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“It’s a festival of deconstruction, married with a real sense of heart and earned emotion, and a comic sensibility that falls somewhere between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and a Paul Lynde holiday special from 1978… This show is weird, and it’s smart, and it knows what it’s doing.”
– David Rheinstrom, Radio Drama Revival
Hadron Gospel Hour, the 2014 Parsec Award-winning sci-fi audio comedy/adventure podcast is radio drama done in an entirely modern way, with snappy dialogue, hilarious adventures, and multidimensional, unforgettable characters.
The hapless duo of Hadron scientist (and self-proclaimed “ruiner of the multiverse”) Dr. Francis “Oppenheimer” Valdini (series co-creator Richard Wentworth) and his somewhat reluctant partner, kidnapped IT guy Mike Wilkinson (series co-creator Michael McQuilkin), are stranded outside of spacetime in the Hadron Bunker. Alongside the sassy laboratory A.I. A.S.H. LE, a partially dismbodied maintenance man Cyrus, and a floating, sentient Higgs-Boson particle Higgs_B, the two struggle ineptly to repair the infamous Hadron Rift, visiting freaky new alternate timelines, and making wacky new friends — and dangerous new enemies.
Series creators Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth have amassed a great deal of experience in writing and editing films, sound recording for music projects, and voice acting. They see Hadron Gospel Hour as a playground where they can use that unique skill set to bring comedy and adventure situations to life in ways that wouldn’t be possible in a visual medium without a gigantic budget. Using home studios, McQuilkin and Wentworth and their cast (culled from talented friends and an international cast of guest stars) apply an almost artisanal degree of craftsmanship to each episode.
The result is media brewed in micro-batches — an exciting comedy/adventure that’s ready-made for commutes, long walks on the beach, and relaxing evenings by the stereo. A comic book for your ears.
Hadron Gospel Hour is in the middle of its second season, and is available at iTunes and wherever podcasts can be found, or by direct download from the Hadron Gospel Hour website.
- Creators: Richard Wentworth and Michael McQuilkin
- Writers: Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth
- Dr. Francis ‘Oppenheimer’ Valdini: Richard Wentworth
- Mike Wilkinson: Michael McQuilkin
- A.S.H. LE: Lisa McQuilkin
- Higgs_B: Kevin Harrington
- Cyrus: Michael Atkinson
- Sound Editor: Michael McQuilkin
- Sound design, special FX: Richard Wentworth
- Music: Richard Wentworth and Michael McQuilkin
- Production assistants: Tim Conway, Katey Falvey, Sam Kusek, Wendy MacLean, Rebekah White