Created by Jim French
MICHAEL KINCAID, an investigative reporter for the fictional
cable TV Investigative Channel, specializes in stories that are
strange, bizarre, supernatural, and/or extra-terrestrial. He is
assisted by his "shooter" or videographer, Shelly Mars.
The emphasis of the story line and main character is on investigating
and not reporting - in fact many of his stories (cases) don't
even make it to the tube. Often his boss won't believe him; you
might not either unless you follow Kincaid on some of his assignments.
For example, in the episode "The Place," Kincaid
investigates a series of robberies in which the crooks always
fire a Tommy Gun, but there are no bullet holes and no bullet
casings. The fingerprints left at the crime scene are those of
criminals that have been dead for 30 years. Just your nice, neat,
typical news story, eh?
Starting with Episode 016, "The Find," Kincaid
got a new managing editor, Randall Bigelow, played by Richards
Sanders of WKRP in Cincinnati fame.
Kincaid, The Strange-Seeker is a current-day radio drama
series by Jim French that started in the mid-1990's and stars
Terry Rose as Kincaid. It currently airs as part of Imagination
Theater on KNWX in Seattle and is broadcast on the internationally-syndicated
Imagination Theatre that also airs French's The
Adventures of Harry Nile and The Further Adventures
of Sherlock Holmes. Previously, the show was heard in the
Seattle area as part of The PEMCO Imagination Theater on KNWX
(episodes 009-013) and The KIRO Mystery Playhouse on KIRO (episodes
001-008.) Twenty episodes have been produced so far and new episodes
Jim French is also the creator of the early seventies P.I.
radio drama, Dameron, , featuring
a globe-trotting trouble-shooter.
- Audition/Pilot Show
The Kincaid character first appeared in an KIRO Mystery Playhouse
episode, "The Man Who Died Twice," on April 14, 1996.
In this episode the main character was called ROBERT KINCAID
and he was an investigative reporter for the fictional New York
Bulletin newspaper. He becomes involved in investigating the
death of a terminally-ill patient at a nursing home. His investigation
turns up much more than just a possible case of euthanasia. Terry
Rose also played KINCAID in this episode.
According to Larry Albert of Jim French Productions, "'The
Man Who Died Twice' was not a pilot per se. After the show was
recorded and aired, several of Jim's friends saw the potential
of this character for a series. However, we were all thinking
of a newspaper series. When Jim decided to develop the show we
were all surprised to see where he was taking it. I guess you
could say that 'The Man Who Died Twice' is a de facto pilot."
- Recorded Live!
This series is unusual for modern radio series in that all episodes
of this series up through episode 015 have been recorded before
a LIVE audience. Episodes 001-014 and the audition/pilot were
recorded at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. Episode
15 was recorded at The Kirkland Performance Center in
Kirkland, WA. Regular recording sessions take place at the Kirkland
Performance Center at roughly 3 month intervals. Admission for
the recording session is $7.00 for Adults and $6.00 for students
Want to get the feel of attending a LIVE radio drama recording
session? Read Warming Up the
Crowd: The PEMCO Imagination Theater Warm-Up with Jim French.
- KINCAID, THE STRANGE-SEEKER
First Broadcast: September
Writers: Jim French ("A
Dog Named Who" Jim French and Terry Rose)
Pat French and Jim French
Music: Graham Pleet
Sound Effects: Cheryl Jacobs,
David Persson, Scott Anderson, David Freed and Sean O'Meara.
Engineers: Peggy Stokes and
Announcers: Dean L. Smith
and Jim French
Starring: Terry Rose as MICHAEL
with John Gilbert as "Lippy" LIippman (through
Richard Sanders as Randall Bigelow (starting with episode
and Mary Ann Dorwart and Katherine Shield as Shelley
Guest Stars: Larry Albert, Bill Brooks, Frank Buxton, Karen
Kay Cody, Karen Corbitt, Jan D'Arcy, Diane Felty, David Freed,
Pat French, Cynthia Geary, Demene Hall, Phil Harper, Paul Herlinger,
Russell Johnson, Peggy Jordan, Daniel von Koschembar, Rick May,
Mike McLaughlin, Jerry Miller, Jack Morton, Lee Paasch, Marlene
Phillips, Joy Rinaldi, Dave Ross, Wantland Sandel, Richard Sanders,
Dean L. Smith, Stephan Weyte, Jim Wilkie, and Douglas Young.
- "Felicia" (September 15, 1996)
- "The Place" (April 20, 1997)
- "The Woman From Under The Ice" (October 19, 1997)
- "Final Mission" (January 18, 1998)
- "Appointment In Time" February 8, 1998)
- "Goblin Factory, The" (October 25, 1998)
- "New Guy At the Morgue" (November 8, 1998)
- "Something for Everyone" (January 10, 1999)
- "A Dog Named Who" (February 21, 1999)
- "Dobsky Engine" (August 23, 1998)
- "The Thirst Of The Blade" (October 11, 1998)
- "Writers' Block" (August 22, 1999)
- "The Final Chapter" (October 10, 1999)
- "Star Channel, The" (December 4, 1999)
- "A Town Called Limbo" (December 31, 2000)
- "The Find" (September 9, 2001)
- "A Work In Progress" (October 14, 2001)
- "The Santa Test" (December 23, 2001)
- "The License Plate Caper" (April 21, 2002)
- "Natural Causes" (September 22, 2002)
- All episodes dates are when they first appeared
on Imagination Theatre. (They originally aired in Seattle as
part of the late KIRO Mystery Playhouse or its current successor
PEMCO's Imagination Theatre.) .
LISTEN TO IT!
- To find out if a station in your area broadcasts Imagination
Theater, call the syndicator, Transmedia toll-free at 1-800-229-7234.
You can also listen to Imagination
Theatre at their web site, broadcast in Real Audio. Their
site also provides background information, a listing of affiliate
stations, a current episode guide, and ordering information for
tapes and CDs.
TAPES and COMPACT DISCS
- You can find out lots more about Michael Kinkaid and
Jim's other characters and series. Go to Jim's web site at: Jim French Productions.
There you will find information on several Kincaid, The Strange-Seeker
episodes that are available on cassette and compact disc.
As well, the syndicator of Imagination Theatre, Transmedia,
has the episodes available on compact disc and tape.
- Interviews conducted by Stewart Wright with Jim French in
- Larry Albert of Jim French Productions who provided episode
titles, episode initial airing dates, and recurring characters
- Jim French Productions can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Respectfully submitted by Stewart
Wright - September, 2001, updated January 2003.
Copyright by Stewart Wright. Thanks, Stewart.
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