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Mar 1998 Shoestring Radio Theatre: San Francisco's Best-Kept Secret?
Mar 1996 The Past, The Present & The Future All Collide In Shoestring Radio Theatre
Feb 1996 "Shoestring" & "Movie Magazine" Now Airing On The Internet / Play Nominateed For Best Radio Drama Production
Sep 1995 Shoestring Radio Theatre Launches World Wide Web Site
Apr 1995 Shoestring Radio Theatre Launches 8th Year Of National Radio Drama Broadcasts
Nov 1994 Shoestring Radio Theatre Produces Its First Digital Radio Drama: "All's Fair In Love, War & Backgammon"
Aug 1994 Shoestring Radio Theatre To Appear Live At The Cartwright Hotel Charity Event On August 29th
Jul 1994 Shoestring Radio Theatre Announces Second Year On Public Radio Satellite: Corporate Underwriters Set
Oct 1993 Shoestring Radio Theatre & Movie Magazine International Air On 55 stations (In 10 states!)
Jun 1993 Shoestring Radio Theatre To Syndicate Nationally!
May 1993 Shoestring Radio Theatre: 6 Years Of Creating Illusions

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March 18, 1998

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE
SAN FRANCISCO'S BEST-KEPT SECRET?

SAN FRANCISCO - Like many veterans returning from World War II, Frank M. Campbell had a dream about his future life, a dream that included the still-thriving art of radio drama. Campbell wrote and directed many of his own plays for radio, receiving a nomination for the Peabody Award. And then, in 1952, disaster struck. Campbell, who'd risked his life many times during World War II, fell down a flight of stairs at a party, sustaining a broken neck. He died soon after, never to be forgotten by his much younger brother Lewis, who went on to become an acting teacher. His students in 1997 included actor Raymond Formanek, a member of Shoestring Radio Theatre. Intrigued by the story of Frank M. Campbell, Formanek brought several of Campbell's plays to the attention of Shoestring Radio Theatre's founding producer, Monica Sullivan.

"Two of the plays, 'The Legend of Castle Bodnar' & 'Cousin William' were ideal for Hallowe'en listening. With Lewis Campbell's blessing, we began production on the plays with George McRae as director."

Shoestring Radio Theatre, founded in February 1988, specializes in producing original plays by contemporary playwrights, as well as fresh interpretations of traditional favorites. To the young members of the company, "The Legend of Castle Bodnar" & "Cousin William", unheard for over half a century, remained timeless examples of radio drama at its best.

"At our request, Lewis Campbell brought a photograph of his brother when he came to visit & that made Frank seem real to us," says Sullivan. "He would have fitted right in with Shoestring: He had a deep understanding of what makes radio drama tick & a wonderfully playful approach to Grand Guignol."

"The Legend of Castle Bodnar" shows what happens to a group of filmmakers when they come to Transylvania to visit Castle Bodnar, where vampires may or may not still lurk in the year 1937. The cast includes Russ Hickman and Maura McLoughlin as John and Vicky Harker, Nancy Madden and Rob Avila as Doris and Billy Bennings and Raymond Formanek and Monica Sullivan as Professor Stefanov and Countess Julia. "Cousin William" reveals why Tom & Marian Delafield (Formanek, McLoughlin) no longer visit his creepy country relatives (played by Geoffrey Gallegos, Don Stone, Avila & Madden). After the recording session with announcer Tom Backos and senior associate producer Adam Ling at Western Public Radio in San Francisco, director McRae and co-producer Steve Rubenstein spent many hours on post-production, making every shriek and rattle sound spooky & blood-curdling.

After the Hallowe'en 1997 broadcasts, the plays were submitted to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for consideration in the 1998 Community Radio Program Awards for Radio Drama Production. On Friday, March 13, 1998, in Bethesda, Maryland, the winners were announced, including a certificate of merit for Shoestring Radio Theatre's production of Frank M. Campbell's "The Legend of Castle Bodnar" & "Cousin William."

