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2018 Mark Time Finalists

Mark Time Finalists in All Categories

(Alphabetically by Producer)
Released May 8, 2018

Winners will be presented June 7 at the HEARNow Festival in Kansas City, MO. Ceremony will include a performance of Great Northern Audio’s Dialogue With Martian Trombone.


David Benedict, Atlanta Radio Theater
Lone Star Planet, Parts 3 and 4

Jack Bowman, The Wireless Theatre Company, London
The Springhill Saga: The Lords of the World

John Eder, Los Angeles, CA
Swear Jar, (from “To The Manor Borne By Robots”)

Todd Faulkner, Uncanny County LLC, NY, NY
The Boy Who Cried Martian

Jason Hardcastle, Heorot Media LLC, Wilmington DE
Cerberus Rex

Eric Saras, Amity Bros., Jersey City, NJ

Dieter Zimmermann, protophonic, Cape Town, South Africa
Brad Lansky and the Result War


William Dufris, Pocket Universe Productions, S. Portland, ME
Sight Unseen

Greg McAfee, Downstairs Entertainment, San Diego, CA
Rex Rivetter: Private Eye

James Wortman, Every Now and Then Theatre, Ventura, CA
Houdini’s Secret Life


Darrell Brogdon, Right Between The Ears, Parkville MO
Over and Out Show

William Dufris, Audiocomics, S. Portland ME
Draculer RFD

Jonathan A. Goldberg, Roi Gold Productions, Westwood NJ
The Fall of the House of Sunshine

Cat Simril Ishikawa, N. Vancouver Canada


David Benedict, Atlanta Radio Theatre
Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold…Episode 8

Roger Gregg, Dublin, Ireland
The Muse Unbidden

Michel Lafrance, The Owl Field, UK
The Fairy Tree

Lamplighter Ministries, Mount Morris NY
The Giant Killer


William Dufris, Dagaz Media, S. Portland ME
The Floodgates of Willowhill

Todd Faulkner, Uncanny County LLC, NY, NY

Kaitlin Statz, Fool and Scholar Productions, Sarasota, Fl
The White Vault (Season 1)

2018 Mark Time Awards Entry Now Open


The Mark Time Awards are open for submissions for the 2018 competition. The MTAs recognize the best audio theatre productions in the genres of science fiction (Mark Time Award), fantasy and horror (The Ogle Award), and mystery/detective (The Danger Prize). The Runyon Award is open to a production in any of the competitive categories, produced by youth under 18 years of age. This year’s 2018 competition offers a new category for best comedy—The Squeeky Pickle Prize.

The Betty Jo Award is given to the best acting performance among the winning submissions, at the judges’ discretion and The Bradshaw is awarded out of competition, for “services to the field,” to an individual or group for outstanding contributions to the advancement and preservation of audio theatre arts. In its fourth year presenting at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, the Mark Time Awards celebrates its 22nd year of honoring good work in the audio medium. As a legacy project of the Firesign Theatre (, the awards encourage creative use of the audio arts encompassing skillful use of writing, voice performance, sound effects, acoustic environments, musical elements, and technological tools of the trade. Both “live radio” performances and studio-based productions are eligible for consideration, so long as the entry has premiered to the public via broadcast or digital platforms between May 1, 2016 and May 1st, 2018.

The judging panel is made up of the surviving members of the Firesign Theatre family, the original founders of the Mark Time Awards, previous winners of the awards, and other professionals in the spoken-word, broadcast, podcast, and audio arts community.

New application guidelines and process are available at The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 20th, 2018 with announcement of finalists no later than May 4th, 2018. Winners will be announced June 7 at the
HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City, MO.

For questions, email with “Mark Time Awards” in the subject line, or call 360-331-2813, 9-5 PT.

Mark Time Awards - 2017 > 2018

The Mark Time Awards will not be open to competition until January 2018.  All works  produced between June 30th 2016 and December 31st 2017 will be eligible for consideration. 

Entry  submissions will be accepted between January 1, 2018  and  March 1, 2018.

The 2017 Mark Time Awards will be given by the surviving members of the Firesign Theatre, David Ossman and Phil Proctor, to individuals whom they wish to recognize for contributions to the group's legacy.

Return to this site closer to the deadline in 2018 for updated application information and entry forms.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Mark Time Awards - 2016

Winners of the 2016 Mark Time Awards Announced


KC Paseo Students Standout at HearNow Audio Festivals

Otherworld Media Executive Director Receives Corwin Award for Life Time Achievement

KANSAS CITY, MO – June 9-12, 2016– The 20th Annual Mark Time Awards for excellence in genre audio theatre were presented June 9, 2016 at the HearNow Audio Festival in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Mark Time Awards are a collaborative legacy project of the four-man comedy group The Firesign Theater and internationally renowned arts and educational production company Otherworld Media. They share a mission to promote the audio arts to a new generation of writers and producers, while rewarding audio theater producers currently striving for excellence in the medium. Firesign celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2016, while Otherworld Media’s Executive Director Judith Walcutt has received the Norman Corwin Award Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring her 35 years as a writer, producer, and director in audio arts and education. The two forces––Firesign and Otherworld–– remain committed to promoting the sound arts across generations and genres.

