Frequency 101, Wherein Nancy and Jeff Hear Things They Perhaps Shouldn’t

After heavy delays caused by the end of the world – you know, the apocalypse? – Channel 101 (whose main five-minute-TV-episode-contest is also returning via Twitch at 8PM and 10PM August 29th, see below the fold) has released the first episode of its new podcast version, Frequency 101, in which two young trespassers discover strange five-minute-or-less broadcasts created by YOU, the listeners. Vote for your five favorite mini-shows here; only the top five mini-shows will return in the next episode with new installments. Instructions for submitting your own pilots are below the fold.

Disregard the mention below of Channel 101 being on hold; as noted above, screenings, complete with voting, are now being held monthly on its Twitch channel, staring on August 29th at 8PM and 10PM.

The deadline for audio pilots for Episode 2 is September 9th.

From my previous post on the subject, here’s a list of free audio-editing programs.

Official instructions for submitting audio pilots to Frequency 101, also from said previous post:

You know how Channel 101 works, right? YOU submit a five minute or shorter pilot and the audience votes for the ones they’d like to come back. If it does, you have thirty days to make another episode. Since we can’t legally hold screenings at the moment we’re launching a different way to keep the Channel 101 spirit alive during this global crisis. Today we’re opening submissions for a new podcast venture, which for all intents and purposes is the same thing, but in the audio medium. Send us your five minute or less audio pilot and if we like it we’ll put it in the show. If you get voted back you have roughly two weeks to make a new episode.

Just like with 101 you can do literally whatever you want. Go hog wild. Music, sound effects, voice acting — the possibilities are limitless. Just make sure it holds our attention and we can imagine it becoming a full show.

Send your pilots as an MP3 to [email protected] with “Podcast” in the subject line. The email should also include your name, the name of your show, and any credits you want included. All the old adages about what makes a good 101 pilot still apply and you can find some helpful tips on the Submit page of the official 101 website. However, you don’t need to say the name of your show in your show unless you want to. It will be introduced and your credits will be read out loud. You can still write a catchy theme song or something if you feel like it.

(A tip from myself that I remember reading somewhere: due to the duration constraint, it’s best to start with what is effectively ‘episode two’ rather than fill up your pilot with an origin story. You can reveal the origins later once your audience has become invested.)

(Another tip: I don’t know about Frequency 101, but Channel 101, at least, has a rule wherein a show can self-cancel with a grand finale over five minutes long.)

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