Saturday host of Coast to Coast AM, Ian Punnett was our special guest in Streamlink's(1) Live Chat on Tuesday night. Below are excerpts from the Q & A; members can view the entire transcript(2).
Ian, what is the most interesting thing you have learned from the people you have interviewed on Coast to Coast?
Never trust your first impression.
Ian, have you ever had a guest that you felt was holding back? Were you able to break through the crust and expose them?
You know, that's a tricky dance, really. I'm not sure that C2C functions best when it's an "expose" (with a French accent) kind of a show. That having been said, I think a recent ghost show was pretty self-revealing and didn't need much of my help.
What has been your most significant viewpoint change since your time on C2CAM?
Contrary to popular opinion, perhaps, I remain very open to good questions and sincere pursuits of answers. I haven't experienced any major shifts except for the simplicity of the JFK assassination conspiracy. I think we know the truth now and that was different from what I thought.
Ian, as a preacher, what's your take on EVPs and other evidence of life after death?
Good question. I haven't heard any convincing EVPs yet but as far as ghosts are concerned, the belief in ghosts does not violate my cosmology or theology at all.
Ian, a core group of us including me are trying to get George to run for the presidency in 2012, your thoughts? And if George does become President, would you want to be in charge with something and which department? I would put Art Bell in charge of the FCC and Lex in charge of the Internet.
I'm all for it. Talk show hosts should be running the free world, as far as I'm concerned. You've made good cabinet picks. I want to be Secretary of the Interior so that I can keep track of the Mole People, especially my arch-nemesis, King Goddard the Squinty.
How many hours of preparation do you usually put in for a single C2C show? What type of actions do you perform to prepare?
I prepare all week which should tell you that I really suck at this.
What is the perception of the people in your church to your hosting the show - or do they withhold their opinions for the most part?
Every Sunday as I greet people all robed up by the door, I get a lot of "Was I listening to you as I fell asleep last night?" kind of thing.
Well as long as they fall asleep at night and not during your sermons.
They too busy being horrified to fall asleep when I preach, I'm afraid. "The Bible says that!!!!?
Do your sermons ever contain anecdotes about Coast to Coast?
I have mentioned it once. A couple of knowing nods in the audience.
What's the story with JC?
Come to my sermon this Sunday. Oh, THAT JC. Never mind.
Have you ever tried to get "Franks Box" to listen to EVPs?
Yes--I'm very interested in that. So far, no luck.
Ian, what do you do when you're not prepping for C2C? Do you have a "day" job?
A couple. Besides being an involved father, I do a weekday morning show with my wife that runs five days a week. Then I do regular church duties. And currently I'm appearing in "High School Musical On Ice."
Ian, great job on Coast. Who is the one person you would most like to do an Interview with?
I've never done Liza Minnelli. Or Michio Kaku. I should rephrase that whole sentence.
Ian, what books are you reading?
Right now? "Love and Sex with Robots" by David Levy and "The Darkest Day of the Year" by Dean Koontz and "The Idiot's Guide to Books for Dummies."
Have you ever got a call on open lines that was so strange that you laughed so hard that you could not go on with the show?
Many hearty yucks, to be sure, but so far none that I couldn't survive. I am still smiling at the dope smokers we've been getting during open lines lately.
How do you like working with your wife doing radio?
Challenging but only because I know too much material I can't use! She's a dream which is why we've grown closer over the last four years of doing it instead of divorced.
Do you know of a safe place to go hide out on Dec. 21, 2012 that gets decent radio reception?
The C. Crane factory?
Are you really not sure of RCH's new book, in terms of seeing from his side?
No one has sent it to me yet. I do like what I've read though. I find him to be quite a character. Wait--that answers a previous question. I almost couldn't stop laughing when RCH was on with me and he was doing all those shameless plugs. That was so effortless it was hysterical.
king goddard the squinty
So we meet again, oh reckless and silly human!
If you want your glasses back, you'll have to release the hostages.
A few months ago you interviewed Maurice Cotterell, and weren't too happy about the fact that he wouldn't let you get a word in edge wise. I was kind of shocked by him... I've read one of his books, and think he's really interesting. But you really made me think twice... I appreciate that!
Thank you--he was probably the biggest regret I've had in the past year. Not for having him on but for the way he wanted me off. C2C is not a university extension service, it's a conversation and long may the Art Bell ring on that.
I liked the show you did where Fred Bell's pyramid kept falling off your head because of the headphones. You ought to try a head pyramid, seriously. It accumulates orgone. You know, razors stay sharper under a pyramid. He is a kind of mad genius.
I had that around here for years. Was it Fred Bell's? I thought it was somebody else's though. I used to make my kids wear them but they still couldn't remember to clean their room.
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