And it all started with a zombie moose

It’s true. We didn’t just wake up one morning and randomly go “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to do a podcast soap opera!”

Restless Shores has its roots in an audiobook named Zombie Moose of West Bath, Maine. The book was funny and popular. We thought it would be a fun project to see if we could make an audiobook out of it. Thing is we didn’t get all the voices to finish Zombie Moose until just recently (thanks Joe.)

The learning process involved in creating that multi-voice audiobook showed us that we could do more with audio. Thus, the seed for Restless Shores started to grow.

Some of those volunteers for Zombie Moose went on to be part of the cast for Restless Shores. I want to take a few moments and thank all those folks who took part in the project that led to the soap opera.

Stan Allen, Ronald Kounanis, Krissy Price, Jimmy Dasch, Patricia Cote, Lisa Waldow, Kelly Bumiller, Brian Dancause, Stephanie Hampton, Jeffrey Desprey, Bonnie Litchfield, Janet Wilcox, Carlton Wilcox, Terrence O’Neal, Patrick Kelly, Michael W. Reynolds, Tom Thompson, Colt Pace, Hannah Kelly, Jeremy Reid, Ronald Hinton, Ann Scarponi, Julie Swol, Jacob Litchfield, Amanda Caswell, Chanda Hinton, Claudette McMurrin, Dominick Litchfield, Maxine Thompson, Bill Dixon, Nicholas Favreau, Leonard Rainey, Mary Jane Sullivan, Ethan Hinton, Derek VanVolkenburgh, Richard Higgins, Susan Stewart, Thom Hinton, Elizabeth Rowe, Rosemary Reinen, and Joseph Lugosch.

If I missed anyone, please let me know. I want to make certain that you are recognized for your part in showing us the way to Restless Shores.

Thank  you.

Just look at what you’ve done!

Yeah! You! You know who you are!

Time to step up and take responsibility for your actions, Bucko.

You took a chance on Restless Shores and listened.

You left us reviews.

You told your friends.

You subscribed.

You donated.

You commented.

You followed.

You made us a success in under a year by choosing to walk along a different shore than most of the other podcasters were offering.

Thank you.

Because of you, Restless Shores was able to maintain an iTunes rating in December in the top 50 for several consecutive days, two of those days at number 33 and one at 34.

Because of you, Restless Shores has 16,658 downloads across all the podcast hosts we use.

Because of you, Restless Shores’s first episode has been downloaded 1,014 times.

We know that it will be because of you that we will be able to meet our goal for 2020. With your continued support, we will achieve our objective for next year and be able to provide you with more episodes each week.

Please continue to leave reviews on iTunes, donate through Patreon, and tell your friends about us.

Thank you.

Welcome to

Our newest additions to the Restless Shores neighborhood.

Vancouver, Canada; Markham, Ontario; Sarnia; Whitby, Ontario; Deventer, Netherlands; San Sebastian, Puerto Rico; Blackheath, United Kingdom; Bristol, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Plymouth, United Kingdom; Banbury, United Kingdom; Bakersfield, California; Rio Dell, California; Riverside, California; Clearwater, Florida; Palm Bay, Florida; Pooler, Georgia; Plainfield, Illinois; Cherryfield, Maine; Dresden, Maine; Friendship, Maine; Stetson, Maine; Canton, Massachusetts; North Attleborough Center, Massachusetts; Morristown, New Jersey; Sparta, New Jersey; Binghamton, New York; Depew, New York; Geneva, New York; Kiryas Joel, New York; Bethlehem,  Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; Newport News Virginia; and Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

Thank you for joining us.

In good company

“Of the 750,000 podcasts available from Apple, DeForge said the only other soap opera she found during a recent search was ‘The Archers,’ a British radio show also available on podcast.” Ray Routhier quoting Traci DeForge in his article, “From a living room in West Bath, a soap opera unfolds for download.”

The Archers debuted in 1950 and began broadcasting nationally January 1951. Three years later it had a listenership of approximately 9 million. It holds several records and in 2019 gained the designation of “the second greatest radio program of all time.” The Archers have no problem with the title ‘soap opera.’

We feel honored indeed and humbled to be rubbing podcast soap opera shoulders with such a prestigious production. Thank you for paving our way.

