AOTV’s Brown wins Mass Creators Award

  • Shane Brown, left, stands with Diane Towle and Carol Courville. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ATHOL — AOTV Production Manager Shane Brown received the award for Best Drama from Mass Creators this year.

The award was given in the drama category for the audio and visual interpretation of “War of the Worlds,” Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast in 1938. The panel of judges said they loved the creativity and innovation of using both mediums simultaneously.

Brown was the producer, but he was quick to say that it was a group project.

“There is a lot of ground work that has to be done,” he said. “The radio script is now in public domain, but since we ‘localized’ the broadcast by having the towns, restaurants and other venues of the North Quabbin Region, and it made it a special show for us.”

Brown was supported by Executive Director Carol Courville and by Volunteer Radio Operations Manager Diane Towle, who inspired him to keep going, do the work and let the show be something very special.

Any production takes hours of research and preparation, and the sound effects were a combination of live effects, pre-produced effects and part of the original broadcast. Brown also created visual effects for the TV show.

One listener called in and said that she thought it was real, until she heard the station ID and disclaimer of a recreation of the 1938 classic.

When the script was ready for the talent, it only took a few minutes for responses from actors to reply on Facebook — “Sign me up!” according to organizers. The actors came from all over the state.

Some remembered the fear of listeners from 1938. Other performers and crew would be hearing it for the first time.

Because the broadcast was a live radio show and a live TV show at the same time, there was lots of staging and rewriting to do even at the last minute.

Brown said, “The talent of the actors and the dedication of the crew was phenomenal. Everyone was right on task and worked to make this a great show. And to think it won an award from all the shows throughout the state. We can be proud of AOTV and our entire region.”

For information about AOTV and WVAO, visit: www.aotv13.org or stop by at the studio 163 South Main St., Athol.

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