Shoestring Radio Theatre produces two dozen thirty-minute broadcasts annually and plans are in the works to do more plays by Frank M. Campbell in the summer of 1998. Says producer Sullivan, "It would have been an honor to work with Frank during the Golden Age of Radio. This is the next best thing: He was filled with a bright and original talent and we're very proud to reintroduce his work to radio buffs in the Bay area and across the country."

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" airs nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System every Friday morning from 1:30 - 1:59, Eastern time, on channel A719 (following its sister program, "Movie Magazine International" from 1:00 - 1:30 E/T - channel A719). "Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" air locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on KUSF, 90.3 FM every Wednesday night from 9:00 - 10:00 Pacific time and can be heard simultaneously on the Internet on Audio.Net at "http://www.radio.audionet.com/radio/College/KUSF/".

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March 1, 1996

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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THE PAST, THE PRESENT & THE FUTURE ALL COLLIDE IN
SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE

SAN FRANCISCO - Taking an art form from the past and bringing it into the present is no easy feat ... and neither is bringing it into the future. But it's all in a day's work for Shoestring Radio Theatre, the San Francisco-based radio production company, currently celebrating its eighth birthday.

Since producer Monica Sullivan founded the program in February, 1988, "Shoestring Radio Theatre" has been bringing the art form of radio drama from the past into the present by producing original, entertaining radio plays for radio listeners of today--many of whom aren't old enough to have heard radio drama before. And since the program went national on the Public Radio Satellite System in July, 1993, "Shoestring" has been at the forefront of a national movement by radio theater companies across North America to preserve this cherished art form from yesteryear and keep it alive and kicking into the 21st century. The program is currently heard on a confirmed station line-up of 93 radio stations in 25 states, including flagship station KUSF, 90.3 FM in San Francisco.

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" produces 24 new half-hour programs a year at Western Public Radio in San Francisco, drawing on a pool of local talent to write, direct, and perform works which span an astonishing range of genres and styles: everything from classic murder mysteries to slapstick comedies to historical romances to contemporary dramas. The company's lengthy production process--approximately six months from rehearsal to broadcast--means that at any one time the troupe is working on several different plays simultaneously. This month, for example, the company will hold three rehearsals and one taping for "The Secret Admirer" (a San Francisco romance written and directed by Adam Ling). At the same time, Senior Associate Producer Randy Parker and Writer/Director Nico Pemantle will be holed up in the post-production studios at Western Public Radio mixing sound effects and music for "The Brian Situation"--their 60-minute drama which portrays the disturbing problems of two dysfunctional families. Meanwhile, the troupe also will have its hands full promoting and publicizing "Mugged!" (written and directed by Raymond Formanek, based on a true story), which will be premiering in March on the Public Radio Satellite System, following its February debut on KUSF-FM.

Since September, 1995, "Shoestring Radio Theatre" has begun the process of bringing the art form of radio drama from the past into the future with its new World Wide Web site--setting the stage for an inevitable collision between old and new. Located at "http://www.shoestring.org", the six month old web site (which is made possible by Internet provider LineX Communications of San Rafael, California) contains information on both "Shoestring Radio Theatre" and its sister program, "Movie Magazine International," which covers the local and national film scene with movie reviews and interviews. The site also provides information about how to listen to the two programs directly on the Internet via flagship station KUSF-FM in San Francisco, which has been simulcasting since February on Audio.Net (http://www.audionet.com/pub/kusf/kusf.htm).

The "Shoestring Radio Theatre" radio drama web pages (http://www.shoestring.org/srthome.html) not only provide information about the program (local and national schedules of upcoming plays, press releases dating back to 1993, etc.), but also serve as a promotional tool, raising awareness of the program in areas of the country (and world) where it currently does not air. "The web site has been very exciting for us," comments Webmaster Randy Parker. "Since we launched it in September, we've received email from all over North America from Internet users who want to know if the program airs in their market. And these are people who probably never had heard of 'Shoestring' before they stumbled across our web site." Founding Producer Monica Sullivan adds, "It's clear from all the email we've received that there's tremendous hunger out there for radio drama. But in most markets, it's very difficult for people to find radio drama programming. We are encouraging people who email us to call their local radio stations and request the program."

