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, The 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 Cohost — J. Randall MurphyJ. Randall Murphy (Cohost) is a Ufologist from Calgary, Canada who has been a Paracast member since 2010. Randall first appeared on The Paracast as a participant in roundtable discussions along with Gene and Christopher O’Brien.

He then went on to fill-in as guest co-host when Chris was away, and when Chris left the show in 2018, Randall became The Paracast’s third official cohost. Randall’s primary focus as a Ufologist is the analysis of existing cases and the evolution of Ufology into an accepted academic field of study.

Randall is also an active Paracast forum member/moderator and webmaster for the Ufology Society International (USI), an informal ufology interest group with members in over 22 countries.

Our Consulting Producer -- Tim BeckleyTimothy Green Beckley (Consulting Producer) Tim Beckley has been described as the Hunter Thompson of UFOlogy. Since an early age his life has more or less revolved around the paranormal. His grandfather saw the apparition of a headless horseman. His life was saved by invisible beings around the age of three. The house he was raised in was thought to be haunted. Beckley also underwent out of body experiences at age six. He saw his first of three UFOs when he was but ten, and has had two more sightings since – including an attempt to communicate with one of these objects.

Tim grew up listening to the only all night talk show in the country that revolved around the strange and unexplained. Long John Nebel’s guests included the early UFO contactees who claimed to have visited other planets and built time machines in the desert. Tim was fascinated by everything that went bump in the night – or even in the daylight for that matter. Years later, Tim was to appear on Long John’s show numerous times and over the years has been a frequent guest on hundreds of programs which have come and gone just like ghosts in the night.

Tim started his career as a writer early on – at age 14 he purchased a mimeograph machine and started putting out a small UFO newsletter. Over the years he has written over 25 books on everything from rock music to the secret MJ12 papers. He has been a stringer for the national tabloids such as the Enquirer and editor of over 30 different magazines (most of which never lasted more than a couple of issues). His longest running effort was the newsstand publication UFO UNIVERSE which went for 11 years. Today he is the president of Inner Light/Global Communications and editor of the Conspiracy Journal and Bizarre Bazaar.

Our Announcer -- Bob ZanottiBob Zanotti (Announcer) Gene Steinberg and Bob Zanotti become friends back in New York in the early 1960’s when Bob hosted a weekly radio discussion program that dealt mainly with the offbeat. Gene was a frequent guest on the show, as were several other of the great names in the New York Ufology scene, including Jim Moseley. Bob made his career in Europe, where he worked for Swiss Radio International. Now retired, Bob Zanotti is still active as a writer and voiceover artist, and is the founder and editor of www.switzerlandinsound.com.

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