UFONAUT glides to a landing in Portland
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
National radio show is sometimes ‘out there’
When Jesse Randolph wanted to move his UFO show from the Internet to broadcast radio, he targeted Portland as his landing zone. “I thought it was a good town, a thinking town, a lot of eccentric people live here,” says Randolph, whose program “UFONAUT Radio” airs from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturdays on KPAM 860. “And there weren’t any shows like it here. “When I started the Web show, it represented the younger generation, the ‘new guard’ … the people who want action and answers.” Mind you, Randolph explores the stories that are unbelievable to many, and guests who live in conspiracy mode about the governmental cover-up of UFOs and life in outer space. But, hey, it has an audience. Recent stories: • He interviewed “the only known surgeon who removed alien surgical implants from people,” Roger Leir, author of “Aliens and the Scalpel.” “Some of the things look like watermelon seeds, but they’re metal,” Randolph says. “Really intriguing stuff.” • He interviewed Norio Hayakawa, a Japanese fellow who discussed Area 51 and an underground base in Dulce, N.M. • He plans to interview Sheldon Nidle, of the Galactic Federation of Light, who’s supposedly helping the paladian race of beings assist us transition into the federation and “to become better species on the planet. It’s a positive message,” Randolph says. • He also interviews mainstream subjects, such as a nuclear physicist. But, usually its guests from the fringe element, talking about ghosts, the possible end of the world in 2012, time travel, paranormal activity in Portland and local witches. “I get people on who are ‘out there’ like Sheldon, but I like to have a healthy mix (of guests),” Randolph says. “I definitely believe the (UFO) phenomenon is real,” he adds. “I’d say about 98 percent of the UFO reports are false, or exotic aircraft from the government. The two percent of stories that are real are fantastic and extraordinary and true. People says there’s no truth (to UFOs), but there is tons of truth and no forum to give them the truth.” Interestingly, KPAM packages “UFONAUT Radio” with Steve Godfrey’s “The Other Side” (6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays), about speaking with dead people. Randolph, 38 and living in Lake Oswego, formerly worked for Yahoo!, and had quite a following on the Internet with his show. A medical scare — cancer — served as the impetus to do something fun with his life. “I was always interested in UFOs and the paranormal and grew up listening to Art Bell,” he says, of the radio personality.