Alien Worlds (radio)

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Alien Worlds
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Genre radio show
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates Watermark Inc.
Starring Linda Gary
Roger Dressler
Bruce Philip Miller
Corey Burton
Created by Lee Hansen
Written by Lee Hansen
Ron Thompson
J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Lee Hansen
Produced by Lee Hansen
Executive producer(s) Tom Rounds
Narrated by Roger Dressler
Recording studio Watermark Studios
Original release January 7, 1978 – present
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 30
Audio format Analog
Website www.alienworlds.com

Alien Worlds was a syndicated radio show created by radio personality Lee Hansen. It aired 26 half-hour episodes between 1978 and 1980,[1] becoming well known for its realistic sound effects, high production values and documentary style of dialog.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The science fiction show was first syndicated by Watermark Inc. after Lee Hansen was hired as their creative director. After advancing the concept of an action-adventure dramatic radio series, Lee began developing the concept in the fall of 1978. Watermark premiered the first episode, "The Sun Stealers", on January 7, 1979.[3]

The series gained popularity thanks to its relatable characters, full symphonic soundtrack, realistic sound effects, high production values and documentary style format. Eventually over 500 US FM radio stations, along with stations in New Zealand and Australia aired the series. Between 1979 and 1980, 26 half-hour programs were broadcast at various times on weekends, where they gained favorable worldwide press acclaim. Alien Worlds was soon heard on a weekly basis by millions of fans and was eventually carried by over 1500 top-rated FM radio stations worldwide. The series' sponsor was Peter Paul, Cadbury which advertised Cadbury Caramello chocolates touting their caramel centers.

Four additional episodes were produced but never aired.[4] The show is currently available on Sirius Satellite Radio and on the Alien Worlds website. The series is being developed for 3-D animation for television and DVD release.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The ISA, or International Space Authority, is a governing body of space development and exploration. Organized by all earth nations, it advances humans into deep space. Their base is officially named "The Arthur C. Clarke Astronomical Observatory" or "Starlab." Commissioner White commands the base, and under his command aboard Starlab are Research Director Dr. Maura Cassidy along with Starlab's Director of Operations, Jerry Lyden, and two ISA Pilots affectionately known as "rocket jockies" Captains Jon Graydon and Buddy Griff.[2]

Production[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Roger Dressler as Narrator & Commissioner White
  • Linda Gary as Maura Cassidy
  • Bruce Phillip Miller as SET Captain Jon Graydon
  • Corey Burton as Starlab Controller Jerry Lyden
  • Chuck Olsen as SET Captain Buddy Griff

Soundtrack[edit]

The original music score and theme, entitled The Aliens World Suite, was composed by Jim Kirk and engineered by Dick Lewzey. It was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, comprising a 57 piece Westminster Sinfonia in Wembley, England.[1]

Many of the realistic sound effects were recorded in four different sessions on an oil tanker in a San Pedro dry dock.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hansen, Lee (2009). "Alien Worlds". www.AlienWorlds.com. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b Stanley, John. "Fantastic Adventure in the Realm of 'Alien Worlds'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b c Hume, Bill (July 1980). "Alien worlds: Science-Fiction Radio Drama Rides Again". Starlog Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  4. ^ Michael Withers, Lee. "Alien Worlds - On The Threshold of The Unknown". www.LeeMichaelWithers.tripod.com. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 

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