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.
Below is the previous episode of ParaReality, which aired on September 4, 2020.
When ParaReality was becoming popular, I was receiving a lot of email from listeners who were asking me questions about the paranormal, UFOs, conspiracy theories and other related stuff. At some point, they even began to ask me my opinion on things like politics, education and healthcare. That was probably because of the popular segment on the podcast that I called "News of the Strange," where I read strange and weird news stories from all over the world and then gave my opinion on them. Often times, these stories were non-paranormal in nature.
I was receiving so many emails that I couldn't answer them all in a timely manner, so I came up with the idea to dedicate an entire episode of the podcast to doing nothing but answering emails. I called it "Ask Sandman," and I only intended for it to be a single episode. However, I didn't anticipate the response that I got to it. It seemed that the listeners loved it. In fact, they loved it so much that I eventually made the "Ask Sandman" episodes a regular thing.
Those of you who have followed the podcast for a long time know that I took a little break from things for a while. When I came back on the air, I changed things up a lot and the "Ask Sandman" episodes were put on the shelf. So, it's been a while since I've dedicated an entire episode to answering listener emails. In fact, I can't remember the last time that I did it.
Well, I thought that it was time that I brought "Ask Sandman" out of retirement, so on this episode of the podcast, I'm devoting the entire show to doing nothing but answering listener emails. I never really realized how much I've missed doing this until I began recording it. It's fun and different. It gives me a chance to really connect to those who listen, yet at the same time, keeps within the overall theme of the podcast.
I have reached into the email bag and brought out 8 listener emails. There's one or two that I have already addressed, but the majority of them, I haven't had the opportunity to get to. I've got some very thought-provoking questions that have been asked me, along with a couple of very strange ones that are a mystery - maybe one that the listeners can help me solve. I've even got one from an old friend of the podcast - one that I haven't heard from in a very long time!
So sit back, grab your favorite beverage and maybe a snack and enjoy this very special episode of ParaReality!
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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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