Over the next 25 years, each of us followed our own path up through the radio industry, largely losing contact with each other for a dozen or more years at a time but each always knowing what the other was up to. Then in August, 1998, during a telephone reunion, Russ reminded me the 25th anniversary of "NINE!" was imminent. One of us came up with the concept of a sequel, Russ wrote the first draft and e-mailed it to me, and I let it sit on my hard drive for nearly a year.
But being so far flung, how would we get together? Simple. While the state of the art in 1974 was "four guys in a production studio," we felt we should employ the cutting edge technology of today: cyberproduction! In short order, Randy wrote a second draft based on Russ's concept and script, we batted it back and forth through several revisions, and I was 'elected' to be in charge of production in my copious spare time. Six weeks later, we completed "Ninety NINE!" and NONE OF US EVER SAW THE OTHER! In fact, we engaged in little or no telephone contact during production. Howard, Randy and Russ did inspired improvisational comedy and simply e-mailed their parts to me! I reprised my role as narrator and produced the complete work on airplanes, in hotel rooms and in my office, all on my handy notebook computer.
fter many re-writes and retakes we "molded, refined, honed, crafted, and pulled out of left field" a funny and biting look into the future of radio in the new century. It was a real thrill for all of us.
My partners and I know our original production of "NINE!" can't be topped, but we think you'll enjoy what you'll hear as you listen to what we've done a quarter of a century later.
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