Gremlin Time

If you're looking to hear a good story, tune in Gremlin Time.  The bedtime radio show for grown-ups, broadcasts on the 3rd Monday of every month.  Sad stories that make deep people happy. Tales of action & mystery to challenge the intellectal. Funny stories for the serious minded.  And accounts of  terror & romance for the too comfortable. 

 A full hour on the 3rd Monday of every month as part of KBOO's 11PM Monday Radio Theatre Block.

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Episode Archive

Two Corpses on a Bridge by George Simenon

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 11:00pm - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:00am
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An Inspector Maigret mystery set in the French countryside.

Tongiht, Professor Ginger Kitty returns to read a classic detective mystery, "Two Corpses on a Barge", by George SimenonChief Inspector Maigret is called away from Paris to solve a double homicide along one of the many canels that cross the French countryside. A lockkeeper has stopped a barg that was drifting into the lock gates. On board he finds a pair of murdered bodies. The couple were known along the canel and it was rumored that there was money hidden on board the barge. Maigret settles into the local cafe, listens to everyone's stories, gathers the clues enjoys some local food and drink, and uncovers the truth.

Gremlin Time on 03/18/13

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 11:00pm - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

Gremlin Time on 02/18/13

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 11:00pm - Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

Gremlin Time on 01/21/13

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 11:00pm - Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:00am
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Two astounding tales

Tonight, from the outer limits of the imagination,"The Warlord of Saturn's Moons", a Nebula Award nominated story, from 1974, written by Eleanor Arnason.  This unique tale of rockets and ray guns, evokes the early styles of pulp science fiction, and will be read by Professor Ginger Kitty. A dashing, red haired heroine in a rocket sled,  pursued across the frozen surface of Titan by the deadly forces of an evil warlord, is just the beginning of this, our first story of the evening.  Fortunato reads our second story, "Useful Phrases", by Gene Wolfe.

Gremlin Time on 12/17/12

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

For the holidays a special show about Santa Claus. Featuring selections from The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, presented by Red Ryder. We will also play some holiday songs about Santa, Stan Freberg's 'Green Christmas', and  Clement Clark Moore's original 1842 poem "A Visit From Saint Nick", read by Umatilla Rose.

Gremlin Time on 11/19/12

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 11/20/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

For November, we like to present a live program, and this year Professor Ginger Kitty will join Fortunato at the studio as we present two stories from the work of magical realist writer Jorge Luis Borges.First we'll present "The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro",  from his first collection of stories A Universal History of Iniquity (1935). And from his final collection, Shakespeare's Memory (1983), we will read "Blue Tigers"Professor Kitty, member of the English Department of Cortland University, Cortland New York, will also explain to us what constitutes the genre of magical realism.

Gremlin Time on 10/15/12

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 10/16/2012 - 12:00am
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Ray Bradbury Tribute

This will be our first Halloween without Ray Bradbury, who passed away last spring. So, Fortunato will re-air the two short stories of his that we aired back then. 'Fog Horn', about a prehistoric sea monster who awakens in the deep to the "love call" of a lighthouse's fog horn. And Bradbury's first story to be printed in the slick paper magazines of the late 1940's, 'The Night'. An eight year old boy and his mother are waiting up one summer night for his older brother to return home from playing with his friends.  As it gets later, and he has not appeared, they fear there is something in the darkness... . Mrs White joins us for tonight's show.

Gremlin Time on 09/17/12

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 09/18/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

Tonight we present "The Great Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot", a short story by Jean Shepherd, the author of "A Christmas Story". Set in a small Indiana town during the years of the Great Depression, Leopold Doppler, owner of the Orpheum Theater, would attract audiences by holding contests each night of the week besides just showing movies. But the trouble started with the offer of a free set of dishes. This program is now posted at <http://kboo.fm/node/50171>

Gremlin Time on 08/20/12

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 08/21/2012 - 12:00am
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Radio Theater

Tonight we present one of Jack London's South Seas Adventure Stories, The Seed of McCoy. A steel hulled clipper ship, carrying grain has a slow smoldering fire deep in one of her cargo holds. Still afloat and under sail, but enveloped in smoke, the captain seeks to go aground on an island. Allowing the fire to burn the wooden parts of the vessel, but leaving its metal hull intact. They have arrived at Pitcarne Island, home to the descendants of the crew of the Bounty. Their governor, old man McCoy, convinces the captain that there is not harbor or even a beach on the island, and he volunteers to lead the ship to the nearest island they can put the ship ashore.

Gremlin Time on 02/20/12

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 11:00pm - Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:00am
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Two railroad stories

This month Fortunato reads 'Mrs Union Station' by Seattle writer, Douglas Welch. Newly wed Mrs Applegate finds that her husband's passion for trains and railroading is destroying their marriage. She didn't mind that their honeymoon was spent riding every train line between Chicago and New York City and then, every subway in Manhattan! But he now spents most of his time with his friends, and their extensive model railroad set up, than with her! Also 'The Railway Guide' by Christopher Morley gives us a nostalgic look at the many railroads that criss crossed the country; read by Golden Whiskey.

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"Two Corpses on a Barge" by George Simeon, read by Professor Kitty

program: 
Gremlin Time
program date: 
Mon, 04/15/2013

A barge is found drifting into a lock along a French canal, on board are discovered two corpses, a man and a woman, both hung. Inspite of an arrested suspect, the case resists resolution. Chief Inspector Magriet is called in from Paris to look for the solution. The inspector locates the local cafe, which proves to be the heart of the canal community, and settles in to drink some local wine, listen to everyone's story of events, observe the flow of life along the canels, order some more wine, and figures out the truth. This classic detective story is read by Professor Kitty, and hosted by Fortunato.

  • Length: 28:49 minutes (26.39 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Two astounding tales by Eleanor Arnason and Gene Wolfe

program: 
Gremlin Time
program date: 
Mon, 01/21/2013

From the outer limits of the imagination,"The Warlord of Saturn's Moons", a Nebula Award nominated story, written by Eleanor Arnason.  This unique tale of rockets and ray guns, evokes the early styles of pulp science fiction, and will be read by Professor Ginger Kitty. A dashing, red haired heroine in a rocket sled,  pursued across the frozen surface of Titan by the deadly forces of an evil warlord, is just the beginning of this, our first story of the evening. Also, Fortunato reads the short story "Useful Phrases", by Gene Wolfe. A lonely, used book store owner discovers an strange little book that is filled with peculiar phrase written in an unfamiliar foreign language. At first, he believes it is originates from some out of the way country in Asia. But, as he starts to study the alien language, and even search for people who speak it, he receives some odd visitors.

  • Length: 58:51 minutes (53.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Great Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot by Jrean Shephard

program: 
Gremlin Time
program date: 
Mon, 09/17/2012

During the years of the Great Depression, small movie theaters would offer contests, and special giveaway events to attract ticket buyers. In tonight's story, Jean Shepherd recalls the weekly contests and special events that Mr Doppler, the owner of the Orpheum Theater of Holman, Indiana, would stage along to attract customers. All seems well until the master showman builds up local expectations too high with one giveaway too many, and suffers the consequences. Fortunato hosts, and special guest Woody Creek returns to read tonight's nostalgic tale, which comes from the 1966 collection In God We Trust; All Others Pay Cash , by Jean Shepherd.

  • Length: 62:11 minutes (56.94 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Tribute to Ray Bradbury

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 06/18/2012

In honor of his recent passing, we will present two short stories written by Ray Bradbury. From 1946 comes, "The Night", one of his first works to be published in the slick paper fiction magazines, selected at the time for publication by a young editor named Truman Capote. On a hot summer night, a young boy and his mother wait for his older brother to return home. As they go out into the night to look for him, the young boy begins to realize that there are dangers lurking in the darkness.Reading this story is Mrs White. Our second story, will be read by Fortunato, and is entitled "The Foghorn"(1951), an old lighthouse keeper, and his new assistant, realize that their fog horn is attracting something monstrous from the primeval depths of the ocean. Elements of this story were adapted to the screen as "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms", and it has influenced many surrealistic, giant monster movie masterpieces from "Godjira" to "Cloverfield" and "The Host."

  • Title: Ray Bradbury Tribute
  • Length: 46:32 minutes (42.61 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Social Error by Damon Runyon

program: 
Gremlin Time
program date: 
Wed, 04/18/2012

Handsome Jack has fallen for Midgie Maldune, Mister Ziegfield's new chorus girl. But she doesn't care for 'tough guys'. Which distresses Jack so much he ends up shooting a parrot! And things really get complicated. A story by Damon Runyon, read to us by Napoles Yellow.

A Piece of Pie by Damon Runyon

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 03/19/2012

It's New York verses Boston! We present a short story by Damon Runyon, entitled A Piece of Pie, about  an eating contest, that also becomes a battle of the sexes! Miss Violet Strumberger sits down across the dining table to uphold the honor of the Big Apple, and a $10,000 bet, against Bean Town's champion eater Joel Duffel. She is only doing this because Nicely Nicely Jones, whom many up and down Broadway recognize as one of the greatest eaters in history, is now engaged to be married to her best friend, Miss Hilda Slocum. Who, insists that Nicely go on a diet to lose 120 pounds before they can get married! And then things really get complicated! Another great story set in New York of the 1920s by Damon Runyon. Read to us by Napales Yellow.

 

Mrs Union Station by Douglas Welch

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 02/20/2012

Long before there were role playing video games there were model railroads. Tonight's story, 'Mrs Union Station', by Douglas Welch, is about how a young couple's marrage is about to be destroyed by the alure of railroads and model trains.

  • Length: 42:33 minutes (38.95 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Secret of the Nautilus by Michael Mallory

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 01/16/2012

Fortunato reads a Steam Punk Adventure, 'The Secret of The Nautilus' by Michael Mallory. A sequel to the classic 19th Century,  techno-thrillers by Jules Verne. What is the catastrophic secret Captain Nemo must hide within the sunken hull of The Nautilus?  Who is the mysterious stranger, Captain Nemo fears will resurface and then board his beloved submersible to retrive this secret? And, what are the sinister plans of a mysterious group of  power hungry, ruthless men, who have been pursuing this secret for decades?  All will be revealed on tonight's story.

  • Length: 47:48 minutes (43.76 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

History Lesson by Arthur C. Clarke

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Gremlin Time
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Mon, 11/21/2011

Just posting the last part of a recent show that featured three short stories by science fiction  master Arthur C. Clarke, the author of Childhood's End, The City and the Stars, and Rendezvous with Rama.  This story appears in the collection Expedition to Earth. As with much of Clarke's work, this story  speculates on mankind's place in the cosmos.

  • Length: 23:52 minutes (21.85 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

From the Tidless Sea by William Hope Hodgson

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Gremlin Time
program date: 
Mon, 10/17/2011

Fortunato presents a classic nautical horror story by William Hope Hodgson. After surviving a tremendous storm at sea, a  ship is blown into the endless conglomerate of weeds know as the Sargasso Sea. Something dangerous lurks unseen in the trackless wilderness of weeds. And begins to pick off the crew one by one in the moonless night.

 

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