Is The Roosevelt Haunted?

The Roosevelt HotelOn the podcast this week we have a story sent in by Belinda Sparks. While I won’t tell her story here you will hear it this Thursday! What I will do is tell you about the location of the tale.

The historic Hollywood Roosevelt is a four-star hotel located in Hollywood that boasts more than just a four-star price. It opened its doors on May 15th, 1927, and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Los Angeles. The place was grand and it welcomed the rich and famous. The idea was to have a place to cater to celebrities who were working on movies in the area. Notable guests included Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, and Marilyn Monroe. In fact, the hotel was the site of the very first Academy Awards.

The Hotel Roosevelt is 12-stories high, with 300 guest rooms and 63 suites. As with anything of age the place is haunted by a multitude of ghosts, two of which are known celebrities. Montgomery Clift haunts Room 928 where he stayed while filming From Here to Eternity. Most complaints are about him are moving around the room and messing with luggage. Other hotel guests have seen him in the hallway rehearsing his lines or playing his trumpet from the movie. Perhaps the most famous haunting of the Roosevelt is Marilyn Monroe. She is said to haunt the full-length mirror that was once in her suite. 

If you need a real fright attempt to stay in room 213. It is reported to be the most haunted in the entire hotel. Many who attempt to stay there check out in the middle of the night because of the obvious ghost activities in the room. People have reported seeing a headless apparition coming towards them, while others complained of the television and sink turning on and off without any help.

You would think with all these strange goings-on The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel would be haunted out of business. That is not the case.  Today there is a waiting list of years just to stay in Marilyn’s suite alone. They must be doing something right, as people and ghosts just can’t seem to stay away.

Please join us on Thursday to hear the amazing story of Belinda’s own experience while staying just one night in the famous hotel.

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving – 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!Hello!

First, let me say Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from Ron’s Amazing Stories. Did you know that President Thomas Jefferson thought making Thanksgiving a National Holiday was “a ridiculous proposition.” It’s True! Meanwhile, Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird and it was even rumored that he nicknamed the turkey “Tom” to spite Thomas.

On the podcast this week I am taking a break from doing a full show. But not to worry it is going to be a good one! We have a classic science fiction story written by Isaac Asimov called Nightfall. It is one of my favorites by him and I think you are going to love it. Also, I found a real Thanksgiving story from the adventure series Challenge of the Yukon staring that amazing husky King!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Ron

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.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
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How To Find Sound Fx?

I received this email from Zachary Byrd who writes to us from the great state of Illinois. 

I am a long-time listener to the program and just wanted to write to thank you for being here for me. Your show is always fun, always entertaining and …well, always there.  If I had to change anything it would be to have more stories. My question is about sound effects. I am dabbling in sound editing and want to make my own short stories. But I can’t find any sound effects that aren’t copyrighted or require purchase. Can you help me with this?  – Zach

Zach, I have been there and done that. You are correct that there are a lot of folks out there who supply effects, but you don’t have to pay for them. There are many available on youtube, but the problem is that you have to convert those from video to audio for use. Not difficult, but it is time-consuming. My go-to place for sound effects is either to create them myself or head to FreeSound.org. FreeSound.org

For example A few weeks ago it did a skit with Jim Harold. I needed the ambient sound of being picked up by a car and driving. I was not able to find exactly what I was looking for so I created my own. What I did was record it using an external mic, my iPad, and a trip in my Subaru. It worked out pretty good too.

Freesound.org is a group of folks that provides a collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps …whatever and releases them under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. You only have to give the creator credit if you plan to use it for commercial use.

I hope that helps you, Zach. 

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week Sylvia Shults is back with more Ghost Stories from the other side. This time her topic is called …Psych-out!  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.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
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Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
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The Coffers Are Bare

Ron's Amazing CoffersIf you listened to the podcast last week you know that we used a lot of stories for The Month Of Spooky 2019.  So many in fact that the coffers are bare, and I need your help to refill them. But, what is a coffer? It is a box or chest, especially one for valuables, a treasury, or governmental funds. In our case, I think the best definition is a treasury. After all, to me, nothing is more valuable than a well-told story. 

Normally I get roughly two stories a week (Sometimes more …sometimes less).  During the month of spooky, the number stayed about the same. However, the usage rate was off the charts. Hence my plea. I need your stories to rebuild the coffers. So, if you have a story please share it with us. It can be about anything and everything. Do you have one to share?

Best Regards,
Ron

This Week’s Podcast: We travel back to the days of the Dinosaurs and join a team of hunters as they go on safari to bag the truly big one. The story is called A Gun For Dinosaur. 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.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
Email: ronsamazingstories@gmail.com
Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RASpodcast

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The News October 2019

RAS News Update - Blog PostFrom time to time I like to bring you up to date on the News as it relates to Ron’s Amazing Stories.

The 400th Episode:
The biggest news is that this week we present our 400th episode of the show. If you had told me on episode one that we would reach 400, I wouldn’t have been so sure. It was a slow start back then and having 50 or 60 people download the show was exciting. Now it’s thousands of people and growing. We are on the radio where they tell me it is as much as 83,000 people are listening. Crazy to think about. But I have you to thank for it.  So, here is to 100 more.

The Month Of Spooky 2019 Begins:
My favorite time of year. Many of you have told me that really the podcast is celebrating spooky all year round now. I would have to agree with that, but we still have that special month where it just seems more spooky and the stories get even crazier. This year we begin the season with Jim Harold co-hosting and four amazing UFO stories sent in by you guys. Slyvia and Jason will be back as well and without any doubt, the month is going to be even more spooky.

The Numbers:
I have started looking at numbers from all over the place. Podcasting has become a big business and tracking the success of these shows has become a full-time job for people. One thing that has changed in the past few months is the categories. In the beginning, the show was under “Performing Arts”, which I think you will agree does not describe us. Our main category now is fiction, which has been a game-changer. Keep in mind that these numbers represent just apple podcasts which are about 30% of our audience.

Ron’s Amazing Stories – Chart Positions – Apple Podcasts

#157 ▲ 3 Apple Podcasts : United States of America : Fiction
#168 ▲3 Apple Podcasts : Great Britain : Fiction
#120 ▼ 4 Apple Podcasts : Canada : Fiction
#161 ▲10 Apple Podcasts : Australia : Fiction
#292 ▼ 1 Apple Podcasts : Germany : Fiction

This Week’s Podcast: This week Jim Harold Co-Hosts the show for the 400th episode. 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.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
Email: ronsamazingstories@gmail.com
Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ronsamazingstories/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RASpodcast

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