Reviews For The Paracast -- The Gold Standard of Paranormal Radio

This was once a rather good podcast about paranormal subjects, with a decent forum to follow. They asked hard-hitting questions of major influential figures in the various fields, without seeming bitter and burned out. In recent years it has become a toxic soup of bitter, burnt-out hosts who rarely acquire meaningful guests. In fact, they utilize their (frequently toxic) forum posters as guests/hosts who have little to add to the discussion. They seem subservient to forum members who pay for the 'paracast plus' service, inviting them on regardless of their knowledge or experience. It makes for poor listening. The primary host seems impervious to any criticism, even that given in the kindest and most constructive way. The secondary host has been criticized for loudly eating on-air, and denies it while continuing to speak through a mouthful of food. He also begrudges anyone who tries to profit from UFO knowledge, while being an author of many such books himself. This review is from a fan of many years! In the early days it was the best paranormal podcast out there. It's become a cheese grater to listen to, with one host caught up in the 'good ole days' and the other endlessly munching burritos. Either way, I don't recommend funding them in any way. I took my books by Chris to the used paperback store, and I never bought any of Gene's sci if novels because he just doesn't seem very creative. ILDR: It's time to put this bovine to pasture and hope it survives the long cold night.
All the host does is complain about an organization, talk about the old days, and offers nothing new to the field. Half of the show is ads, with an uninterrupted version available for purchase. Very rarely informative. All they do is shoot down theories without letting anyone just present themselves. No better than current coast to coast.

5/5

Love the content. Love the guests. You guys do a great job, keep up the good work.
I really dislike podcasts that have staged commercials in them. This one has "paranormaldate.com" - a radio style commercial. I wouldn't have mind it if the hosts read the commercial and maybe gave a little anecdote, but I can't listen to this and take it seriously.
It's kinda old man curmudgeon paranormal but I still like it.
If I wanted to listen to a political podcast I would have subscribed to one. Unsubscribe do because the host cannot resist inserting his political opinions.
I've listened to The Paracast for a handful of years now and I found the change to Chris O'Brien a good thing but lately the show has been sliding. Smug comments on politics is becoming a weekly standard now and it falls under the "UFOs are in politics" mantra, I guess if someone thinks the government would ever release that information, regardless of late night sound bites, you could say it's politics but we're going on 60+ years now. I for one listened to the show instead of political shows for a reason and if you don't follow their views you're likened to someone that has some sort of problem. A hint: just because someone isn't 100% Hillary doesn't mean they are 100% Trump. I feel that's more of their attitude and as an independent voter it wears pretty thin after a while. The UFO guests are starting to run out. It's becoming a choice of 1940's information, dimensional travelers, and "we'll just vote for them to tell us" advocates with not much that's new. More paranormal and less ET would have been nice. There are commercials but each podcast has to fund itself in some way so if you really don't like commercials they will bug you, they were fine in my opinion. There is a refreshing aspect to the show regarding guests and the far out ones; it's one of, if not the only one, that questions guests (sometimes to the point the guest huffs off). THAT is something that puts them above many shows that just let guests rant with no checks. This may mean that some "fan favorites" don't come on the show knowing they aren't 100% safe, so keep that in mind. The listeners that come on as guest hosts are interesting, and if there was more variety that would be refreshing, otherwise they can become a guest you've heard before. Gene has really bad jokes, groaners. They should get the cricket chirping clip for them. "Keep working on your act kid, one day you'll make it." In the end my decision to unsubscribe was due to the constant political jabs, I get enough of that on other media forms thank you. So I'm taking Chris' advice, since I don't like it I'm not going to listen. Too bad as it was my Sunday night work favorite.
Just stop with them!!!!
Weekly interviews with current authors and researchers. They have a nuanced view of the UFO phenomenon. Closer to Valle than to Giorgio Tsoukalos. They believe it's not just swamp gas, but it doesn't have to be "Aliens". Challenge guests who make claims to provide evidence or an argument.
I never write reviews but when you have a podcast do commercials ever ten minutes it becomes a joke. It seems like these two are trying to make a living with this podcast and the non commercial podcast which is fine but not at the expense of all the commercials over 30 minutes of commercials for a hourish show is a joke. Wake up and cut the commercials maybe I'll come back after a year when they realize their format is a joke. Up the price of advertising quality not quantity in your commercials. Peace out!
It can be interesting at times depending on the guest. I wish they would diversify a bit more in what they talk about and even cover recent discoveries such as the discovery of water on mars , etc. which have a connection to the theme of UFOs.
This is my favorite paranormal podcast. I actually get excited waiting for the new one to come out each week. Chris and Gene work great with each other. Thanks guys!
Try paracrap. Parastool. Parafools.

