2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in Storytelling
Jim Cheff is the creator, writer and producer of “Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater” – Arizona’s only locally-produced radio adventure for kids. It’s heard every Saturday morning on Radio Sunnyside, 101.5 FM. Jim has written and recorded over twenty 35-minute “Mary Farfisa” plays since its debut in January of 2016. The show has utilized the talents of dozens of local actors and musicians, many of them children under the age of twelve years old. Jim has also written music for “Mary Farfisa,” including a “mini-musical” episode that contained nine original songs. As a cartoonist, Jim brings Mary Farfisa to the children of Flagstaff through free coloring books and online comic strips on the show’s facebook page. He also draws live sketches of Mary Farfisa and her friends at events like this year’s opening of the Arboretum. Two episodes of “Mary Farfisa” were selected for broadcast in Scotland as part of “Radiophrenia,” a two-week FM radio event highlighting excellence in radio production around the world. The show has been the subject of articles in the “Arizona Daily Sun” and “Que Pasa!” 4FlagTV recently produced a video feature about the making of the “Mary Farfisa” show.
All 20 Episodes for online streaming