BYUradio hopes to entertain and excite listeners as they embark on a modern adventure with their new podcast drama, “Treasure Island 2020.”
The show is a 10-part audio series with new episodes coming out weekly on Mondays beginning Nov. 11, 2019.
Sam Payne, a host at BYUradio and producer of the show, called it a “reimagining” of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 “Treasure Island.”
He said, “[they] wanted to do something even different than what [Stevenson] did.” This 21st century version of the classic tale features modern problems, time travel, and a trip to the 1700s.
Though a drama that’s played out only on soundwaves may be unfamiliar to some listeners, this type of audio production has been around for just about as long as radio itself. That makes it much older than Netflix or even the ancient DVD.
BYUradio has teamed up with Gen-Z Media to produce “Treasure Island 2020” in what the station has called a match made in heaven.
The podcast production company has created shows such as “Young Ben Franklin,” “Pants on Fire,” and the Peabody award-winning “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel.”
Originally, BYUradio commissioned Gen-Z Media to produce the show entirely on their own. However, Payne said it eventually became a collaborative process and joint-production between the two.
“In the cast you’ll hear a lot of BYUradio voices and a lot of voices from this area,” he said. “A lot of the production was done here at our broadcast house...it’s been very, very rewarding to work on.”
The show cast 10 main characters that spent regular time recording in the studio, though many scenes called for 20-25 “pirates” to work simultaneously.
A unique aspect of the production for “Treasure Island 2020” was how often large groups would record scenes together, as opposed to individual recordings which would be later mixed together.
Payne said this is just the start for dramatized podcasts at BYUradio. He said some of that will be with Gen-Z Media, but much will be produced entirely in-house, as well.
Payne called shows like this opportunities to bring to life stories that many people aren’t aware of—often hidden, simply because they’re found in older literature.
“This kind of podcast adventure winds up introducing a whole new audience to the wonderful, timeless adventures that have existed in print for a long time,” he said.