5/5

By Owill4
Neat.
You would probably get more listeners if in the title you wrote what the show was about rather than just "Gene and chris discuss.."
Every week I can't wait for the weekend so I can hear a new episode of The Paracast. The topics and guests are always extremely intriguing and thought provoking. I've been listening to this and Gene's other show the Tech Night Owl Live since 2008 and I'm never bored. Keep up the good work Gene and Chris!
I thought this was a good podcast for the first 5 minutes but geez it has more ads in it than any podcast I listen too. Can't listen to it. An hour's worth of ads in 2 hour shows
The content to commercial ratio is beyond acceptable. Not only do they have a commercial break every 5 minutes but its the same ads over and over again. If you can get past that you will be treated to some great guests with great topics but unfortunately the hosts constantly bad mouth people in the paranormal field to the point it comes off as childish. People want bias hosts that don't spew their personal agenda or dislike of other authors/researchers/shows on a regular basis. They also tend to disagree with alot of guests and you hear them argue points before the guest has a chance to speak on the topic he is invited on to discuss. Bottom line is there are much better podcasts with much fewer commercial breaks and much better hosts out there so don't waste your time here because you will be disappointed.
No reason for THAT many commercials. Unless you're solely living off advertisement checks, if so I take it all back and good luck. -1 listener
I am stunned how bad this podcast is. I listen to a couple other paranomal-themed podcasts, and the difference is quality is amazing. These two guys have no idea how to conduct an interview. They spend more time talking about themselves or expounding on their opinion/experience than asking questions of the guest. They interrupt the guest constantly to answer own question. They are unbearable to listen to. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I am stunned at the amount of ads on this one. I exxagerate a little bit that it's 50% ads, but it has a similar percentage of ads that the Superbowl has. It's really annoying. Overall: a huge waste of time. Try Jim Herald's Paranormal Podcast instead.
I really enjoy listening to both Gene and Chris!:)
I've listened to atleast 1000 podcasts. This podcast has the worst most frequent ads which completely destroys any interest in the content immediately. Take a note from Joe rogan, Sam Harris, or Dan Carlin.

