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2×10 The Tombstone Tales of Enid

Under a full moon, Sam and Geoff arrive at the Enid Cemetery for the town’s annual Tombstone Tales event after receiving an invite from Visit Enid. The next day, the two meet Russ Frazee and Errol Wofford at Garfield Furniture to learn more about the town’s history and connection to John Wilkes Booth’s death there.

 This episode of Tales Unveiled is brought to you by Visit Enid. No matter what you’re planning, Enid has plenty of fun things to do and lodging options ranging from popular chain hotels to historic bed and breakfast inns. Get suggestions on what to see, eat, and do at VisitEnid.org

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Recreation of the room John Wilkes Booth died at in the now Garfield Furniture building - photo by Dennis Spielman
Recreation of the room John Wilkes Booth died at in the now Garfield Furniture building – photo by Dennis Spielman

Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank Visit Enid for the travel accommodations and itinerary. Also, a thank you to Russ Frazee and Errol Wofford for sharing stories with us.

If you love what we’re doing, want us to keep being artist owned and patron supported, click here. In return, you can get bonus content, including early access to various shows!

Thank you for listening to Tales Unveiled! We would love it if you would leave a rating and review of the show on your favorite podcast provider. Your reviews do help other people discover the show and get noticed by the providers for possible collection features.

Behind the Scenes Commentary (Spoilers)

I was invited by Visit Enid to spend a night in their town to do stories for both Uncovering Oklahoma and Tales Unveiled. This episode of Tales Unveiled was the main feature of the trip. Visit Enid provided dinner at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (which was good by the way) and hotel stay at Country Inn & Suites (also nice).

The way Jeff and my schedule’s worked, we did the last Tombstone Tale on Saturday night for the season. As we commented in the cold open for the episode, we did have a full moon for the occasion. Since I didn’t have control over the tour, I had to be mobile and capture it from an audience perspective. I also switched from recording parts with my audio recorder and parts with my camera. In the episode, I featured three clips from the tour although I recorded more.

Visit Enid arranged the interview with Russ Frazee and Errol Wofford at Garfield Furniture that we did the next day. As discussed in the episode, what is now Garfield Furniture was the supposed place John Wilkes Booth died. After the interview, we got to see the recreated room where Booth stayed.

This was the first time I was invited by a tourism group to do stories about a city, so I hope I get to do more projects like this one. 

A Spirit Tour of Tulsa

Sam and Geoff travel to see Teri French, founder of the Tulsa Spirit Tours, who has been sharing Tulsa’s colorful past with locals and visitors alike for over a decade. They meet at Foolish Things Coffee where Teri discusses the city’s history, including stories of the Tulsa Race Massacre, serial killers, and prohibition scandals.

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Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank Teri French for sharing stories with us and Foolish Things Coffee for letting us record on their patio.

If you love what we’re doing, want us to keep being artist owned and patron supported, click here. In return, you can get bonus content, including early access to my other shows and stories. 

Behind the Scenes Commentary (Spoilers)

Our original plan to feature Tulsa was to include it in connection with our Route 66 storyline. However, with logistics and schedules, we made Tulsa its own trip. On the way back home, Jeff and I did take Route 66 with the intent of hoping to get some stories on the way to Chandler from Tulsa. Since it was Sunday, the few towns we did pass through were closed and we had no luck. We may try again next season.

I did reach out to the Cave House and Gilcrease Museum for interviews, but I never heard back. I would love to go back for more personal stories about Tulsa, but Teri did give us a great overview of the city.

Tales Unveiled in the News for October 2019

I want to take a moment to highlight the publications that featured my Tales Unveiled podcast last month. I’ve already shared them on social media, but I wanted to include them in a blog post for prosperity. On the About page for Tales Unveiled, I have all press coverage listed there too.

Spooky Stories collection on Stitcher

The first feature came from Stitcher, a major podcast service. Tales Unveiled was included in their Spooky Stories collection.