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" airs nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System every Friday morning from 1:30 - 1:59, Eastern time, on channel A719 (following its sister program, "Movie Magazine International" from 1:00 - 1:30 E/T - channel A719). "Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" air locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on KUSF, 90.3 FM every Wednesday night from 9:00 - 10:00 Pacific time and can be heard simultaneously on the Internet on Audio.Net at "http://www.audionet.com/pub/kusf/kusf.htm".

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February 26, 1996

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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"SHOESTRING" & "MOVIE MAGAZINE"
NOW AIRING ON THE INTERNET

PLAY NOMINATED FOR BEST RADIO DRAMA PRODUCTION

SAN FRANCISCO - The non-profit radio production company Shoestring Radio Theatre announced today that its two nationally-syndicated radio programs--"Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre"--will now air each week on the Internet via flagship station KUSF-FM in San Francisco, which recently began simulcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Audio.Net, a web site which transmits live radio programming in RealAudio format.

Anyone in the world with a compatible computer system can listen to the programs on the Internet as they air Wednesday nights on KUSF, 90.3 FM in San Francisco. "Movie Magazine International" airs from 9:00 - 9:30 PM (Pacific time); Internet listeners will hear the local edition of the show, which differs slightly from the national edition heard on satellite. "Shoestring Radio Theatre" airs from 9:30 - 10:00 PM (Pacific time).

In order to access KUSF's live RealAudio feed, listeners will need the RealAudio Player. Version 1.0 (which supports AM radio sound quality) requires a 14.4 Kbps modem or better and is available for Macintosh and Windows. Version 2.0 (which supports near FM mono sound quality) requires a 28.8 Kbps modem or better and currently is available for PowerMacintosh, Windows, and most Unix operating systems. Computer users can get more information about RealAudio, or download a free copy of the player, at the RealAudio home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.realaudio.com). KUSF's RealAudio live feed is located at Audio.Net and can be accessed from Shoestring Radio Theatre's web site (http://www.shoestring.org/), KUSF's web site (http://www.kusf.org), or Audio.Net's web site (http://www.audionet.com/pub/kusf/kusf.htm).

"We are really excited about the shows airing on the Internet," exclaims Founding Producer Monica Sullivan. "We will now be able to reach people who can't currently hear us because we don't have a radio affiliate in their market yet." "Many visitors to our web site have requested we make the shows available on the Internet," comments Webmaster Randy Parker. "Now with KUSF simulcasting on Audio.Net, it means that anyone in the world can listen to 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' or 'Movie Magazine International', if they have a compatible computer system."

"Movie Magazine International" is a 30-minute entertainment guide which covers the local and national film scene with movie reviews, special reports, weekly trivia contests, and interviews with directors and actors from yesterday and today. "Shoestring Radio Theatre"--a 30-minute radio drama program--draws on a pool of local talent to write, direct, and perform works which span an astonishing range of genres and styles: everything from classic murder mysteries to slapstick comedies to historical romances to contemporary dramas. The programs currently are heard on a confirmed station line-up of 93 radio stations in 25 states via the Public Radio Satellite System.

GOLDEN REEL NOMINATION FOR "THE WOMAN IN WHITE"

The National Federation Of Community Broadcasters held its annual Community Radio Program Awards ceremony on February 17th, and "The Woman In White"--produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre in 1995--was one of five final Golden Reel nominees for Best Radio Drama Production of 1995. The chilling gothic melodrama (produced by Monica Sullivan and directed by Randy Parker) is an adaptation of "The Woman In White" by Wilkie Collins. The play premiered locally on KUSF in March, 1995 and aired nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System in May 1995.

"Movie Magazine International" airs nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System every Friday morning from 1:00 - 1:30 Eastern time on channel A719 followed by "Shoestring Radio Theatre" from 1:30 - 1:59. "Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" air locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on KUSF, 90.3 FM every Wednesday night from 9:00 - 10:00 Pacific time and can be heard simultaneously on the Internet on Audio.Net at "http://www.audionet.com/pub/kusf/kusf.htm".