4/5

By m_e_d
...of the Rockoids
I'll never know. I run and listen to podcasts. Never have I met a podcast which goes to adds more often than I like to take run breaks.
Wanted to like this podcast but it feels like there are more commercials than actual content. It seems every five minutes they cut to commercials and they just run and run and run. If I hear another ad for special drops to put in water to rid my body of toxins I’m going to jump off a bridge.
My first complaint is the format. The format is awful and there are far too many commercials. This is not what Podcasts are about. The hosts drone on and on for what seems like forever without actually getting to a point. In the way they speak they seem awfully full of themselves. And honestly it's just a whole lot of words around very little content. I would hands-down say this is the worst podcast I listen to. Gold standard, my rear.
I stumbled across this podcast back in 2010 and went back and started listening from its beginning in 2006. I found the hosts and the topics they covered interesting and engaging. Their healthy dose of skepticism was an important element in distinguishing their interviews from others in the same field. The show has evolved over the years. Hosts have changed, advertisements have been added and now (thank god) there is even a premium version without the crazy ads, which is available via a very affordable monthly subscription fee of $5. For me, VERY worth it, as I am a big fan of the show. I think the hosts, Gene Steinberg and Chris O’Brien, are currently doing the best work of the show’s existence. As with any long-running, weekly show some episodes are better than others but the highlights far outweigh the few lowlights. Overall, this show should be a “must listen” for any person interested in strange phenomena. It has certainly had a significant impact on how I view and understand (I use that term loosely) high strange events, most notably, the questions surrounding unidentified aerial phenomena, alien visitations (ETH/EDH/CTH), abductions and serial cattle mutilations.Other frequently discussed topics include ghosts/hauntings and cryptozoological mysteries. All in all, a fun show well worth the weekly 2 hour investment. Highly recommended!
This show claims to be the gold standard of paranormal radio and doesn't have the quality to back it up. It sounds like a bunch of kids with nothing better to do than hear themselves talk. I recommend great paranormal shows like Fade to Black, Howard Hughes' Unexplained, and Bob Bain's Farside over this.
Besides talking like a know it all master most of the time, over half of the podcast is commercials.
First of...this is one of the worst paranormal podcasts out there. Why? The ego of the hosts...the over confidence and the lind faith that they are the number one paranormal podcast is just irritating. Also, if you want to waste your time listening to LOADS AND LOADS of commercials...this is the podcast for you. I get it, they need advertisers but this ridiculous. Deleting and forgetting. Go spend your time listening to some better podcasts.
If you like to hear the commercial break every 5 minutes introduced by cohost Chris Brown saying "The Paracast" as a burping noise , then this is the podcast for you. I just can't get enough of this disgusting sound ! Oh yeah---- and Chris Brown sounds like Kermit the frog. Just a great voice to listen to.
This show has recently hooked up with a commercial radio network and now 30% of the show is commercials (no exaggeration). Gene Steinberg states that their commercial breaks are in synch with commercial radio format. As the wacky or boring guests are constantly interrupted by commercials in the middle of a wacky or boring point, it is obvious that this format does not work for the show. I am interested in the topics presented and used to listen to the show regularly; however, I can no longer stop every 12 minutes to forward through 5 minutes of commercials. This podcast has become a real hassle to get through. As an alternative, I've found Jim Harold's Paranormal Podcast much more palatable. I'm not sure how much revenue the Paracast is generating to continue with the current all-commercials format, but it certainly can't help its future as a viable podcast. They'll have to go to radio full time and offer a non-commercial podcast or continue to lose listeners.
Better shows on the paranormal subject can be found in Jim Harold's podcast and in Bon Bain's Farside podcast.
If you're into commercials, oldschool UFO talk, and a pair of hosts who put down anyone who doesn't share their point of view - then this is the show for you. Gene's segues are uncomfortably bad, and unless the guest says something that he can relate to a movie he's seen, it's hard for him to keep up. Chris was better in the beginning, but seems to have taken on the attitude of the self-proclaimed "gold standard" as the show has lurched on. His frequent wacky impressions and voices are a bit grating as well; perhaps a nephew liked them or something and he figures everyone else will too. I recently gave up on the show, but if you must listen, you may want to skip the commercials along with the first segment unless you enjoy them complaining about people, plugging their forums, or asking for money.
Of the whole episode there's ten minutes of interesting and useful info; the rest is them talking about themselves. What a waste of time! I subscribed, listened to about four podcasts and am outta here. Total crap.
Got into this podcast a few years ago. Before the cohost change, before it became a show in between prepper commercials. Often the first 5-10 minutes of each show is spent by the hosts discussing listener critiques of the show, and then denouncing the criticisms. Always feels kind of juvenile and smug. While the guests are still occasionally interesting, making it through a show has become such a slog with all the ads.
