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Night Vale Community Radio is the main radio provider of Night Vale.

Cecil's show[]

Cecil Gershwin Palmer provides daily[1] community updates on his news program, which airs during the evening or night.[2] Cecil once gave us the time (as he experienced it) at the end of his show: midnight.[3]

The show usually focuses on one main news story, which Cecil updates his listeners on between commercials and other segments. It runs about half an hour, and at the 3/4ths mark of the show Cecil breaks for the Weather section. When he returns, he announces the conclusion of the news story and signs off, usually announcing the program that will follow.

Most Night Vale citizens listen to Cecil's show, and such subjects as his and Carlos' relationships are frequent topics of conversation around town.[2]

Recurring segments[]

Other programs[]

Main article: Stay Tuned Next

In addition to Cecil's show, Night Vale Community Radio often broadcasts feelings and silence in addition to the occasional advice show, sports game, radio game shows, and live orchestral performances.


The station doors are carved from reclaimed bloodstone using ancient wisdom lost along with the station architects in 1942. They can only be opened by bleeding on them. As Cecil says, "That’s just part of having a good security system."[4]

Previous to Cecil, the host was Leonard Burton.[5] Younger Cecil describes his voice as, "all high-pitched and grating, like sandpaper." [5]

Cecil apparently interned at the radio station, but doesn't remember doing so.[5]

Night Vale Community Radio was a subsidiary of StrexCorp Synernists Incorporated, who purchased it from the mysterious unknown forces that founded it many years ago.[6] Since the not-angels purchased StrexCorp, NVCR is no longer under StrexCorp control.


Radio Hosts[]

Cecil Palmer is the current main host of NVCR. Kevin, Lauren Mallard, and Leonard Burton have all guest-hosted Cecil's show in his absence.[7][8][9]

Doctor Brandon hosts the popular advice program Dr Brandon.[10]

As noted above, a former host was Leonard Burton.[11]


Main article: Night Vale Community Radio Interns

There are also several interns employed at the station, though most meet terrible ends on various errands, either in the station or about town.


Main article: Station Management

StrexCorp Synernists Incorporated acquired the radio station[6] and they appointed Lauren Mallard as Cecil's program director and Daniel as Cecil's new producer.


  • The station oracle who acted as an interpreter for the old station management [12]; after the acquisition, probably obsolete
  • Mikayla, from Sales[13]
  • The guys from Sales, who are all named Shawn[14] and who wear matching suits and wool caps[15]; after helping to redecorate, presumed dead, dead as hell, reanimated[16]
  • Khoshekh, the station's pet cat, who hovers by the sink in the men's restroom[17][18][15]
  • Lance, the receptionist.[19]
  • Laura, the legal advisor [20]

Location and Appearance[]

Cecil describes the station's appearance in various recordings he made during his internship at the station as a teen, calling it "a messy home" and describes it as being full of hallways winding away into a labyrinth of audio equipment and tape stacks, with windows that look out onto empty recording studios that haven't been used in decades, but that still broadcast live shows every night.[5] Cecil has mentioned that there are a nest of owls in the corner, like any normal radio station.

The station has a recording booth, a production booth,[15] a bloodstone circle,[21] a broadcasting tower, washrooms,[17] a front loading zone,[22] a break room where dead interns are buried,[23], the office of Station Management, which seems to be larger on the inside than its external dimensions should allow,[23] and cubicles for the Shawns.[15]

Kevin considers the recording studio equipment "old-fashioned" and adds, "I hardly know how to use any of it! Nothing like the high-tech equipment we have back home in Desert Bluffs!"[16] Lauren and Kevin redecorate it with pictures of human teeth and, of course, some contributions from the Shawns.[24][16]


  1. Though the podcast is released biweekly, it's clear within the context of the show that Cecil's show is aired much more frequently and that we do not hear all of them. In "Lost In The Mail", Cecil says that he has been asking for submissions "all week", strongly implying that his show airs daily.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
  3. Episode 79 "Lost in the Mail"
  4. Episode 42 "Numbers"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Episode 33 "Cassette"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Episode 32 "Yellow Helicopters"
  7. Episode 47 "Company Picnic"
  8. Episode 48 "Renovations"
  9. Episode 67 "Best Of?"
  10. Episode 10 "Feral Dogs"
  11. Episode 33 "Cassette"
  12. Episode 23 "Eternal Scouts"
  13. Episode 9 ""PYRAMID""
  14. Tweet from Jeffery Cranor that confirms the spelling of 'Shawn.'
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Episode 44 "Cookies"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Episode 47 "Company Picnic"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Episode 2 "Glow Cloud"
  18. Episode 43 "Visitor"
  19. Episode 77 "A Stranger"
  20. Episode 131 "Brought to You by Kellogg’s"
  21. Episode 18 "The Traveler"
  22. Episode 5 "The Shape in Grove Park"
  23. 23.0 23.1 Episode 3 "Station Management"
  24. Episode 48 "Renovations"