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!
Turn On, Tune In & Find Out!
Below is last month's episode of ParaReality Radio, which aired on February 17, 2020.
A new strain of virus that appears to have originated in China is spreading rapidly and crossing borders. There are thousands of confirmed cases and hundreds of reported deaths. The outbreak is caused by a coronavirus. Common human coronaviruses cause mild to moderate upper respiratory symptoms, including the common cold, while more severe types can cause pneumonia and death. The name for this kind of virus comes from the crownlike spikes it has on its surface — "corona" is Latin for "crown."
Coronaviruses originate in animals — like camels, civets and bats — and are usually not transmissible to humans. But occasionally a coronavirus mutates and can pass from animals to humans and then from human to human, as was the case with the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s. (SARS stands for "severe acute respiratory syndrome.") China's National Health Commission has confirmed that 15 health care workers have become infected, indicating that the virus can spread from human to human.
The first known cases in December 2019 were traced to an animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan and are believed to have come from contact with live animals that were infected. The market has since been closed. Wuhan is a major logistics and transportation hub. It lies about 500 miles west of Shanghai and is home to more than 11 million people.
As of the recording of this podcast, there have so far been over 20,000 confirmed cases worldwide and 427 deaths. By the time this episode airs on Feb. 7th, 2020, the numbers will almost certainly be much more than the figures I just gave you. Each infected person is estimated to infect another 2.6 people. Just based on the figures that I just gave you, that means that figure of 20,000 has the potential to rise to 52,000 people that can be infected.
So, why am I devoting a podcast episode to this virus? Well, it’s because there could be something sinister at work here. This virus might not be something that “just naturally occurred.” This quite possibly could be a man-made virus that has either accidentally made its way into the civilian world or been deliberately released into the population as some sort of devious experiment or attempt to kill off a portion of the world’s population.
To learn more, you'll need to: Turn On, Tune In & Find Out!
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.