WNYC Studios and Snap Judgment Announce “SPOOKED”
Snap Judgment’s First-Ever Spinoff Podcast Series
Features Terrifyingly True Tales of the Supernatural
Episodes 1 & 2 Available Today at SpookedPodcast.org
“Spooked” to Culminate With Special Halloween Finale
(New York, NY and Oakland, CA – September 7, 2017) – Today, WNYC Studios and the team behind the top storytelling podcast Snap Judgment launch SPOOKED, a new series that is bound to test our understanding of reality.
Hosted by Glynn Washington, the 11-part series features terrifyingly true tales of the supernatural, told by people from across the globe who have lived them – from hauntings along the Mexican-American border to an entire crowd possessed by animal spirits in Indonesia to the mysterious ghost boy in Ireland. The series kicks off with a tragic tale of an orphan and a story of an eerie voice in the woods. Episode 2 includes a retelling of an incident at a roadhouse bar and unveils the secrets that lie inside a haunted mansion.
SPOOKED is delivered in the cinematic, narrative tradition of Snap Judgment and was inspired by the show’s annual Halloween specials. These began in 2010 and eventually spawned an entire “Spooked Week” of supernatural encounters and ghost stories. Washington’s own family lore also played an integral role in shaping the series. His grandmother, who neighbors would visit for advice, had been called a witch. Sometimes, she’d prescribe herbal remedies. Other times, she’d tell people to find a picture, burn it, then bury it in the backyard. Afterward, maybe a cheating husband would return – or maybe he’d never come back at all.
“You discover so much about a person when you ask about their ghosts, their secret stories, their family’s monsters,” said Washington. “You can say that you don’t believe in ghosts, or don’t believe in spirits, but listen to one of our storytellers and I bet you believe them.
Be afraid…and keep the lights on.”
“Snap’s ghost story episodes have become a fan favorite because they reach back to our childhood imaginations and our deepest fears,” said Mark Ristich, Co-Executive Producer. “We’re so excited to present our audience with what they want – an entire series of chilling tales. SPOOKED is a thrill-ride for believers and naysayers alike, but skeptics be warned. The storytelling will convert you.”
SPOOKED premieres today on SpookedPodcast.org, TuneIn, Apple Podcasts, and all other places where podcasts may be downloaded. The series is presented in partnership with TuneIn, and new episodes will be available early on TuneIn throughout the run of the season.
“TuneIn is committed to serving as an outlet for best-in-class storytellers to share their craft. We are thrilled to further strengthen our strategic partnership with WNYC with the launch of SPOOKED,” said TuneIn Chief Content Officer Kevin Straley.
Thursday, September 7: Episode 1 – “The Watcher” & Episode 2 – “Lost in Time”
Thursday, September 14: Episode 3 – “Borderlands”
Thursday, September 21: Episode 4 – “Imaginary Friend”
Thursday, September 28: Episode 5 – “The Curse”
Thursday, October 5: Episode 6 – “Final Act”
Thursday, October 12: Episode 7 – “Possessed”
Monday, October 16: Episode 8 – “Abyss”
Thursday, October 19: Episode 9 – “Mind’s Eye”
Monday, October 23: Episode 10 – “Out Of Darkness”
Thursday, October 26: Episode 11 – “Last Act”
ABOUT SNAP JUDGMENT
Glynn Washington and Mark Ristich co-founded popular podcast and radio series Snap Judgment in July 2010. Snap Judgment airs weekly on over 400 public radio stations nationwide, and is downloaded over two million times every month. Washington and Ristich both serve as Executive Producers, electrifying audiences with Snap’s narrative-driven, cinematic, story experience. Learn more at SnapJudgment.org.
ABOUT WNYC STUDIOS
WNYC Studios is the premier producer of on-demand and broadcast audio, home to some of the most critically acclaimed and popular podcasts of the last decade, including “Radiolab,” “2 Dope Queens,” “Nancy,” “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” “Freakonomics Radio,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “Here’s the Thing” with Alec Baldwin, “Note to Self,” “On the Media,” and “A Piece of Work” with Abbi Jacobson. WNYC Studios is leading the new golden age in audio with podcasts and national radio programs that inform, inspire, and delight millions of intellectually curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile, and broadcast platforms. Their programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, interviews that reveal, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself. For more information, visit wnycstudios.wnyc.org.