Monday, September 24, 2012

Programming Note

I've been working on getting new episodes of The Secret Sun Radio Mystery Hour produced, but it's been a bit more of a slog than I expected, with people's schedules and technical considerations and so on. My plan was to get a nice backlog of episodes in the can and get them up twice a week for the next several weeks. But as the song once said, "plans are just dreams, anyhow..."

Of course, this is to be expected and hopefully I'll get the kinks worked out as I go along. This is still a new ballgame for me, but a very exciting one as well. I'm going to be spending the next several days contacting people and making arrangements for new shows, and working on writing questions that will hopefully shed new light on the wonderful worlds of Weirdness.

I hope to be talking to some people some of you may not be familiar with but who've had a major influence on pop culture, weird culture and all the rest of it nonetheless. I've done a lot of interviews in my previous incarnation as a popcult journalist, so you're in good hands. Rest assured.

Stay tuned- once the kinks are worked out, there's plenty more to come.


  1. CLK writes: Stay tuned- once the kinks are worked out, there's plenty more to come.

    Which brings to mind...

    Working with the Kinks, there always seemed to be some kind of automatic process at work. Ray and I had this telepathy happening for a long time, where one of us always knew what the other could do with something. ~ Dave Davies

  2. Take your time- quality over quantity!

    I appreciate the good sound quality that you deliver- there are many podcasts out there where the guests are horribly screechy and about make your earbuds explode and take your eardrums with them.

    Thanks for all your insights- Delorus

  3. Terrific news! Love the podcasts! Really looking forward to the return of The Radio Mystery Hour...standing by!

  4. Hi Chris-
    I just saw this at Susan Joy Rennison's site. If I wasn't such a serious facebook dumbass I would post it there. Feel free to delete after you see it.
    Ex-prof gets life in prison for meeting rampage
    By JAY REEVES | Associated Press – Mon, Sep 24, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at an Alabama university, killing three colleagues and wounding three others in 2010.
    The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before convicting Amy Bishop. The former professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed no reaction as the verdict was read. She did not speak in court, but her attorney said she has often expressed great remorse for the victims and their families.
    "She is shattered beyond belief," attorney Roy Miller said.
    Bishop avoided a death sentence by pleading guilty earlier this month to the shootings on Feb. 12, 2010. Before the guilty plea — which she signed with a barely legible scrawl — her attorneys had said they planned to use an insanity defense.
    However, she was still required to have a brief trial because she admitted to a capital murder charge.
    And she still could face a trial in Massachusetts, where she is charged in the 1986 killing of her 18-year-old brother. Seth Bishop's death had been ruled an accident after Amy Bishop told investigators she shot him in the family's Braintree home as she tried to unload her father's gun. But the Alabama shootings prompted a new investigation and charges. David Traub, a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey in Massachusetts, said Monday evening that Morrissey expects to make an announcement by the end of the week.
    Bishop killed her boss, biology department chairman Gopi Padila, plus professors Maria Ragland Davis and Adriel Johnson. Associate professor Joseph Leahy, staff aide Stephanie Monticciolo and assistant professor Luis Cruz-Vera were shot and wounded.
    Leahy said he was satisfied with the verdict and life sentence, but no amount of remorse by Bishop could change what she'd done.
    "She has just sort of ceased to exist for me," he told reporters after the brief trial.
    A police investigator testified that Bishop initially denied having anything to do with the rampage. And during the trial, Bishop shook her head anytime the judge or prosecutors described the killings as intentional.
    District Attorney Rob Broussard said Bishop's reaction in court didn't make sense.
    "You can't take a loaded 9 mm and hold it inches away from human beings' heads and tell me you didn't mean to do that," said Broussard.
    Investigator Charlie Gray also said police believe Bishop opened fire during the faculty meeting because she was angry over being denied tenure, which effectively ended her career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
    "She would say, 'It didn't happen. I wasn't there. It wasn't me,'" Gray said.
    Bishop wore a red jail uniform in court and was shackled at the feet, seated between two attorneys at the defense table.
    Also in court, sitting behind prosecutors, were relatives of the people killed in the rampage.
    The only other witness to testify was Debra Moriarity, now the chairman of biological sciences at UAH. She testified about how a routine Friday afternoon faculty meeting turned into a scene of carnage with no warning.
    Moriarty testified that Amy Bishop sat unusually silent during the nearly hourlong faculty meeting, during which discussions ran from a spring open house to plans for the following fall. People were seated around a crowded conference table in a small room on a chilly, overcast day, she said.
    continued .....

  5. You know, Chris? I think your podcast would work just fine even WITHOUT guests.

    You could fly solo, talking about the things you wanna talk about, inserting snippets of TV shows or old movies, and commenting on them.

    Just sayin' :)