team back in Seattle, I could see a good fit for a
team there and why not another team in Salt Lake City?
This was a decision that was a long time coming and as a Red
Wing fan, I am glad to see it finally happen!
ME: I was walking home from some sort of activity one late
afternoon with my friend Megan when a man approached me. At first I thought he
was asking for directions, which I’m always happy to help with. It took a
little while before I realized what the man was talking about.
HOMELESS MAN 1: Can you help me get home?
ME: He said. Sure, where you trying to get to? He said some
HOMELESS MAN 1: In Indiana.
ME: Well, I think you can catch the Metra train a few blocks
over on Michigan Ave, but I’m not very familiar with it.
HOMELESS MAN 1: Well, that’s the thing.
ME: And this is when he began to tell his story.
HOMELESS MAN 1: I came up here from Indiana to meet some
friends for a concert…
ME: He said. His friends were from Milwaukee, or something like
HOMELESS MAN 1: And I parked my car to go to the show. I
went out to the bars after the show with my buddies and then we went someone’s
apartment to continue the party. At the party, my friend’s ended up ditching me
after I had passed out in the house I was in. I woke up to find my whole wallet
and backpack full of goods stolen. I have nothing, no money, no ID, and no way
to get home.
ME: I remember thinking, ‘this man’s story is crazy enough
that it might actually be true’.
HOMELESS MAN 1: Without an ID, I can’t claim my car and I
have no money to get back to Indiana. I was able to make a call to my dad and
ME: This part I remember vividly.
DAD 1: Son, if anyone is nice enough to help you out and get
you some money to get back here, get their information and I will be sure to
send them reimbursement for the money and a very big thank you note!
ME: The man told me he needed forty dollars for a ticket. At
that moment, I decided to help him. Some may think I was stupid, but I had a
gut feeling he really needed help. I already accepted the fact I wasn’t going
to get the money back, but I thought a thank you note from him or his father
and word of his return would suffice. So, I went to the bank, withdrew the
money from my account while he waited outside, walked back out, gave it to him
along with my email address and wished him luck. His gratitude for the help was
sincere and I had really felt good about what I’d done. We parted ways and that
was the last I saw of the man. That was over 2 years ago. I now feel very
differently about helping people out.
ME: I stood waiting for the Mega Bus on South Canal Street
and I’ve been there many times. I don’t remember one time standing there and
not being approached by a homeless person looking for spare change, or CTA
cards. Just this past week, July fifth, I was standing waiting for my bus to
Detroit when an older gentleman approached me. He said something to smart small
talk with me. Then HE too went into his story.
HOMELESS MAN 2: I’m a war vet and teacher of 20 years and I
got laid off and don’t have any money to get back home- can you spare some
ME: I specifically replied, I’ don’t have any cash on me’.
Which WAS a lie, but if I had wanted to give him any, it would have meant
pulling out my wallet for him to see that I have credit cards, twenty-dollar
bills, etc. It was too risky.
HOMELESS MAN 2: Oh okay.
ME: He said and began to walk away, but he turned back after
taking a few steps and said this to me...
HOMELESS MAN 2: Ya know, I don’t want to judge you or
nothing because that’s not my job, but I never left my house without any spare
change in my pocket. I’m not saying you should give me your money, because
that’s your money, but I wish you wouldn’t stand here and lie to me in front of
ME: And walked away. I was dumbfounded. I could have chewed
him apart and boy did I want to. Who was HE to tell ME about lying? How do I
know he’s not lying to ME about (in a sarcastic voice) needing money to get
home? How do I know he wasn’t just another man scamming me like the last? (take
a breath) I let it go, but it got me to thinking: never give homeless person
money. And I don’t say that because it’s YOUR money and you shouldn’t help the
needy… But money isn’t worth anything to someone REALLY in need. Buy the person
food if they say they’re hungry. Bring a man socks, which did happen to me. Give
a person a reusable, sturdy water bottle your not using anymore to refill with
water. If they’re asking for money, you’re just giving them free range to with
it as they please and that’s not helping anyone’s situation. That’s why I say, ‘never
give a homeless person money’.
The director of operations of a north suburban
restaurant on Monday said he doesn't believe any customers were victimized by a
manager charged on allegations he stole identities to pay for his fixation with
Walt Disney World.
Alexander Pera, 26, of Chicago was arrested July
2 and charged with aggravated identity theft, identity theft and money
laundering, according to Lincolnshire police. Authorities said he took 15 trips
to theme park resorts in a four-month period under false names obtained during
his employment with Eddie Merlot's restaurant.
