Why Podcast Theater?

The year 1969 gave us Woodstock, the Concorde, the Boeing 747, The Beatles’ last public performance, the Manson murders, the iconic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the first man on the moon, Chappaquiddick and most importantly for this discussion the peak of daytime televised dramas and the beginning of the move of women from the home into the workplace.

In 1969, there were 19 distinct daytime dramas the top show pulling 13.6 percent of the television audience. In 2018, with only four televised dramas remaining, the highest rated drama, The Young and the Restless, is just pulling .69 percent.

Is it because the viewer isn’t interested in drama?

The problem isn’t with interest. The problem is with time.

We just don’t have the time to slice out an hour of our day to sit and watch a daytime drama.

A 15- or 20-minute audio drama will enable us to follow the characters we care about. It will fill the time during a commute, while folding clothes, while performing “mindless” activities at work, sitting on the beach, sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, or at 3 am while quieting that fussy baby. This shorter length enabled by the podcast format is quick, entertaining, and is not constrained by a time slot or an hour-long commitment.

Audio drama is a growing genre.

In Sara Rhea Werner’s article “Let 2018 Be The Year You Discover Audio Drama” she points out that

  • Audio drama is gaining a foothold evidenced by inclusion at podcasting conferences and the large and varied fans of audio drama represented at those conferences
  • Audio dramas are free as opposed to Audible, Netflix, or Hulu.
  • All genres of fiction are represented
  • They are entertaining
  • Good for passive consumption

Why podcast theater? Podcast dramas are an emerging medium that can be enjoyed even while being restless.

Can’t Get Enough

We just can’t look away from drama. We can’t.

Don’t believe me? The simplest thing would be to encourage you to use your own eyes. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, OJ Simpson, true crime stories, the latest drama on Capitol Hill, any number of sex scandals – all are melodrama, and we can’t get enough. 

Social media is rife with drama, both manufactured and organic. So much so that the Urban Dictionary has an entry for “Facebook Drama.” Add into this argument our “need” to be hyperconnected through smartphones and tablets and we find that we have become a people who choose to spend time watching videos of cats and pontificating on social media. We no longer read; we listen to audiobooks. Television is no longer the only source of “free” entertainment; YouTube and podcasts are where we go. Charlie Swinbourne writes in the Guardian “Social media platforms let us write and star in our own personal dramas – how can television keep up?”

Television can’t keep up. We are too busy to spend the evenings watching television or listening to the radio. However, we can plug into a podcast and spend 15 minutes or so of downtime to get our drama fix for the day.

Stay restless.


Coming Soon

Scandal, intrigue, and salaciousness 15 minutes at a time.

Take a break from your day to day routine and immerse yourself in the on-going intrigues of Gamote Point.

  • Will Uriah Roupp find a way to escape the servitude imposed on him by his bullying grandfather, Milton Roupp?
  • Will Uriah and the sexy new bartender, Miguel Rios, fall victim to Rhonda Weppler’s seductive spell?
  • Will both Uriah and Miguel become Rhonda’s thralls?
  • Will Lorna Roupp’s dark secrets be revealed and destroy everything she has built and everyone she loves?

It’s all waiting for you on Restless Shores.

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama. — Lillian Hellman