Frequently Asked Questions
How do I listen to your show?
The easiest way is by subscribing to us on any podcast app or software. The rss feed for our podcast can be found here. We're also on iTunes here and on Stitcher here. If you'd like to just download each mp3 individually, you can do that here. Finally, our episodes can also be listened to on Soundcloud here.
Can I send you my ideas for your show?
Please don't. We are unable to use episode or line ideas from people, and it's easier to write the show without all that bouncing around in our heads. Your idea is probably really good anyway, and you should use it in your own writing instead of making us look good based on your work.
How do I send you my writing submission?
Because of a large number of work submitted already, we are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions. When we start accepting writing again, we will post it here on the website, and also on Twitter and Facebook.
How do I get my music played on the weather?
As with writing submissions, we are not currently accepting music submissions, due to the long backlog of songs we already have scheduled. (The weather section is booked for well over a year into the future - if you believe in such things as “the future” and “music.”)
And as with writing submissions, when we start accepting music submissions again, we will post it here on the website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Where do I find that weather song I liked?
All featured music is listed in the show notes for each podcast. The full list of podcasts can be found at our Libsyn feed.
Where do I find the music playing in the background of the podcast?
Disparition composed nearly all of the bed music for Night Vale. It can be downloaded at disparition.info. It is too complicated to list every track we've used at every moment in every show, so we encourage you to explore his fine work and find the music on your own. Along the way, you'll discover some brilliant pieces you've not heard yet, too.
What's the name of the Disparition song used in the opening of each show?
The Ballad of Fiedler and Mundt
What does the character Cecil [or Kevin or Old Woman Josie or _____] look like?
What do YOU think they look like?
How do you spell [insert character name or place here]?
Here are spellings for things that might not be apparent just by listening: Khoshekh, old woman Josie, Steve Carlsberg, coach Nazr al-Mujaheed, Hiram McDaniels, Telly the barber, Leann Hart (editor of the Night Vale Daily Journal), Moonlite All-Nite Diner, Simone Rigadeau (living in the Earth Sciences building), Svitz, Franchia, Luftnarp, Tamika Flynn, Cecil Gershwin Palmer, Strexcorp Synernists Inc., Vithya (intern), Leonard Burton, Megan Wallaby.
Can you send me a transcript of an episode?
We don't provide transcripts because our working scripts aren't really formatted with public reading in mind. Many, many fan transcripts exist. Google around. You'll find 'em.
It's my birthday/my friend's birthday. Can you mention my/their name in the podcast?
We get several requests like this every single day, and so we unfortunately must decline all of them. Sorry!
But I have another very good reason that has nothing to do with birthdays. Will you mention my/someone else's name now?
What are they saying in Russian?
Я не могу вам сказать.
Why don’t you sell [specific item of merchandise] in your store?
We are always trying to come up with new items for our store, ones that are cool and fun and interesting (but also ones that will sell enough to make up for the cost of creating them). Just know we’re always working on new things.
I designed my own Night Vale t-shirt/phone case/poster/etc. Can I sell it?
All of us who work on Night Vale do so for free, and any money we make in return is from the sale of Night Vale merchandise. For that reason, we ask that no one sell their own Night Vale merchandise. Thanks for being cool about this!
You should make a book.
I have an idea for a fan project where I _______.
Non-commercial fan projects are fine by us. Please keep it free and let us know how it goes!
I want to host a listening party at my home/my library/my bar/my store/etc.
Non-commercial listening parties are fine by us. We ask that you please do not sell tickets to or otherwise sell food/drink/merchandise at a listening party. This is a free podcast.
When are you going to do more live shows?
We're planning a bunch of cities in 2014! Check here to see what we have in the works right now.
How long is a Welcome to Night Vale live show?
That varies a bit based on what kind of guests we have, but generally they are around 90 minutes including the opening musical guest.
I am the parent of a young person. Would bringing them to a live show be possible or appropriate?
We do our best to make all of our shows all ages. That said, some of the venues are not flexible on that, and so some shows are 18+ as a result. Check the ticket page of the specific date to see.
The show itself is the same kind of material as the podcast, so that should allow you to judge. However, we choose to not ask the musical guest to censor themselves. As a result, there might be some cussing and stuff in the music.
Do you come out for signing/taking gifts/hugs after a live show?
Generally yes. We try to do this whenever it is physically possible. Sometimes we cannot because we have another show starting soon after, or because the venue rules mean we won't have enough time to talk to people. When we cannot come out, please know that we are very sorry.
Will the live shows ever be recorded for release?
Yes. We recently released our first, double-length live episode recording featuring many special guests. It is available for pay-what-you-can on our Bandcamp page.
The live show I wanted to see sold out. Will you add a late show?
In the past, we added late shows pretty regularly. We are not going to be doing that much going forward. Here's the thing about a late show: it means we have to do the entire show twice in a row. That sounds obvious, but on two show nights, Cecil has to stand on stage, performing at his best, for 2-3 hours in a night with little break. Combined with a busy tour schedule, this can end up exhausting beyond belief. So we're dialing back on adding second shows quite a bit. That doesn't mean we won't ever do it. Sometimes we will. But don't count on it. Don't count on anything.
I ordered something from the Commonplace Books store and it hasn’t arrived or there was a problem with it.
If you purchased merchandise through our Topatoco store, please visit the Topatoco Help page.
Can my company sponsor Welcome to Night Vale?
Right now we are not accepting sponsorships for Welcome to Night Vale. We are maintaining an ad-free show.
Do you have an email list? Can I get on that?
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