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John Alsedek grew up in Harrisburg watching his parents, Don and Anne Alsedek , directing and working in the theatre at Open Stage of Harrisburg. But instead of being bitten by the acting bug, he was instead drawn to become a writer. He cites the TV series The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling as a major influence on his formative years. He also listened avidly to the radio drama CBS Mystery Theatre which was still being broadcast even into the 1970's.
Now in LA, John has joined actress and musician Dana Perry-Hayes to form Blue Hours Productions, described on its website as "Plucky Purveyors of Retro-Themed Programming for Radio, Television & the Interweb Since 2010."
The company gives a lot of emphasis to old-style radio drama productions with a modern twist. One of the projects is a new revival of a classic radio series, Suspense , one of the most popular programs of its type in the 1940's. Another series of their audio vignettes is called Mysteries Most Macabre and is available online at Amazon. With podcasts, audiobooks and the web, a new audience is developing for the audio story-telling approach, which Blue Hours Productions is attempting to reach.
Listen to our interview feature with John Alsedek.
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