Tuesday, May 29, 2018

NEW RELEASE - NOW AVAILABLE

HAVE YOU PLAYED NOGGLE STONES YET? Roll the stones with Bugbear and Tugmire for an exciting 4 hour adventure in the new CRT epic production of NOGGLE STONES.


DOWNLOAD IT TODAY!


AUDIBLE

AMAZON

iTUNES
Here's a fun interview with Sgt. Billy (Bill O'Brien) on WGN Morning News in Chicago. Watch for all new episodes of THE ADVENTURES OF SGT. BILLY AND CORP. SAM coming this summer from CRT!

INTERVIEW

Thursday, April 26, 2018

OUR NEXT RELEASE

OUR NEXT RELEASE will be out in the next couple of weeks - a fantasy adventure for the entire family based on Wil Radcliffe's popular book series.

While searching for the lost ruins of an ancient temple, the mad goblin scholar, Bugbear, and his gambler cousin, Tudmire, come into possession of a most peculiar scroll. It is through this scroll that the mystical world of Annwfn and the world of 19th Century humanity are suddenly and inadvertently thrust together. Allying thems...elves with the awkward human stage magician, Martin Manchester, and the fierce warrior woman, Maga, Bugbear and Tudmire must rally the frightened folk of the small town of Willow Prairie against the gathering evil... an evil that has been awakened by the scroll... an evil that hungers for revenge! It is only when Bugbear and Manchester come to realize the wisdom held in an ancient rhyme that they are able to summon the courage to face their hidden foe... "White, gray, and black stones Scattered `cross the board. Now you must unite them To become the Noggle Lord!" 
 
J.T. TURNER and TOM BERRY lead the Colonial Radio Players in this epic production directed by Jerry Robbins, produced by M.J. Cogburn, with music by Jeffrey Gage.



Cover Art by Iman Jordan

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sometimes you just need to respond -

I HATE responding to critics, and I rarely do; but sometimes I need ...to speak up for myself. A recent POWDER RIVER Season 1 review on Audible (and mind you, it wasn't a terrible review by any means) said "I think they actually copied some stories from old days. I can not believe that someone today would write a story were a boy tells a girl in a wheelchair, that she can walk. He just meets the girl and he knows she can walk.
 
" Dear Jim - I can assure you I did not copy anything from the old days. In fact - those who know me well can tell you that I don't listen to old time radio shows, with the exception of an occassional Jack Benny show. I have yet to hear a complete episode of GUNSMOKE. I don't listen to ANY audio outside of CRT, because lets face it, when you work on audio 20 hours a day, the last thing you want to to is listen to someone elses in your time off. THAT SAID - season 1 of Powder River is not the best in the series as the episodes were all over the place... but in the episode you are citing; I was writing how I thought a kid would think in 1874 -- before the age of 24hr news and phones with the world at your fingertips. A time when living in the west meant isolation and little contact with cities thousands of miles to the east. 
 
 Chad doesn't understand why she can't walk - he just thinks that if she wants to, she can. He's never encountered someone like this before. In the end she's not dancing a jig and skipping down the yellow brick road... she still needs assistance and can only take a few steps...and who knows if that could have or could not have happened. I read stories where it did. Today someone in her position may be able to walk in time with with therapy. In the 1870s they put you in a wheel chair and that was that. I'm not arguing with your review - just defending myself -- . you said that I probably copied old time scripts. I can assure you, was not the case.
 
As for the Mark Twain episode having no plot - it doesn't have much of one thats for sure - but in defense of the story, we had to remove about 7 minutes for CD, which left some plot holes and it hurt the story... which I admit, was not the best. Cheers - JR

Monday, April 09, 2018

SHERIFF DAWES ON THE BIG SCREEN! Joseph Zamparelli appears as "Officer Huck Look" in the new motion picture CHAPPAQUIDDICK, now in theaters everywhere. CRT listeners know Joseph from his 11 years on POWDER RIVER as Sheriff Dawes, and in TICONDEROGA as Capt. Campbell.





Sheriff Dawes gives up his horse for a squad car! Here is Joseph Zamparelli as Officer Huck Look filming CHAPPAQUIDDICK. The movie is now playing nationwide.






 

THE FANS SPEAK --

-- AND THE REVIEWS ARE IN - POWDER RIVER SEASON 12!

