The \u201cNutmeg Junction\u201d radio show featuring the vocals of many local actors has moved along from its first episode in Torrington, into the heartland, and is now heard on 16 stations in many states including California. Amazingly, it has all happened in four short years. Known as an audio theater program, it does pay homage to the golden age of scripted radio programs. J. Timothy Quirk, who writes all the scripts for the program, credits its rising popularity to the \u201cold time\u201d storytelling quality made new and its exceptional vocal actors. He also considers a quote from Steve Martin to be a driving force: \u201cBe so good, they can\u2019t ignore you.\u201d It all started in Torrington at WAPJ studio, where Quirk first announced that the show would go national. Now, because of COVID-19 everything is being done remotely and not at the studio. \u201cSo many actors miss performing live, so they record an audio adventure,\u201d said Quirk. That includes everything from light comedies to family-friendly mysteries. Many of the stations picking up the program are community radio stations. Everything from the writing of the weekly episodes to the vocal performances are volunteered. \u201cI created it for community stations and I do it for the love of it,\u201d said Quirk, who describes his radio shows as theater of the mind. Referring to the olden days when families would gather around their radios and tune into programs like \u201cThe Jack Benny Show,\u201d Quirk offers the noncommercial modern technology to an old concept. \u201cThese are not variety shows like Benny\u2019s, these are shows with stories, actors, and digital sound effects, but they rely on the imagination of the listeners to step into another world and step out of this one for a while.\u201d From science fiction episodes to the most popular \u201cBarnaby Druthers\u201d private detective, the episodes are not only presented vocally with clarity and expression but written with sharp wit and originality. \u201cBarnaby Druthers\u201d seems to pick up where Sherlock Holmes left off. However, instead of Watson, the very English Barnaby has a female American crime-solving partner, Irene Adler. Barnaby, a \u201cloveable but clueless amateur private detective, lacks self-awareness and is under the thumb of his formidable mother,\u201d described Humphry Rolleston, who portrays the title character. He added that Barnaby is just smart enough to get help and support from Miss Adler. Quirk, who has acted at local theaters including the Warner as well as the Desultory Theatre, said that he would be proud to play any of his characters. \u201cI enjoy giving actors these roles and I like being behind the scenes now.\u201d Considering that the work is now done remotely, he not only writes each script, but pieces all the actors\u2019 individual performances together, then adds the sound effects and the music. Speaking of the music, Quirk pointed out several times to mention that Robert C. Fullerton of Torrington created the theme for the show as well for the episodes. Having listened to some of the episodes, I see why this was important. The music is really good, adds atmosphere and a whole additional dimension to the work. There are about 30 local actors who perform vocally in this audio theater experience. Most theatergoers are familiar with many of them like Jeff Savage, John Fabiani and Dan Willey. Although Quirk claims that he should have done this in his \u201c20s,\u201d it seems like this is the perfect time to step out of our often-chaotic world and into a new place. Joanne Greco Rochman was a founding member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and is a current member in the American Theatre Critics Association. She welcomes comments. Contact: email@example.com.