I think we have a pretty goodRon’s Amazing Storiesthis time. We have a story about two Facebookers who encounter a UFO. Sylvia Shults is back with another round of ghost stories for us, and we have one of my favorite Harry Harrison short stories calledToy Shop. Add in a special surprise, and I think you’ll want to press that play button.
Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and the strange. Her non-fiction works includeGhost of the Illinois River,Fractured Spirits,44 Years in Darkness,Hunting DemonsandThe Spirits of Christmas. All of her books are available onAmazonand you can find out more on herWordPress Home Page.
I received this email by Todd White from Oakland, California.
Hello Ron, I love the podcast and your highly different format. There is no one out there doing what you do. Keep doing it. I do have a question about the Five Minute Mysteries. Not that I am getting tired of them and they are kind of your podcast signature but are you ever going to drop them? Todd from Oakland
Well, Todd, I think you right on about the Five Minute Mysteries being a RAS signature. I really don’t foresee dropping them, but I do have the idea of doing original versions employing the listeners to help me do it. Folks like Mark Nelson, David Larson, and just recently Cody (Mustache) Apedaile have all expressed interested in doing just that. I am a big fan of the short-story concept with an OTR element thrown in. Doing a full-scale radio show is a lofty goal, but I think the five-minute model seems doable.
Last October I created brand new versions of The Five Minute Mysteries using the backbone of the original programming, and the response was pretty good. I hope to do more of that in the future. I have said this before and say it again now. If anyone wants to write an original Five Minute Mystery Script I would love to read it. You can find examples of the scripts on the website, The OTR script library. They have over 177 vintage radio series online. You can find those scripts here!
This Week’s Podcast: On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time Sylvia is back with another Ghost Stories Segment. We have two more tales from you guys! One of which is a real head-scratcher. Tune in to find out. Also, I promise a special surprise. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
OnRon’s Amazing Storiesthis time we cover a lot of ground. I answer the question, How do you go about putting together the show? We have three new listener stories that range from lights on the water to a ghost on the phone. Also, I discovered a lost episode from the OTR series The Mysterious TravelercalledThe Planet Zevious. Sound good? Then press that play button and let’s go!
Featured Story – The Planet Zevious
When I am searching for stories to share I sometimes find things that I have never heard before. That is the case with planet Zevious. While the story may not seem all that original try to remember that it was recorded over seventy years ago. It tells of a first venture into space, but from a different perspective. It is titledThe Planet Zeviousand comes from one of my favorite OTR seriesThe Mysterious Traveler. It first aired theMutual Broadcast Systemon August 2, 1948.
No big headlines this month. I did want to report out on the progress of the UFO podcast. I have given up on snagging a top-shelf UFOlogist for the show. I am moving on to plan B. If that fails I will host the show with Jason Dowd or possibly another well-known podcaster. I will keep you posted. I do have all of the UFO stories I need from you guys. My thanks to everyone that sent one in. Believe it or not, UFO stories are the hardest to come by and we had six of them. Very nice. Since I only needed four for the show, I will read one these in this week’s podcast.
I am still waiting to hear about if or when Ron’s Amazing Stories will be available on Pandora’s podcast service. We are still be adding to most new podcast catchers and the list now is no longer something I can manage. I do track fourteen of the top podcast players out there to make sure all is well. So far no issues.
There have been some fluctuations in the internet numbers. The month of April was up about 7%, but so far the month of May is down about 4%. I have learned you can’t really know how things are until the month is complete, so I am not worried about May. On the radio side, I have not heard of any changes, so I assume that means they are consistent. I am not sure often they even get rating updates.
That is all I have for this time,
This Week’s Podcast: On the show this week we have a few stories from you guys, I talk about how I produce the podcast and we have a science fiction episode from The Mysterious Traveler. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week Jason Dowd and Ron get aboard the Horror Express for a mini-episode. Jason has an update on a story he told us at Christmas time. Angela from Texas tells us two creepy tales from Haiti that were passed down from her father’s, father’s father!. We also have a classic Science Fiction short story called Spoken for, and a Five Minute Mystery called Fisherman’s Clue.
Featured Story – Spoken For
We have an odd little story today. It comes from the July 1955 issue of Galaxy Magazine. It tells a dramatic story of a man who finds himself lost on the moon Ganymede. He is looking for his family and finds a young woman who tries to help. She, in turn, falls in love with him while they unravel his tale. It is titled Spoken For and it was written by William Morrison.