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Dinges: ‘Strange Town’ on KLRU-Q searches for paranormal activity

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
Austinites Mark Morrow, left, and Billy Driver are the hosts of “Strange Town.”

Austin is, of course, more than a little weird, but it’s not the only “Strange Town” in Texas.

That’s what local paranormal investigators Billy Driver and Mark Morrow have learned as they’ve crisscrossed the state in search of ghosts in recent years. In fact, they uncovered so much unusual activity that they created their own TV show.

The first season of “Strange Town” debuted last fall, just in time for Halloween. This year, they’re back with a second season that kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday on KLRU-Q, a digital subchannel of local PBS affiliate KLRU.

“I grew up literally in a haunted house,” Driver said. “A lot of the stuff you see in movies happened to me as a small child. We had exorcists, priests, you name it … but most of the spirits were friendly and just wanted to tell their story. I just wanted to create a way to help the dead talk to the living, and to help all of the paranormal enthusiasts out there who need a credible, historical way to lend merit to this exploding hobby while hopefully opening the minds of skeptics.”

In the new episodes, Driver and Morrow — who have been featured recently on the Travel Channel and the Destination America network — check out a law office and the Clay Pit restaurant in downtown Austin, Galveston’s Tremont House hotel and a home in Gatesville.

“Even if you think it’s more likely Bigfoot exists than a ghost, the show is still interesting because it uncovers historical facts you never knew about at famed locations,” Morrow said. “The majority of our work is in factual research to give you a new perspective while learning about locations right around you.”

Track your tech

Time Warner Cable, the Austin area’s dominant cable provider, has been busy lately rolling out new technology.

One of the newest items is the company’s Tech Tracker. Among other features, customers can get pre-appointment reminders. There’s also an option to get the name, identification number and even a photo of the technician en route to your home.

Notifications are sent via text or email.

Time Warner Cable also recently promised customers one-hour appointment windows, eliminating the need to block out all or part of the day to wait for a repairman.

Around the dial …

Mark Monstrola has left KXAN. Monstrola, who started out as the station’s weekday morning meteorologist before shifting to weekend evenings, is now at the Fox station in Denver. … Lynae Miyer, who handled weekend evening weather duties on KVUE, has delivered her final forecast. In a Facebook message to viewers, Miyer said she plans to pursue a career outside TV news. … Read my blog at tvradio.blog.austin360.com or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.

‘Strange Town’