Gremlin Time

If you're looking to hear a good story, tune in Gremlin Time.  The bedtime radio show for grown-ups, broadcasts on the 3rd Monday of every month.  Sad stories that make deep people happy. Tales of action & mystery to challenge the intellectal. Funny stories for the serious minded.  And accounts of  terror & romance for the too comfortable. 

 A full hour on the 3rd Monday of every month as part of KBOO's 11PM Monday Radio Theatre Block.

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Episode Archive

Gremlin Time on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 11:00pm - Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:00am
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Two astounding tales

Tonight, from the outer limits of the imagination,"The Warlord of Saturn's Moons", a Nebula Award nominated story, from 1974, written by Eleanor Arnason.  This unique tale of rockets and ray guns, evokes the early styles of pulp science fiction, and will be read by Professor Ginger Kitty. A dashing, red haired heroine in a rocket sled,  pursued across the frozen surface of Titan by the deadly forces of an evil warlord, is just the beginning of this, our first story of the evening.  Fortunato reads our second story, "Useful Phrases", by Gene Wolfe.

Gremlin Time on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

For the holidays a special show about Santa Claus. Featuring selections from The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, presented by Red Ryder. We will also play some holiday songs about Santa, Stan Freberg's 'Green Christmas', and  Clement Clark Moore's original 1842 poem "A Visit From Saint Nick", read by Umatilla Rose.

Gremlin Time on 11/19/12

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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 11/20/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

For November, we like to present a live program, and this year Professor Ginger Kitty will join Fortunato at the studio as we present two stories from the work of magical realist writer Jorge Luis Borges.First we'll present "The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro",  from his first collection of stories A Universal History of Iniquity (1935). And from his final collection, Shakespeare's Memory (1983), we will read "Blue Tigers"Professor Kitty, member of the English Department of Cortland University, Cortland New York, will also explain to us what constitutes the genre of magical realism.

Gremlin Time on 10/15/12

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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 10/16/2012 - 12:00am
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Ray Bradbury Tribute

This will be our first Halloween without Ray Bradbury, who passed away last spring. So, Fortunato will re-air the two short stories of his that we aired back then. 'Fog Horn', about a prehistoric sea monster who awakens in the deep to the "love call" of a lighthouse's fog horn. And Bradbury's first story to be printed in the slick paper magazines of the late 1940's, 'The Night'. An eight year old boy and his mother are waiting up one summer night for his older brother to return home from playing with his friends.  As it gets later, and he has not appeared, they fear there is something in the darkness... . Mrs White joins us for tonight's show.

Gremlin Time on 09/17/12

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Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 09/18/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

Tonight we present "The Great Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot", a short story by Jean Shepherd, the author of "A Christmas Story". Set in a small Indiana town during the years of the Great Depression, Leopold Doppler, owner of the Orpheum Theater, would attract audiences by holding contests each night of the week besides just showing movies. But the trouble started with the offer of a free set of dishes. This program is now posted at <http://kboo.fm/node/50171>

Gremlin Time on 08/20/12

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Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 08/21/2012 - 12:00am
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Tonight we present one of Jack London's South Seas Adventure Stories, The Seed of McCoy. A steel hulled clipper ship, carrying grain has a slow smoldering fire deep in one of her cargo holds. Still afloat and under sail, but enveloped in smoke, the captain seeks to go aground on an island. Allowing the fire to burn the wooden parts of the vessel, but leaving its metal hull intact. They have arrived at Pitcarne Island, home to the descendants of the crew of the Bounty. Their governor, old man McCoy, convinces the captain that there is not harbor or even a beach on the island, and he volunteers to lead the ship to the nearest island they can put the ship ashore.

Gremlin Time on 02/20/12

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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:00am
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Two railroad stories

This month Fortunato reads 'Mrs Union Station' by Seattle writer, Douglas Welch. Newly wed Mrs Applegate finds that her husband's passion for trains and railroading is destroying their marriage. She didn't mind that their honeymoon was spent riding every train line between Chicago and New York City and then, every subway in Manhattan! But he now spents most of his time with his friends, and their extensive model railroad set up, than with her! Also 'The Railway Guide' by Christopher Morley gives us a nostalgic look at the many railroads that criss crossed the country; read by Golden Whiskey.

Gremlin Time on 01/16/12

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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:00am
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A Steam Punk adventure based on the works of Jules Verne

This month Fortunato reads a Steam Punk Adventure, 'The Secret of The Nautilus' by Michael Mallory. A sequel to the classic 19th Century,  techno-thrillers by Jules Verne. What is the catastrophic secret Captain Nemo must hide within the sunken hull of The Nautilus?  Who is the mysterious stranger, Captain Nemo fears will resurface and then board his beloved submersible to retrive this secret? And, what are the sinister plans of a mysterious group of  power hungry, ruthless men, who have been pursuing this secret for decades?  All will be revealed on tonight's story.

