Night Springs Radio is hosted by Eddie Rodman. Though the purpose of the shows are not certain, the interviews and people heard on the radio tend to reflect the people in Alan's life. These radio shows are exclusive to Alan Wake's American Nightmare.
Barry and the Old Gods
Eddie Rodman: Well, here you are, about to enjoy another cool Arizona night with me, Eddie Rodman, the host with the boast.
Hey, any of you guys remember Old Gods of Asgard? Man, I actually saw them twice back in the 70s. I was just a kid then, but my dad worked at this club and he'd sneak me in to see bands all the time, you know... talk about an education. Anyway! Great band, couple of great albums, solid fan base, and they kinda dropped off the face of the Earth. Now, almost four decades later, they're making a comeback, and let me tell you, these boys have seen a lot of road, these are some serious rock and roll veterans. 'Cause they weren't too young even back in the day. Now, I've got Odin and Tor Anderson, two of the original Old Gods in the studio with me, along with their manager, Barry Wheeler. Nice to have you guys here.
Barry Wheeler: Oh, hey, great to be here, Eddie!
Tor Anderson: Yeah, hey.
Odin Anderson: Hello!
Eddie Rodman: Now, boys, let me just come right out and say this, all right -- spring chickens you ain't. I mean , you guys, you make the Stones look young.
Odin Anderson: Ha ha ha! You're only as old as you feel! Ha ha!
Tor Anderson: Who you calling' old?
Odin Anderson: Ha ha ha ha!
Eddie Rodman: Now, your last album was 1978's "In the Valley of My Shadow," and then you stopped playing altogether after that. Why? And, and what made you do a comeback after all this time?
Barry Wheeler: Well, heh. It was a sad thing. See, the original bass player for Old Gods, "Fat Bob" Balder passed away in--
Odin Anderson:Leukemia! Bob had leukemia. Poor bastard.
Tor Anderson: Yeah, after that, we didn't feel like playing no more.
Barry Wheeler: Long story short, I ran into these guys up in Washington, and it was obvious to me that they've still got it. So I figured, hey, let's make some music, right? And they went for it.
Eddie Rodman: Now, Barry, you were a literary agent before this, right?
Barry Wheeler: Uh-huh...
Eddie Rodman: And you were very successful. You represented Alan Wake, I believe, who disappeared under mysterious--
Barry Wheeler: Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's -- hey, I just wanna talk about Old Gods tonight. Is that cool? Can we do that?
Eddie Rodman: Oh yeah, sure sure -- listen, why don't we take a little break, and then later on in the program, we'll hear the new Old Gods single. Stay tuned, folks.
The Old Gods Sound Young
Eddie Rodman: Welcome back, listeners. As you know, I'm Eddie Rodman, and I'm still talking to Old Gods of Asgard, who're doing their big comeback tour. How's that been going for you? Odin?
Odin Anderson: Splendid! I'm having the time of my life. You know, I didn't realize how much I'd missed that!
Eddie Rodman: And what about you, Tor?
Tor Anderson: Aww, it's okay, you know.
Eddie Rodman: Well, this must bring back a lot of memories.
Odin Anderson: Oh, yeah, it's wonderful to be back on stage. If it wasn't for my knee, I'd feel like a young man again!
Eddie Rodman: Well, speaking of that, I hate to keep harping on this age thing, but I gotta tell you, I've heard your new songs, guys, and you sound really good.
Odin Anderson: Thank you!
Eddie Rodman: And, um, this may be a touchy subject, but to be blunt, you really don't sound, well, old! I mean, the difference between your speaking voice and your singing voice, it's pretty striking.
Tor Anderson: What the hell are you talking about? You saying it's not us singing on that record?
Odin Anderson: What? What's he talking about?
Eddie Rodman: No, no, no, I'm not saying that, guys, but I, I can't help noticing the difference--
Odin Anderson: Son, you're on thin ice!
Tor Anderson: You callin' me a liar?
Barry Wheeler: Whoa, hey, let me just step in here for a moment, boys -- yeah, Eddie, they do sound different, but believe me, we're not talking Milli Vanilli here, these guys are the real deal. Why don't you come to the gig tomorrow night and see for yourself? Once they get on that stage... BOOM! Things get real.
Eddie Rodman: Really?
Barry Wheeler: Believe me, they play like they're possessed! It's almost like magic. You see my boys play, you see the Old Gods for real. These guys project a lot of power. They're not lightweights, you know what I'm saying?
Eddie Rodman: All right, Barry, I'll, I'll see if I can make it. Now, let's take another quick break here, and after that, we'll play the new Old Gods of Asgard single. Don't you go away!
Balance Slays the Demon
Eddie Rodman: And we're back with Old Gods of Asgard and their manager, Barry Wheeler. Guys, you're on your comeback tour, and you're playing a lot of your classic material, but you've also got a new single out, right? How'd that come about? Was it hard to go back into the studio after such a long time?
Barry Wheeler: Are you kidding me? They were chomping at the bit. They were just itching to stretch those creative muscles. It'd been a while, because -- uh, you know, they'd spent a lot of time in, uh...
