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The Voxola factory in Sidney, Ohio.
What foul product of science is this?


Voxola, short for Voxola Radio Company, is an institution that has a strong presence in the lore of the Don't Starve franchise. It was founded by Robert Wagstaff in Sidney, Ohio where he also established a factory. The factory was destroyed in a fire only days after the production of its PR-76 radios began. The characters Winona, Genny, and Wagstaff all worked at the factory.

Minimap Maxwell's Door.png Origin

The radio as seen in "Forbidden Knowledge"

The first instance of the Voxola PR-76 radio appeared in the animated short Forbidden Knowledge. This radio, in the possession of Wilson, was used by Maxwell both as a means of verbal communication and as a way to channel the "forbidden knowledge" into Wilson's brain.

The radio first appeared in-game in Don't Starve as a primary component of the Divining Rod. In this form, it broadcasts a sound that increases in intensity the closer the player approaches a Thing, Wooden Thing, or Maxwell's Door. The Divining Rod is required to activate the Wooden Thing in order to move from world to world in Adventure Mode, and it ultimately acts as the key to Maxwell's release from the Nightmare Throne.

In April 2013, around the time of the Divining Rod's inclusion, developer Kevin Forbes posted on the forums "on the fly" the following lore regarding the radio's inception.[1] This is also the first mentions of Wagstaff, Voxola, and the factory.

"The radio is a Voxola PR-76, manufactured in 1919 by the Voxola Radio company of Sidney, Ohio. The radio offered revolutionary sound and reception quality for the time, and was promoted by an intense national marketing campaign. Very few units were actually produced, because the factory was destroyed in a fire only days after production began. Voxola founder Robert Wagstaff went missing the night of the fire, and the company declared bankruptcy soon thereafter."

In Next of Kin, it was revealed that the destruction of the factory was not due to a normal fire, but was initiated through the activation of a portal to the Constant built by Wagstaff. It was also revealed that Wagstaff and Winona disappeared that night by being brought through that same portal, Wagstaff by unknown means and Winona by being tricked and pulled in by Shadow Charlie.

In Constant Companion, Walter encountered a PR-76 radio in Woodie's abandoned cabin. The Compendium entry for this event says "it is a trap that had lain dormant for years". Upon turning the knob, shadow hands appeared and grabbed Walter, taking him into the Constant.

Products manufactured in Voxola
Product How exactly?
RP-76 Wilson home.pngRP-76 Woodie home.png Produced by workers
Spotlight Voxola.png Produced by workers
DST April 2021 beta teaser image reveal.png Created personally by Wagstaff
Astroggles.png Created personally by Wagstaff
WX-78 on Conspiracy Board of Winona.png Created personally by Wagstaff
Along Came A Spider Telipad.png Created personally by Wagstaff(Unconfirmed)
Along Came A Spider Alchemy Enginepng.png Created personally by Wagstaff(Unconfirmed)
Next of Kin Portalpng.png Created personally by Wagstaff (and WX-78)
Along Came A Spider Spectoggles.png Created personally by Wagstaff (Unconfirmed)
Infroggles.png Created personally by Wagstaff
Visor.png Created personally by Wagstaff
Fryfocals.png Created personally by Wagstaff
Telebrella.png Created personally by Wagstaff
Thumper Build.png Created personally by Wagstaff


  • The appearance of the Voxola factory refers to the radio that is produced there. For example, a part from a radio can be seen on the top of the factory, a window in the form of a radio speaker, two cones on the sides simulating radio switches.
  • The clock hanging at the entrance to Wagstaff's office is identical to the one Wilson has at home.
    • This seems to be a reference to the fact that Wilson's house was previously owned by Wagstaff.
  • In real life, there was a radio company called Voxola Manufacturing Company located in New York City.[2]
  • The product name of the Voxola, PR-76, has a similar naming convention to that of WX-78.
  • Winona was first implied to have worked at the Voxola factory through her unimplemented examination lines for Don't Starve exclusive objects. She recognizes the Voxola on the Divining Rod,[3] and says that the Divining Rod Base reminds her of "the bossman's workshop."[4] Winona's experience with the destruction of the factory was revealed through the animated short Next of Kin.
    • In Winona's original speech file, her examination quote for the unlocked Divining Rod Holder was "Is... this how the bossman disappeared?"[5] which may be a reference to the disappearance of Robert Wagstaff. This quote was later changed to "At least I assembled this right."
  • In the Reap What You Sow trailer, Wes uses a PR-76 while attending to some Farm Plants.

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Factory interior


  1. Kevin's forum post. Originally posted on April 11, 2013.
  2. https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/voxola_unknown_midget.html
  3. Winona's Adventure mode quotes: Divining Rod (before picked up from its starting base)- "That's a Voxola! What's it doing here?"
  4. Winona's Adventure mode quotes: Divining Rod Holder- "Just like in the bossman's workshop."
  5. Charlie's Sister (Spoilers): Forum thread that contains text from Winona's original speech file that was leaked before her official release. Originally posted March 29, 2017.