We are back with the ninth episode of DESERT ORACLE RADIO, just as the first signs of Fall arrive in the Mojave High Desert. Tonight we sing the praises of the Cassini mission to Saturn, spend some time with the ghost of JPL founder Jack Parsons out in the Mojave where he completed his “Babalon Working” ritual, and visit with our friend Jason P. Woodbury—who has an interesting tale about the mysterious Casa Grande Domes in Arizona. (He also has a fine article on the subject in the upcoming issue of DESERT ORACLE, the pocket-sized field guide to the strange American desert.
Have you heard the one about Charles Manson “growing up in Amboy”? Or maybe the one about Charles Manson “killing a lot of his victims at Amboy Crater.” We’ve heard these stories, and they’re nonsense. But the true story of the Manson Family in the California Desert is as strange and threatening as the world can get.
We also talk to some ravens, because somebody has got to do it.
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Tonight: A new episode of DESERT ORACLE RADIO with campfire stories recorded at the Ace Hotel and a phone call from Brendan Maze regarding his “UFO experience” plans for the High Desert.
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It’s Monsoon Season and it’s muggy as all Hell out here. Tonight we tell stories through the thunderstorms: It’s August and that means Missing Tourist Season. The former ranger describes problems. And the Desert Oracle Mailbag, with enhanced audio accompaniment from the field, deals with a piece of interesting trash. Subscribe wherever podcasts are available. iTunes, etc.!
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Tonight’s episode makes use of the following audio tracks, among other things:
Tonight at (or around?) 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree and the High Desert: Spook lights on Amboy Road, the conversion of Saul by blinding desert lights over the highway, and recordings of the pilots and tower staff from the night of October 7, 1965, when a dozen UFOs bedeviled Edwards Air Force Base for nearly five hours. (You can hear the entire recording at the Internet Archive, as provided by the U.S. Air Force.)
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Our theme music was composed by Pierre Gerwig Langer, and musical ambience in this episode included the following recordings:
Tonight we visit the great mystery of the Phoenix Lights, which was 20 years ago! Why did the governor of Arizona hide his own “otherworldly” sighting? Also on the show: We answer your letters and tell why Gram Parsons and Joshua Tree are forever connected. There’s a night-time hike with the Former Ranger, too. And you will enjoy an inspiring talk with Nicole Holland, owner of the beloved Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley. Subscribe to the podcast free of charge at iTunes, and listen live on KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree and across the High Desert, 10 p.m. on Fridays!
Our theme music was composed by Pierre Gerwig Langer, and you’ll hear some of the following tracks and ambience on tonight’s broadcast:
Hot enough for ya? Well yes. But is it weird enough? Forecasts suggest it will be weird with a high probability of strange tales from the desert: the Mormon pioneers and their sinister Joshua trees, how the American desert gave birth to the atomic bomb, the enigma of Desert Plants National Monument, plus Part II of our illuminating visit with ExtraordinaryBeliefs.com documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell at his Pioneertown ranch.
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PHOTO: Ken Layne (Desert Oracle) and Jeremy Corbell (ExtraordinaryBeliefs.com) at Cultus Camp, Pioneertown, Calif.
Now is the time for DESERT ORACLE RADIO, premiering at 10 p.m. Friday, June 23, on KCDZ Z107.7 FM in Joshua Tree and broadcasting throughout the Mojave Hi-Desert.
Hosted by the magazine’s editor and publisher, Ken Layne, DESERT ORACLE RADIO is the perfect Friday night soundtrack, whether driving across the lonesome Mojave or at home with the coyotes howling outside. Expect evocative tales of lost mines, UFOs, missing tourists, secret military projects, local legends, weird animals and weirder people.