Featured on the October 31st, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
It's that time of year again -- light up the jack-0-lantern and turn up the volume for the 12th annual Haunted Halloween Arizona Spotlight!!
- Andrew Brown tracks an all-ages group from Vail Taekwon-Do as they go “scare-o-ling”: singing zombie-fied versions of Christmas carols to raise money for the charity Kids Kicking Cancer.
- Mark McLemore talks with Rodarte, a Tucson folklorist and author of La Llarona: Ghost Stories of the Southwest. Rodarte has traced the roots of the Mexican legend of La Llorona back to an ancient source.
- Film essayist Chris Dashiell recommends a classic film that offers a supernatural mystery rather than a horror story, 1944’s The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen and starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and Donald Crisp.
- What’s shakin’ in the ghost town of Jerome? Tony Perkins interviews Patricia Jacobson, co-author of Haunted Jerome a new guide to the spooky side of its history that offers an explanation for why it is known as one of the most haunted places in America.
- Arizona Daily Star "Street Smarts" columnist & historian David Leighton shares the secret history of a spot near Tucson that was built upon a dark secret, Los Reales.
- And, Jacob Tobia, the national best-selling author of Sissy - A Coming of Gender Story, entertains an audience at the Murphy-Wilmot Branch of Pima County Public Library. Jacob relates how the Halloween of 1997 forced their 6-year-old self to confront gender norms on the one holiday they always thought was supposed to be about freedom of expression.
On behalf of Mark McLemore & Jim Blackwood, plus Andrew Brown, Tony Perkins, Rodarte, David Leighton, Chris Dashiell, Jacob Tobia and friends at the Pima County Public Library, and guest musician Mattea -- plus the spirit of La Llorona, and all things that go bump in the Tucson night -- Arizona Spotlight wants everyone to have a very safe -- and extremely scary -- Halloween!! Go and do something fun!!!!
If this program becomes too frightening for you to bear, try repeating over and over to yourself "It's only a radio show, it's only a radio, it's only a radio show..."
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