I've been listening to this podcast, and I haven't gotten through 2 hours so far and found 26 minutes of it have been nothing but commercials, and I still have over 30 minutes to go! I can understand the need to pay the bills, but when some segments seem shorter than the commercial breaks, there is something wrong. As for the content of the show, I have enjoyed it more than some of the other podcasts. Trim the breaks down so the show has better flow, and I think this would be a great podcast to listen to.
The Paracast is truly one the best paranormal shows out there, hands down. Gene is hilarious, Chris is a legend in his field, and they always have excellent guests. And they have them on long enough to really ask the key questions, not the same stuff you hear every other time. Thanks guys!
Too many commercial breaks. Breaks the flow and the attention span. Seems to be a theme with GCN shows. Good topics, though. Moving on.
Pros: Some guests and topics are interesting. The format is long enough to get to some real points. Chris is a working investigator and great author. Cons: Gene gets peeved by negative reviews, bringing them up in detail and refuting any negative opinion. He never once has said,"maybe this reviewer has a point." thus they are never going to address the many things listeners do not like. But they will use air time for a one-sided argument about the reviewer. Listening to them address critics in this fashion is a terrible experience. A frequent complaint is Gene's sense of humor, how he makes many bad puns or jokes. Gene claims this doesn't happen, but it clearly does every broadcast. He refutes this claim with vigor but there is a goofy statement at almost every commercial break. It doesn't bother me much, but gene uses a lot of airtime explaining that neither of them ever make jokes- ever! The commercials. Again, this is often refuted on the show by Gene explaining how sponsors work, and that almost all shows have ads. True enough, and I don't enjoy the ads in those shows either. Combined with the fact that most of them are low-budget and repeated at every break on every show doesn't help. That Rockoids ad seems like a parody, but it's not. The guests seem to be drawn from a small pool of friends, with unsavory characters like Don Ecker showing up again and again, with no new information, just dropping in to repeat his gruff ideology. Conclusion There are exceptions, and truly great guests, where the show may present some new idea or point-of-view. This is when the show is best, and things like bad humor and low-end ads don't irritate as much. Avoid the listener round table shows- which are all the loudmouths you can't stand from the forums, given voice.
The hosts arent as neutral as they should be and offer their opinions a little too much. I know its their podcast, but still. I listen to a couple other paranormal podcasts that are better and dont have the stupid commercials. A couple podcasts I listen to are from radio stations and some how they manage to trim all the commercials from their shows before putting them up. Plus the size of the d/l file has increased. There are some better shows out there. But if you dont mind opininated hosts and frequent commercial breaks, then you might try this show out.
I've tried multiple times to get into this and in all honesty as much as the hosts try and degrade other hosts, those hosts are above them in every sense. I would much rather listen to C2C with Noory than this. As far as Podcasts that are worth listening to, the best I've found to date are The Paranormal Podcast with Jim Harold and The Farside with Bob Bain. Take a listen to those if you want an idea of what high quality Paranormal podcast should be like.
The first episode I listened to one of the guys decided to take a jab at Noory and call him a lazy reporter. Despite your your opinion of C2C I don't gentlemen you should keep it to yourself. I don't believe I have ever heard Noory disrespect anyone or cut them down. This is the FOOLS gold standard of paranormal talk. Recommend darkness radio to anyone looking for a paranormal talk show. Darkness radio and C2C are the platinum of paranormal talk shows.
Be prepared for lots of advertising breaks. I realize that in an effort to monitize a podcast you need sponsors, but omg dude. This podcast takes breaks more often than broadcast radio does. Also be aware that science and skeptical thinking will not be treated as if they are virtues. The last episode they referred to the "god-particle" of particle physics had something to do with spirituality. SMH
The show itself seems good, first impression is a good one. Professional sounding and they discuss the topics with due respect. However, the commercials are silly and it's obvious the target audience is for those who don't realize they are surrounded by a curtain of laughter. You hear the same commercials over and over again. Every few minutes they take hard brakes. Pass on this.
after reading some comments bout ya I isten to ya at work every monday ya got a good thing going so jus keep up the good job....
I am a non-believer, but I like listening to crazy people talk about UFO's and things related to the Paranormal. But this show is a bit different than the usual "true believer" nonsense. These guys have been around for a long time, and they have no tolerance for the many frauds in this field that gives everyone else a bad name. Unlike the pseudo-skepticism that is common on a lot these shows, these guys legitimately seem to try look at the information with a critical eye. Sometimes they seem to be a little too nice to some of their crazier guests, and of course I disagree with a lot of their conclusions…. but at least they try.
I gave up on it because there were far to many commercials. I know this had been discussed on the show, there are other better podcasts with less interruptions.