Radio Drama Revival is one of the internet’s longest-running anthology modern audio drama shows (dedicated mostly to programming created after the “Golden Age” of US Radio Drama). We were founded in 2007 by producer Fred Greenhalgh, and transitioned in 2016 to the stewardship of David Rheinstrom.
To date, the podcast has featured over 250 hours of audio stories, interviews, and other features. We’ve interviewed over 100 artists ranging in age from 17 to 70 and debuted some of the stand-out hits of the contemporary audio drama scene.
Fred Greenhalgh, Host Emeritus (2007-2016)
Radio Drama Revival’s history starts with Fred Greenhalgh, who kicked the show off in January of 2007.
Fred’s passion for radio drama started with his discovery of the art while producing his first work, Day of the Dead. A dedicated fiction writer through high school and college, Fred found the audio format an ideal medium for his short stories and began the process of adapting the tales he’d collected over the years under the moniker of FinalRune Productions.
Still, there are only so many places one can hear radio drama, and when a free air slot opened up at Portland, Maine community radio station WMPG, Fred sprung at the chance. Station management was up for a radio drama show and kerplam! Radio Drama Revival was born.
David Rheinstrom, Host (2016 – )
David is a writer, producer, and sometimes voice-actor living in Washington, D.C., but originally hailing from the suburbs of Chicago. He first got into radio theater in 2007, when he and two friends produced three original shows – Sky Pirates!, The Human Chord, and Simon Colt – with the KWUR Theater of the Air, their college radio theater company.
From 2016-17, David was the host of Wondery’s Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape, an audio fiction anthology series.
For his day job, David is a professional (descriptivist!) grammarian at Khan Academy, an education nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to coming on board with Radio Drama Revival, David was assistant sound editor, writer, and producer with Chicago’s post-apocalyptic scifi podcast Our Fair City.
Wil Williams, Line Producer
Wil Williams is a podcast critic and devout millennial living in Phoenix, Arizona, a place too hot and dry for any human to live, so perhaps Wil Williams is actually several lizards in a trench coat. Wil writes about podcasts for Wil Williams Reviews, Discover Pods, The Podcast Host, and Polygon. She created and manages the Podcast Problems Discord server.
Eli McIlveen, Interviews Producer
Eli is a writer, audio producer and musician based in Hamilton, Ontario.
He’s been recording strange noises since he first “borrowed” his dad’s cassette player as a kid. During his five-year stint at CKMS-FM (University of Waterloo), he co-produced Philler, a weekly comedy series, and hosted a radio theatre showcase. He has also been sound designer for a raft of theatre productions in Toronto.
Currently, he is the lead writer/director and sound designer of Alba Salix, Royal Physician, a fairy-tale hospital comedy podcast, and its barroom spinoff, The Axe & Crown. In 2015, Alba Salix won a Gold in the Fantasy category at the Mark Time Awards, and was a Parsec Awards finalist.
Eli’s other credits include dialogue editing for Aural Stage Studios and 11th Hour Audio Productions, and production work on several long-running talk podcasts, including Attention Surplus. He’s also appeared on the Audio Drama Production Podcast discussing the craft of producing audio fiction, and has guested on Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, Radiation World and What’s the Frequency? playing a variety of humans and invertebrates.
Sean Howard, Associate Producer
Sean Howard is the producer and co‐director of Alba Salix and The Axe & Crown, and the Game Master of The End of Time and Other Bothers.
He began as a line producer on Season 1 of Alba Salix, responsible for managing the cast, setting schedules and coordinating budgets, as well as fundraising, photography and marketing.
Sean is a recovering juggler, and has dabbled in theatre as both a performer and a lighting designer. He also brings his 20+ years of marketing and advertising experience to Alba Salix. He is relatively new to the audio world, but is a podcast addict of the highest order.
Elena Fernández Collins, Submissions Editor
Elena Fernández Collins is a podcast critic and forensic sociolinguist living in Portland, OR. She writes about podcasts for her own website, The Bello Collective, Discover Pods, and curates her own newsletter, Audio Dramatic. You can find her spending too much time on Twitter @ShoMarq, where she would probably like to to talk to you about having a press kit and transcripts for your podcast.
Heather Cohen, Researcher
Heather is a researcher, data nerd, and, that rarest of things, an LA native. She first got involved in RDR after host and longtime friend, David Rheinstrom, reminded her that she had agreed to do research on his creative projects at age 15; Luckily, they have both improved in their respective skillsets since then. When not giving directions to sunburnt tourists, teaching her cats to fetch, or shouting about the anachronism of having those cuffs in that era, she works at a biotech and research company.
James Oliva, Social Media Manager
James is the writer/creator/director of the psychedelic noir audio drama podcast What’s The Frequency? In addition he has appeared in many other podcasts as a voice actor. Most notably as the voice of Michael Tate on the audio dramapodcast Greater Boston, Robert Montague on Tides and Scott Sweet on 1994 and Azrael on Minefire. He’s also had guest appearances on ars Paradoxica, The Strange Case of Starship Iris, Alba Salix, Lake Clarity, Big Data, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, Oakpodcast, The Haven Chronicles, and Radiation World. He has also worked as director and sound designer for the podcast short Old Fashioned Hell House written by Jonathan Goldberg.