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Radio Repertory Company of America Signs on with XM Satellite Radio

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

RRCA Expands Their Sound with the New Evolution of Radio




RRCA Expands Their Sound with the New Evolution of Radio

(Saddle Brook, NJ) – The union of new technology and an old form of entertainment has taken place as the Radio Repertory Company, makers of audio drama, has announced the licensing of its full catalog of shows to XM Satellite Radio.

The Saddle Brook, NJ based audio producer has been creating original audio drama since 1995. Radio drama’s flourished in the 1930’s and 40’s. Radio “Soaps” began to fade as a popular entertainment form in the 1950’s when television became popular as a mass medium. Over the years, small audio producers have kept the art form alive, getting their funding mostly from government grants and appealing to esoteric markets with advocacy programming. This did nothing to bring wide, new audiences to audio drama.

According to RRCA Creative Director Larry Weiner, “We are among the very few audio producers today trying to appeal to and attract as wide an audience as possible.”

Satellite radio is the latest evolution in audio. Because an orbiting satellite transmits the signal down to Earth, a car equipped with a satellite radio receiver can actually drive from New Jersey to California without losing the signal. To date, two companies, XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio offer this new type of audio delivery system. Recently, XM introduced a portable radio with the XM receiver in it. Subscribers to XM can now listen to satellite radio in their homes and even at the beach.

The shows the Radio Repertory Company has licensed to XM include “Garson Krebs: Private Eye,” a series of eight half-hour comedies that originally aired on National Public Radio; “The Stealer of Souls,” which featured Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy in “Married With Children”); “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” starring Marina Sirtis (from “Star Trek: Next Generation”); and the Anne Manx series, which star Claudia Christian and Patricia Tallman (stars of “Babylon 5”).

An audio pilot, “The Adventures of Red Cloud,” is slated for release to XM in the Fall. It will star Traci Elizabeth Lords.

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