"We are very sad to learn of this isolated
incident at this one location," restaurant spokesman Bruce Kraus told
NBC Chicago on Monday. "Based on our preliminary investigation, we do
not believe that any customer’s purchase of food or beverage was involved in
the incident. Rest assured we will be going above and beyond to rectify the
issue with any affected patron. We will continue to cooperate with authorities
and remain vigilant."
Police, however, allege Pera stole the
identities of at least 50 people, both customers and former employees, for a
total of more than $50,000 during his time as manager of the establishment.
Much of the money was spent on 15 different Walt Disney World Resort stays in
five months, and two cruises aboard Disney Cruise Line this past spring, a
statement from police said.
Pera facilitated the crimes by providing
fraudulent information to the Disney Company and the airlines when making
Police said his reservations would be made using
false names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, and they were paid
for with fraudulently obtained gift and pre-paid credit cards, purchases with
stolen credit card numbers and cash.
Pera, of the 3800 block of North Ottawa Avenue,
was arrested on his way to work and police found fake IDs, gift cards and a
loaded handgun in his possession, a statement from police said.
In bond court on July 3, Judge Raymond Collins
ordered Pera held in the Lake County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
The arrest was the culmination of a joint
investigation started in late May by the Orange County (Fla.) Sheriffs office,
Lincolnshire police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, police said.
Eddie Merlot’s was cooperating with the
investigation as police sought other victims. Anyone who dined at the
restaurant and later had their credit card compromised or was the victim of ID
theft should call police at 847-913-2349.
A man was arrested after allegedly
stealing the identities of fifty people, both customers and former employees of
Eddie Merlot’s Restaurant. Police say the man was arrested in his car on his
way to work and was in possession of fake IDs, gift cards and a loaded gun.
The restaurant, Eddie Merlot’s, is
cooperating with police and anyone who has dined at the restaurant and later
had their credit card compromised or was the victim of identity theft are urged
to call police.
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The
death toll in Quebec's oil train disaster jumped to 13 people on Monday and
police said about 37 more people were missing, a sign the derailment and
explosion could be the worst accident in Canada since the Swissair crash of 1998.
Police said they estimated a total of around
50 people were either dead or missing after the gigantic blast destroyed dozens
of buildings in the center of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday.
Previously they had said five people were
dead and 40 were missing. Given the devastation in the town center, few
residents expect any of the missing to be found alive.
The coroner's office asked relatives of the
missing to bring in toothbrushes, hair brushes, combs and razors so specialists
could extract DNA samples from strands of hair.
If the death toll does hit 50, that would make
it Canada's deadliest accident since 229 people died in 1998 when a Swissair
jet crashed into the sea off eastern Canada.
Asked when authorities would declare the
missing people dead, police spokesman Benoit Richard replied: "When we
find the bodies."
The runaway oil tanker train derailed in the
town of 6,000 people shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, causing a huge
explosion and deadly ball of flame.
Air brakes that would have prevented the
disaster failed because they were powered by an engine that was shut down by
firefighters as they dealt with a fire shortly before the calamity occurred,
the head of the railway that operated the train said on Monday.
The train had been parked at a siding on a
slope near the town of Nantes, which is 12 kilometers (8 miles) west of
Lac-Megantic. The volunteer Nantes fire service was called out late on Friday
night to deal with an engine fire on one of the train's locomotives.
Nantes Fire Chief Patrick Lambert told Reuters
the crew had switched off the engine as they extinguished a
"good-sized" blaze in the engine, probably caused by a fuel or oil
line break in the engine.
BRAKES FAILED, SAYS CHAIRMAN
The problem was that the engine had been left
on by the train's engineer to maintain pressure in the air brakes, Ed
Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA), said in an
interview. As the pressure gradually "leaked off," the air brakes
failed and the train began to slide downhill, he said.
The fire service said it contacted a local MMA
dispatcher in Farnham, Quebec, after the blaze was out. "We told them what
we did and how we did it," Lambert said.
Asked whether there had been any discussion
about the brakes, he replied: "There was no discussion of the brakes at
that time. We were there for the train fire. As for the inspection of the train
after the fact, that was up to them."
It was not immediately clear what the MMA
dispatcher did after speaking with the fire service. Burkhardt said the fire
service should have also tried to contact the train's operator, who was staying
at a nearby hotel.
"If the engine was shut off, someone
should have made a report to the local railroad about that," he said.
Andre Gendron, 38, lives on a wooded property
next to the rail yard in Nantes. He said he was burning a campfire outside his
trailer on Friday night when he heard the fire trucks.
"About five minutes after the firemen
left, I felt the vibration of a train moving down the track. I then saw the
train move by without its lights on," Gendron told Reuters.