Tor Anderson: Retirement. We were retired.
Odin Anderson: We were?
Tor Anderson: Yeah.
Odin Anderson: No, no, we were at the Lodge, and, uh... we escaped--
Tor Anderson: We were at the retirement, uh--
Barry Wheeler: Thing. Retirement thing.
Tor Anderson: Yeah! Yeah.
Barry Wheeler: So, uh, you know, really, once we got in the studio, things started happening. Now, the music has changed a little bit, and the boys were a little rusty, so it took us a while find the right gear, but hey, once we got going, hoo boy, they kicked ass! And it's an awesome song, it's called "Balance Slays the Demon," and seriously, I think it's their finest work. And hey, I should know, I produced it!
Eddie Rodman: Oh, really? I didn't know you were a producer.
Barry Wheeler: Well, this was my first time. I mean, they needed a little bit of guidance, you know what I mean? I mean, don't get me wrong, these guys are the best. But it's the 21st century, man, things just sound a little different these days. So, you know, I kinda stepped in there, helped them make it sound all cool, kinda jazzed it up.
Eddie Rodman: That sounds like a challenge.
Barry Wheeler: Oh, no, it was really easy, man. I was just, you know, like "hey, give it a little zing," you know? "Let's take it to another level so it really rips!" Uh... You know, "let's throw some really sweet synths in!" Like that, just kicked it up a notch. But it's totally old Gods.
Eddie Rodman: Well, listeners, you can judge for yourselves -- here's Old Gods of Asgard and "Balance Slays the Demon."
Barry Wheeler: Oh yeah.
Act 2's radio shows tend to be more based on Eddie's relationship with his listeners and his own thoughts of life.
Our Lines Are Open
Eddie Rodman: Okay, people, it's Eddie Rodman here with a few hours to kill... and there's nobody I'd rather spend them with. Nobody else in the whole world. Heh heh heh! Ohh, boy, that'll land me in hot water once I get back home, won't it? Well, just in case my wife is listening... And you always are, aren't you, baby? Let me tell you, you're the exception, honey. And the prettiest lady I ever saw, to boot. But I'd really like to spend some quality time with you listeners, 'cause... well, tonight's one of those nights. You're sitting in the studio and you kinda forget how long it's been, or what day it is -- you just sit here and go through the motions, and you might as well have been here forever. You keep talking, but you don't even know what you're saying. It's like you're on automatic, and you can't stop the ride and get off. It's times like that I really wish that someone would just call in and relieve my boredom. How about it, anybody? C'mon, now, help a fella out. Our lines are open.
"You Suck, Eddie!"
Eddie Rodman: Oh, praise be, you guys are coming through for me! A pretty little light just started blinking on my board here, and that means there's a caller out there. You know, when the hours stretch into eternity like this, when it feels like I'm stuck in a rut and just reliving the same, endless night over and over again, I feel genuinely touched by someone actually reaching out to me, breaking the monotony. I just want you to know that it really matters to me. Caller, you're on the air.
Caller: YOU SUCK, EDDIE!
Eddie Rodman: Ahem. Uh, did you know that this is my dream job? True fact.
Ricky and Free Will
Eddie Rodman: I was about to do the weather, but I see we have a caller. Hey, you're on the air with Eddie, what's up?
Ricky: Hey, Eddie, it's Ricky. You talked about fate before? You think about that a lot?
Eddie Rodman: Not a lot, to be honest, but I take it you do?
Ricky: Oh yeah, oohh yeah!
Eddie Rodman: Any conclusions you'd care to share, Ricky?
Ricky: Well, we've got free will, right? That's in the Bible and everything.
Eddie Rodman: Yeah, right, sure.
Ricky: So, free will, right? Am I right? I mean, if we can do what we want, how can there be fate? I mean, you don't know what's gonna happen next. So there's no fate. There's just people doing stuff.
(The Night Springs narrator, speaking the same lines, starts fading in and out over Eddie's speech, eventually taking over for a period, with Eddie's voice fading in occasionally, finally switching back to Eddie at the conclusion.)
Eddie Rodman: Well, I don't know, Ricky. I don't suppose you have considered the possibility that we're all here in the service of a greater purpose, incomprehensible to us, and that what we take to be freedom is nothing more than the move of a pawn on some cosmic chessboard -- limited in scope, subject to the whims of unseen players, existing only for their entertainment? Or perhaps we're just a twisted reflection of actual events that can happen elsewhere. Could it be that such is life... in Night Springs?
Ricky: Um. Dude, what?
Eddie Rodman: Food for thought, Ricky. Food for thought.
Eddie, Serena, and Alice
Eddie Rodman: Well, art lovers, are you feeling neglected? You shouldn't. You know Eddie Rodman's got love for you, which is why I actually hauled myself out of bed before noon just so I could record an interview for your pleasure. Enjoy! Well, as I'm sure you all know, the annual Night Springs Visual Arts Show is coming around again, and that's a big deal for all of us that are in the culture business -- if you can call it a business, that's a little controversial, I know!
Serena Valdivia: Oh, that's okay! Money makes the world go around, no doubt about it.
