The WallBreakers are creating Podcasts
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$18
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Project: A Chronological History of American Dramatic Radio

As part of the The WallBreakers, I produce a podcast twice-per-month called Breaking Walls. I launched in 2014 with a scalable and linear concept: sit-down conversations with luminaries, centered around helpful topics, all laddering up to a monthly theme. As of January of 2018 over 70 shows have been produced.

Breaking Walls has since expanded to include mini-documentaries about people, programs, and moments during the Golden Age of Radio. These shows include the history of Suspense: Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills, how Jack Benny, Jell-O, and a tax code changed the network broadcast landscape, and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and the death of American dramatic radio.

These mini-documentaries will soon be expanding. Beginning on February 15, 2018 with Breaking Walls Episode 75, I’ll be tackling a long-term story arc: A Chronological History of American Dramatic Radio. I'll begin with radio's earliest moments, focusing on the technological creation of radio, followed by the rise of the networks, programming, shows remembered and forgotten, industry growth, why the networks shifted most funding towards television in 1953, radio drama's subsequent decline, attempts at an radio drama reboot, and finally what could happen next thanks, to the growth in podcasts.

In 1999 I discovered the Golden Age of Radio after my grandmother bought my grandfather a box set of sixty old-time radio shows selected by Walter Cronkite. He popped on an episode of a science fiction show that ran in the late 1950s called X-Minus One. I was instantly hooked! I’ve been listening to and collecting shows, as well as reading about that early era of broadcasting since.

I believe this is a story best told chronologically and audio is the correct format for it. Audio drama truly is the "theatre of the mind," as it's been nicknamed, and many of its stars directly influenced the stars we've grown up watching. This documentary will be a combination of dramatic story, audio quotes, interviews, golden age of radio clips all woven together with sound effects and narration.

With your help, I can dedicate the time and resources to making this documentary happen while the last members of the radio community who were working during the Golden Age of Radio are still with us, and make sure that the quality of the documentary does the medium justice.

It's also a wonderful way for an entire generation of young people to learn about what Americans of past generations were listening to and why. There are so many entertainment standards that came from radio! For example, did you know the term Soap Opera originated in the Chicago radio industry because many sponsors were soap manufacturers based in Chicago?

I’ve recently become a member of the wonderful Old-Time Radio Research Group. It’s helped me meet and speak with fans and historical researchers alike. I have access to interview libraries, show archives and will secure new interviews with radio historians and radio veterans who’ve worked in radio since the death of widespread network audio drama, as well as go to view private library collections in person. 

I don't have a specific number of episodes in mind for this documentary because I'd like it to build organically. My main desire is to make it the most comprehensive documentary on the history of the radio industry ever produced, which to me means several dozen episodes over the course of multiple years. I'm incredibly excited for this undertaking! It promises to be life-altering and something I'll share with the entire world. 

Rewards
Pilot Level
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name will be added to the list of documentary supporters on our website, www.TheWallBreakers.com, in the written credits for the show, and you'll be subscribed to the WallBreakers newsletter, where you'll receive monthly project updates.
Sustained Show Level
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


Access to unreleased WallBreakers podcast clips! There’s always more recorded for each show than what makes the final cut. It might be an interesting clip that doesn’t fit into the episode storyline, a portion of an interview I've conducted with a radio veteran, or early access to teasers for upcoming episodes. You’ll be able to hear that on a distinct media feed here on Patreon.

Old Home Week Level
$10 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above, plus: 


Invites to BYOH (Bring Your Own Headset) cocktail and/or audio parties I'll organize at milestone moments.

Morning News Level
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


A free WallBreakers unity t-shirt (http://jamesthewallbreaker.com/shop/?category=T-Shirts)

Mid-day Soap Level
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


Over-the-air name recognition and thank you as an Executive Producer during the closing credits of each Breaking Walls episode.

Prime Time Level
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


A once-per-year .15 - .30 second message of your choice produced as a custom commercial, built within an episode of Breaking Walls.

Peabody Award Level
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: you'll be able to select the topic for a future episode of Breaking Walls for me to produce from the ground up.
Goals
$18 of $3,500 per month
If I reach my monthly goal of $3,500, I'll guarantee to produce at least 2 episodes per month on the history of American Dramatic Radio! Hitting this goal will allow for the necessary time and resources to produce this docu-series in a way that gives the topic it's deserved respect. Find the show at www.TheWallBreakers.com or by searching for Breaking Walls everywhere you get your podcasts.

