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The Brass Lantern: Locally-produced podcast modernizes the radio drama

HERKIMER, N.Y.-- When a local author and a local director discovered their shared love of old-time radio dramas, they couldn't help but reminisce.

Posted: May 4, 2018 12:00 AM
Updated: May 4, 2018 12:12 AM

HERKIMER, N.Y.-- When a local author and a local director discovered their shared love of old-time radio dramas, they couldn't help but reminisce.

As often the case with creative personalities, reminiscing turned into a collaboration on a new project.

"The Brass Lantern, he's a vigilante crime fighter in the mold of the Depression-era heroes."

A.G. Devitt is describing the lead character in a podcast he authors, "The Brass Lantern."

"His goggles emit a light so bright, that it blinds whoever he's attacking," Devitt said.

Devitt said he's carried the character with him for 20 years. The Brass Lantern has made appearances in comics and books, but the character is now the star of his own regular series in a medium often overlooked in favor of television and movies.

"Podcasting has come back and so radio has come back and so the character is something old made new again," Devitt said.

The episodes are roughly 30 minutes long, but it takes an hour to record each individual character's part for every installment.

"I do want them to have the body movements and the gestures because the physicality of the language is so important to carrying the tone and the meaning for the actor," Matthew Powers, the podcast's director and producer said.

Powers guides Devitt, who never pictured himself as an actor voicing the lead role in a series.

"This is the most fun I've had in my career," Devitt, who voices the Brass Lantern, said.

"That kind of energy, that enthusiasm, that chemistry is unreproducible," Powers said.

For a character whose claim to fame is blinding light, sound is what guides the audience through his story.

"In our show, the picture is still created in your mind and so it's a very personal experience when you're listening," Devitt said.

The episodes are available on iTunes, Sound Cloud and Spreaker. For more updates on the show, visit their Facebook page, "The Brass Lantern."

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