Below is last month's episode of ParaReality Radio, which aired on May 3, 2019.
Every state here in the US has an unusual part of its history. It seems that, even though the US is young by comparison to the rest of the world, there are plenty of paranormal stories to go around. Just because the US wasn’t officially “discovered” until 1492, let’s not forget that the continent was around for centuries and is really just as old as everywhere else on Earth. That means that it’s had plenty of time to be the home of some very unusual and scary creatures. Many of them are located right here in the good old South.
The southeastern state of Tennessee is the birthplace of bluegrass music, Mountain Dew soda, miniature golf, the tow truck, and Jack Daniels Whiskey. It’s tied with Missouri as the state that borders the most other states (eight). It’s also the 36th largest state, but the 16th most populated. Famous Tennesseans include singers Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, actor Morgan Freeman, director Quentin Tarantino, former vice president Al Gore, TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, and pro wrestling legend Ric Flair. Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was established in the 1940s as part of the Manhattan Project that produced the first atomic bomb. This 440-mile-long state features forests, plains, lakes, rivers, and mountains, and is the perfect home for cryptid creatures of all kinds.
On this episode of ParaReality Radio, I'll be taking a look at some of Tennessee's most famous, or infamous, cryptids: The Tennessee Wildman, The Flintville Monster, The White Screamer, The Tennessee Terror and, of course, Bigfoot.
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In 2004 I began my tenure on Live365, which was, at the time, the premier platform for online broadcasting. Live365 was geared more towards online radio stations and that's why I named my show ParaReality Radio. However, us individual broadcasters made a place for ourselves there, too. I began by airing a 2 hour live show the first and third Fridays of every month and before long, I was able to have enough episodes to run a steady rotation of my episodes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Before long, I gained a loyal following and had regular listeners of the show every time I went on the air. It was thanks to people like them that ParaReality Radio was able to quickly become the #1 ranked show in its genre on Live365, a position that it held for 5 consecutive years.
As you might be able to guess, the show was actually terrible at first! I was still learning not only who I was as a broadcaster, but how to run the show and the equipment that I was using was pretty basic. That first year saw some painful growth spurts, but I quickly mastered the art of live broadcasting and before long, I added a segment to the show that I called News of the Strange.
News of the Strange was a 30 minute news segment that encompassed the last half hour of every episode. I would include one or two paranormal news stories, followed by another one or two "strange" stories that usually involved someone behaving stupidly. I would read each story, then give my commentary about each one and often times it was quite funny. It proved to be a huge hit and the listeners love to chime in and give their commentaries on the stories, too!
I'm slowly going to be adding shows to this section of the archives periodically, so you'll have to sift through some bad shows to get to the good ones. However, I hope that you enjoy them all!
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Eventually, the show became so popular that a local radio station came calling. Some time in 2005, (I can't remember the exact date), WRFN, a small radio station in Pasquo, TN that was a mix of news, talk and music, contacted me about adding ParaReality Radio to their lineup. Needless to say, I was very honored that a traditional radio station had taken interest in what I was doing. After some negotiating, WRFN agreed to air ParaReality Radio on the second and third Fridays of every month because I didn't want to give up what I was doing on Live365. However, this gave me the opportunity to have my show heard by a local audience and that was a very big deal.
I wound up only keeping ParaReality Radio at WRFN for about 2 1/2 years because I started back to college and I was still maintaining my Live365 show. The stress of doing that and school proved to be too much and I eventually made the painful decision to leave WRFN.
Of all the shows that I did there, only a few survive and that's what is included in this part of the archives. I only have 20 episodes to include here and one interview that I did on another WRFN show called Paranormal Nashville, which was hosted by Tony Pratt, who I eventually became good friends with. I hope that you enjoy these episodes as well.