Ripley's Believe It or Not! is Back on the Radio for the First Time Since 1947

Orlando, FL (PressExposure) September 25, 2009 -- Ripley Radio – An On-Demand Oddcast picks up where Robert Ripley left off 62 years ago.

For the first time since Robert Ripley signed off his CBS Radio Show in 1947, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is back on the airwaves with a new weekly, hour-long program.

The web-based talk show is hosted by Tim O’Brien, Edward Meyer and Marcia Pikel, and can be heard on-demand, anytime, any day. New episodes are added every Monday and all shows will be archived for public access.

“Robert Ripley loved telling his stories through mass media,” notes O’Brien. “He was both a radio and television pioneer throughout the 1930s and 40s. I’m sure he would have been a pioneer on the World Wide Web as well.”

Being on the internet, with anyone with a computer anywhere in the world able to listen and download at their convenience, makes this show as accessible as one can make a program, adds O’Brien. “We are an international company with 30 Believe It or Not! odditoriums in 10 countries and more than 70 businesses in 13 countries. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! cartoon is still read daily in 42 countries, so it made sense for us to find a way to make our new show available to the entire world.”

"We're excited that Ripley's is bringing its unique brand of entertainment back to radio for the first time in 62 years," said Brad Saul, President of Matrix Media, and creator of webtalkradio.net. "Ripley's is certainly at the forefront of radio's future with its Oddcast."

Ripley Radio – an On-Demand Oddcast

Ripley’s new radio hour is a journey through the weird, wacky, whimsical, wild, and totally unbelievable world of the odd, strange and unusual. Each show provides listeners with amazing and absolutely true tales of today as well as unbelievable facts culled from the extensive archives of the company that has been freaking out families for more than 90 years!

The three hosts and their unbelievable multi-talented cast of thousands will report on the latest oddball happenings and current events each week, but with that added Ripley Twist (of course).

The show is an unpredictable and fun-filled hour that will prove beyond all dimensions that Ripley’s is indeed, the global authority on the weird, strange and bizarre.

Ripley Radio – An On-Demand Oddcast is carried on Webtalkradio.net and can be streamed or downloaded at the dedicated Ripley Radio website. For further information, email radio@ripleys.com and for weekly updates on show guests, text “radio” at 77007 or go to the Ripley Radio website.

Show Details:

Name: Ripley Radio – An On-Demand Oddcast Length: 60 minutes Frequency: New show every Monday at http://www.webtalkradio.net Archived: At http://www.webtalkradio.net Subscribe: At http://www.webtalkradio.net Available: Anywhere, all day every day, worldwide Website: http://www.ripleyoddcast.com Email: radio@ripleys.com Text: “Radio” at 77007

Hosts:

Host - Tim O’Brien VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS, RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. As Ripley corporate spokesperson, Tim O’Brien appears on hundreds of TV and radio shows each year. In addition, his duties include editing the daily cartoon and maintaining the company's online newsroom. During his journalism career prior to joining Ripley, Tim had more than 5,000 articles and 3,000 photos published. As an aside, he has ridden nearly 500 different roller coasters In 27 different countries. He has written 13 books including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Amusement Park Oddities and Trivia, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Baseball Oddities and Trivia, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Frog Oddities. Tim has a double Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism and Film Production from The Ohio State University.

Co-Host - Edward Meyer VICE PRESIDENT, EXHIBITS AND ARCHIVES, RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. Edward Meyer has written, edited and published more than 50 books for Ripley Entertainment. He has made more than 40 television appearances on behalf of the company and directed and produced more than 100 Ripley museum films. He is credited with researching more than 160 “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” television episodes during both of the show's runs, in 1980–84 and 2000–04. In the past 30 years, Edward has acquired more than 20,000 exhibits for Ripley’s museums worldwide and has served as Ripley's collection curator since 1984. Ironically, he has worked for Ripley Entertainment (31-plus years) longer than Robert Ripley himself did (31 years). Believe It or Not!

Co-Host - Marcie Pikel MANAGER OF MARKETING & PRODUCTION SERVICES, RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. Marcie is making her broadcast debut on Ripley Radio - An On-Demand Oddcast. She has been with Ripley for more than 12 years and has excelled in several areas of the company during those years. In addition to her other duties, Marcie today serves as the social networking queen of the company and she refers to her MacBook as her BFF! She sends out the daily tweets, maintains the company’s various Facebook pages and is the creator and main contributor to Ripley’s official blog – Have You Heard. She enjoys engaging Ripley’s large fan base online and loves making new friends for the company on the world wide web!

Contact: Tim O’Brien VP Communications Ripley Entertainment Inc. obrien@ripleys.com Office – 615-646-7465 Cell – 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Radio is owned by Ripley Entertainment Inc., keepers of the venerable Ripley's Believe It or Not! brand and is a global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 13 million guests visit its 70-plus world-wide attractions annually. The Orlando-based company also has divisions that oversee publishing, licensing and broadcast operations. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Press Release Submitted On: September 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm
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