Listen With The Lights OnOur capacity for the unknown is driven by the passion of lore-tellers from the Capital Region to New England. Listen With The Lights On is a podcast dive into the strange, mysterious, and occult.
Stories of ghosts and the afterlife were a popular obsession during the Victorian Era. This was particularly true for the residents of New York's Hudson Valley. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we sat down with Gardiner Town Historian A.J. Shenkman, author of Wicked Ulster County, to discuss another supernatural Victorian Era legend from Ulster County. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LWTLO_Rose_Shenkman1.mp3 (more...)
Every year, during the first weekend in December, a small Hudson Valley town carries out an old tradition. We traveled to Rhinebeck, New York, to see it unfold. The annual Sinterklaas festival is a celebration that's based the Dutch celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Dutch settlers brought it to the region over 300 years ago. Today it's a colorful parade featuring costumes and puppets and paper lantern stars that draws crowds of thousands. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LWTLO_Sinterklaas-FINAL.mp3 After dodging roving Grumpuses and decorating crowns and branches along the quaint streets of Rhinebeck- the branches are a modern day twist on the birch rod St Nicholas used to carry – we ran into Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk. And he was kind enough to bestow us with another seasonal tale. (more...)
Around the turn of the 20th century, the lumber industry spanned the continental United States, and lumber camps dotted the countryside. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/lwtlo_ep042_lumberwoods.mp3 When they weren't harvesting timber to feed the booming post-Civil War industrialization, working lumberjacks could often be found sitting around campfires together, telling tall tales of creatures that supposedly lurk in the dark woods. (more...)
Every theater has a story to tell. And not just onstage. Theater legends abound worldwide, from ghosts in the wings to phantoms of the opera. In this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we step into the historic Proctors Theater in Schenectady, New York. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/lwtlo_ep_039_proctors_web.mp3
Tales From The Tavern: Live From The Olde English Pub
The Original Albany Ghost Tour founders Maeve McEneny Johnson and Paul Nooney join us at the Olde English Pub in Albany for a seasonally appropriate discussion of Albany legends and lore. We touch on the Shadow People of the Lincoln Park Gully, the ghosts of area theaters and get a surprise story from an audience member who grew up in a certain legendary local house that has been featured on a previous episode of Listen with the Lights On. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/lwtlo_live_oldeenglishpub3_NEW.mp3
Tales From The Tavern: Live From The Olde English Pub
Hearing a good scary story can send shivers up your spine. And when it's billed as a true story, the chills can be even more intense. We talked to novelist and writing instructor Barbara Chepaitis during a previous episode of Listen with the Lights On, in which we discussed the elements that make a story scary. She returns to the podcast now to share a terrifying tale that she experienced firsthand. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/LWTLO_Ep037_Chepaitis.mp3
The pair of ill-fated star-crossed lovers... is a tale as old as time. One Hudson Valley legend tells such a story... that of a English explorer in the new world and a Native American woman named Manteo. Once again... Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us to discuss the Legend of Manteo. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/manteofinal_NEW.mp3 You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On via wamcpodcasts.org or via iTunes, Stitcher, or the Google Play store.
A bull. An animal known to most as a stalwart of toughness and resilience. As anyone who has tried to move a stubborn animal can tell you... it's no easy task. Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us to discuss the Hudson Valley tale of a farmer, a bull and a hill, in the Bull of Bullhill. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/LWTLO_Bullhill.mp3 You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On via wamcpodcasts.org or via iTunes, Stitcher, or the Google Play store.
Starting in Washington D.C. on April 21st the funeral train carrying President Abraham Lincoln's body for his last journey around the nation left Union Station northward bound where it cut through Philadelphia, New York, Poughkeepsie, Hudson, Albany, Utica, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, before arriving in Springfield Illinois on May 4th. The presidential procession traveled across the country so mourners from all over could see the President's final ride. Just days earlier, the country was celebrating the Confederate surrender. One lesser known fact is that Lincoln actually signed the bill creating the secret service the exact same night he was shot in Ford's theater. His body guard was not at his post but rather drinking at the saloon next door during intermission, supposedly the same saloon where John Wilkes Booth was drinking. On a recent visit to the New York State Capitol, we chatted with official Capitol tour guide Stuart Lehman about the infamous train's alleged appearance in Albany... https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/lincolntrainlwtlofinal.mp3 You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On via wamcpodcasts.org or via iTunes, Stitcher, or the Google Play store.
New England Folklore blog author Peter Muise joins us for a few witchy tales from Central and Eastern Massachusetts, and to discuss the significant role that witch lore has played in New England history. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LWTLO_Witches_Muise_Web.mp3 You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On via wamcpodcasts.org or via iTunes, Stitcher, or the Google Play store.