OnRon’s Amazing Storiesthis time we have six folks to help us out. Jackie has a question. Jeremy, Rita, and Killa all sent in creepy stories for us to enjoy. Then we have a cold war story with Ben Bova’sThe Next Logical Step, and we end the show with Rosen and Cody teaming up with a tale about a dangerous ride in a 1956 Packard Sedan. Sound good?
Featured Story – The Next Logical Step
Our featured story this week comes from the pen of science fiction author Ben Bova and his storyThe Next Logical Step. It was written in 1962 during the heart of the cold war, and it appeared in the May edition ofAnalog Science Fact & Fiction. Ordinarily, the military would not want to have the others know the final details of their war plans. But logically, there might be a time where it could save the world.
Program Note:Killadollxx sent in a story this week where he/she references a picture of theWest Lawn Pavilion. You can see that photohere.
Ron’s Amazing Stories is broken up into segments. This makes it easier for me to create the show each week. I work on each part until it is done and then combine them into one, hopefully cohesive, program. Each segment has a unique subject and it is my hope that you enjoy all of them. Our Current subjects are listed below. Not all of these are on every show, but most make regular appearances.
The Five Minute Mystery – Short mysteries What’s that you say – Announcements and Comments Audible presents – What new in audiobooks These are Your Stories – Tales submitted by the listeners Featured Story – Either classic or Old Time Radio. Johnny Is It True – Trivia and Facts about strange stuff. A Moment In Time – Time capsules from the golden age of radio. As Read By – Short stories read by amazing people. OTR Commercials – Great old time radio advertisements. The Interviews – Chats with people who have stories to tell. Ghost Stories With Sylvia – Tales From Sylvia Shults The Horror Express – With Jason Dowd Growing Up – With Tom Williams (Retired – I think)
Now, why am I writing this to you? Simple I am looking to add even more segments to broaden the scope of the podcast. Can you think of anything that we could add or something I have missed? I am very interested in what you have to say. I also want to know which segments you like and the ones you don’t. You can send your comments directly to my email or use the contact tab on the main website.
This Week’s Podcast: On the show this week we have stories. Cody is back and reads us one called An Incident On Route 12. We have two tales from you guys, a rare Chupacabra story and a creepy ghost haunts a major hospital. 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 we don’t have tales this week, but rather a single story. This is something we’ve not done for a while. With the Labor Day holiday upon us, I thought, why not do it as we did back in the day, but on a much bigger scale. So, this week please enjoy the science fiction classic The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Featured Story – The Day The Earth Stood Still
So, what single story can take up an entire podcast? How about the classic LUX Radio Theater production, The Day the Earth Stood Still from January of 1954. Truly an American Classic! A UFO lands in Washington, D.C., bearing a message for Earth’s leaders. Klaatu has come on behalf of his world, who have been watching Cold War-era nuclear proliferation on Earth. But it is Klaatu’s soft-spoken robot Gort that presents a more immediate threat. A single mother and her son teach the world about peace and tolerance in this moral fable ousting the tanks and soldiers that greet the alien’s arrival.
I have made it no secret that I love science fiction. The other day I was looking for something to watch in my movie collection. I am a bit of a nerd and have it completely indexed and categorized. I noticed that 40.4 percent of all my owned movies are science fiction and fantasy. That’s a lot! Anyway, the movie I ended up with that day was The Day The Earth Stood Still from 1951.
There were a lot of great science fiction films in the 1950s. However, this film easily stands out as a classic that gave so much to popular culture. The plot was very different from others of the same period because it had a peaceful message. The film lacks much action but makes up for it with genuine thoughtfulness as Klaatu learns more about the humans he has been sent to warn. He tries to reconcile with what he has been told with what he sees in the world as a whole, all with the help of a little boy and his mother.
The Day The Earth Stood Still is more relevant than ever, and I don’t mean its message of peace. Yes, we’re all violent, war-like, and we should throw away our guns and atomic bombs. Thanks, Klaatu you are right about that. In today’s fast-paced world we often forget what it was like just to enjoy life. Klaatu did just that in this film and what he discovered just might be worth saving.
On the podcast this week we will play the radio version of this classic film. This fifty-minute adaptation holds true in every way to the original film and even stars Michael Rennie as Klaatu. I hope you will tune in for this special labor day edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories.
This Week’s Podcast: 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 week we board theHorror ExpresswithJason Dowdand talk about Time Travel. Also on the program, are two stories about Owls and a brand newJohnny is it True – The Dark Side Of The Moon. So, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and press that play button now.
Featured Story Is The Smiling Owl –We have a story called The Smiling Owl. It was recommended to me by Justin Suttles and comes from the websiteCreepypasta.com. They collect stories much like we do and are focused on the paranormal.
The Horror Express with Jason Dowd –On the Horror Train, Jason and Ron talk about time travel and answer a listener’s question about the place of religion. Also, we bring you up to date on what Jason and Ron are up to these days.