The radio serial Hokieman was created in 1976, and was originally broadcast on WUVT-AM and FM during the Spring of 1976. It was sponsored on WUVT-AM by the Blacksburg Marriott featuring the Jacob's Lantern Inn restaurant. The series was repeated in the Fall of 1976 with a different sponsor. Hokieman was a radio program based on the cartoon character created by Tom Brodeur.
A lot of wonderful people worked on Hokieman including: Jeannette Caporale (who, I believe, got the ball rolling), Greg Bale (who was Hokieman and also my writing partner), Thomas H. Twine (who did magic with splicing tape), J.J. King, Sue Eister, Mo Donaldson, Craig Francks, and our inimitable narrator Amy Pratt.
In the Spring of 1998 I began to worry that the original master tapes would deteriorate and be lost forever. To prevent that from happening, the masters were copied to DAT. During this process, most of the splices let go. The DAT copy was then digitally transferred to a 360 Systems Shortcut editor where the segments were digitally re-spliced. The programs were then digitally transferred back to DAT where they were mastered for CD on a Roland digital audio workstation. Many thanks to Brian Glock for that!
The shows are a bit dated, the levels are inconsistent, the writing's uneven and the acting's suspect at best, but we sure had a great time making radio magic. And, you know, some of the bits still hold up. You be the judge. Enjoy!"
-- Jim Bigwood, 1999
You can listen to Hokieman below: