Re-Imagined Radio brings back science fiction classics

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Re-Imagined Radio celebrates “Dimension X,” a pioneering radio science fiction series that aired over NBC from April 1950 through September 1951. Neither the earliest nor the most famous of the many science fiction series heard on radio from the 1930s to the 1950s, the legacy of “Dimension X” looms large. Re-Imagined Radio explores that legacy. First by reviewing radio science fiction programs leading up to “Dimension X,” and second by listening to "The Outer Limit," the first episode of “Dimension X,” and perhaps the most often broadcast radio science fiction story.

“Dimension X: Stories in time and space” premieres at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 on KXRW-FM (99.9), Vancouver, and KXRY-FM (91.1 and 107.1), Portland. Subsequent broadcasts and streams will be provided by local, regional and international broadcast partners.

“'Dimension X,’ although short lived, subsumed many of the themes and motifs—like space travel, fantastic technology, and changes to human culture wrought by both—explored by earlier programs, and passed its radio storytelling DNA to the most popular and well-remembered program of all, ‘X Minus One,’” said John Barber, host and founder of Re-Imagined Radio.

Re-Imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on KXRW-FM. In addition, every Sunday, an episode of Re-Imagined Radio is broadcast on KXRW, drawing from previously broadcast episodes. Episodes can be streamed on demand from the Re-Imagined Radio website or may be obtained as podcasts anywhere podcasts are offered. You also can subscribe or download using the audio player on any individual episode page at the Re-Imagined Radio website, reimaginedradio.net

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, KXRY-FM, Marc Rose and Holly Slocum Design.

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate radio storytelling. ”We select, produce and perform classic and contemporary stories across a spectrum of radio genres, from dramas to comedies, from oral to aural histories, from documentaries to fictions, from soundscapes to sonic journeys, from radio to sound art,” Barber said. 

About WSU Vancouver

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WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. We acknowledge their presence here. WSU Vancouver expresses its respect towards these original and current caretakers of the region. We pledge that these relationships will be built on mutual trust and respect.

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