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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Tuesday June 8, 2021 - 1:32 AM
 
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VANCOUVER, Washington - Re-Imagined Radio, directed by John Barber, faculty member in WSU Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program, will present "X Minus One Tribute" in June. The broadcast will feature two stories from "X Minus One," a radio anthology program known for high-quality adaptations of original science fiction stories. "It is on every list of the best radio programs ever," Barber said.

The hour-long episode will air at noon June 21 on two local radio stations: Vancouver's KXRW-FM (99.9 FM) and Portland's KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM). Rebroadcasts will be offered by Portland's KUIK-AM (1360 AM), Salem's KMWV-FM (98.3 FM); and CKXU, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, which in turn distributes Re-Imagined Radio across Canada. The performance will also be available online via the stations' websites and will be archived at reimaginedradio.net.

Radio Re-Imagined will feature two adapted stories by acclaimed authors, "The Veldt," by Ray Bradbury and "The Cave of Night" by James E. Gunn.

Published in 1950, Bradbury's "The Veldt" is set in a future home where the children program their playroom to provide a virtual reality of the African veldt, complete with lions. "The Cave of Night," published in 1955, concerns the pilot of a U.S. experimental rocket ship stranded in space, unable to return to Earth.

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, Marc Rose, Martin John Gallagher, Metropolitan Performing Arts, Holly Slocum Design, the Kiggins Theatre, Regina Carol Social Media Management and Photography, and Willamette Radio Workshop.

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate sound-based storytelling and pay tribute to the radio programs of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Episodes initially were stage productions for live audiences, with limited opportunities for broadcast or streaming. Now, with COVID-19 restrictions, Re-Imagined Radio has become a monthly broadcast and livestreamed event.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. Both in person and online, 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.