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Utah Wheels and Rails, Part 2 (Conclusion)

 

(Announcer:) Turn down the lights! You’ve tuned in to Ricochet Silent Radio, our long running theater of the mind. Last night, we began this week’s adventure, Utah Wheels and Rails, a work of fan fiction featuring actual Ricochet members in the Beehive State. And now, the second half, the conclusion.

(Voice of Jason Rudert:) A week went by. I sent the rocket booster metal X-rays to Houston, addressed to nobody special at “The NASA Archives”. I received a form letter of thanks, which was nice.

Utah Wheels and Rails, Part 1

 

Turn down the lights! You’ve tuned in to Ricochet Silent Radio, our long-running theater of the mind. Once again, Tales of the Pit conjures up images you can’t see, and sounds you can’t hear, in the first half of this week’s adventure, Utah Wheels and Rails, a work of fan fiction featuring Ricochet members in the Beehive State.  And now, our presentation.

(Music cue) (Sound of a clock ticking. Then sounds of a cat.) (Voice of Jason Rudert) “Every cat I had would do that weird, deep, sorrowful meow when they’d killed something, or maybe when a mouse or bird would sneak in. I thought of it as their bragging meow, but you could also think of it as a high-pitched roar of triumph.”

Silent Radio Is Back!

 

Get ready to gather around the old Philco console and turn down the lights! On Wednesday and Thursday this week, March 24 and 25, you’re invited to tune in to Ricochet Silent Radio, our long running theater of the mind. Once again, Tales of the Pit conjures up images you can’t see, and sounds you can’t hear, in our newest radio-scripted adventure, Utah Wheels and Rails, a work of fan fiction featuring actual Ricochet members.

In today’s world, what does it take to be actually countercultural? Culturally, Salt Lake City is a world away from Hollywood. Utah is (mostly) new territory for RSR; in 2016, we published a satirical takedown of the Sundance Film Festival. The new story reflects interest, respect and sometimes amusement at the very different ways of that city, as well as being a tribute to some of the cyber-friendships we’ve formed online. Who are the real non-conformists? You’ll find them right here.

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You’ve done it now; you’ve wandered into international waters. You just had to ignore common sense, common decency, and even the sailor’s superstition that these are cursed shores. And what do you find? Behold the PIT. Like our very own libertarian billionaire’s model island state nestled away in the howling back country of the Member […]

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I was promised an Apocalypse.  Destruction would abound.  The economy shut down, there would be death in the streets.  Hospitals everywhere would struggle to manage the cases of the disease; beds would line the halls and cots would be placed under tents in the streets.  Doctors would fall ill, nurses would succumb to the virus.  […]

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Brooding Intelligence, Part 2

 

(Intro Announcer:) Tonight, the second half of Ricochet Silent Radio’s latest adventure! In a time of quarantine, Judge Mental plunges into Miami’s underground worlds of lap dancers, seamy politics, steamy love, and sudden violence!

Last night, we learned that four of America’s top spy satellite experts were driven to suicide when sinister forces of social media tempted them onto an island of carnal sin, blackmailed them, and targeted them for social cancellation and personal destruction.

Brooding Intelligence, Part 1

 

(Dramatic theme music climax. Network Announcer:) Tonight, Tales From the PIT brings you the first half of Brooding Intelligence, Judge Mental’s newest Ricochet Silent Radio adventure! It’s a tale of race and Red hokum, of faithful engineers and seductive strippers, of con games and espionage! It’ll take you from the warm embrace of a lover’s arms, to a deadly serious orbital race to prove once and for all whose spies have the coldest heart in the sky! And now here he is, Judge Mental!

(Voice of Judge Mental) Not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself entering a bank wearing a mask and asking for money. But in the bizarro spring of the Great Quarantine, that’s just what I was doing. I’d been in Miami all of three hours.

Conclusion: Atomic Terror Over the African Coast

 

Pour a beverage, turn down the lights, and pull up a chair! Tonight, we finish the adventure told in imaginary old time radio style that we began two nights ago.

In the first episode, we met physicist and midwestern tycoon Hank Rhody, the mastermind and paymaster of a complex international scheme to secure and remove a long-hidden rogue atomic weapon from South Africa. The rest of Hank’s top-notch team of specialists, wizards, and heroes is known to every attentive Ricochet member. In the second episode, they contrive to buy the bomb and gather the electronic evidence that will incriminate its seller. Then they all make their escape in a rebranded Rhody jetliner, intending to take the fragile, laboratory-created bomb to a CIA nuclear disposal team 1500 miles north along Africa’s east coast.

