Fort Bliss FM by J. Phillip Wilkins | Script Revolution

Fort Bliss FM

Madeleine compiles hundreds of hours of audio to solve her aunt’s disappearance from a Los Angeles radio station.



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Crime/thriller/dark comedy podcast, six 15-20 minute episodes
At its heart, this is a story about a young woman's search for truth in the face of lies, myth, and the fear she may be an accomplice to an unreliable narrator. It's about what we'd do for family, how far we'd go to protect them. It's also about really f'd-up strangeness, the rise of new wave and punk in Los Angeles, infiltrating an exclusive club for rich weirdos, the F.B.I., the hunt for a serial killer, and secret boxing matches between Uwe Bol and kidnapped film critics. All of this, from hundreds of recordings by law enforcement, home recordists, and the center of this tale: Sandra "Mistress Midnight". The story shifts back and forth in time to show Sandra's rise to popularity, her misadventures at The Fort, and subsequent tangle in the drug probe and terror from a serial killer on the loose.

All the audio will be gleaned from various tapes, depositions, and audio tracks ripped from video sources. Some from law enforcement were leaked by a whistleblower within the FBI. Many were uploaded to the public domain, but most are from Sandra's private archive, left to Melissa in her will. She has listened to every one, edited them into a shifting timeline to tell a story and hopefully uncover the truth about her aunt in the process. There's one remaining tape, labeled "Don't Listen 'Til I'm Dead". Melissa is holding it back for the season one cliffhanger when she'll listen to it live, along with her followers.

Through thousands of hours of secret recordings we are introduced to Sandra "Mistress Midnight" Honeydove, DJ at Los Angeles' soft rock FM station WNRK. The recordings have been compiled into a crime podcast by her niece, Melissa, left to her in Sandra's will after her mysterious disappearance and declared dead years after. Sandra follows a meandering path to end up at the radio station. She's finally found her calling and quickly becomes one of the hottest DJs in L.A. Her midnight show on the weekends is outrageously popular.
This notoriety brings with it attention from the owner of The Fort, AKA Fort Bliss, a sprawling mansion in the hills above Laurel Canyon and private playground for the rich and infamous, where all manner of depravity and indulgence is encouraged. Many of the WNRK employees work there as bartenders, hosts, security, technicians, and deejays providing the soundtrack to the illicit goings-on. All the while, an FBI surveillance team keeps tabs on the activities of all involved as they investigate the drug pipeline between the radio station and The Fort.
The F.B.I. has its hands full with the monitoring of WNRK, the hunt for a serial killer, and the moral/ethical ambiguity of using Sandra as bait to solve both problems.

Submitted: September 2, 2022
Last Updated: September 2, 2022

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The Writer: J. Phillip Wilkins

J. Phillip Wilkins is a composer and the author of several unfinished books, including 'Desert Witch', 'The Girl From Yuma', 'Laughter, Far Away', and 'Lighthouse At The World's End'. His tenure as one-third of indie pop outfit The Postmarks was followed by a move to the West Coast demimonde. Won second place in a writing contest at his middle school with his first short story, runner-up to a son-of-a-bitch who plagiarized Stephen King. Became obsessed with Incans after watching an episode of In Search Of. Over the ensuing decades, he split his time between writing and music, finally making a career with a band while working as a production manager for newspapers and tabloids. In 1992 he... Go to bio
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