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Weird Darkness podcast makes the leap to US radio

Weird Darkness podcast makes the leap to US radio


Darren Marlar is bringing his award-winning podcast Weird Darkness to U.S. radio stations via satellite beginning Sunday, September 19th, 2021 through the Radio America Satellite Network with his new syndicated radio show, Weird Darkness – based on his hit podcast which currently gets approximately one-million downloads per month. The radio show will air every Sunday evening from 10pm to midnight CT (11pm-1am ET). Stations will also have the option to air the show later in the week by airing a recording of the broadcast provided by Radio America.

Marlar is radio veteran, beginning his career in 1990 in Kansas City, MO working for several stations including KCNW-AM, KCWJ-AM, and KFKF-FM. In 2004 Marlar moved to Rockford, IL to host a personality-driven morning radio show on the now defunct WQFL-FM, and later found a home in Chicago at Salem Media’s WYLL-AM. During this time Marlar has also voicetracked for various stations, provided show prep for dozens of radio stations and personalities through ONAIRprep (which he no longer operates due to his busy schedule), performed standup comedy for a short decade… and in October 2015 created the podcast, Weird Darkness.

Since then, following his trademark opening of, “Bolt your doors, lock your windows, turn off your lights, and come with me into the Weird Darkness…” Marlar has been telling true stories of the paranormal, unsolved mysteries, true crime, and more, with new episodes of his podcast five days a week earning him recognition as one of the “20 Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal, and his narration of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” winning him Bronze at “Hear Now 2020 Podcast Palooza”. Marlar’s podcast, Weird Darkness, was ranked #2 worldwide in Podcast Magazine’s “Best True Crime and Horror” list in 2020 – and while this year’s Podcast Awards ( won’t be announced until September 30th, the show has made it as a top ten finalist in three categories for 2021: “Society/Culture”, “Storyteller/Drama”, and “True Crime”.

Weird Darkness has been compared to radio’s “Coast to Coast AM”, as well as television’s “Unsolved Mysteries” and “In Search Of”.

The Weird Darkness radio show will follow a similar pattern to the daily podcast and will include content not previously used in the podcast, emails and calls from listeners, and weird news items – dark and humorous. You never know what you’ll hear once Marlar begins the show with those two words… “Welcome, Weirdos…”


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