Old Time Horror with Jim Harold

When I first got into podcasting I brought Jim Harold on the show to talk about old time radio. I did not know at the time that he was a big of a fan of it as I was. This lead to a seven-year-old tradition called, Old Time Horror, and I have to say that I hope it goes on forever. Jim and I both are old souls living at the wrong time. I honestly believe that had we been around in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s we both would have been in the radio business.

So, with that said you will find below the entire Old Time Horror collection starting with 2011 onto the most current one which aired in 2017. I hope you enjoy this blog and return to it often because these are among my favorite shows that I have done.

Thank You, Jim!

-Ron

BTW: Jim has appeared on many other shows through the years on Ron’s Amazing Stories. You can find those by going to the main website and searching for Jim Harold.

Old Time Horror

With Jim Harold

Old time Horror I – First aired on October 12, 2011This week Jim Harold makes an appearance on the podcast to talk about his appreciation for Old Time Radio and how he became interested in it. Also, Jim will be picking one of his favorite episodes from the golden age of radio and we will play it right on the spot.

Old time Horror II – First aired on October 30, 2012 – On today’s program, we are going to talk about what scares us and horror in general. Also, we have a great old time radio episode from The Inner Sanctum. This popular show ran from 1941 to 1952 and was created by producer, writer, and director Himan Brown.

Old time Horror III – First aired on October 22, 2013On the show this week we have the third annual Old Time Horror. Yep, time again for a long time friend of the program to make his annual pilgrimage to Ron’s Amazing Stories.

Old time Horror IV – First aired on October 31, 2014 –  It is time again for a long time friend of the program to make his annual pilgrimage to Ron’s Amazing Stories. Jim Harold makes his fourth appearance on the show and this time just might be his best. We throw out the rule book for this one and meet in an old graveyard to talk about his latest book: Jim Harold’s True Ghost Stories Campfire. 

Old time Horror V – First aired on October 29, 2015In this podcast, Jim Harold is here for the fifth annual Old Time Horror. Jim will tell us about his new book, True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold’s Campfire. Also, learn we’ll about the cat that makes no sense and Jim’s views on 1934 Witches dialects.

Old time Horror VI – First aired on October 27, 2016Welcome to Ron’s Amazing Stories. On this episode, we have the finale of the Month of Spooky 2016. Jim Harold has returned for the sixth year in a row to put his brand of spookiness on the show. Now I could tell you more about the show, but would it be more fun if you just experienced for yourself? Just press the play button and enjoy!

Old time Horror VII – First aired on October 5, 2017On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories, we celebrate our 300th episode. Jim Harold joins us for some fun and discussion. Also, we have one of the scariest old time radio programs ever told in the history of the golden age of radio.

The 7th Annual Month of Spooky – 2017

I started podcasting in 2011 and since that first year I have have dedicated the the entire month of spooky to the scary stuff. There is no doubt that the numbers for the month October go through the roof and people seem to like it. I ask that you tell all of your spooky friends about the upcoming events and let’s make this the best year ever.  Here is what the 2017 Month Of Spooky will bring:

October 03 – On Tuesday we begin the month of spooky with the the annual re-telling of, The Thing on the Fourble Board, hosted by the Conductor from The Horror Express

Jim Harold - PodcasterOctober 05Ron’s Amazing stories will celebrate it’s 300th episode of the show with guest, Jim Harold. This will be his seventh halloween with us!  How about that!

October 10 – We will re-play an Old Time Horror episode with Jim Harold from a previous spooky year. Tune in to see which one I think is the best!

Ghost Hunter - Silvia ShultsOctober 12 –  Ron’s Amazing Stories #301 – In the tradition of the month of spooky this episode will be filled with stories sent in by you guys!

Silvia Shultz is  one of the finest ghost hunters and ghost story tellers available today. She has written three books on the subject and has a brand new one coming out this Christmas. Sylvia Shults not only hunts ghosts, be she also is a podcaster, and we will have three shows with her!

October 17 – Replay Ghost Stories With Sylvia Shults Volume 1 (2015)

October 19 – Replay Ghost Stories With Sylvia Shults Volume 2 (2016)

October 24 – NEW!  Ghost Stories With Sylvia Shults Volume 3 (2017)

October 26 – The Best Of The Horror Express. I will be taking skits, interviews and other stuff from past episodes and putting them, together into one huge show packed full of goodness! Are you ready for that!?

October 31 –  On Halloween we will have a brand new  Horror Express #19 with my co-host Jason Dowd. This one is going to amazing. I will tell you more about this show in this week’s podcast, which will air September 28th.

