This week brings a little something different to The Occult Section, namely my first podcast. It’s something I hope to do on a regular basis, but before I get into all that, I just wanted to give a little backstory on what brought me here, and talk about another podcast I love, not just for inspiration but also because it, on many occasions, deals with the paranormal.
About a month ago, I upgraded my phone to the iPhone 6s, and with a new phone brought new possibilities. I had more storage space and shiny new headphones, so I decided I’d get into listening to music again. Living in another borough of new York City, with a longer yet more comfortable commute, allows me to indulge in such a luxury. My old commute was four express train stops, hardly enough time to really get into an album. Anyway, as part of me re-downloading all of my music onto my new device (which is capable of storing more than the 15 photos and 3 songs my old device could handle), I started perusing podcasts, and one that I’d been wanting to check out for a long time was Talk is Jericho. Hosted by professional WWE wrestler and paranormal enthusiast Chris Jericho, it combined a few of my favorite things: pro wrestling, rock ‘n’ roll, and the paranormal. Jericho’s guests have included other pro wrestlers such as Daniel Bryan, Jesse Ventura (himself another source of inspiration for me, but that’s a story for another blog post), Stone Cold Steve Austin, A.J. Styles, Edge and Christian, and more. Jericho also speaks to mainstream celebrities like William Shatner, Chris Hardwick, Dennis Miller, and rock stars such as Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Dave Mustaine. All people I love. So what could be better? Of most interest to anyone reading this blog, Jericho has also interviewed the likes of cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, Bigfoot hunter Eric Altman, Josh Gates from Destination Truth, Amy Bruni of Ghost Hunters, and Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures. Even on non-paranormal themed shows, Chris talks a lot about the paranormal. WWE’s Dean Ambrose did one episode where he and Jericho simply talked Bigfoot, ghosts, and the Loch Ness monster. Wrestling barely came up. He asked William Shatner if he believes in UFOs. There seems to be an underlying paranormal thread in a lot of his shows, and I am hooked. And not just because of the paranormal connection. Jericho is a great interviewer and gets people to open up about these things. Either way, you should check out the podcast. I’m addicted and listen every day.
So how does this relate to me and my podcast? Well, Jericho’s son, Ash, is a fish expert at the ripe old age of about 10 years old, and he’s been on the podcast a few times. One of the water creatures he’s very much into is, you guessed it, Nessie. My son, at 8 years old now, is also very much interested in the paranormal, and has become a bit of a ham as of late, so I figured it would be fun to document some of our discussions on the paranormal. Plus I’m always up for learning new technology and mediums, so I figured a recording and editing a podcast could be fun. And who knows what it will grow into. I never thought this blog would become as popular as it is.
I’m not sure how it will go, and I’m not sure who will be fascinated enough by listening to me and my third grader talking about the paranormal to download it every week, but here it is. Enjoy!