I’m going to admit that I am not the kind of person who enjoys podcasts, or at least none other than our own Tuesday Tunes. That is, until now. One day, my Tumblr dashboard with filled with pictures of floating cats and lights above an Arby’s and the next I was hooked on Welcome to Night Vale.
Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast by Commonplace Books, and updates on the 1st and 14th/15th of the month. First released in 2012, the show follows radio broadcaster Cecil as he delivers the daily news from a small desert town known as Night Vale. The fictitious city is definitely not Small Town, USA. Strange phenomena happen daily, such as a giant glow cloud, hooded figures walking around, and the Sheriff’s Secret Police watching you from their helicopters. Throughout it all, our intrepid radio host remains calm and collected, delivering the “weather” in the form of song, and with special ads for many of the strange places. The podcast is a funny, soothing work that is not only well written, but well performed, mixing dark humor with bizarre human drama. It’s especially great for commuting or long road trips – just make sure your final destination isn’t Night Vale.
You can download and subscribe to this podcast for free on iTunes.