About Bill Heid

Bill Heid Behind The Scenes of In Freedom’s Cause

Bill Heid, Executive Producer at Heirloom Audio Productions, is an expert on audio drama and how it can be used as both a teaching tool and as wholesome entertainment. As a radio guest, Bill speaks to the many benefits of audio theater for children and adults alike. Audio drama pushes back against the prevailing culture of spoon-fed visual learning and entertainment. It’s a way to actively involve and engage children in exciting stories that teach not only history, but also Christian values.

Bill Heid with Kirk Cameron

As an expert of Christian history, Bill was frustrated by how Christ has been consciously removed from the history books and government school curriculums. As a father of five and grandfather of 15, he was also concerned about the increasing screen time that children are exposed to today (an average of 55 hours per week) and the effects that has on their intellect and imagination.

In 2013, Bill formed Heirloom Audio Productions, LLC to address both these issues. As Executive Producer, he turned to the adventure books of G.A. Henty for rich, exciting story material. The result is a series of audio dramas, The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty, which includes three drama adaptations to date.

Bill with historian Marshall Foster and actor Kirk Cameron

Stories are a fundamental tool for communicating values. A primary example would be Jesus’ telling of parables to communicate compelling moral lessons. Each of G.A. Henty’s stories was based on a true historical event and is told from the point of view of a fictional youth who was present at the event. The young adventurers in the stories demonstrate a sense of purpose while living with integrity and courage; they are role models for today’s children.

Producers Bill and Nick Heid with Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt

The audio format helps listeners to develop their imagination as they “see” the story in the theater of their mind. Outstanding scripts and acclaimed actors have made the audio productions popular with children and adults alike. With over 120 adventures written by G.A. Henty, Bill does not expect to run out of material for audio dramas in his lifetime.

Under Drake’s Flag was released in 2013 and was nominated for two Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association, including Best Audio Drama. (Bill’s book, “Francis Drake: Echoes of the Dragon's Drum,” dives even deeper into Sir Francis Drake’s life.) In Freedom’s Cause was released in 2014, and With Lee In Virginia in June of 2015. A fourth production, The Dragon And The Raven, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.

Bill's Most Popular Articles

Has America Passed The Point of No Return?

Richard Dawkins finds the God of the Old Testament abhorrent. In The God Delusion, he piles adjective upon adjective—unjust, unforgiving, vindictive, malevolent—to adorn nouns like control-freak and bully …

Sir Francis Drake: America’s Forgotten Founder

In the epilogue of his best-selling classic, The Armada (1959), Garrett Mattingly writes that “Drake and his fellow Puritans dreamed of spreading the religious revolution throughout Europe until Anti-Christ was hurled …

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Bill Heid, Expert on audio drama and awakening a child’s imagination.

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Echoes of the Dragon’s Drum

Bill’s book “Francis Drake: Echoes of the Dragon's Drum” explores the life of Sir Francis Drake and tells how Drake – despite living in the 1500s – played a critical role in the founding of the United States. Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.

Recent Blogs

Bill in studio with John Rhys-Davies.

Bill Farmer, voice of Disney's Goofy.

John Rhys-Davies & Brian Blessed

Former Disney Producer, Bob Garner.

Bill Heid conducting a radio interview.

Audio Adventures

Join us for history’s most daring expeditions and greatest adventures. Stories of virtue and valor, daring and determination, character and courage. From history’s master of storytelling, these are... The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty!

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