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

Helpful Links:
Podcast Survey – Help the podcast by taking this survey. 
Story Submissions – Use this link to submit your stories to the show.
Podcast Archives – Looking for the first 100 episodes of the podcast?

Tell Us What You Think!

Tell Us What You Think!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.

-Ron  

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.

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

Helpful Links:
Podcast Survey – Help the podcast by taking this survey. 
Story Submissions – Use this link to submit your stories to the show.
Podcast Archives – Looking for the first 100 episodes of the podcast?

Calling All Scary Stories!

We Want Your Stories!On Ron’s Amazing Stories – The Blog this week I am issuing this all points bulletin. I am looking for your scary stories. The ninth annual month of spooky is fast approaching and I am dangerously low on new stories. I am quite sure that I don’t have enough to carry us through the entire Month Of Spooky 2019. Do you have one to share? It can be about any spooky topic and can even be complete fiction. Need help writing your story? I can do that too.  

Just use the Story Submission below and let’s get started.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week Slyvia is back with another round of ghost stories. We also have a crazy dog and Ron reads a short sci-fi tale called The Last Supper. 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

Helpful Links:
Podcast Survey – Help the podcast by taking this survey. 
Story Submissions – Use this link to submit your stories to the show.
Podcast Archives – Looking for the first 100 episodes of the podcast?

Rons Amazing Categories

Ron's Amazing CategoriesI have been working on updating the podcast categories on the main website. That task has been completed and is ready for your review. What I have done is simplify the categories which should make it easier to find podcasts. Please keep in mind that I am limited one category per show, so the new system is based on what I am featuring on that episode. For example, all of the shows that feature a Ghost Stories With Sylvia are in their own group.  

The new categories are:

Blog: I don’t use the blog feature much on the main website. This actually just redirects to this WordPress website (https://ronsamazingstories.blog).
Featured – Interview:  This includes all interviews done on Ron’s Amazing Stories when it is the featured activity.
Featured – Old Time Radio:  This includes all podcasts when the featured story comes from the golden age of radio. This is the bulk of the shows and can be daunting when you are looking for a particular episode. When I first began the podcast every show had an OTR story. At some point, I may break this out by smaller categories.
Featured – Your Stories: This includes all podcasts where the featured story comes from you or was suggested by a listener.
Ghost Stories With Sylvia: This includes all shows that feature Sylvia Shults. You can find out more about her on her website
Old Time Horror with Jim Harold: This includes all shows that feature Jim Harold. You can find out more about Jim on his website
Ron’s Favorite Shows: Over the years I have done some shows that mean a lot to me or are just really good. You will find a few of those here. I will be adding more of them as they happen.
The Horror Express: This includes all shows that feature Jason Dowd and the Horror Express Conductor. You can find out more about Jason at his website.  If you want to know more about the conductor? Well, that’s tough because he is a fleshing eating train conductor who is part of the evil dead community. Fictionally speaking of course.

I hope that you enjoy these changes and that they help you sift through all of the amazing shows that we have done together over the years. Feedback on this project would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week we have a classic science fiction story called Accidental Death by Peter Baily. This story takes a look at man’s first contact with an alien race which has a very unusual weapon. 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

Helpful Links:
Podcast Survey – Help the podcast by taking this survey. 
Story Submissions – Use this link to submit your stories to the show.
Podcast Archives – Looking for the first 100 episodes of the podcast?

Where To Get OTR

Old Time Radio LogoOver the years I have received a number of requests to share where I get my old time radio shows.  I recently was asked by Jarrod Nichelous to relist where The Shadow can be found. When I first started the podcast every episode had an OTR story. Today with all of your stories coming in and the new segments, I don’t play them as often. But I still listen to OTR a lot.

But where is the treasure?  All you have to do is go to the Internet Archive and a whole century of classics is at your fingers. Everything that I have ever used on Ron’s Amazing Stories can be found there. This includes a whole more than just stories. The archive also contains most of the News Reports that you have heard from time to time. 

Here are some links to a few of my favorites:

GunSmoke – Classic Western Starring William Conrad.
Dimension X – Classic Science Fiction Stories.
Suspense – Probably the very best of all OTR series.
Richard Diamond – The Private Detective series by Blake Edwards.
The Shadow – America’s most popular hero ever!

I hope you find this useful. There is one more link that I will share. It is the Top Menu of all of the OTR shows available on the Internet Archive.

Enjoy,
-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week, Jason Dowd returns to the Horror Express train to chat with about Black Eyed Kids and much more. 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 listings 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

Helpful Links:
Podcast Survey – Help the podcast by taking this survey. 
Story Submissions – Use this link to submit your stories to the show.
Podcast Archives – Looking for the first 100 episodes of the podcast?