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Halloween on the radio

For one night a year, radio stations around the world broadcast live from local haunted houses to try and communicate with the other side. Tonight, stations across the UK are investigating paranormal activity with special programming, and digging out Michael Jackson's Thriller for the show opener.

BBC local radio in the south west are joining forces with paranormal investigators around the world for a global ghost-hunt. The spooky encounters of teams in the USA, Australia and the South West of England will be broadcast live on John Govier's Late Night Radio Show across BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernsey.

Listeners to the programme will be able to hear whether things really do go bump in the night at a creepy chapel in East Devon, a notorious mansion in Rhode Island, a sinister theatre in Australia, a former workhouse in Plymouth and a ghostly castle in Exeter.

Matt Woodley, Radio Devon's Head of Programmes, is producing the Halloween broadcast. He says: "The beauty of a programme like this is that anything could happen at anytime.

"All five locations have been chosen because they are said to be extremely active, so the teams are hoping to catch plenty of unexplained noises, sensations and sightings.

Many other radio stations are also broadcasting 'live' from haunted locations, including 107 The Bee in Lancashire who are scrapping normal programming to make use of outside broadcast equipment and transmitting live from a local hot spot.

In Scotland, the breakfast team at Tay FM along with a bunch of listeners are heading down for a sleep over at one of the most haunted venues in the UK, RSS Discovery Ship which is over 100 years old and has experienced a number of deaths during its many voyages. Breakfast host Stuart Webster: "We’re being joined by a paranormal investigator complete with all the necessary equipment, night vision goggles, sensitive audio equip, proton packs, crucifix etc. Then the whole breakfast show is coming live from the ship tomorrow morning followed by a trip to the Odeon for a horror film! Woooooooo!"

In Yorkshire, Minster FM, Stray FM, Minster Northallerton and Home FM are broadcasting live from one of York's most haunted locations. Clifford’s Tower has stood in the centre of York for hundreds of years and was home to murder, execution and mass suicide. Tonight they are running a live ghost hunt along the lines of TV’s most haunted from 7pm. It will be truly interactive and features well known paranormal experts such as Richard Felix, Mia Dolan and Simon Peters as well as a full ghost hunting team from Abbey Ghost Hunters.

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