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SEPTEMBER 1, 1995

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE LAUNCHES WEB SITE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shoestring Radio Theatre, the San Francisco-based radio production company, announced today the official launch of its new World Wide Web site. Located on the World Wide Web (the graphical portion of the Internet) at "http://www.shoestring.org", the site contains information not only on the non-profit, tax-exempt corporation itself, but also on the company's two weekly radio shows: "Movie Magazine International" (a program of movie reviews and interviews) and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" (a program of original radio dramas). The two 30-minute shows air locally on KUSF, 90.3 FM (Wednesday nights 9-10 p.m.) and nationally on nearly 90 stations in 21 states via the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Shoestring Radio Theatre's World Wide Web site, which is made possible by Internet Provider LineX Communications of San Rafael, California (415-455-1650), contains a wide range of useful information for radio listeners and web surfers. The "Shoestring Radio Theatre" (radio drama program) web pages include: a profile of the show; local and national 13-week schedules of upcoming plays; press releases dating back to 1993; and a "Feedback" section encouraging radio listeners and web surfers to submit their suggestions, comments, questions and/or scripts to Shoestring via email. The "Movie Magazine International" web pages include: a description of the program; a schedule of upcoming interviews with actors and directors; movie reviews of current releases and old favorites; news releases; a "Feedback" area for comments; and a list of links to other cool movie-related web sites.

"The World Wide Web site is going to be a great way for us to reach out to our current listeners, to provide them with information about the shows and to provide them an opportunity to talk back to us via email. But, hopefully, the site will also enable us to reach new listeners and raise awareness of 'Movie Magazine International' and 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' in areas of the country and the world where the shows are not currently heard," comments Founding Producer Monica Sullivan. Senior Associate Producer and Webmaster Randy Parker adds, "The new web site is really exciting because as far as I can tell, 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' will be the only radio drama program in the country with a World Wide Web site. Plus, the site will immensely increase the potential audience for the film reviews from 'Movie Magazine International.' They'll now reach not only the local and national radio audience but also anyone in the world with access to the web."

Shoestring Radio Theatre's World Wide Web Site is located at "http://www.shoestring.org" and can be accessed via any web browser (although Netscape 1.1 is recommended). Additionally, the corporation has two email addresses -- " " for the film review program "Movie Magazine International" and "" for the radio drama program "Shoestring Radio Theatre" -- which can be reached from the Internet or from any commercial on-line service (such as AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy).

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APRIL 26, 1995

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE LAUNCHES 8TH YEAR
OF NATIONAL RADIO DRAMA BROADCASTS

Shoestring Radio Theatre, the San Francisco-based radio drama troupe founded by producer Monica Sullivan in February 1988, reached the ripe age of seven this winter and shows no sign of slowing down as it enters its eighth year of radio drama production. Despite a politically uncertain climate for public radio, the troupe is celebrating its birthday by renewing its commitment to keeping an alternative art form alive and kicking.

This spring the troupe plans to record a dynamic slate of original radio scripts by playwrights from near and far. "Deadline Dilemma," a humorous one-act radio mystery by Tucson, Arizona writer Carol Costa, was selected for Shoestring's 1995 production schedule from hundreds of manuscripts submitted nationwide. Berkeley writer Nico Pemantle directs his own production of "Proof Positive," a thoughtful look at how two men, one healthy, one dying, are affected by their respective misdiagnoses.

San Francisco writer Randy Parker directs his sixth Shoestring script, "Dear Ray, Why I Hate You," a disturbing look at a romantic triangle gone awry. Actors-in-residence Morgan Somers and Tom Backos make their directing debuts for Shoestring with plays by San Francisco writer David Beran ("Morning Has No House") and Michigan writer Richard E. Osgood ("One Hand Washes The Other" and "Death Of A Savage"), respectively. Oakland writer/director Clinton Vidal skewers the wild west with his original radio comedy "Slow Death."