Gremlin Time on 08/15/11

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Mon, 08/15/2011 - 11:00pm - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:00am
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Jerry Lewis looks back to when he and Dean Martin were the biggest act ever in show business

 In light of the recent, abrupt dismissal of long time host Jerry Lewis from the Labor Day MDA Telethon, Fortunato reads excerpts from Dean and Me a Love Story by Jerry Lewis and James Cablin. A look back at the amazing career of the greatest comedy team ever, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. How it happened, what they did, and who they met.

Gremlin Time on 03/21/11

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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 11:00pm - Tue, 03/22/2011 - 12:00am
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Two failing would be screenwriters commit murder.

Danny Floyd had his doubts about teaming up with film geek Farrel Johns, and setting off for Hollywood. But being a failed screenwriter turned out to be not as bad as being wanted for murder! Tonight's dramatization is adapted from a short story by Gar Anthony Haywood. This story does contain Explicate Language.

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PIGEONS FROM HELL by Robert E. Howard

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Mon, 10/19/2009

For Halloween, we submit for your approval, Pigeons From Hell; a scary Southern Gothic short story by Texas-born Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian. Two lost travelers come across a long abandoned plantation house, where they decide to spend the night. But something is hiding in the old manor house, something horrible! Something undead, that 'lives' off murder! Howard combines a classic haunted house story with elements of nightmarish dream states, and voodoo legends of the undead, with the aftermath of the Reconstuction for a tale of horror and cruel revenge.

First published in 1938 in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, two years after Howard's death; it was later adapted for an episode of the early 1960's TV show Thiller,  hosted by Boris Karloff. By the late 60's, there was a popular interest in fantasy literature due to the success of  The Lord of the Rings, and Howard's work began to be reprinted. This story appeared in the paperback collection The Dark Man and Others, and then began appearing in many other collections of horror stories. In 1983 Stephen King call it one of the great horror stories of the 20th Century.

Our abridged presentation features Aubergine Plum, Paynes Grey, and Van Dyke Brown. We dare you to listen with the lights out!

'Wild Water' by Robert E. Howard

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Wed, 05/20/2009

Jim Reynolds sets out to take down the corrupt politcal machine of Bisley, Texas.  But his idea of justice brings more than he bargained for.  Set during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, this 2oth Century Western short story is a departure for fantasy/adventure writer Robert E. Howard. A 3D Radio production featuring Sterling Sam Silver, Rasco Veldt, and Fortunato.

Special Tribute to the Memory of Singer Utah Phillips -' Hobos That Pass In The Night ' by Jack London - read by Walt Curtis

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Mon, 04/20/2009

Walt Curtis from KBOO's The Talking Earth, reads this excerpt from Jack London's book The Road. In which, London talks about hobo lore, living outside of society, and his own experiences as a hobo at the end of the 19th Century.  

Back in April of 2009, we had also decided to dedicate this story to the memory and music of singer and poet Utah Phillips, by using a few of his ballads about railroads and hobos, as dramatic counterpoint to this story about railroads and hobos by Jack London.  "One of the few American writers who really knew how to write" - H. L. Menckin

 

IT by Theodore Sturgeon

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Mon, 10/20/2008

Our Second Halloween offering is a classic monster story by science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, entitled 'IT'. An allegorical fantasy about a man-like plant creature who grew out of a swamp and begins roaming the countryside destroying anything or anyone it comes across.  Most threaten is the Drew family living in a nearby farm. Unaware of the danger, the Drew's nine year old daughter, Babe, sneaks out of the house to meet up with her uncle in their secret hiding place in the woods. But her uncle has already by killed and torn apart by the brute strength of the mute, and uncaring mold with a mind.

First appearing in the August 1940 issue of Unknown magazine this story was to influence many other 'swamp-things' in fiction, comics, movies and television. At the time it was a comment on the unthinking and uncaring evil of the fascists who had started the war in Europe.

Featured in our 3D Radio Production are Woody Creek, Orange Julius, Mrs White, Ubu Orange, and Shrieking Violet as Babe. Fortunato reads the narration. With music adapted from the soundtracks for the TV shows 'Twin Peaks', & 'the X-Files' as well as the work of Bernard Herrman for the Brian Depalma motion picture 'Sisters'.

