What I’m Listening To: Welcome to Night Vale / Rating: 4/5
They say video killed the radio star…then who’s that still chattering in the background. Welcome to Night Vale.
That was my lame attempt to create a Nightvale-esque introduction as heard on these radio shows. I was just introduced to these shows this weekend during a camping trip with friends. With a bit of driving to the campsite, my friend played the first couple episodes of this podcast series and I’m afraid I am now hooked.
Welcome to Nightvale is a podcast that is supposed to be a news segment for some small unknown town where mysterious events and happenings are just a part of everyday life. The news anchor for this radio show, Cecil guides you through this crazy town with a voice that would make the phone book sound beautiful.
Reasons to listen in? For those who are fans of The Twilight Zone or X-Files, it offers a lovely array of supernatural and sci-fi themes that, of course, got me hooked almost instantly. As well, the company that produces this show, Commonplace Books, admits openly to
drawing many story ideas from that of famous horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft.
The way this show is written also makes it a joy to listen. The vocabulary and descriptions of events and scenes is a literal word-gasm for those who are into that type of stu
Of course any show, radio or otherwise, would be useless without it’s actors. Cecil Baldwin is “the voice of Night Vale” and it is through his ability to deliver these dialogues that makes this show so enjoyable. His quirky, yet relatable character, is a joy to listen to. The more ridiculous, the more Cecil acts as if it is a normal occurrence. And let’s not forget his beautiful, sensual voice…ff. As well, the show’s humor content relies solely on this writing.
So, if you are looking for a different form of entertainment that offers dark humor and fun themes, then Welcome to Night Vale is definitely worth a look.
Goodnight, Night Vale.