Tuning in to ghostly topics on Coast to Coast AMby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Oct. 19, 2009, under General Paranormal, Ghosts and Hauntings, Life, Monsters, Paranormal, Psychic Phenomena, UFO News, UFOs
When my husband and I go to sleep at night, chances are that our bedside radio is tuned in to Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Coast to Coast AM is a nationally syndicated radio talk show that broadcasts nightly in the United States and Canada. The show covers a variety of topics, usually examining paranormal or conspiracy theories, wih special guests joining Noory in the discussions. When ghosts and hauntings are offered as a topic, I make a point to stay awake as long as possible – even on a work night.
The shows are available as podcasts through the website for a few dollars a month. I prefer to listen to the show live, and late at night. When ghosts and hauntings are the focus, I lie in bed, in the darkness, absorbing every word. Life is good, until my husband falls asleep. Then, I realize that I am alone. Sometimes I get scared and I gently nudge my husband out of his slumber. Occasionally, I do become extremely chicken, and I simply turn off the radio, because I am too scared to listen anymore. This usually happens during shows that focus on EVP phenomena (ghostly voices caught on tape).
Many people tune in while working graveyard shifts. People from every walk of life, from nurses to truck drivers. Truck drivers on the road, often call the show to comment on a topic or share their own experiences. Weeknight host, George Noory, has often sympathized with the truckers who happen to be listening, alone, while driving down some dark and desolate road. I don’t feel so bad about being a chicken when a trucker calls in and admits to being scared on the air. On more than one occasion, I’ve driven across town late at night, listening to the show on my car radio. It’s particularly scary to glance up into that rear view mirror, hoping that the only eyes I see are my own!
Once a year, on Halloween, Coast to Coast AM transforms into Ghost to Ghost AM. This special Halloween treat of a show invites callers to share their personal ghostly tales. Thankfully, Halloween falls on a Friday this year. I can stay up and not have to worry about getting up for work. I can also make sure my husband stays awake along with me.
Sometimes the show doesn’t schedule a specific topic, and simply offers “Open Lines” where callers can phone in about anything. The stories aren’t always scary. Some can have amusing punch lines. In 2006, a caller from Tucson who called himself Mr. Bill, claimed an experience reminiscent of Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery. The perished pet cat he buried a couple weeks before showed up at this doorstep, seemingly alive and well. Mr. Bill exhumed the feline’s grave and found that this was not a miraculous resurrection. It wasn’t even a zombie cat corpse. Mr. Bill realized that the cat he buried just looked like his cat.
George Noory is the show’s weekday host. The show is hosted by Ian Punnett on Saturdays. George Knapp hosts two Sundays a month. The show’s creator, Art Bell, often fills in as host. The show’s website offers links to international paranormal stories. Listeners contribute interesting photos to the site, mostly of ghosts, UFOs, unidentified creatures, and other paranormal related images.
Locally, Tucsonans listen in on 790 AM from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am. A list of affiliate stations is available on the show’s website for listeners outside of the Tucson area. The website showcases upcoming nightly topics.
While the convenience of subscribing to the podcasts is tempting, listening live is the best way to experince the show. Especially in he dark. I have not yet phoned in to speak with George or his guests, but I think that I will someday.