Welcome to

Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Pulheim, Germany; Netanya, Israel; L’hospitalet De Liobregat, Spain; Beysehir, Turkey; Berkeley, California; Carson, California; Chula Vista, California; Golden Gate, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Lithia Springs, Georgia; Cape Neddick, Maine; Round Pond, Maine; Catonsville, Maryland; Potomac, Maryland; Middleborough, Massachusetts; Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Buffalo, Minnesota; Eagan, Minnesota; Paradise, Nevada; Ocean Acres, New Jersey; Franklin, North Carolina; Hough, Ohio; Kinzers, Pennsylvania; Sandy, Utah; Ferrisburgh, Vermont; Leesburg, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, West Virginia; Mazomanie, Wisconsin; and Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Thanks for walking along Restless Shores.

And the gifts just keep on coming

Our thanks to Ray Routhier for the Portland Press Herald article, From a living room in West Bath, a soap opera unfolds for download.

Mr. Routhier consulted Florida podcast expert, Traci DeForge and included the following

“Their download numbers show they have a sustainable record of loyal engagement,” DeForge said about “Restless Shores.” “That’s a big benefit for advertisers.”

Thank you fans for creating a “sustainable record of loyal engagement” for Restless Shores.

BOOM! We’re at 49.

You gave us the perfect gift to commemorate our first year. We broke into the top 50 on iTunes last night. Seriously, how did all you fans know what we wanted for the holidays? Thank you so much!

The numbers speak for themselves. Every member of the cast and crew of Restless Shores thanks you for letting us touch the sky.

Please continue to tell your friends and leave reviews. With your help we can achieve even more.

Celebrating our first year.

We just sent off payroll for December, which closes out our first year of production. You have listened, left reviews, and sent your good wishes along to us. As we look back on the accomplishments and lessons learned in our walk along Restless Shores, we know that it is our fans that have propelled us this far. Thank you.

If you have some time during the end of the year holidays, please take a few moments to leave a five-star rating on iTunes or even a written review. We are so appreciative and do love to read them.

Also, Rhonda’s babies need a name. So, imposing upon you a bit more, please give us a hand in finding the perfect ones by clicking on the Name the Babies link. Winners get an official Restless Shores hat!

We look forward to next year with joy.

We’ve read the scripts, and we know that, thanks to the pen of Greg Tulonen, things are going to be even more Restless.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

We have some new cities in our growing neighborhood.

Parramatta, Australia; Winnipeg, Canada; Scarborough, Canada; Prague, Czechia; Paris, France; Maastricht, Netherlands; Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands; Arequipa, Peru; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Sollentuna, Sweden; Prestwich, England; Martinez, California; Bridgport, Connecticut; Hartford, Connecticut; Ocala, Florida; Sarasota, Florida; Fairbury, Nebraska; Boone, North Carolina; Lorain, Ohio; Strongsville, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Edmond, Oklahoma; Hazleton, Pennsylvania; Everett, Washington; Spokane Valley, Washington.

Welcome to Restless Shores!

The 139

We want to acknowledge the 139 fans who downloaded Episode 1 “The Bill Comes Due” last week. You may be fans who started by listening to more recent drops and wanted to start from the beginning. Thank you for sticking with us. It may be that you are new listeners. Thank you for taking your time to walk with us along Restless Shores!

In addition, we want to highlight the following new download cities:

Vila Velha, Brazil; Rimouski, Canada; Kariya, Japan; Balzan, Malta; Birkirkara, Malta; Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Bergen, Norway; Oslo, Norway; Salcedo; Philippines; Caloocan City, Philippines; Pasay, Philippines; Quezon City, Philippines; Seongnam-si, South Korea; Istanbul, Turkey; Huyton, United Kingdom; Middleton, United Kingdom; Aliso Viejo, California; Penryn, California; Westminster, California; Darien, Connecticut; Cooper City, Florida; South Portland Gardens, Maine; Great Falls, Montana; Kew Gardens Hills, New York; Utica, New York; Sand Springs, Oklahoma; Eugene, Oregon; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Colbert, Washington; and Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.

Thank you for listening.

UPDATE: We are down to two U.S. states who haven’t downloaded an episode yet. You know who you are (Mississippi and North Dakota.) A big thank you to Great Falls, Montana.

Welcome to our neighborhood!