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WERA Goes Retro With Radio Drama

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In a throwback to the times of serial radio dramas, Arlington’s new low-power radio station, WERA 96.7 FM, has signed a deal to begin airing The Hawk Chronicles starting Sunday, June 5.

The Hawk Chronicles is a science-fiction radio drama produced on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It tells the story of a Baltimore detective who finds herself involved in intergalactic travel to solve crimes in space.

“We are excited about including The Hawk Chronicles in our weekly programming here at WERA-LP 96.7 FM,” said Paul LeValley, executive director of Arlington Independent Media. “It is in keeping with our mission to offer artistically diverse and quality programming to the Arlington community, and we’re excited to have it.”

Steve Long, writer and producer of The Hawk Chronicles, commented on the process of making the show.

“We borrow from the art form of old time radio drama but use today’s production technology to create the series,” he said. “The show is science-fiction complete with sound effects, and we have technical consultants who read each script to verify continuity and scientific feasibility. This, along with exciting storylines and interesting characters, make for great listening entertainment for people of all ages.”

WERA-LP 96.7 has a broadcast area that includes all of Arlington and parts of Washington, D.C. It features local-centric programming and is Arlington’s only local radio station.

The Hawk Chronicles is in its third season and has been airing for the last year and a half on Maryland station WCEM 1240 AM.

“It’s been amazing to witness the evolution of the show,” said Kirsten Strohmer, voice actor for lead female character Detective Kate Hawk. “Our local Eastern Shore listeners, who have been very supportive, still will have access to continuing episodes of the third season, but now we additionally can broadcast the show with a completely different audience from the beginning of season one.”

Photo courtesy Kirsten Strohmer

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