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I bitch about the most meaningless things sometimes. And this is one of those times.

I love my xm radio. But there are some programs or snippets I cannot abide. I yell at the radio when I hear them. Among them:

Celestial Navigation: these are short pieces narrated by a man who sounds like he's from the wrong side of the tracks. Little stories about his ventures here and there, and for some reason really irritating to me. Almost as irritating as Baxter Black, the cowboy poet, who can be heard on public radio from time to time. Usually the little stories take the guy into some difficult situation, accompanied by music that climbs to a fretful climax, and then everything is resolved and the same peaceful music comes on. Every time the same music.

Colonial Radio: Colonial radio offers drama that mostly takes place in the 18th century, but does venture into other areas at times. Sometimes it's fine to listen to. But one of the group's newer creations, named Dibble, drives me up a wall. He speaks like some sort of gnome or elf or some other short person, and gets into all kinds of trouble. Sometimes the program takes Dibble in the direction of various fairy tales - like CinderDibble. And it gets more and more irritating. I think what bugs me here is that I can sense the "look how funny we are" in the acting.

ZBS: The home of Ruby, the gallactic gumshoe. Ruby traipses around other worlds, encountering creatures that she describes with incredulity and that seem to be created just for the strangeness. Sometimes writers think that they are doing the right thing by creating weird-looking creatures, but in my opinion only Dr Seuss has the right to this type absurdity. Ruby is related to the folks who play the Dibble characters on Colonial Radio. You can hear the haha in her voice.

This is Audible. A person named Josephine Reed (I have not looked up the spelling) hosts this show, which is essentially an hour-long advertisement for Audible.com. There are interviews with writers, and snippets of audio books. Unlike Random House audio, Audible never gives us a whole book on the radio. Only a few pages so we want to go buy it. But I don't. Even if I like what I hear I don't want to go there because their flagrant advertising pisses me off.  Oh, and Josephine. Her vocal inflections bug the hell out of me. I want her to go away.

All of the above are on Sonic Theater. I listen to Sonic Theater as much as I can because I love a good audio play, and I am very disappointed when I can't get one. Perhaps another time I will list the shows I dislike on other channels - but believe me, there aren't nearly as many. 



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Dec. 31st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Colonial Radio
Hi Judith,
You're right, Dibble isn't for everyone, I think one either likes it or hates it, but the kids love it and Dibble gets email and postal mail from them, which is amazing to me - they treat him as if he were real. But we don't think we are thinking how funny we are when we record the shows - the goal is to get four episodes recorded at a session and then go to the pub for last call! We have a good time with the show. But I wanted to clarify that we have no association with ZBS - and none of our actors appear in their programs. I also think most of those Ruby shows were recorded in the early 1980's. I was just searching the blogs on a slow New Years Eve and saw your comments - Have a safe and Happy New Years! ~ Jerry Robbins, Colonial Radio Theatre www.colonialradio.com
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Colonial Radio
How funny to hear from you! I did not say Dibble was connected to ZBS, and I know it isn't. I did say I found a certain similarity in the exaggerated "humor" in each.

I imagine kids might well like it. Which reminds me: why isn't it on the kids channel instead of sonic theater? The kids channel (xm kids) is disappointing because it's mostly songs. I think more plays would be great. And might get Dibble out of my way...heh...

Thanks for writing! What a kick to hear from you.
Jan. 1st, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: Colonial Radio
Hi Judith,
It was fun reading your comments - even though we may not be your favorite show on XM, I appreciate your opinion (and to be fair, there are programs I've produced that I can't stand myself!). To answer your questions about XM Kids, each station has its own contract and operates individually from the other; we signed with Sonic, so to move over to the kids station would be starting from square one trying to convince to program director to air it, drawing up a contract, waiting a few months for a spot in the schedule, and so on.
I am a HUGE fan of the old Jack Benny Show, I Love Lucy, Honeymooners, and Dibble is my homage to that style of humor - burlesque I suppose, exaggerated; I wish it didn't bother you so much, but then again, my Mom never cared for it either! We did a production of THE RIVALS, which aired a year ago - maybe you'll enjoy that one; it will be repeated some time soon I would imagine (And Dibble isn't in it!) ~ Cheers, Jerry R
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