“ Fantastic series ”
Extremely well produced and performed series and this one gets back to its roots. Marvellous. (Tom in Australia)
**...
“ Awesome."
Listened to it three times already and can't wait for volume 2. Powder River is awesome as is Ticonderoga (Pat)
**
“ just keeps getting better! cant wait for volume 2 ”
I've been hooked on this story since the xm days and love how the characters and community have grown, best series ever! (Jason)
**
“ This is another example of and AMAZING production! ”
I have loved this production from the time I first heard Powder River in 2004. when I listen to the shows I actually become a character in the back ground watching it like a TV show. Its really hard to explain the connection I have with the show. I also feel privileged that in 2009 I was able to meet with Jerry Robbins and Joseph Zamparelli, and ate dinner and drinks with them and have a tour of downtown Boston. I hope one day to get to meet more of the cast! keep up the AMAZING job CRT!
(Ralph)
**
“ One of the best!!! ”
This Powder River was one of the best! My family has waited months for its release and we were NOT disappointed!!! (Sonya)
**
“ Outstanding! ”
Well worth the wait! Thanks Uncle Jerry! KEEP THE POWDER RIVER SEASONS GOING! Thank you (Robert)
**
“ LOVE LOVE LOVE!! ”
Have been waiting for awhile for the new season to come out and I can honestly say it was worth the wait! Can’t wait till the second volume comes out! Very family friendly show! My three year old daughter loves listening to power river too (Anonymous User).





Thursday, April 05, 2018

NEW RELEASE - POWDER RIVER Season 12 Vol. 1

                                                               NOW AVAILABLE!




AUDIBLE

AMAZON

iTUNES

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ON THE AIR THURS.

Remember - CRT is on the air each and every Sunday night on AM 880 KIXI in Seattle - and you can hear it all over the world via internet streaming.

The Sunday night show is repeated on THURSDAYS too!

This week, THUR. MAR. 29 - A double dose of JERRY AND THE PIRATES with the episides "When Lovely Agatha Came to Town," and "Cranker's Big Date." Broadcasting out of Seattle, listen online at 8pm Pacific, 11pm Eastern

LISTEN LIVE Jerry and the Pirates 8pm Pacific 11pm Easter MAR 29


BEEP BEEP

THIS SUMMER -- HE'S BAAAACK!

Friday, March 23, 2018

THIS DAY IN CRT HISTORY

TODAY IN CRT HISTORY - Foley recording was completed for KING SOLOMON'S MINES -- battle cries, war chants, safari singing, crowd background.

The late Mike Kaplan directed the "Zulu work chants" and they turned out great - we used them again in the sequel a few years later. Marcia Friedman recorded punch-in lines earlier in the week for "Gagool" and with that - recording on the production was completed.

Editing had already begun, and the show was shipped to the publishers the following month. KING SOLOMON'S MINES - finished production on this date, TEN YEARS AGO. Mar. 23, 2008. It remains one of our most popular titles.

KING SOLOMON'S MINES

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

LET IT SNOW

Sorry for not posting - we've been dodging snowstorms and nor'easters here in Boston, and lost our internet for a few days (snow is not always light and fluffy).

We have some CD news! Not everyone is a fan of downloads, and while we originally discontinued our CD's in 2013, listener requests have brought them back.  Watch for these CRT productions coming soon on CD from Brilliance Audio!

BEACON HILL Series 3: March 20
TICONDEROGA Season 3: April 3
BEACON HILL Series 4: April 10
DEAD AHEAD - May 1
AGENT 13 AND THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE - May 1


Some more news -- In June we'll be recording six new episodes of THE ADVENTURES OF SGT. BILLY AND CORP. SAM - Starring "Boomtowns" Billy O'Brien and Sam Donato. We're expecting to release them late summer (August) - and the CD release of all 12 episodes will be out in the fall.

We're also returning to the works of the great Jules Verne with THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND - the exciting sequel to 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - probably our best selling production based on a novel. We're hoping to record this in April. No release date set.




POWDER RIVER Season 12 PREVIEW

A SNEAK PREVIEW of our next release, POWDER RIVER Season 12 Vol. 1 - which will be released in the next couple of weeks (as usual, we dont get a precise date) -- we'll post here off course, when it goes "live."

LISTEN HERE

Saturday, March 03, 2018

UPCOMING RELEASES on CD

Brilliance Audio will be releasing these CRT productions in the next few weeks!

 Pre-Orders now available.

 BEACON HILL  Series 3 - Mar. 20th 
 TICONDEROGA Season 3 - Apr. 3
 BEACON HILL Series 4 - Apr. 10th


 
CRT's TOP TEN Best Selling titles on Audible today - And remember to rate and or/ leave a review on Audible after you listen!

#1 RAY BRADBURY THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES
#2: TICONDEROGA Season 3
#3: KING SOLOMON'S MINES...
#4: POWDER RIVER Season 11 Vol. 2
#5: JARREM LEE - GHOST HUNTER Vol. 1
#6: TICONDEROGA - A Radio Dramatization
#7: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
#8: POWDER RIVER Season 10 Vol. 1
#9: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
#10: YANKEE CLIPPER - ADVENTURE OF THE GOLDEN SPHINX


 Links to all these titles are available on our website

www.colonialradio.com

COMING SOON


Sunday, February 18, 2018

POWDER RIVER Season 12 Vol. 1 COMING SOON

POWDER RIVER Season 12 Vol. 1 will be out very soon! Episodes include:

Lighten The Burdens
Nothing Is As It Seems
Last Train From Kansas City
The Homecoming
The Left Hook
The Renegades





Thursday, February 08, 2018

Those witches

Yep, we ask for your reviews here at CRT, but I must admit I was surprised to see a 1 star given to TICONDEROGA Season 3 on AMAZON because of an episode called THE WITCH - considered by the reviewer to be not acceptable for family listening. I'm sorry if you were offended; but every episode cannot be blood and thunder; witchcraft was a very serious and much feared thing in the 18th century; and I thought that it was a good story idea. The episode does not get into any black a...rts and it doesn't get preachy or have any hidden message -- in fact, people at the fort "surmise" she is a witch -- in the end, no one knows. The second part of the story dealt with Dagadawidah and the spirit world of the Native Americans - after writing over 50 episodes I thought it would be a good storyline for the character.