Part 2: Atomic Terror Over the African Coast

 

Pour a beverage, turn down the lights, and pull up a chair! Tonight, we continue the adventure we began last night, the thirteenth series of Ricochet Silent Radio, fan fiction about Ricochet members written as scripts inspired by the spirit of old-time radio. This week’s three-part tall tale is Atomic Terror Over the African Coast.

In the first episode, physicist and Midwestern tycoon Hank Rhody has told his covert team about a 40-year-old South African prototype nuclear weapon on the verge of being sold to the highest terrorist bidder. ”Hank the Bank” is the mastermind and paymaster of the complex international scheme to secure and remove it. The rest of the top-notch team is known to any astute Ricochet reader.

RSR 13! Atomic Terror Over the African Coast

 

Pour a beverage, turn down the lights, and pull up a chair! Tonight, we begin the thirteenth series of Ricochet Silent Radio, fan fiction about Ricochet members written as scripts inspired by the spirit of old-time radio. This week’s three-part tall tale is Atomic Terror Over the African Coast, a tip of the hat in tribute to veteran RSR star Hank Rhody’s own 2016 entry in imaginary media, Atomic Terror Over the Pacific. We’ve recruited a few more feature performers from the overstocked pool of fascinating characters on the Member Feed, and we’re always looking for a few more!

Plus, of course, we’ll never neglect RSR’s longtime audience favorites. In view of the ongoing national emergency, this program may be interrupted by Ricochet editors at any time for news bulletins. Our sponsors will present this program with minimal commercial interruptions.

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Arahant Begins: A Ricochet Silent Radio Origin Story

 

I had a most unusual wartime career. I’m from Illinois but my great-grandfathers fought for the Confederacy. A touch of rebellion and a streak of belligerence runs in the family. The Depression hit us hard. Before Pearl Harbor, I was living in a tiny, fifth-floor, walk-up apartment on the lower east side of Manhattan, taking night courses in business administration at City College. I wrote stories in my spare time and worked for a midtown publisher, Street and Smith. On December 12, the morning after Hitler declared war on the USA, a friend and co-worker of mine joined the mobs at the recruiting station near the office. Bob and I both went Navy. That was the last I saw of him for a couple of years, and they were busy years. I was a radio operator on a sub tender in the south Atlantic. The Navy trained me well. I thought I had no natural aptitude for technology. It seems ironic given how things turned out.

In September 1943, mid-winter south of the Equator, I was suddenly shipped Stateside. No explanation. Two weeks later, I reported to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and was ordered to report for tests at the Naval Research Laboratory. They had some kind of psychological screening program. I was sent to a crowded waiting room at the base hospital. The air was blue with cigarette smoke, cursing, and boredom. Waiting, waiting, waiting. To my surprise, my old New York pal Bob walked in, but that moment, before we even had a chance to say hello, a duty officer appeared with a clipboard. When it’s alphabetical, I usually go first, like I did here. He barked out, “Arahant! Asimov! Heinlein! Hubbard! Get in here, on the double!”

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Once again, Ricochet Silent Radio leaps into your home via the magic of audible sound! RSR brings you familiar Ricochet personalities placed in the worlds of classic old time radio. Tales From the PIT brings you excitement, adventure and romance over these affiliated stations. Tonight we present One Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall, […]

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The Rhody family’s half billion dollar investment in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is finally about to pay unimaginably large dividends. Tourists in Europe, Asia and South America are lured by the new resort’s Playboy connection. Two mid-westerners on the Rhody payroll are on the west coast, tacitly protecting the fragile new alliance between two financial empires. […]

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Who creates the future? Does it have a will of its own? For nearly twenty years Playboy Magazine has seemed to be on an unstoppable winning streak, financially and culturally. Last night we learned that if Hugh Hefner really had the key to the Seventies, the Copper Range development team wanted to be in business […]

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This week, Tales From the PIT presents Northern Command. In the lingering warmth of the summer of 1969, the Rhody-led Wisconsin Mining and Manufacturing Corporation has unveiled a vast, nearly completed new resort and theme park set amid the natural beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Superior. They’ve turned the abandoned […]

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This week, Tales From the PIT presents the wide-open saga of a 20th century American family that dares and wins, an empire builder’s story of men, forests, mines, metal and money. Last night, we met the leading men. Tonight we continue the story of their grandest gamble. Part Two: Pharaoh, Behold Your City Preview Open

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Yes, it’s time to return to an entertainment format unique to Ricochet, featuring thrilling sounds you can’t hear, describing images you can’t see! Tales From the PIT presents the wide-open saga of a 20th century American family that dares and wins, an empire builder’s story of men, forests, mines, metal and money. RSR readers know […]

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