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All change for SciFi Overdrive

22/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The USA's main science fiction radio shows goes through a few changes,

Joey Donovan, co-host/co-producer of SciFi Overdrive dropped this note in to the 'Nest, detailing a few changes for his radio show - hopefully for the better.

After two years of Business Talk Radio Network being our home, I am proud to say that their sister network, Lifestyle Talk Radio Network, will be the new home for "Sci-fi Overdrive."

While I was patient with broadcasting the show on Monday mornings from 2am-6am, then 2am-5am, then 1am-4am, all ET, I knew that a better slot was coming, but as a result of a most unusual situation.

The owners of Business Talk Radio Network bought Liberty Broadcasting, a secular satellite network that features programs like Bruce Williams' nighttime program, Doug Stephan's "Good Day USA," and "Hints From Heloise." Liberty was officially purchased in early December, and was rechristened Lifestyle Talk Radio Network.

I sense that the reason why Lifestyle was purchased was because of the fact that there are several non-business format shows on BTRN that necessitated this outcome. Rest assured, it's a grand benefit to all. We will keep our Monday morning slot from 1am-4am, ET. However, we treat LTRN as our home, for broadcast in first-run Friday nights at 12 midnight- 2am, ET/9pm-11pm, PT, beginning this Friday, January 28th, after Craig Crossman's "Computer America."

Suffice to say, I am stoked.

Now, you're thinking, "Wait a minute. Two hours on Saturday for the prime, three hours Monday morning for the repeat. What gives?" Our shows will now be two hours in length, with Hour One providing an hour of Sci-fi News and Comment, and Hour Two providing in-depth interviews with someone in the industry- whether it's an actor, an author, or a fan. Hour Three on BTRN will be a rebroadcast of the previous week's Hour Two on LTRN. Confused? Don't be.

What I really appreciate about this, more than anything else, is that our show can now be made available to radio station stations for broadcast anytime during the weekend! And here's a favor that I'd like to ask of you. If you could reach me back with any local radio station in your area (preferably AM talk format) that could benefit from a 2 hour self-contained radio talk program on science fiction entertainment, I would be most happy. Of course, my thanks to you would be to have "Sci-fi Overdrive" on that station.

I wondered at the beginning, how we were going to fill four hours. Now, it's a happy dilemma to be packing two hours' worth of the best in science fiction entertainment.

I want to thank Jeff Weber, Executive VP at BTRN/LTRN for his foresight in expanding the opportunity for "Sci-fi Overdrive" to be discovered by a new legion of listeners. John Patch at Affiliate Relations, I tip my hat to you for giving us the chance to convince Jeff that he had a winner on his hands too good to pass up. David Durica must also be thanked, as he is the glue that holds "Sci-fi Overdrive" together- in production, post-production and maintaining our website.

Special thanks also to those involved with us- past, present and future. You know who you are. And now, on to the future, for that is where we will spend the rest of our lives!

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