Phillips Pearse is the faithful host brining us tons of info and advice on his show PRT Paranormal Talk. We spoke to him on his own personal experiences with spirits, and his approach to preparing his podcast at every broadcast.
Do you mind introducing yourself?
My name is Phillip Pearse, aka Paranormal Phil, and I am the host of PRT Paranormal Talk, the owner of “PRT of Riverside” here in Southern California, a paranormal investigator, and a sensitive. PRT Paranormal Talk is there to talk about all things paranormal and be heard around the world.
Wonderful to meet you. How did you get into paranormal activity?
At the age of 5 was when I saw my first spirit and knew that I had a gift to be able to sense when ghosts and spirits were around. I really started to get involved in the paranormal in 1992 before any kind of ghost show like “TAPS” or “Ghost Adventures” ever started. It all started when I was working in Northern California. There was an old abandoned farm house that was once used as a slaughter house for animals. Well, every time my buddies and me would pass by there on our way to town, we would see animals like cows and sheep in the yard, and when we would look back after they would be gone with no where for them to go. We then decided to go into the old farm house one night and we saw the ghost of the animals as well as a ghostly man that would be going through the motions of slaughtering the animals. Another thing that got me really interested in the paranormal was while working in the redwood forest there in Northern California, I had an encounter with sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot. I didn’t have a camera at the time otherwise I would have gotten one of the clearest pictures ever of the legendary creature. Since that time, I have used my knowledge of the paranormal to help others with their experiences.
How did you start podcasting? Had you already been doing it before coming to Spreaker?
I started podcasting on Spreaker in November of 2011 after listening to a friend of mine who had his own show on the paranormal on another network. I was answering questions on Yahoo answers about the paranormal and I thought, maybe I should do my own show and reach more people to help them with their paranormal questions. So I searched around for a site to broadcast my show and found Spreaker. I started doing 30 minute shows once a week and since then, I have expanded it to 1 hour, 3 days a week.
Awesome! How do you prepare each show?
I spend hours on end researching for each show over the weekend for that week’s show or guest. When I am just talking about a topic, I will research that topic from different websites, as well as draw on my own experience/knowledge of the paranormal. When I have a guest on, I will go through all the information that the guest has sent me such as websites, books, ecc… so I am better prepared to ask them questions about their expertise.
Any favorite paranormal stories you’d like to share?
Probably one of my weirdest experiences was while cleansing of a home from a dark spirit, I felt the entity run right through me. On another investigation, while trying to communicate with this family’s deceased love one, other investigators that were in this room that had no electricity and no air, felt a cold air like an air conditioner coming off of me like the spirit was using my energy to help him communicate with with the investigators and the family.
Is your goal to debunk stories, or find evidence to prove them true?
I do not like to use the term debunk because that is a term used by ghost hunting shows. I use the term disprove. It is my goal as an investigator of the paranormal to search for evidence to prove the existance of the paranormal/afterlife while at the same time to disprove anything that might be fake or false.
Understood. Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your fans?
Yes I do. I try to communicate with all that come into the chat room. I might not always type something in the chat but I will make sure I welcome them to the chat or answer their questions over the air.
What do you do to reach listeners? Do you rely on social media, or do you use other channels of communication?
I use Facebook most of the time but I have other shows here on Spreaker that I follow and listen to, and they will mention my show when I am listening to their shows live. Word of mouth has also helped my show grow. If someone likes my show, hopefully they tell their friends about it. When I have guests on, their followers will listen in to the show and that helps it grow.
Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?
It has help me reach so many people that might be experiencing something with the paranormal or want to know more about the paranormal. There are some skeptics out there that are on the fence about it, and hopefully my show will help them understand what is going on in the paranormal world. I mainly do this to help others but if it helps me land more clients or advertisers/sponsors, that would be great too. As an investigator, I do not charge to do investigations because I am there to help people with their paranormal experiences. Same with the show, I am there to help people better understand the paranormal world. Any monetary compensation comes from advertisers, sponsors, or donations.
We hope it keeps on growing! Anything else you’d like to share?
I have some great guests lined up for the show. On November 5th, I will be doing my one year on the air show where I will hopefully have some past guest come back on the show for updates from them. That show might be 2 or 3 hours long. Also, from the Friday after Thanksgiving up to the Friday before Christmas during open lines, one lucky listener will have a chance to win a copy of a book from one of my past guests. Then of course coming up on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, I will have my second annual prediction show where listeners can call in and share their predictions for the coming year, and I’ll also be reading last year’s predictions. Listeners and future listeners can also find information about past and upcoming guests, as well as other information about the show on the shows website.
Thanks Phil, keep up the great work!