Blue Water Area production house takes home two podcast awards from New Jersey Web Fest

An email came across the desk of Daniel Williams, creator of Huron City Radio, encouraging the producers of fiction podcasts to submit their work to the New Jersey Web Fest. Williams, a British expat, lives with his wife and family in St. Clair, where he creates and produces the Huron City Radio podcast network.

“My life has always been a series of, ‘Well, why not?’ I carry that into everything I do,” Williams says. “Some things work more so than others.”

And work they have. Not only was Huron City Radio accepted into the festival, but the team at HCR would go on to receive three nominations and win two awards. Williams would travel to New Jersey for the festival and awards ceremony, taking home the Best Writing/Script award for his original podcast Uncle Walter’s Year of Wonder. The same podcast won the award for Outstanding Drama. Local voice actor Marty Garavaglia, who plays Uncle Walter in the series, was also nominated for Best Lead Performance in a Fiction Podcast.

[Read more about the world of Huron City Radio on The Keel.]

The festival in New Jersey was an opportunity for Williams to meet others in the fiction podcast community and to showcase the Blue Water Area talent Williams taps to produce the podcasts. It’s a group that includes local voice actors, writers, musicians, and more.

Williams left New Jersey emboldened by the experience, wanting to branch out into web series and even movies. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Williams wrote a film with Tyler Moldovan, Port Huron resident and founder of the Desmond District Demons film festival.

“I’d like to get back to where we were before the pandemic. I still want to make a movie,” he says. “With everything I’ve learned and all the wonderful people I’ve met and worked with — there’s so much talent in the Blue Water Area. Let’s keep it going.”

In the immediate future, Williams is prepping the release of his latest creation, Mission to the Grey Hole, a science fiction podcast developed with Stacey Jowett and recorded and edited at Haberdasher Studios. Also planned are Halloween and Christmas specials for The Midnite Hour with Tom Bobbajobski, as well as that show’s finale.

“The idea is to get into more competitions and to keep getting the word out. The ultimate aim is to get our shows on the BBC,” Williams says.

Like he said: Why not?

Search for ‘Huron City Radio’ on your preferred podcast provider to listen to their locally-produced, award-winning shows.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.
Enjoy this story? Sign up for free solutions-based reporting in your inbox each week.