'The Seed of McCoy' by Jack London

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Wed, 09/17/2008

A splendid and rousing South Seas adventure by Jack London. An iron sailing ship, the Pyrenees, has a cargo of wheat burning in her hold. She comes to Pitcairn's Island flying a distress signal, seeking a safe anchorage where the ship could be beached, so that the fire would burn itself out, leaving the iron hull. McCoy, chief magistrate and governor of Pitcairn's and grandson of one of the Bounty mutineers, comes aboard and tells the Captain  there is no beach or anchorage on Pitcairn's and that he should have "slacked away for Mangareva," 300 miles distant. McCoy agrees to go along with her to Mangareva as pilot, hoping to strike the island at mid-morning next day. But the Pyrenees and its cargo of fire strikes a gale, misses Mangareva island and combs the sea for a place to anchor. 

Always at his best in the short story form, London takes actual events and imagines a magical voyage of peril and redemption.

A 3D Radio Production with Cory Cobalt Shimla, Naples Yellow, Rasco Veldt, and Fortunato. And joining us for this abridged version of this great south sea adventure is Professor Lisa Neville of Cortland University to give us some background on Jack London.

Afterward by Edith Warton

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Fri, 06/20/2008

Ned and Mary Boyne  move into an old manor house in Dorset, deep in the English countryside. Its need of major renovation and its isolation are exactly what the young couple had dreamed of finding once that had 'made it'.  And the story that there is even a ghost, makes the place even more appealing. But strangely, all they can learn about this haunting is that  you won't know you have seen the ghost until 'afterward'. And this leaves them totally unprepared for what does happen.

An off beat ghost story by Edith Wharton, the author of Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome. And concerns some of Wharton's favorite subjects: betrayal by a loved one, and home renovation. Besides being one of America's great writers, Wharton was one of the first people to write about interior decoration, and home renovation.

Our abidged version features Gigi La Rue, Cory Colbalt Shimla, Engilsh Rose, Mrs White, and Rasco Velt.  With Fortuanto doing a quick fill in for a scene that got lost during production,

With background music excerpted from the soundtracks to 'Vertigo', 'The Red Shoes' and Philip Glass' 'Dracula'. Plus 'Slow Down' by Cassandra Wilson during the break.

This program is dedicated to the memory of Loretta Wallet, a long time teacher at Cleveland High School in SE Portland, Oregon. Who taught English Literature, and foreign languages. Being one of the first teachers to offer classes in Russian in the Portland area. She continued to tutor long after she retired, even up to weeks before she passed away in 2007.

'I am a Cat' by Souski Natsumi

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Mon, 09/17/2007

An orphaned kitten finds his way to the house of a teacher. Where he observes the failings of human kind. Featuring Abergine Plum, Van Dyke Browne, Paynes Grey, Mrs White, and Fortunato in this 3D Radio presentation of the first published short story by Japan's first great modern writer Souski Natsumi. Joining us for background on this writer is Professor Lisa Neville, English Department, Cortland University.

Gremlin Time presents 'A Man in the Way', a Pat Hobby story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Sun, 05/27/2007

 Paynes Grey reads this story about a washed up screenwriter trying to stay alive in the new Hollywood of the 1940s.  Fitzgerald's stories of Pat Hobby were originally published in Esquire Magazine, and are some of his last published works. They are drawn from his own experiences as a writer for the big studios in Hollywood's Golden Age.  The Audio is a little on the poor side so no adjustment necessary.

Johnny One Eye by Damon Runyon

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Tue, 02/20/2007

A dying gangster named Rudolph is hold up in an abandoned house on west 57th Street in New York City.  Alone and fatally wounded he is befriended by a little girl and her beat up kitten. Whom he names Johnny One Eye, because the cat has been so knocked around and has lost one eye. With their help, he tries a desparate plan to get revenge on the mug who had shot him up.

An off beat tale by Damon Runyon.Whose stories about New York's Great White Way have been the subject of many films, and the well known Broadway Musical Guys and Dolls. Featured in the cast are Naples Yellow, Boston Blackie, Sky Blue, and Fortunato.

No animals were harmed during this 3D Radio Production.

Gremlin Time presents Two Great American Railway Stories

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Thu, 07/20/2006

Umatilla Rose guest hosts this program of American Rail Road Stories. First a 3D Radio production of 'The Night Run of the Overland', by Elmore Elliot Peake. A young woman must step into the cab as engineer of the 'Overland' when her husband is too sick to take this important job. Abergine Plum, Woody Creek, Van Dyke Browne, and Fortunato star in this romantic tale from the golden age of rail road fiction. Narrated by Paynes Grey.  Also, 'The Railway Guide' by Christopher Morley. Our opening announcer Golden Whiskey reads this overview of North American Rail Roads. Background music excerpted from works by Aaron Copland and Virgil Thompson. With music breaks by Django Reinhart, and Utah Philips.

 

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