"Imagination is More Important than Knowledge!" Albert Einstein
Why Audio Adventures?
From Hoerspiel To Audio Adventures
Inspired by the Hoerspiele (“Hear Plays”) stories of his youth in Germany, Giddio founder and Top Kid Jens Hewerer is the first to launch a new concept in children’s entertainment in the U.S. – audio adventures specifically for children on CD. “When I was little, I would listen to my Hoerspiele with the lights out right before I went to sleep every night,” said Jens Hewerer, founder of Giddio and “Top Kid” at the company. “I liked the adventures and that I could listen to them anytime I wanted,” he said. These memories and a brood of nieces and nephews led Hewerer to search for similar fare in the U.S. “There was nothing like them,“ Hewerer said. He founded Giddio in 2005, locating talent, a creative team and a production team entirely via Craigslist. The first two audio adventures of Billy Brown were then launched in September 2006. Meant as a supplement to books and to parents reading to their children, Giddio’s audio adventures offer a relatively low-technology, user-friendly format that children can listen to whenever they choose. “The episodes range between 30 – 45 minutes long, so the format is particularly good for long car rides,” said Hewerer. Each episode is self contained – no cliffhangers here – and star Billy Brown and his friend Emma, who solve a puzzle or have an adventure in their hometown of Johnstown. Along the way they meet people that a young listener might see, from mail carriers and librarians to friends and neighbors. Hewerer develops the concept and theme for each CD. He works closely with a team of voice actors, creative and production people to insure high quality production and entertainment in each Billy Brown adventure. All talent - creative, production, and cast – was found entirely on Craigslist.
Billy Brown: Phillip Levi Kayalo
Emma: Mary Murphy
Narrator: Marlene O’Haire
Ted: Liz Davito
Script/Direction: Sharyn Rothstein
Sound: John Dylan Keith
Illustrations: James L. Barry
Billy Brown theme song written by Sean Michael Flowers and performed by Brandon Cutrell .
- Listening, Imagining, Learning -
Lights out, audio drama on, child asleep!
Car Ride + Audio Drama = Happy Family