Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe | Fiction Podcast of the Week

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“We’ve wanted to be storytellers for the longest time and have been big fans of the audio drama medium since we were kids.”

We’re big fans of audio drama and fiction podcasts here at The Podcast Host. As listeners we’re always looking for new shows to subscribe to, and as podcasters we’re always looking to help fellow creators  grow their audience.

Because of this, we decided to compliment our Best Fiction Podcasts roundup article with a Fiction Podcast of the Week feature.

Each week we’ll pick the brains of someone who runs an audio drama or fiction podcast. We’re going to ask them what their show is about, how they go about making it, and what other fiction podcasts they’re currently enjoying.

This week we’re talking to Austin Beach, co-creator of the audio drama series Wynabego Warrior.

Give us a written trailer for your show. Why should we listen?

Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe is an audio comedy serial telling the story of a man yearning to find the life he’s always wanted to live. He decides to trade in his old beat up Pinto and hit the road in search of that life, heading west, in an R.V.

The life John was in search of was that of a cowboy, like the ones he idolized as a kid watching movies with his Paw. Along the way, heading west, he is on the lookout for souvenirs and looking to help folks in need. Well, he found folks in need of help. Those folks reside in a lonely valley just outside of Paducah Kentucky, you know, the western part of Kentucky.

These folks were known as the McCoys, Ax, Lizzie and Hatchet,and along with the rest of the good people of the lonely valley, were under threat by a certain low down no good Deal Baron who sought to take their land by any means necessary.

Fortunately for the good people a mysterious and handsome stranger has shown up to lend a hand. That stranger? You guessed it, John Waynnabe himself! Join John and the McCoys as they fight for their land and their beliefs in often ridiculous, absurdly hilarious ways to unite the good people of the lonely valley and put an end to the plans of Sam “The Deal Baron” Wellington and his inept henchmen. Eagle Screech!

Wynabego-WarriorWhy did you decide to start the podcast?

We’ve wanted to be storytellers for the longest time and have been big fans of the audio drama medium since we were kids.

How did you come up with the idea?

We were still in the early stages of figuring out some stories to tell, so i was always brainstorming while I was at work. I had my phone hooked up to the radio playing Winnebago Warrior by the Dead Kennedys. The initial idea came from that song, but evolved into something way more than what the song is about.

Can you give an insight into your process for writing, recording and producing the show?

Two of us write the script together, taking specific characters and basically “playing” those characters, deciding how they would react or respond to situations or conversations. With season 1, we recorded the entire season twice before we were happy with it. We tried recording as a group, but realized there were less distractions resulting in better performances recording individually.

All of post production is handled by one person. We released each episode as it was finished in season 1. For season 2 we are planning to have at least a couple in the can before releasing the first episode.

Could you tell us 3 other audio drama or fiction podcasts that you like?

The first modern audio drama that i discovered was The Cleansed by Finalrune Productions, I love the fact that the entire series was field recorded. Switchboard Infinity from Erie Canal Theater, it's absolute comedy gold. And Edict Zero FIS, a show that doesn't get nearly the recognition it deserves.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to create a podcast like yours?

I think the best advice i could give someone who wants to produce their own audio drama, is first and foremost listen to the Audio Drama Production Podcast, and join the ADPP Facebook group, because the community of creators that has been assembled there is an endless source of knowledge and support. We wouldn’t be where we are without them.

Finally, where can we find you on the web?

You can find everything at audiobliviousproductions.com

To find more great shows like this, check out our other Fiction Podcast of the Week features.

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About the author: Matthew McLean

Matthew is the head of audio production at The Podcast Host, taking care of client podcasts and our own shows alike. He also produces audio dramas galore, and talks enthusiastically about them on the Audio Drama Production podcast every week.