Jeff and I were invited to the Oklahoma Today Podcast to talk about ghost stories and the show. As they described, “Oklahoma Today editors Nate and Greg are joined by fellow podcasters Jeff Provine and Dennis Spielman of Tales Unveiled, which explores Oklahoma’s most haunted places, to talk about their favorite local ghost stories and learn more about Provine’s ghost tours.”

The last feature was in the Oklahoma Gazette, Halloween Guide: Invisible guests. This was the first time I was featured in the Gazette where I’m quoted and it’s my first full-page article too. My wife framed the article and it’s hanging up in our house. (For the record, Yes! Science! had a nice section featured about the Myriad Gardens event, but neither Pallas nor I were quoted as it was just about the event.) Now, I just need to work on getting on the front cover.

How has this translated for downloads? The second season started on September 13th. In the month of September, the show had a total of around 500 downloads. In October that number was 10,153! Episode downloads are now averaging between 1,000 to 2,000 whereas last season it was 100 to 500.

Even though Halloween is over, Jeff and I are still cranking out more episodes. Our Tulsa episode comes out Friday and next week will be Enid. We’re working on recording more with plans to end the season with a total of 14 episodes on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Thank you, everyone, for listening and sharing Tales Unveiled! I would love it if you would leave a rating and review of the show on your favorite podcast provider. Your reviews do help other people discover the show and get noticed by the providers for possible collection features.

The Return to Chandler

Bryan Herring. It was the name that kept popping up when Sam and Geoff where in Chandler for their Route 66 day trip. Before the two could reach out to him, Bryan invited them back to Chandler to meet with the Lincoln County Paranormal Investigators for more stories about the town as well as other frightful tales in Oklahoma. 

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Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank our guests for taking some time to share their stories with us: Bryan and Shawnda Herring; and Michelle and Ryan Keller.

If you love what I’m doing, want us to keep being artist owned and patron supported, click here. In return, you can get bonus content, including early access to various shows I produce.

Behind the Scenes Commentary (Spoilers)

As the description explains, Jeff and I were recommended to reach out with Bryan for more ghost stories. I don’t have much for behind the scenes stories other than while we were recording the main interview, every so often, we could hear sounds of someone punching in an alarm code.

Embark on a Ghost Streetcar Tour

Geoff and Sam travel on the Oklahoma City Streetcar with Caitlin Ford from EMBARK where the professor shares ghost stories he’s collected along the route. 

I’m excited that this episode of Tales Unveiled is brought to you by EMBARK – providing streetcar, ferry transit, bike share, and bus services in Oklahoma City and Norman. Their transportation options connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Learn more at embarkok.com and then explore the city using public transportation. 

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Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

Thank you to Caitlin Ford and EMBARK working with us on this episode.

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Behind the Scenes Commentary (Spoilers)

I partnered with EMBARK for both Uncovering Oklahoma and Tales Unveiled to talk about ghost stories along the streetcar route. On the same day we recorded this podcast, we also shot an episode for Uncovering Oklahoma, which will be out very soon once the second revision is approved.

Recording on a live streetcar had its production challenges, but we adapted. For example, we worked with the streetcar announcements into our storytelling. Granted, you won’t be able to get on the streetcar and listen to this episode in-sync because of logistics, but I think it would be fun to listen to while taking a ride.

We did record this episode on Monday and since it’s a sponsored episode, I moved our show schedule so it could be released on Friday. In our recorded quey, we have stories from Chandler, Tulsa, and Enid. The Chandler has been edited and I’m editing the others.

In this episode, we joke about staying overnight at City Hall with Mayor David Holt. Should we do that for real? I’m worried about nothing happening and the story turns out boring. I don’t know. We’ll see. Probably not going to happen.

Who is this mystery riding the professor was watching? Let’s just say, we have a big reveal for our season finale.

I’m looking forward to working with EMBARK on future projects. We’ve discussed Uncovering Oklahoma episodes about art museums along the streetcar, Downtown in December, and using all of their services in a downtown adventure.

Thank you for listening to Tales Unveiled!

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