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‘Scrooge: A Christmas Carol’ Podcast Starring Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies Presented by Hope Media Group and Compassion International

Nashville, Tennessee / October 24, 2023 – SCROOGE: A Christmas Carol – A Podcast Presentation of Hope Media Group and Compassion International in partnership with KSBJ & WayFM are bringing the much-loved story wherever you find podcasts on November 16.

This 4-part, fully dramatized and all-new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will get the entire family in the Christmas spirit. While being true to the original story, screenwriter P.G. Cuschieri and creator/producer Mark Ramsey imagined fresh story elements with beloved actors Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) & John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones). This new adaptation will highlight inspirational family themes that will encourage listeners for many Christmases yet-to-come.

“On behalf of Hope Media Group, I am incredibly proud to announce Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. This podcast experience features a star-studded cast that delivers a Hollywood quality experience to listeners of any age. Scrooge is a testament to our passion for spreading Hope through engaging content for the entire family. We are eager to present this production in cooperation with our friends at Compassion international who share our desire to see lives transformed.” – Joe Paulo, President and CEO of Hope Media Group

“Everyone knows the story of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. We have seen the movies and stage shows and read the book. But there has never been an all-star, full cast dramatic audio adaptation of the story produced in the US in podcast form – until now. This is not just a retelling of a familiar tale. This original adaptation by Paul Cuschieri adds new elements which bring to life more of the story’s central themes: The importance of hope, the gift of forgiveness, compassion for others in need, and the miracle of redemption. Families have never heard the story told this way before by a cast of familiar names and voices.” – Mark Ramsey, Creator, Director and Show-runner of Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, Mark Ramsey Sound Stories

This four episode adaptation of “Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens brings the characters we all know and love to life unlike ever before through a star-studded dramatic audio adaptation in podcast form. Ebenezer Scrooge, a self-obsessed miserable miser of all things un-merry and un-bright, is everything Christmas isn’t. After he is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, Scrooge transforms into a new man and embodies all the best parts of Christmas. Through this journey of transformation, listeners will encounter themes of joy, mercy, hope, and more. This new re-telling of the holiday classic will entertain, inspire, and remind you that even the hardest of hearts can find redemption. The story of Scrooge is a known commodity and has been a well-loved story for nearly 180 Christmases past.

According to PBS and the National Institute of Health, listening to podcasts with your children encourages conversation and fosters their imagination. Too much screen exposure can lead to adverse effects on school performance in children.


Text SCROOGE to 67101 be notified when the new episodes release
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol will be releasing in four parts on November 16
Listen for original music featuring Kerri Roberts. Lyrics in this song were written and inspired by the story, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.

For interviews, contact: Ashli Bock – 830-739-9145 –
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About Hope Media Group
Hope Media Group is a Houston-based ministry with multiple brands that engage people to love Jesus, serve others and spread Hope. HMG’s brands include Houston-focused 89.3 KSBJ, the national radio network of WayFM stations, the Spanish-language Christian radio network, Vida Unida, NGEN (Christian hip-hop and pop), Hope Nation (, WAY LOUD and the God Listens Prayer App, plus a concert and event brand, Hope Events.

About Compassion International
Compassion International is a child-development ministry dedicated to releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Through sponsorships and donations, they empower local churches to provide individualized and holistic care to children in poverty so they are free to learn, grow, play and dream.