The Black Mass — coming soon to Radio Riel

We are very pleased to announce that, begin­ning in the near future, Radio Riel’s Main Stream will be pre­sent­ing a sea­son of excep­tion­al radio dra­mas, con­sist­ing of a series of dark tales by mas­ters of the craft, in The Black Mass.

Fea­tur­ing drama­ti­sa­tions of short sto­ries by writ­ers includ­ing Dos­to­evsky and Gogol as well as more char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly chill­ing authors such as Bram Stok­er, Edgar Allen Poe and H P Love­craft, The Black Mass is a series of 30 ground-break­ing radio dra­mas, cre­at­ed in the 1960s at the world’s first sub­scriber-fund­ed radio sta­tion, Paci­fi­ca sta­tion KPFA in Berke­ley, CA, by Erik Bauers­feld, John Whit­ing and their asso­ciates. We are hon­oured to be able to present this series thanks to sup­port from Erik Bauers­feld and the Bay Area Radio Dra­ma project, with audio mate­ri­als from John Whit­ing, who per­formed a great deal of the orig­i­nal audio pro­duc­tion.

To be played every Wednes­day in two time slots — 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic time, 19:00 and 03:00 GMT — to suit both US and Euro­pean lis­ten­ers, this series of ground-break­ing dra­mas is pre­sent­ed (as far as pos­si­ble, sub­ject to source mate­r­i­al) in its orig­i­nal form, with a pre­sen­ter (Erik Bauers­feld him­self, who also plays sev­er­al of the cen­tral parts) eeri­ly invit­ing you to join the “Cir­cle of Empa­thy” to expe­ri­ence the sto­ry. While many of the episodes con­sist of a sin­gle tale, oth­ers include a col­lec­tion of short­er sto­ries. All cre­ate a thor­ough­ly dark atmos­phere and envelop­ing atmos­phere that draws you into the tale, accen­tu­at­ed by music and effects, and all are mas­ter­ful­ly realised.

We’ll be announc­ing the start date for the series short­ly. Keep your eyes — and ears — open for The Black Mass.

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