Our Cast — Meet Your Hosts

Gene Steinberg -- Co-Host of The ParacastGene Steinberg (Host/Executive Producer) Gene Steinberg is an award-winning journalist who first discovered the magic of writing while still a teenager. He edited his own science fiction and New Age fanzine, and began writing a science fiction novel about an Earth man who finds himself in an unknown land faced with life-threatening situations.

Over the years, Gene also developed a strong interest in UFOs and other paranormal phenomena, and wrote and edited a number of commentaries on the subject. In fact, during the time he worked as a radio broadcaster, covering a traditional news beat, he was still exploring the paranormal on the side, with the kind indulgence (or benign neglect) of his employers.

In 1984 Gene began to work on the original Apple Macintosh personal computer and never looked back. Over the next few years, Gene finally decided to follow his dream and become a full-time writer, but he also devoted extra time to work as a computer software/systems consultant partly to provide material for his books and magazine articles.

Gene has written over 30 books on computers and the Internet, plus hundreds of articles for such industry publications as MacAddict, MacHome, MacUser, Macworld and Computer Shopper. He has also written features for Gannett News Service, usatoday.com, and CNET. His computer news and support Web site, Gene Steinberg’s Tech Night Owl, receives tens of thousands of regular visitors each day.

His investigative feature for CNET, “Death of a PC Vendor II,” won a “Maggie” award as the Best Online Article by the Western Publications Association.

And now Gene has also returned to his original profession, radio. Debuting in 2002, The Tech Night Owl LIVE reaches tens of thousands of technology fans with news and commentary about Macs and personal technology (by vincent at dress head). In 2006, he become involved in the world of the paranormal once again, as co-creator of The Paracast, which has become what listeners call “the gold standard” of paranormal radio.


Our Announcer -- Bob ZanottiBob Zanotti (Announcer) Bob Zanotti got interested in UFO’s back in the 50’s as a pre-teen. What got him started was Max B. Miller’s book “Flying Saucers – Fact or Fiction”.

Bob and Gene Steinberg became friends in the 1960’s when Bob hosted a New York college radio talk show called “Coffee Klatsch”, which was devoted to the offbeat and the paranormal. Gene was a frequent guest on the show, as were Jim Moseley and other great names from the New York UFO group, including Dom Luchessi, Jack Robinson, August C. Roberts and Tim Beckley.

After broadcast journalism studies in New York and Montreal, Bob’s calling led him to Switzerland, where he was a full-time broadcast journalist and presenter at Swiss Radio International, Switzerland’s international shortwave station. During his 32 years with SRI, Bob also produced a number of features involving the paranormal and the esoteric.

Now in his 70’s and semi-retired, Bob continues his professional activity as the operator and editor of www.switzerlandinsound.com, which also contains a number of offbeat topics. There’s even an exclusive and very rare 52-minute-long interview in English with Billy Meier under “Interesting People”. Bob is also active as a voice-over artist, hence his announcements for The Paracast.

Bob is a firm believer in the existence of extraterrestrial life and that Earth has been and is still visited by ET, and that ET might actually be our creators. But he is open to other ideas, including the Multi-Dimensional Theory and the Time Traveler Theory.

Having said that, Bob also believes that many reports of UFOs are actually test aircraft or otherwise quite normal phenomena, not to mention hoaxes or wishful thinking.