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" will celebrate yet another birthday this July, when the program begins its third year of weekly syndication on the Public Radio Satellite System, which reaches over 500 public radio stations across the country. For the second year in a row the following companies will help underwrite the weekly satellite transmissions of "Shoestring Radio Theatre" and its companion show "Movie Magazine International": cable channel Turner Classic Movies of Atlanta, Georgia; MPI Home Video of Orland Park, Illinois; and Visible Ink Press of Detroit, Michigan (publishers of "Video Hound's Golden Movie Retriever"). In addition, they will be joined by a new underwriter, The Science Fiction Continuum, of Edison, New Jersey. Both shows are produced at Western Public Radio in San Francisco.

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" debuted on the Public Radio Satellite System in July, 1993 and is now arguably the most prominent radio drama troupe in the country, with a confirmed station line-up of over 88 radio stations in 21 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. "Shoestring Radio Theatre" is heard on Oregon's Golden Hours Radio, the Companion Radio Network (transmitted to convalescent homes across America), Broadcast Services for the Blind (a KPFA-FM, Berkeley sub-carrier) and flagship station KUSF-FM, San Francisco. Selected productions also have been distributed nationally by New York's Radioworks and internationally by Canada's Le Bande Magnetique.

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" airs nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System every Friday morning from 1:30 - 1:59, Eastern time, on channel A719 (following its sister program, "Movie Magazine International" - from 1:00 - 1:30 E/T - channel A719). "Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" air locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on KUSF-90.3 FM every Wednesday night from 9:00 - 10:00 Pacific time. Both shows are produced at Western Public Radio in San Francisco.

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NOVEMBER 1994

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE PRODUCES
ITS FIRST DIGITAL RADIO DRAMA:
"ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE, WAR & BACKGAMMON"

SAN FRANCISCO -- Local radio drama troupe Shoestring Radio Theatre will air "All's Fair In Love, War & Backgammon," its first play to be produced digitally by computer, on November 23 and 30, 1994. For the first time in Shoestring history, the troupe completed its post-production (the mixing of music and sound effects) in a state-of-the-art, computerized digital sound studio, with the help of digital sound designer Charles Maynes (the sound designer noted for several multimedia CD-ROM titles, including Peter Gabriel's Xplora 1). The result is a play with startlingly complex sound effects sequences -- and production values which are (according to Maynes) comparable in quality to those of a television commercial or feature film.

"All's Fair In Love, War & Backgammon," written and directed by playwright-in-residence Randy Parker and produced by Monica Sullivan, is a two-part 60-minute murder thriller set against the background of an international backgammon tournament in San Francisco. The play follows five competitors as they try to escape the pitfalls of a romantic pentangle ... and the fury of a vicious serial killer who has been murdering players on the tournament circuit. Shoestring actors Raymond Formanek, Monica Sullivan, John DeBernard, Jim Shepard and Teo Pique play the lead roles.

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" airs locally every Wednesday night on KUSF-90.3 FM at 9:30 PM and nationally each week on the Public Radio Satellite Network.

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AUGUST 22, 1994

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE TO APPEAR LIVE
AT THE CARTWRIGHT HOTEL CHARITY EVENT

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco -based radio drama troupe Shoestring Radio Theatre, whose productions are broadcast locally on KUSF (9:30-10:00 PM Wednesdays, 90.3 FM) and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System, will perform live on-stage at the Cartwright Hotel (524 Sutter Street at Powell) on Monday, August 29. The performance, scheduled for approximately 6:15 P.M., is part of a two-hour cocktail party (from 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.) benefiting local charity FRESH START FARMS.

The seven-year-old radio theatre company will perform "Number 13," a 20-minute psychological thriller set in London during World War II. The play, written by Monica Sullivan and Randy Parker, Shoestring's Founding Producer & Associate Producer respectively, has had a remarkable run of success since its local premiere on KUSF-FM in 1991. It was subsequently picked up for national distribution by The Radio Works & international distribution (to Africa, Australia and Canada) via Le Bande Magnetique. "Number 13" also aired in Belgium during its Radio Arts Festival in 1992 and on the Public Radio Satellite System in 1993. The FRESH START FARMS charity event will mark the second time "Number 13" has been performed live onstage. Shoestring Radio Theatre gave a staged reading of the play last February at a meeting of the Century Club.

