George D. Stadalski dislikes the term “ghost hunter.”
“You can't hunt something that we have yet to prove exists,” he said.
But ghost stories abound, and if you have one, Mr. Stadalski wants you to share it at a town hall meeting.
The “paranormal town hall meeting” is 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St. Mr. Stadalski and his “Parascience Journal” are hosts.
“Parascience Journal” is a weekly live Internet radio show focusing on scientific methods used in paranormal investigations. The show, hosted by and broadcast from Mr. Staldalski's study at his home in Evans Mills, is heard at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on the Global Radio Alliance, an Internet network which began operations last March. Many GRA shows focus on UFOs. One of the more popular programs on the network is “Tune Out Radio With Richard Dolan.” The network describes him as “one of the top minds and personalities in the alternative research community.”
“We have discussions with our guests about a variety of topics related to paranormal investigation activities,” Mr. Stadalski says on his website. “Our focus is how the scientific method works and how we can incorporate it better in our processes.”
Mr. Stadalski, a military technician with the New York Army National Guard, plans to incorporate experiences shared at the town hall meeting on his “Parascience Journal.”
“One of the things that we are starting to do on the show are panel discussions with established paranormal investigators to discuss topics that are important to the field,” Mr. Stadalski said. “This might be a good way to find topics for those discussions.”
If it's successful, he plans to host more events.
“We are also extending the invitation to paranormal investigation groups to come and talk about their experiences and techniques,” he said.
Mr. Stadalski said one of the things he enjoys most about his show is that he gets to talk to people who are performing those paranormal investigations and researches.
“'Parascience Journal' is there to give voice to the people who are more interested in the research than being a ghost hunter,” he said. “In the short time I have been hosting 'Parascience Journal,' I have learned more about investigating paranormal activity than I had in the past few years of personal research.”
Mr. Stadalski is a member of the Region Seven Paranormal Research team. It performs paranormal investigations in the Northeast, focusing on Central, Western and Northern New York.
“We believe that a disciplined approach is required for successful research and that acting with personal integrity and respect is not optional,” Mr. Stadalski said.
A 'scoop' and a schedule
One researcher who was a guest on Mr. Stadalski's show was David Rountree, author of “Paranormal Technology: Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting.” He was fresh from a paranormal investigation at the Emmitt House restaurant in Waverly, Ohio, where bones were found.
“The find ground the investigation to a halt and spurred a police investigation to determine if the bones were human and the cause of death,” Mr. Stadalski said. “'Parascience Journal' got the scoop on the story.”
The radio host and investigator listed upcoming guests on his “Parascience Journal”:
Jan 15: Paranormal Motor Chicks, “talking about their new ion pulse perimeter system.” The “Chicks” is a group of women in California who ride motorcycles and drive hot rods and get together for paranormal investigations.
Jan. 22: Three guests will explore “The importance of the scientific method in paranormal investigation.”
Feb. 5: Sharon Hill, skeptic and publisher of idoubtit.com
Feb. 26: Alexander Holzer, a paranormal personality and author of “Growing Up Haunted — A Ghostly Memoir.”