Man behind ‘Fake radio station’ show plans more projects
PORT HURON, Mich. — In some ways, fictional radio host Tom Bobbajobski is like all of us. Broadcasting from a boat in the middle of nowhere, shouting into the void, hoping someone’s listening.
But not really, not if you don’t want to take it that seriously, said fake radio station “Huron City Radio” creator Daniel Williams.
For the past two months Williams, a St. Clair resident, has been consumed by the show, which is “broadcast” by Bobbajobski on a boat in the middle of Lake Huron by the “kitten state.” The show’s tagline sums it up pretty well: “Fake radio station. Real funny.”
The show includes a drama portion, including the supernatural tale “Raccoon Man”; weather with a woman at the bottom of the lake who, depending on the episode, is half salmon, half soccer mom; call-ins from people trying to sell cursed dolls and individual socks; an advertisement for roadkill fashion and much, much more.
“Some people hate it I’m sure ’cause it’s so stupid,” Williams told the Port Huron Times Herald.
Williams moved to the area from the United Kingdom about 11 years ago. Growing up, radio drama and comedy shows were always on and he and friends would gather and record stupid shows, “crude and full of profanity,” just to make themselves laugh.
“In some ways ‘Huron City Radio’ is just the spirit of that,” he said.
Williams, who has been involved with Enter Stage Right local theater productions, was working on a film based in Huron City, an agglomeration of Blue Water Area cities and towns, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
After the pandemic hit that was put on the backburner and Williams had three kids at home doing remote learning. There was a vacuum for entertainment with theaters closed and he started writing a radio show based in Huron City. Inspiration came from facets of the area “and almost making it as stupid as I could,” he said.
The show is low-tech and low-maintenance. To say it’s on a shoestring budget, “it’s not even a shoestring” and it’s done through the good will of people who want to be a part of it, Williams said.
Many people involved in Enter Stage Right joined the show but occasionally guests from the United Kingdom can be heard. The only part of the show that isn’t scripted are band interviews, though the question what type of plague would the band want to play through, frogs, locusts or fishflies, is.
Bands didn’t have ways to perform or get their music out as much during the pandemic and Williams wanted to give them a platform. Most of the bands on the show are from the Port Huron and Detroit area.
Including The Poltroons, which Raven Café co-owner Sadaat Hossain is part of.
Hossain and wife Jody Parmann are both fans of the show. Parmann said it playfully makes fun of the area and natives can appreciate it’s cheekiness.
Hossain said the café has a QR code posted in a vestibule to try and garner more listeners for the show, “because it truly is a brilliant and hilarious body of work.”
“I appreciate that the entire cast of the Midnite Hour and all of the musical guests featured are from the area,” he said in a written message. “Without theater during the pandemic, listening to the teleplays was one of the closest things we could get.”