John Fetzer, Kalamazoo, Detroit discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
One seven KFI, AM six, forty And welcome back. To coast to coast I'm going to tell you, about our, guest here Brian c Wilson author. Of the new book Johnny fetzer in the quest for the new age is a professor of American religious history in the department of comparative religion at western Michigan university in Kalamazoo is an expert in American religious history with an emphasis on new religious movements and. Metaphysical traditions as well and here he, is. On Costa Colson Brian so everybody knows right. Off from the start you are not part, of? The beach boys right No I'm afraid not do you, get. That a lot I do I'm actually originally. From California so I used to get it, all I love it? And there's. A lot of synchronicity to, this tonight with you I'm from Detroit And our our show right now is, on WBZ oh in Kalamazoo which was John fetzer for. Station and the just, the lobban. Gosh we loved him in Detroit when those Tigers were winning I gotta? Tell you that's, amazing but tell me, how did you key in, on the John fetzer story it's it's a it's a. Great, story and it's a great book but, not a lot of people know who he was no I'm as you said in the introduction. I studied new religious movements and I'm really interested in kind. Of alternative religions in the midwest and I've lived here in Kalamazoo, for last twenty two years and I've been aware that there's. The fetzer institute, down the road but I didn't know whole lot about John. Patrick is life Intel they decided to do a kind of legacy program where they'd go, back, and explore, various facets and folks at the veterans new I was interested in, new religious movements so they said hey would you like. To come in you, know look. At the archives see what we have here and it turned out to? Be just a, gold mine absolutely fascinating, for somebody like me interested, in metaphysical movements and the paranormal and things like that. And, I've gotta tell you until I read, your book I had a and again this is from a kid growing up in Detroit I. Had no idea that John fetzer was into all these things. That we talk about on this show the UFO's the metaphysical aspect, of its spirituality I didn't know that at. All about him Well he was very careful, to keep this pretty quiet he was a pretty. Private person but he was also concerned you know because he was in broadcasting and I you know he he was, in radio and TV and later. Cable and he was very concerned because Michigan Especially southwest Michigan tends to be pretty conservative religiously, so he, wanted to make sure you didn't alienated. Sponsors and he didn't alienate his audience so a lot of his closest, work colleagues had, no idea they had inklings but only. His closest friends really news kind of on this lifelong spiritual quest and looking at. All these you know. Alternative, in very different religious move in it was kind, of, funny when I was going to university of Detroit many years ago and I, was my curriculum. Was broadcasting I was looking at stations, that potentially could apply for to work when I graduated I'm. Looking at WBZ oh is one of them. In, Kalamazoo because I figured gosh I'm not going to. Be able to break into the, Detroit market right away which, I did, I was very fortunate to do that, but I, was, looking at the at that station in ironically I'm. On it now with coast to coast It's funny. How things work like that but but John fetzer really got his start back in nineteen. Twenty two when he he picked up this experimental radio station. And then he, turned it into a w k CEO in off his broadcast career went then he started buying more and, more right, yeah he did he had a brother-in-law. Named Fred Ribble who is a calligrapher for the railroad and Fred was, very interested in, all kind of cutting edge technology at. The time and he's the guy who got John fetzer into putting together crystal sets. So they had these. Very, crude radio sets that they would set up and, start, listening to whatever was over the air and the story is the first time, in hear heard. Music over the they were just absolutely, flabbergasted and so that's very interested in radio he was living. In Lafayette Indiana and took classes at Purdue And, radio engineering and turn point The president of a small Seventh Day Adventist college which used. To be called Emmanuel missionary college, now Andrews university Came? Down contacted him and, said hey why don't you come up to our college and set up a, radio station and so he did and. It was w EMU. The radio lighthouse and for four. Or five years he basically did. Everything at the station he was the engineer he did. The programming put together the music was on air talent just really got. A very good education in in radio and, at the same time he had joined the Seventh Day Adventist church but at the end of his, college career he basically. Left the..