High Strangeness: UFOs on Public Radio!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

UFOs on Public Radio!

A funny thing has happened in the last 24 hours.

As you may know from my recent posts, I've been pretty busy over the last few weeks doing promotions for my biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs. That includes two book signing events, one Reddit AMA, about 30 radio shows, four print pieces (and counting), and so many podcasts that I've lost count. Each media appearance has been fun and unique, and I've been enjoying the hell out of the whole experience.

Some of the best interviews have been on radio shows, because these radio personalities are so good at keeping things fun and interesting, and because you just never know what's going to happen when they open the phone lines so listeners can call in. For instance, when I appeared on the truly awesome Bill & Wendy Show on WGN Radio a few weeks back, one caller wanted to talk about an apparent abduction experience that resulted in a metal needle implanted into her heel. And she emailed an X-ray to Wendy to prove her point! I really had nothing helpful to say about the caller's story or her X-ray, but it sure was fun to see that level of listener involvement in the show.
Everybody loves a good UFO story!

Sadly, Bill, Wendy and I had spent so much time talking that there wasn't time for many more callers. But I got some compensation for that yesterday when I appeared on the Joy Cardin Show on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. This gig had come up only last Friday, when one of the producers of the show apparently found out about my book while doing research on another story. I'm glad I was able to do the show, because it turned out to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable interviews to date.

Joy came into it not knowing a whole lot about the UFO phenomenon, but she was interested and inquisitive and led us on a very thorough and engaging conversation about Dr. Hynek's work and about UFOs in general. Then she asked listeners to call in or send questions vie email of Facebook, and the fun really began!

One of the first callers said, "I am so excited that you're talking about this!" and that seemed to be how every caller/emailer felt. It's not so much that there was a huge volume of calls or messages; just that the listeners consistently took the topic of UFOs seriously and almost always wanted to talk about their own experiences. I wasn't entirely surprised -- I thought we had done a pretty good job throughout the interview of making the show a "mock-free zone," and any time you can do that, people will respond positively and feel free to talk. But I definitely think Joy was surprised that so many of her listeners had UFO experiences to talk about. Well, now she knows.

And, to top it all off, I've been getting messages and Facebook friend requests like crazy ever since the show aired. Public Radio listeners see UFOs! How about that?

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