At the Cartwright Hotel event, Shoestring actors John DeBernard, Jim Shepard, Morgan Summers and Monica Sullivan will give a dramatic reading of the play live on stage under the direction of Randy Parker while Shoestring post-production wizard Steve Rubenstein adds music accompaniment and live sound effects -- yielding a performance which will demonstrate the magic of radio drama.

The August 29th cocktail party will benefit FRESH START FARMS, a local charity dedicated to developing a long-term solution to homelessness by training and employing homeless families on urban organic farms. The organization has created a demonstration micro-farm, which employs ten homeless people (each a member of a family), on the corner of Divisadero and Ellis streets in San Francisco. Over sixty Bay Area restaurants have arranged to purchase the micro-farm's produce. Fresh Start Farms plans to establish a series of similar micro-farms on the rooftops of several buildings in San Francisco's South of Market district.

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JULY 10, 1994

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE ANNOUNCES
SECOND YEAR ON PUBLIC RADIO SATELLITE:
CORPORATE UNDERWRITERS SET

SAN FRANCISCO -- One good year deserves another! San Francisco-based Shoestring Radio Theatre, which is currently celebrating its first year on satellite, has confirmed its plans for a second year of national syndication. With the help of corporate underwriters, the popular hour-long entertainment package of "Shoestring Radio Theatre" and " Movie Magazine International" will continue to air weekly on the Public Radio Satellite System, which reaches over 500 public radio stations across America. Underwriters for the programs' second year on the satellite include Turner Classic Movies of Atlanta, Georgia, the newest television channel in Ted Turner's cable empire (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc.); MPI Home Video of Orland Park, Illinois; Visible Ink Press of Detroit, Michigan (publishers of "Video Hound's Golden Movie Retriever"); and Video By Mail of Whitney, Texas.

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" (along with its companion show "Movie Magazine International") debuted on the Public Radio Satellite System in July, 1993 and quickly established itself as arguably the most prominent radio drama troupe in the country, with a confirmed station line-up of more than 63 stations in seventeen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. In addition to the Public Radio Satellite System, Shoestring Radio Theatre is heard on Golden Hours Radio in the state of Oregon, the Companion Radio Network (transmitted to convalescent homes throughout the country), Broadcast Services for the Blind and flagship station KUSF-FM, San Francisco (widely regarded as the nation's most influential college radio station). "'Movie Magazine International' and 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' are the bright spots on our (Friday night's) programming!" says Jerry Delaunay, Program Director of Golden Hours Radio in Portland, Oregon. "The programs are exciting and the listener response has been terrific!" Additionally, selected productions have been distributed nationally by Radioworks and internationally by Le Bande Magnetique. The radio drama troupe has attracted considerable media attention since 1988, with write-ups in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News and the Detroit Free Press--as well as profiles on KTVU-TV (Fox), KGO-TV (ABC), KBHK-TV, and KICU-TV.

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" is at the forefront of a growing movement to keep the art of radio drama alive for future generations. The independent troupe, which draws on a talented pool of Bay Area playwrights and actors to create and perform its productions, has amassed a body of work (over 135 shows) that is impossible to pigeon-hole, producing everything from classic murder mysteries, "radio noir," and historical dramas to contemporary comedies, thrillers, and science fiction. Now in its seventh year of production, Shoestring Radio Theatre produces 24 new half-hour programs a year at Western Public Radio in San Francisco. "Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" air on the Public Radio Satellite System on Friday mornings from 0100-0159, Eastern time, Channel A719.

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OCTOBER 1993

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE & MOVIE MAGAZINE
AIR ON 55 STATIONS IN 10 STATES!

"Intriguing!" -- Shoestring Radio Theatre

"Excellent!" -- Movie Magazine International

As any listener of Shoestring Radio Theatre and Movie Magazine International will say, the two weekly shows can be habit-forming! Public radio stations throughout the country are discovering the same thing: these independently produced programs have been picked up by 55 stations in ten states during their first thirteen weeks of national syndication via the Public Radio Satellite System.

"KUSF, San Francisco is honored to be the flagship station for the broadcast of these substantive and entertaining programs," says KUSF's program director Kate Ingram. "When the networks pick them up, we hope they'll still remember us!"