I'm incredibly grateful for your help. I hope you keep getting out there and keep breaking those walls!

James
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Project: A Chronological History of American Dramatic Radio

As part of the The WallBreakers, I produce a podcast twice-per-month called Breaking Walls. I launched in 2014 with a scalable and linear concept: sit-down conversations with luminaries, centered around helpful topics, all laddering up to a monthly theme. As of January of 2018 over 70 shows have been produced.

Breaking Walls has since expanded to include mini-documentaries about people, programs, and moments during the Golden Age of Radio. These shows include the history of Suspense: Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills, how Jack Benny, Jell-O, and a tax code changed the network broadcast landscape, and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and the death of American dramatic radio.

These mini-documentaries will soon be expanding. Beginning on February 15, 2018 with Breaking Walls Episode 75, I’ll be tackling a long-term story arc: A Chronological History of American Dramatic Radio. I'll begin with radio's earliest moments, focusing on the technological creation of radio, followed by the rise of the networks, programming, shows remembered and forgotten, industry growth, why the networks shifted most funding towards television in 1953, radio drama's subsequent decline, attempts at an radio drama reboot, and finally what could happen next thanks, to the growth in podcasts.

In 1999 I discovered the Golden Age of Radio after my grandmother bought my grandfather a box set of sixty old-time radio shows selected by Walter Cronkite. He popped on an episode of a science fiction show that ran in the late 1950s called X-Minus One. I was instantly hooked! I’ve been listening to and collecting shows, as well as reading about that early era of broadcasting since.

I believe this is a story best told chronologically and audio is the correct format for it. Audio drama truly is the "theatre of the mind," as it's been nicknamed, and many of its stars directly influenced the stars we've grown up watching. This documentary will be a combination of dramatic story, audio quotes, interviews, golden age of radio clips all woven together with sound effects and narration.

With your help, I can dedicate the time and resources to making this documentary happen while the last members of the radio community who were working during the Golden Age of Radio are still with us, and make sure that the quality of the documentary does the medium justice.

It's also a wonderful way for an entire generation of young people to learn about what Americans of past generations were listening to and why. There are so many entertainment standards that came from radio! For example, did you know the term Soap Opera originated in the Chicago radio industry because many sponsors were soap manufacturers based in Chicago?

I’ve recently become a member of the wonderful Old-Time Radio Research Group. It’s helped me meet and speak with fans and historical researchers alike. I have access to interview libraries, show archives and will secure new interviews with radio historians and radio veterans who’ve worked in radio since the death of widespread network audio drama, as well as go to view private library collections in person. 

I don't have a specific number of episodes in mind for this documentary because I'd like it to build organically. My main desire is to make it the most comprehensive documentary on the history of the radio industry ever produced, which to me means several dozen episodes over the course of multiple years. I'm incredibly excited for this undertaking! It promises to be life-altering and something I'll share with the entire world. 

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Rewards
Pilot Level
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name will be added to the list of documentary supporters on our website, www.TheWallBreakers.com, in the written credits for the show, and you'll be subscribed to the WallBreakers newsletter, where you'll receive monthly project updates.
Sustained Show Level
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


Access to unreleased WallBreakers podcast clips! There’s always more recorded for each show than what makes the final cut. It might be an interesting clip that doesn’t fit into the episode storyline, a portion of an interview I've conducted with a radio veteran, or early access to teasers for upcoming episodes. You’ll be able to hear that on a distinct media feed here on Patreon.

Old Home Week Level
$10 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above, plus: 


Invites to BYOH (Bring Your Own Headset) cocktail and/or audio parties I'll organize at milestone moments.

Morning News Level
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


A free WallBreakers unity t-shirt (http://jamesthewallbreaker.com/shop/?category=T-Shirts)

Mid-day Soap Level
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


Over-the-air name recognition and thank you as an Executive Producer during the closing credits of each Breaking Walls episode.

Prime Time Level
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: 


A once-per-year .15 - .30 second message of your choice produced as a custom commercial, built within an episode of Breaking Walls.

Peabody Award Level
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus: you'll be able to select the topic for a future episode of Breaking Walls for me to produce from the ground up.