RAS #438 – Never Follow A Banjo Act

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we feature the banjo! Not music, but we have stories about it. Two listeners share their stories about paranormal experiences with the instrument and we have an OTR classic called, Never Follow A Banjo Act. We end the show with some classic commercials and it all begins with you pressing that play button.

Featured Story – Never Follow A Banjo Act

Our featured story for this week comes from the classic radio series Suspense. This is a strange little story about the shady side of nightclubbing and stars Ethel Merman as a lounge singer hired to keep an up and coming crooner on the straight and narrow.  It is titled Never Follow A Banjo Act and first aired on February 1, 1954.

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Podcast This Week – The Banjo

Never Follow A Banjo Act!

On the podcast this week we have stories about the Banjo. Now you might be thinking that doesn’t sound good …but wait!  We have a Banjo that talks, a haunted banjo and finally we have an old time radio story starring Ethel Merman that has a serial killer who women love. However, he has an even darker side and that twist will keep you in suspense. What is the title of this story? Never Follow a Banjo Act!  

So, I hope you will join me this week with a new podcast and a banjo theme. See you soon!

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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RAS #437 – Eight Stories and Sylvia Too

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time we have eight complete tales and a visit from ghost hunter and author, Sylvia Shults! We have a watermelon truck, part two of Rivals, a real head-scratcher that I can’t explain, Bigfoot is back, Grandma is proud, a pretty baby and a white witch. We end the show with another edition of Not So Important Times In History.  Now, are you ready to get started?

Program Note: Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons, The Spirits of Christmas, and her latest release Fractured Souls. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more at her WordPress Home Page.

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The Toil Bridge Revisited

Last week on the podcast we had an epic listener story called, The Toil Bridge Train sent in by Alexander Short. Podcast friend and monthly co-host Sylvia Shults not only loved the story but knew it quite well. She is currently writing a new book that includes the complete story of that ill-fated train and includes the ghostly encounters that followed. She also informed me that that bridge was called The Tay Bridge not Toil and it really happened on December 28th, 1879. Which matches perfectly with Alex’s dream or time slip encounter. Following is an article I found on The Courier – UK division that ties up the tale with a bow. 

The Diver - The Train from the Tay Bridge Disaster 1879Forgotten Tale of the Tay Bridge Disaster Engine 
by Graeme Strachan (June 27, 2015)

An unusual fact about the Tay Bridge Disaster is that the locomotive once again crossed the Tay before it was withdrawn in 1919. Engine 224 was a spare in Dundee when it was called out to work a mail train to Burntisland on December 28, 1879, after the regular engine from Ladybank failed. The southbound crossing went without issue but disaster struck on the return journey which was due to arrive at Dundee a little before 7.30pm. Shortly after 7.13pm, the Tay Bridge collapsed but driver David Mitchell and ‘stoker’ John Marshall had no warning of the impending disaster. The original crossing had been the longest railway bridge in the world but during the storm, the wind was said to have blown the iron girders in the central section away “like matchwood”. Fifty-nine people are known to have died, although there was confusion over the numbers killed as many bodies were not discovered for months.

The locomotive, North British Railway (NBR) 224 built by Thomas Wheatley at Cowlairs Works, survived the disaster. Despite the fall, the locomotive had been protected by the bridge girders which formed a cage around the train as they fell together. In April 1880, an attempt to recover it failed when the chains broke and two days later a second attempt also failed because the salvage equipment broke after the locomotive had been brought to the surface.

One week later, it was recovered and stood on the bank of the Tay until it was sent to Cowlairs on its own wheels for repairs, after which it was returned to traffic. The first person to drive the Diver was Robert Marshall whose brother, John, 24, had been the fireman on that fateful night.

A new double-track bridge was designed by William Henry Barlow and built by William Arrol & Co, 18 meters upstream of, and parallel to, the original bridge. The foundation stone was laid on July 6, 1883, and the second bridge opened on June 20, 1887, and remains in use.

Train drivers became reluctant to take the train across the new Tay Bridge believing it to be unlucky or a bad omen. However, on the 29th anniversary of the disaster, the engine was used to serve the exact same route as it had that fateful night making the crossing to Dundee across the new Tay Bridge. The Diver was in service until 1919.

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week Sylvia Shults is back for more ghost story fun. We also have two more of your stories and a brand new Not So Important Times In History. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio, or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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RAS #436 – Dreams or Something Else

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we have what might be the most epic listener story to date! In fact, we have two stories that could be dreams or they could be something else. The first is a faceless girl who is sent to deliver a message to a woman in Texas. The second comes from Alex in Manchester, England. His story takes place aboard a Scottish train in 1879, but here’s the rub, he boarded it in 2005. Also, on the show the classic science fiction tale Into Space.

Featured Story – Into Space

Our featured story is something you are going to have to listen to from a 1930’s point of view. What we have is a story that comes from the classic science fiction magazine, Astounding Stories. It is titled Into Space and appeared in issue #02, which was published in February 1930.

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