"I found it strange its lights weren't on
and thought it was an electrical problem on board. It wasn't long after that I
heard the explosion. I could see the light from the fires in
Federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel said
inspectors from his department had examined the locomotive on July 5, the day
before the disaster, and found nothing wrong.
Canadian crash investigators say they will
look at the two sets of brakes on the train: the airbrakes and the handbrakes.
Members of the team are due to speak to reporters at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on
Burkhardt said that after the pressure leaked
out of the airbrakes, the handbrakes would not have been strong enough to keep
the train in place.
During the course of the day police relaxed
the security perimeter around the center of Lac-Megantic, a lakeside town near
the border with Maine. Authorities said that over the next few days around
1,500 of the 2,000 people who had been evacuated would be allowed to go back
One of the destroyed buildings was a music bar
popular with young people, and witnesses reported fleeing the area around the
building as the heat and flames closed in.
Montreal Maine & Atlantic is one of many
North American railroads that have vastly stepped up shipments of crude oil as
pipelines from North Dakota and from oil-producing regions in Western Canada
fill to capacity, and the accident is bound to raise concern about the practice
of transporting oil by rail.
(Additional reporting by Julie Gordon in
Lac-Megantic; Writing by David Ljunggren and Janet Guttsman; Editing by Peter
Galloway and Eric Walsh)
The death toll of the deadly train
crash in Quebec, Canada has risen today to thirteen today and forty-seven are
still missing. Police
said they estimated a total of around fifty people were either dead or missing
after the gigantic blast destroyed dozens of buildings in the center of
Lac-Megantic early on Saturday.
Investigations continue as to the cause of the crash that
happened early Saturday morning. Ed Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine
& Atlantic Railway (MMA), says brakes of the train are to blame.
Canadian crash investigators say they will look at the two
sets of brakes on the train: the airbrakes and the handbrakes. Members of the
team are due to speak to reporters at ten a.m. (1400 GMT) today.
A 12-year-old boy died after a canoe
capsized in a northwest suburban retention pond Monday evening, authorities
Two teenagers were rescued from the Harvard
pond after the boat tipped, but the 12-year-old was located by a dive team and
pronounced dead shortly after, authorities said.
About 7:30 p.m., officials from the Harvard
Community Fire Protection District rushed to the pond in the 800 block of Apple
Valley Road after learning that a canoe had capsized.
One of the two survivors had been brought to
safety by a bystander by the time firefighters arrived, Battalion Chief Daniel
"The other one was still clinging to
the canoe when we got here," Danczyk said."He was rescued by fire
Divers began searching for the canoe's third
occupant, calling off the search about 8:30 p.m. when the boy was found,
The boy was taken to Mercy Harvard Hospital
as paramedics continued efforts to save his life, Danczyk said. He was
pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after.
Two teenagers were rescued from the
Harvard pond after their boat tipped, but unfortunately a third boy died.
Authorities say a dive team found the twelve-year-old boy in a northwest
suburban retention pond.
The boy was taken to Mercy Harvard
Hospital as paramedics continued efforts to bring him to life, but he was
pronounced dead at the hospital.
The suspect in a double-stabbing in northwest
suburban Crystal Lake last week was arrested today in Alabama, officials said.
Jimmy Bell Jr., who had been named in arrest
warrants issued after a July 2 stabbing of a couple was arrested at 1 p.m. in
Tuscaloosa, Ala. by members of the U.S. Marshal's Great Lakes Regional Fugitive
Task Force and Tuscaloosa, Ala. police, Crystal Lake police said in a press
Bell, 30, of Elgin was charged with two counts
of attempted murder in arrest warrants, police said. Police said the stabbing
was domestic-related but did not provide any more details.
At about 4:17 a.m., last Tuesday,
Crystal Lake police where called to a home on the 1500 block of Isle Royal
Circle for a report of two people being injured.
When police arrived they found that a
28-year-old woman and her 23-year-old boyfriend had sustained multiple stab
wounds, police said. The suspect had fled the scene.
The two were initially listed in critical
condition. The woman has since been released from the hospital while the man
remains hospitalized. His condition has stabilized, police said.
Bell traveled to Alabama where he has family
immediately following the incident in Crystal Lake, police said. He was
arrested in the home of a cousin. Bell is being held in the Tuscaloosa
Officials say a man suspected in a
double-stabbing in Crystal Lake was arrested in Alabama.
The stabbing, which happened last
Tuesday, left a twenty-eight-year-old woman and her twenty-three-year-old
boyfriend with multiple stab wounds.
Police say the two victims were
listed in critical condition at the time, but since the woman has been released
from the hospital and the man remains hospitalized in stable condition.