Eddie Rodman: And that's one of my guests here at the studio, Serena Valdivia; she's a curator at the Night Springs Gallery of Visual Arts, and she's in charge of the NSVA Film Festival, held this year at the old Night Springs Drive-In Theatre.
Serena Valdivia: Hello, Eddie, it's great to be here. And let me just say that it's a wonderful venue.
Eddie Rodman: Absolutely. And with her is one of the filmmakers, somebody who's actually primarily known as a renowned photographer... Alice Wake.
Alice Wake: Hello!
Eddie Rodman: Now, Alice, I've seen a lot of your work over the years. It's very impressive. My wife's a big fan, actually.
Alice Wake: Oh, thank you.
Eddie Rodman: You've, uh -- you've gained quite a bit of fame as a photographer, but that's not why you're here; you actually have a film. That's a little surprising.
Alice Wake: For me, too! I really wouldn't be here at all if it weren't for Serena.
Eddie Rodman: You two are friends, I take it?
Serena Valdivia: Yeah, we move in the same circles. So, about a year ago I heard about all this footage she'd shot, and I got to see some of it, and then I started pestering her about actually putting it out there, because it was really good!
Alice Wake: I didn't really want to show it. It felt too personal.
Eddie Rodman: Well, yes, I can understand that. It features your husband, and he's, um, well...
Alice Wake: He's -- he's dead.
Eddie Rodman: Uh, I thought he was missing?
Alice Wake: It's been two years. I -- this sounds awful, but yes, I believe he's dead. Otherwise he would've... well, you know.
Eddie Rodman: Yeah, I -- I understand. Well, hold that thought, we'll be right back.
Alice Talks About Wake
Eddie Rodman: Thanks for tuning in for the second part of our interview with Serena Valdivia and award-winning photographer Alice Wake. Now, Alice, we were talking about your husband, Alan Wake. Is that a sore subject for you?
Alice Wake: Well, a little bit. Of course it is. The way I see it, we had our good times and our bad times, and on the whole, we had a lot of good times. He really made me happy. I don't mind being reminded of him.
Eddie Rodman: So you're, uh... you're over him?
Alice Wake: I don't know if I'll ever be that, entirely. I still think about him every day, literally. I still find myself hoping for -- well, sometimes I think I see him just standing somewhere, watching me. I think most people who lose someone they love experience things like that. But on the whole, I'm doing all right. Two years is a long time to adjust, and I'm not really the type to wallow in the negative.
Eddie Rodman: Well, I know there are a lot of stories about Alan. He seemed to have something of a wild streak...
Serena Valdivia: Um, that's not really what our show is about, though...
Alice Wake: Look, all that stuff really gets blown out of proportion. He had his problems, but... it's really frustrating for me, because people like to talk, they love to tell these crazy stories, and they never really knew him at all.
Eddie Rodman: Well, the character he created, Alex Casey, is a household name, the books still continue to sell... there's been talk of a TV series, a movie, a video game... It must be nice to know that his work is still being appreciated by so many readers.
Alice Wake: Yes, of course, but I don't really deal with the business side. I leave that to Alan's agent.
Eddie Rodman: That would be Barry Wheeler? Actually, I just interviewed him. He's currently in the music business...
Alice Wake: Mm-hmm.
Eddie Rodman: And he's also Alan's best friend. Do you two keep in touch?
Alice Wake: We talk regularly. Like I said, he handles the business side.
Serena Valdivia: I think we should talk about her film.
Eddie Rodman: Yes. Yes, of course, you're right. I'm Eddie Rodman, talking to Alice Wake and Serena Valdivia, and we'll be right back.
Eddie Rodman: Hello folks, and welcome to the third part of our prerecorded interview with Serena Valdivia and renowned photographer Alice Wake. So, tell me about the film.
Alice Wake: It's called "Sunrise," and it really wasn't something I ever thought of as an actual film -- it was just footage, things I saw and happened to shoot. It's not a medium I'm very much at home with.
Serena Valdivia: You shouldn't put yourself down. You've got a great eye.
Alice Wake: Maybe, but experience is another thing.
Eddie Rodman: Because you're primarily a still photographer.
Alice Wake: Yes, exactly. So I'm really used to thinking of the world in terms of snapshots -- I frame something and try to pick the right moment, and then reveal that moment to people. Moving images are a different story. I'm still learning a lot about it, to be honest.
Eddie Rodman: So this is a new thing for you?
Alice Wake: Or maybe I'm just a slow learner! But showing it like this is definitely a new step for me -- it's a little weird taking something this intimate and showing it to everybody. Not that the material itself is somehow shocking, it's just that those were private moments.
Serena Valdivia: But that's why it works, because it feels genuine. It's not so much a story as it is a sort of an echo, showing us how you saw your husband at the time. It's not really about the sunrise itself, or Alan watching it, it's about you two, together.
Alice Wake: I suppose. It's funny, looking at it now, especially now that it's been edited like that -- it takes on a life of its own, almost. It's a kind of a fantasy.
Serena Valdivia: Well, there's nothing wrong with that.
Alice Wake: No, you're right. I'm glad you talked me into it!