PodcastOne Chairman Announces New Program on Paranormal Issues

A series dealing with paranormal activities has joined the lineup on PodcastOne, the largest advertiser-supported podcast network in the United States. The show “Beyond the Darkness” was recently announced by Norman Pattiz, the founder and executive chairman of the network. The show is available on the Jericho Network, which was created by musician and World Wrestling Entertainment star Chris Jericho, and whose programs are distributed by PodcastOne.

“Beyond the Darkness” features conversations with famous researchers and those with first-hand paranormal experiences. The discussions promise to be both enlightening and entertaining, and will also challenge what viewers know about the supernatural, whether the issues be angels, demons, ghosts, encounters with aliens or monsters, miracles or simply things in this world that are unexplainable. Presented by radio hosts Dave Schrader and Tim Dennis, the program will be available on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and on iTunes media players, with new episodes being released every Monday. Specific episodes will deal with such issues as magic, witchcraft, parapsychology, the Bigfoot terror, alien abductions and even ghosts of country music.

Jericho admitted that he was a bit “creeped out” by the new show, but noted that Schrader and Dennis have brought with them their huge base of fans who believe in both hosts and, considering their backgrounds in paranormal issues, should trust them in dealing with the subject. Jericho expects that “Beyond the Darkness” will expand what is already a large following of both hosts, scaring their audiences along the way. He described them as both a “dream” and a “nightmare” for the network. Jericho himself was described by Pattiz as “one of the jewels” of PodcastOne, and a star who developed his talents beyond the field of wrestling. Pattiz also credited Jericho with bringing to the network everything from comedians to the supernatural.

Pattiz, who also established the mass media and radio distribution company Westwind One, founded PodcastOne in 2013. The network is home to more than 200 podcasts, which in addition to Jericho are hosted by such well-known personalities as Steve Austin, Adam Carolla, Rich Eisen, Laura Ingraham, Penn Jillette, Jay Mohr, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Patrick, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Gabrielle Reece. PodcastOne is based in Los Angeles but has offices in Chicago, New York and elsewhere in the country. Pattiz had previously been appointed by two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which is responsible for overseeing such government services as The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

Read more about Norman:

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http://fortune.com/2014/12/18/serial-is-small-podcastone-is-building-a-podcasting-empire/