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Radio Repertory Company of America Wins Golden Headset Award for Best Audio Drama

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

RRCA Awarded for its Audio Excellence in the Episode “Anne Manx and the Trouble on Chromius”




“Anne Manx and the Trouble on Chromius” Awarded for its Audio Excellence

(Saddle Brook, NJ) – The Radio Repertory Company of America, a New Jersey based audio drama producer, has been awarded a 2003 Golden Headset award for the year’s Best Multicast Drama of the Year.

The winning production, “Anne Manx and the Trouble on Chromius,” is the third in a series that follows the intergalactic adventures of sexy, surprising spy Anne Manx. The series stars Claudia Christian, who played Commander Susan Ivanova in the syndicated television series, “Babylon 5.” The Trouble on Chromius also features Andy Harlett from the television series “Angel” and Paris Jefferson from the television shows, “Xena” and “Hercules.”

“Anne Manx is the Flash Gordon of the late 1990’s early 2000’s” said Bennett Pomerantz, audio critic and the award’s originator.

Pomerantz, an Audiophile magazine columnist, originated awards for audio drama 16 years ago, after receiving repeated requests for the best. The awards began as the Audi’s and then became the Golden Headset.

The competition receives audio drama entries from around the globe, and last year’s competition was steep. An audio version of The Twilight Zone and a submission from Jean Simmons from KISS were among the contenders.

Although the competition is open to any genre of drama, the Radio Repertory Company earned praise for its original material and creative producer Larry Weiner.

“Some of the best satirical writing this side of Firesign Theater. I’d say it’s a combination of George Carlin, Robin Williams, and the Firesign Theater,” said Pomerantz.

The dramas are judged in ten different categories with a possible ten points in each category. The highest grade Pomerantz ever awarded was an 89.

Unlike books on tape, or the traditional radio shows that were popular from the 1920’s through the mid-1950’s, the Radio Repertory Company is known for creating movie quality sound in their productions. Each feature is a combination of original soundtrack music, special effects, and a cast of around 30 voices orchestrated together by the studio’s sound designer Angelo Panetta.

“He [Panetta] doesn’t just record voices, he makes it sing” said Pomerantz.

Anne Manx and the Trouble on Chromius follows the cop turned private eye as she unravels a ring of prostitutes, senators, and revolutionaries on the planet Chromius. The Radio Repertory Company is already in production on the fourth audio movie, “Anne Manx on Amazonia,” which will feature Tony award winner and movie legend Barbara Harris.

The company began as a producer for radio advertisements and in 1995 changed direction to create movies for the ear. Its first project was a series following the dumb luck detective Garson Krebs, which aired on National Public Radio in the mid-1950’s. From there they created another mystery series, “The Brooke Sisters,” before finding their niche in science fiction.

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