What do Eileen Day McKusick, Mark Anthony, and Mike Ricksecker have in common? If you guessed that they have been featured on late-night radio—specifically, “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” on the 97.3 KIRO station—give yourself a gold star!
Like many of my Gen-Z peers, my main source of music used to come from converting YouTube music videos into .mp3 files, trimming away the extraneous sections and then exporting it to my iPod shuffle–yes, the one without the screen. Later, when I inherited my mom’s iPhone 4, I would even add the album cover to the “pirated” songs to imitate authenticity. For legal reasons, I would like to state that I, of course, only did this for media licensed by the Creative Commons. Eventually, I convinced enough friends to enroll in the Spotify Premium Family Plan and join the audio-consuming community’s one-percent.
But in those lonely hours between 10 PM and 3 AM, when I often find myself completing problem-sets and essays, not even Spotify’s extensive catalog of music can satisfyingly fill the silence. Only the radio, accessed through my antique 2003 Sony digital clock, could fill that void.
As other stations broadcast static or unlicensed jazz in the wee hours, 97.3’s “Coast to Coast” has easily become my go-to radio station. Now, what else do Eileen Day McKusick, Mark Anthony, and Mike Ricksecker have in common? If you guessed that they participate in various forms of “fringe-science,” give yourself another gold star! To say it with tact, their chosen subjects are… interesting.
McKusick, featured on January 25, 2021, is a practitioner of a type of alternative medicine she calls “vibration therapy.” About twenty minutes of the night were spent describing the differences between the megahertz frequencies that can cure blindness and eradicate cancer. She acknowledged that she needs to conduct further research to discover which frequency properly combats COVID-19. Everyone, we’re saved!
You might recognize Anthony, an “Oxford-educated trial attorney” according to his website, by his alter ego: the PSYCHIC LAWYER. Not only is he an author of “critically acclaimed Amazon and spiritual bestsellers,” but he also assists clients in communicating with the deceased. Oxford University has yet to respond to my inquiry on which of their classes best teaches séance techniques.
Ricksecker stands out to me because researching him was the most difficult. With no Wikipedia page or website, the only information on him is on IMDB and a skeletal Google Books profile. Self-titled as a “ghostorian,” he writes historic paranormal books. It is also obvious that he most likely does his own cover designs for said books; extensive usage of Microsoft’s “Word Art” and drably tinted images are his trademark.
While the show’s guests always capture my attention, I must give props to the host, George Noory. No matter how early in the morning or bizarre the information being relayed, the tone of his gravelly, monotone voice never falters. I would like to imagine that McKusick, the vibration therapist, was impressed by the strength of his tonal consistency—lasting from midnight to 4:00 am every weekday. He also regularly hosts call-ins from listeners across the Pacific Northwest, many of them gruff-sounding older males who immediately profess their loyalty to the show as soon as they are on air.
Late-night radio is a good remedy for midnight malaise when you’re looking for human connection and the rest of routine society is asleep. But prepare yourself for the fringest thoughts society has to offer. Some conversations are so alarming that they wake me better than the clock’s actual alarm feature.