Again, if this offended you, I'm sorry. It was not my intention to stomp on anyones beliefs; I was just trying to tell a historical story true to the times it took place in. It's getting very difficult to actually write anything these days that does not offend someone, somewhere -- especially when telling stories that take place 80, 100, or 250 years in the past. I can take bad reviews, I certainly have a few of them, and I actually do respect the view and opinion of this listener -- but I just thought it mis-represented the season of episodes, giving the impression it's darker and deeper into witchcraft than it actually is. Cheers - JR

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

POWDER RIVER AT 14

It's hard to believe that we recorded the first four POWDER RIVER episodes 14 years ago this month! Feb. 2, 2004 we taped THE PREACHER, BATTLE AT RICOCHET ROCK, TANGLED ROPE and THE LOST MINE --the first four episodes of our first season.


POWDER RIVER Season 1


Jerry Robbins as Britt MacMasters and Derek Aalerud as Chad MacMasters in POWDER RIVER (2004)

Sunday, February 04, 2018

ON THE AIR tonight

COLONIAL IS ON THE AIR TONITE with POWDER RIVER - The Photograph/ and TICONDEROGA - The Huron Trail. 8pm Pacific, 11pm Eastern. LISTEN LIVE - ONLINE

Monday, January 29, 2018

BEACON HILL series 3 on CD

We're happy to announce that Brilliance Audio will release BEACON HILL Series 3 on CD MAR. 20th! Pre-orders now available -
 
 
 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

TICONDEROGA Season 3 CD RELEASE

TICONDEROGA - Season 3 will be released on CD by Brilliance Audio MAR. 20th.

PRE-ORDER TICONDEROGA Season 3

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

ON MIC WITH JORDAN RICH Podcast

ON MIC WITH JORDAN RICH - CRT's JERRY ROBBINS joins Jordan on his podcast to discuss audio drama, Colonial Radio, Ray Bradbury, and of course, Powder River. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes (and all other major podcast stores) and please SUBSCRIBE, RATE/REVIEW the episode to help Jordan build his audience with this exciting new show!
 





 

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

TOP TEN TODAY

It looks like listeners are in the mood for spooky tales in the cold of January! Here are our TOP TEN Best Selling titles on Audible this afternoon...
 
 
 

Friday, January 19, 2018

NOW ON iTUNES

TICONDEROGA Season 3 - now available on iTunes

Thursday, January 18, 2018

NEW RELEASE

TICONDEROGA Season 3 is now available.




NOW AVAILABLE on Audible  Amazon

TICONDEROGA Season 3 will be released on CD in March from Brilliance Audio

Saturday, January 13, 2018

TICONDEROGA


SEASON 3 is about to be released - if you have not yet heard our series TICONDEROGA, now is a good time to catch up on past episodes! CRT's adventure series set during the French and Indian War - TICONDEROGA Season 2, Vol. 1.
AUDIBLE
AMAZON
iTunes
COMING TO CD JAN. 16

Sunday, January 07, 2018

COLONIAL IS ON THE AIR Tonite

TONITE - COLONIAL IS ON THE AIR with POWDER RIVER - THE GYPSY CURSE and TICONDEROGA - MESSENGERS. Two excitng adventures. 8pm Pacific, 11pm Eastern. Broadcasting out of Seattle, you can LISTEN LIVE on AM 880 KIXI!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

COMING TO CD IN JANUARY FROM BRILLIANCE AUDIO

CD RELEASES COMING THIS MONTH FROM BILLIANCE AUDIO - On MP3CD, CD, and Library Editions. Available for pre-order.

JAN. 16
THE HOLLY TREE INN - just aired on its broadcast premiere. The DL and CD version is unedited (we needed to cut 12min for broadcast)

TICONDEROGA
The Complete Second Season 

ANDY SMITHSON on CD

ANDY SMITHSON-BLAST OF THE DRAGONS FURY coming to CD on JAN.23rd.

Hear a PREVIEW

PRE-ORDER ANDY SMITHSON BLAST OF THE DRAGONS FURY

The link is for the MP3 CD - regular CD's and Library editions are also available.


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

POWDER RIVER SEASON 12 Update

POWDER RIVER Season 12 Vol 1 was originally planned for a late 2017 release... we are now looking at early 2018. We'll keep you posted