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" (produced at Western Public Radio in San Francisco) hopes to extend radio drama as an art form until well into the 21st century or, as one playwright-in-residence, Mike Marano, explains, to help its listeners "experience what happens when radio waves and dreams touch your mind in the same moment." The company's productions are marked by crisp dialogue, inventive use of sound effects, and ensemble acting in the tradition of classic radio dramas from the 1930s to the 1950s.

"Movie Magazine International" is noted for its lively pacing, brisk humor, and provocative writing, as well as for its ability to attract an intriguing gallery of guests from every level (and era) of the motion picture industry. A recent staff visit to Hollywood resulted in interviews with cinematic scream queens past and present as well as the brave male stars who once battled everything from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" to "Plan Nine From Outer Space"!

Shoestring's founding producer Monica Sullivan, a Northern California Area Emmy nominee, is the author of two novels and a children's book. She has produced documentaries for both radio and television and is the founding producer of "Movie Magazine International," also broadcast via the Public Radio Satellite.

Both "Shoestring Radio Theatre" and "Movie Magazine International" are fed via the Public Radio Satellite channel A719 on Fridays from 1:30 to 1:59 am (Shoestring) and 1:00 to 1:30 am (Movie Magazine), ET.

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June 1993

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE
TO SYNDICATE NATIONALLY!

The finest tradition of radio drama from the past meets the technology of today as San Francisco Bay Area institution Shoestring Radio Theatre goes national on July 2, 1993 (0130-0159 ET, channel A719) over the Public Radio Satellite Network. Launched in 1988 at a university radio station in Berkeley, California and now produced at Western Public Radio for KUSF-FM in San Francisco, this weekly anthology series presents a variety of radio plays unlike any other program now on the air.

Over the last five years, Shoestring Radio Theatre has produced comedies, mysteries, noir-style melodramas, science fiction, horror and fantasy stories as well as historical dramas. The independent company's productions are marked by crisp, lively writing, inventive use of sound effects, and ensemble acting in the tradition of classic radio dramas from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Selected Shoestring Radio Theatre productions have been distributed nationally by Radioworks and internationally by Le Bande Magnetique, but the current public radio satellite radio network series represents the first time these popular programs have been made available to radio drama aficionados across the country on a weekly basis.

"Radio drama is affectionately referred to as the Theatre of the Mind and the reasons why it cast such a spell over listeners during its Golden Age are still apparent today," says Shoestring's founding producer Monica Sullivan*. "Ask any listener who tunes in Shoestring Radio Theatre every week."

*Monica Sullivan, a Northern California Area Emmy nominee, is the author of two novels and a children's book. She has produced documentaries for both radio and television and is also founding producer of "Movie Magazine International," also premiering July 2, 1993 over the Public Radio Satellite Network. (0100-0130, ET, Channel A719)

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MAY 1993

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
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SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE
6 YEARS OF CREATING ILLUSIONS

A love scene ... the music sets the mood. Beginning softly, a sensuous saxophone swells in intensity. The actors promise each other everlasting devotion. The kiss is long and tender, tempting and tantalizing as the actor nuzzles ... his own arm? Yes, this is simulated romance in a sound studio. Such is the business of radio drama. Thunderstorms without rain, chase scenes without cars, a 25-pound sack of potatoes thuds as it stands in for a dying actor collapsing to the floor. You do what you gotta do to create the illusion.

San Francisco-based Shoestring Radio Theatre, cockily celebrating six years of spinning illusions, has been producing radio dramas at Western Public Radio since January 1991. As well as receiving local airplay, this unconventional theater company boasts national and international distribution by Radioworks and Le Bande Magnetique.

Our independent company specializes in producing original works by Bay Area playwrights in addition to adaptations of traditional favorites. Shoestring Radio Theatre is broadcast Wednesday evenings on KUSF Radio (90.3 FM) and on alternate Friday mornings on Broadcast Services for the Blind, a KPFA sub-carrier.

So, if you want to see exactly how an actor achieves that perfect-sounding kiss, schedule a press visit to see "Shoestring Radio Theatre" in action. Or arrange an interview to help you understand its hypnotic appeal.

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