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Re-Imagined Radio relates stories of terror and darkness - 07/01/24

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Re-Imagined Radio’s July episode, “Nightfall,” draws on two stories connected by the same name. One story, titled “Nightfall,” was the final episode of the science fiction radio series “Dimension X." The other story, “The Porch Light,” was part of a Canadian series titled “Nightfall.” Both are stories of psychological terror and darkness, amplified with frightful sound effects.

“Nightfall” premieres at 1 p.m. July 15 on KXRW-FM (99.9), Vancouver, and KXRY-FM (91.1 and 107.1), Portland. Subsequent broadcasts and streams will be provided by local, regional and international broadcast partners.

Written by Isaac Asimov, the story titled “Nightfall” describes a world with six suns that keep the planet in perpetual sunlight, except for once every 2,500 years, when a total lunar eclipse brings extended darkness. “The Porch Light” is a ghost story about a couple who rent a remote house where, on a snowy night, a stranger arrives and bizarre events begin.

“Nightfall” the story dates from the early 1950s, known as the Golden Age of Radio. The “Nightfall” series, which ran from 1980 to 1983, “demonstrates that high-quality radio storytelling can be produced and enjoyed even after the so-called Golden Age of Radio has passed,” said John Barber, producer and host of Re-Imagined Radio and faculty member in Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program.

Re-Imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on community radio stations KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM. Each episode is streamed globally and is then available as a podcast. Information and listening opportunities are available at reimaginedradio.fm. 

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, KXRY-FM, Fuse Audio Design, the Electronic Literature Lab at WSU Vancouver, Marc Rose and Holly Slocum Design, with Sidney Nguyen.

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate radio storytelling.  ”We select, produce and perform classic and contemporary stories across a spectrum of radio genres, from dramas to comedies, from oral to aural histories, from documentaries to fictions, from soundscapes to sonic journeys, from radio to sound art,Barber said. 

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. We acknowledge their presence here. WSU Vancouver expresses its respect towards these original and current caretakers of the region. We pledge that these relationships will be built on mutual trust and respect. 

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