During the 1990s there was an X-Files spoof radio show called “The X-Fools.” They had little five minute episodes that played every weekday, with ridiculous cliff-hangers and lots of radio humour.
The interesting thing about this show – or perhaps the most frustrating – is that after it finished broadcasting it disappeared from existence. Finding information on it is difficult, I don’t even know for sure who created it and the voice actors are a complete mystery.
Now I was one of the few dedicated fans who followed it every week, as best I could. I even recorded them off the radio so that I could listen again and again. But like all fans I wanted more.
The only place I could find it was a website made by someone like me, who had salvaged a few episodes themselves and wanted more. I would have given them more, but it seems they had given up and moved on. The website died. But I had the episodes.
Possessing some webspace I uploaded them to it along with my own, and began a campaign to recover the missing episodes. When I say ‘campaign’ I mean load my page with keywords and hope that the relevant people would google me. I’ve had a steady flow of traffic and downloads since I put the site up, and even the occassional grateful email.
Well, the branch has born fruit. Two people, within a few days of one another, have contacted me and provided me with perhaps as many as 20 x-fools stories between them! It’s fantastic and gives me hope of finding more, perhaps even them all!
So now I’m putting them online. The humble, but precious webpage lies, for those who are interested at www.amuletts.com/xfools Some are up and more will follow.
Update Jan 2016: The studio contacted me an asked I take the archive offline. I don’t know at this time if they are planning to republish or rebroadcast. I certainly hope that is what they are planning. It would be a shame if these gems were never heard again.