This Week’s Podcast:

On this week’s podcast we will have The Horror Express #18. This will be a special podcast with stories and other stuff for you enjoy. We will also have  a remote interview with Jason who is still recovering from Irma. You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at The Horror Express, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

Why We Love Science Fiction

Man has told stories around the campfires since the beginning of time. We have told each other tales that have gone from daily survival to the beyond normal experience. However, it is only in the last two hundred years that our stories have reached out beyond our little planet and questions what is out there.

What Do I like to Read?

I Robot By Isaac Asimov
Book cover from the first edition release December of 1950.

I like reading how our current ideas stack-up against an imagined future. The best stories feel like they question current situations by taking them to the extreme. Maybe the story takes on a world changing event and then tells how our society reacts to it and makes it fit. Some of my favorite examples are: I Robot by Isaac Asimov and The Dune series by Frank Herbert.

So What is it?

Science fiction is not just about space ships and the future. To me it is about where we are going and how we get there. The best of it wrestles with ethicality and the potential of humanity’s role. Of course survival plays into it as well. Authors of science fiction must understand that the science is important to help readers envision the worlds we learn about. The enjoyment comes from the adventure the characters have and the technologies they use.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

This week is a science fiction themed show. We have aliens whose pottery is essential to their society, a time experiment gone wrong and a listener’s true story tale about orbs that saved the day. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

August 31 – Rope Of Sand – (RAS297)
September 07 – RAS – Memory Lane #1
September 14 – Science Fiction Week – RAS298
September 21 – Detective Week – RAS299
September 28 – The Horror Express #18 – UFOs (Note: In Jeopardy due to Irma)
October 05 – Old Time Horror W/Jim Harold – (RAS300)

MacArthur’s Farewell Speech – 04/19/1951

MacArthur in the 1940sThere have been many moving speeches given over the years. I am no expert on this subject, but when I was flipping through the news archives I came across this one given by General Douglas Macarthur on April 19, 1951.  A little more than a week before, President Harry S. Truman had relieved him as commander of U.S. forces fighting in Korea. MacArthur had publicly challenged Truman’s leadership by threatening to attack China directly—a strategy that the U.S. feared would spark a wider war. MacArthur’s dismissal was not popular. Americans revered him as the mastermind of the victorious Pacific campaign in World War II. A quarter million people filled the National Mall to cheer the war hero. After summarizing his 52-year Army career he concluded his speech by recalling a line from a West Point barracks song: Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.

I will have an excerpt from this speech in this week’s podcast. I knew that I could not play the entire thing, but I want you guys to be hear it for yourself.  If you look at the problems that still plague us today from North Korea and China one is left to wonder if MacArthur was right some 65+ years ago.

If you would like to listen to the entire speech for yourself you can click below or listen to the closing five minutes in the podcast. The full speech It just over an hour in length but, it is from another time and place

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we will have the ‘Old Soldiers Never Die’ speech, A western from the OTR series Gunsmoke, Three emails from you guys and of course another Five Minute Mystery. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

August 03 – He #17 – Out Of Body
August 10 – You Were Wonderful – (RAS294)
August 17 – The MUFON Story – (RAS295)
August 24 – Western Week – (RAS296)
August 31 – Science Fiction Week – (RAS297)

Out Of Body

What is an out-of-body experience? The certified and verified definition is: An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is an experience that typically involves a feeling of floating outside one’s body and, in some cases, the feeling of perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body.

I think that is a pretty poor definition, and because of this Jason and I decided to do an episode on the subject. While you wait for the Horror Express podcast to publish, here are my thoughts on the subject.

Let’s start off with what I think should be the definition of a OOBE: They are eerie sensations, more common than one might think. For example: A man describes feeling a shadowy figure standing behind him, then turns around to find no one there. A woman feels herself leaving her body and floating in space, then looking down on her corporeal self. These experiences are often attributed by those who have them as being paranormal. However, neuroscientists tell us they can be induced by delivering a mild electric current to specific spots in the brain.

It is true! A zap to a brain region called the angular gyrus has resulted in a sensations that the patient described as hanging from the ceiling, looking down at their body. In another test electrical current produced an uncanny feeling that someone was behind the patient and was intent on interfering with their actions. These are confirmed experiments. Follow this link to learn more.

So does that mean that all OBE’s are induced? I have to say the jury is still out on that one, but this may help to explain at least some of these experiences.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have The Horror Express #17 – This maybe the most diverse podcast we done yet. Not only do we talk about the out-of-body experience, Jason interviews Larry Hunter, who asked God to show him Hell!  Also, we have an OTR story from Boris Karloff and of course we answer emails and comments from you guys! You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at The Horror Express, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

June 29 – C-Chute – (RAS290)
July 06 – Replay Cypherus Canyon With Jim Harold
July 13 – Tale From Development Hell – (RAS291)
July 20 – Stagecoach Stop – (RAS292)
July 27 – The Weldt – (RAS293)
August 03 – Out Of Body  – (HE16)