Firesign’s David Ossman hosted the Awards and a number of winners were able to attend and accept their recognition in person. The first winner of the evening,
Renee Pringle of National Public Radio and a guiding hand in many award-winning independent productions was presented with the Bradshaw for Service to the Field, honoring her for “Artistry in Engineering.” The Bradshaw is named in memoriam for the famous character played by Firesign’s Peter Bergman, acknowledged founder of the Firesign Theatre, who passed away in 2012. The prize honors those in the sound-driven media who have made a difference in the art form.

The Ogle Award, named for Charles Ogle, the first portrayer of Frankenstein’s Monster on screen, is given in two categories, Horror and Fantasy. The Gold Ogle for Horror went to “The Masque of the Red Death,” produced and directed by William Dufris, who accepted in person. The Silver Ogle was won by “To The Manor Borne by Robots, Episode 5,” written, produced and directed by John Eder.

Winning the Silver Ogle for Fantasy was “
The Springheel Saga: The Secret of Springheel’d Jack,” from London’s Wireless Theatre Ltd., producers Jack Bowman, Mariele Runacre Temple and Robert Valentine.

The Mark Time Award for Science Fiction, named for one of Ossman’s Firesign characters, was won by Jonathan Mitchell of New York City, who was also named Producer of the Year for a trio of short pieces, “Visible,” “The Last Job,” and “Santa For President.” He appeared via Skype. In addition, Tom Ligon, in the role of Santa, won the Betty Jo for Best Actor. The Betty Jo honors Firesign’s Phil Proctor, man of many voices.

The Silver Mark Time went to the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company for “
The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story,” produced by David Benedict.

Additional Finalists were John Holland for “
The Cure,” Marty Durlin and KZMU, Moab, Utah for “Downtown Abbey, Episode 3: Denial in So Many Forms,” and Pete Lutz and Pulp-Pourri Theater for “The DNA Pit.”

The Nick Danger Prize honors Firesign’s Phil Austin in memoriam and his immortal character, known for his “third eye.” It is awarded for the best in mystery and noir detective genres. The judges withheld the Gold and Silver awards this year, since no entrant met  the necessary production values and criteria. There was a single Finalist, “Brass – A Steampunk Adventure Serial” from Battleground Productions, Seattle, written and directed by John Longenbaugh, sound design and production by Nick Abercrombie.

New Award for Audio Comedy Launched

Ossman announced a new prize for Audio Comedy, called
The Bozo Knows, open for entries in 2017. Information on entries and the Mark Time Awards history, previous prize-winners, Grandmasters, and Hall of Fame can be found at

The Awards Ceremony was held as part of an Otherworld Cabaret, which featured high school students from the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts where the Mark Time SoundPlay audio workshop is in its second year of production classes and activities. Youth participants presented four short original audio plays which were written, performed, and sound designed by them, as part of the Mark Time Awards performance. Members of the 2016 Mark Time Academy included Carissa Stevens, Mel Jones, Kaden Vladimir, Travon Wainwright, Mahryn Barron, Trail White, Ethan Anissy, Marcus Robertson, and Kahlil Odums.

Young audio artists of the Paseo SoundPlay Workshop will be seen again as part of the Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, June 26th at 3 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

The Mark Time Awards and SoundPlay Workshops are made possible by a grant from the Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation with additional support from the Board of Directors of Otherworld Media.


Judith Walcutt
Executive Director
Otherworld Media
360-331-2813 land 253-740-1862 cell

Finalists for the 2016 Mark Time Awards

Winners will be announced at the Mark Time Awards, June 9th, 2016, 9 p.m.  to 10 p.m. hosted by David Ossman in the Grand Ballroom of the KC Plaza Holiday Inn, at the HearNow Audio Arts Festival, in Kansas City, Missouri, June 9th to the 12th.  For more information about the festival  go to 

Finalists are currently being reviewed by our distinguished panel of judges. Winners will be played back as part of the HearNow Festival, Friday, 3 p.m. at the Plaza Cinemark Movie Theatre.


The Cure
Jon Holland /
The Theater in Your Mind (Ponder, Texas)

To The Manor Borne By Robots Episode 5 – Who’ll Stop Lorraine
John Eder (Los Angeles)

The Springheel Saga: The Secret of Springheel’d Jack
Jack Bowman /
Wireless Theatre (London)

Santa For President
Jonathan Mitchell /
The Truth (NY NY)

The Masque of the Red Death
William Dufris /
Pocket Universe Productions (Portland, Maine)


Visible” and “The Last Job
Jonathan Mitchell /
The Truth (NY NY)

Downtown Abbey, Episode 3, Denial In So Many Forms
Marty Durlin /
KZMU (Moab UT)

The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story
Atlanta Radio Theatre Company


BRASS: A Steampunk Adventure Serial, Pts. 1 and 2
John Longenbaugh /
Battleground Productions (Seattle)

Pete Lutz /
The Narada Radio Company