Podcast

Amy Throckmorton (left) and Ashley Link record their podcast Witches Be Like. On the podcast, they discuss everything from local ghost stories, serial killers, missing persons cases and everything in between.

Ashley Link and Amy Throckmorton grew up as best friends in Halifax County, their family members were best friends and that linked the two together and a friendship that has lasted nearly 30 years.

They have both always had a passion for the paranormal, serial killers and as Throckmorton put it “anything that is a little bit on the weird side that is unexplainable.”

Their love of all things weird and unexplainable led them to create their podcast “Witches be Like” where they discuss everything from local ghost stories, serial killers, missing persons cases and everything in between.

Throckmorton’s husband and a few of his friends started their own podcast several years ago so the equipment was already there.

The first episode of Witches be Like was posted on July 14, 2019.

“We didn’t really have a set schedule. We did it whenever we felt like doing it or had time to do it, and sometimes it would be a couple of months in between because of work,” Throckmorton said.

The podcast is a hobby of theirs, but they soon realized that they were gaining a pretty good following.

The podcast world is filled with people from the most well known celebrities to someone with a microphone and computer in their house and the amount of content one can find can be overwhelming at times.

Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig and co-produced by Julie Snyder. My Favorite Murder is a weekly true crime comedy podcast hosted by American comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.

Vox has “Today, explained” and Renni Eddio-Lodge talks about “About race,” while The Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary’s took home gold in the British Podcast Awards.

Ratings and downloads differentiate the amateurs and those that put in the time to make a good product.

Throckmorton and Link have a Facebook and Instagram page for their podcast that has several hundred followers, and with the duo now starting to regularly produce content, their downloads are going up as well.

They plan to release new episodes on the 13th and 27th of each month, and the content will vary.

“We are steadily starting to grow a following,” Throckmorton said.

One episode will gravitate to the paranormal, and the other will focus on serial killers or missing person’s cases that have remained unsolved. Throckmorton will take the lead in the paranormal episodes while Link will be the lead in the serial killer episodes. This gives them both a chance to do the research on their particular topics for the month and spend time formatting the episodes for recording and editing.

How they come up with topics for the episodes and how much time it takes to research depends on the popularity of the topic.

“If it is something well known we can get a lot of information really quick, but if it is something that we kind of really have to dig into it may take a little bit longer,” Link said.

Throckmorton added that it takes anywhere from a couple of days to a week and a half to get all of the information together for an episode.

They have had requests to do well known serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy, to lesser known cases that may take time to research. They both agreed that even doing a podcast on a serial killer that might be well known throughout the world, that there are avenues that they could take to shine a light on lesser known aspects of their lives.

“That is what triggered me to get into serial killers,” Link said.

“What makes these people do what they do, I want to be able to see the signs before they happened,” she added.

Throckmorton has been enamored with the paranormal for the majority of her life. She has had many experiences with paranormal activity, watched shows on the topic and done her own investigating as well.

“Some of us are more hard wired to be drawn to the creepy, it’s the unknown thing,” Throckmorton said. “Some people are happy not digging too deep into things or if they happen to see something they can’t explain, they are happy going on with their lives acting like it didn’t happen but then you have those of us that want to know more,” she added.

Where they go from here the duo has yet to decide, but they are content doing things the way they are now and if things take off they will be more than ready.

“To me if it stays a hobby that’s great, but if it becomes big enough to have merchandise to sell that would be fantastic. It is not something I am banking on happening, but for now sitting in the back room of my house is fun,” Throckmorton said.

One of their goals is to start their own YouTube channel to film their ghost hunts and to be able to show what they find. They also are interested in getting feedback from anyone that has local places that may have paranormal activity that they could explore.

“Everywhere you go everyone has their local ghost story or local legend and that is something I would love to do, explore more local things and surrounding areas,” Throckmorton said. “I am all for anybody that has a ghost story or has seen something they can’t explain locally. I am interested in local legends because there is so much history here and you can’t have that much happen here without a lasting imprint somewhere,” she added.

As they get more ideas and move towards a more balanced schedule, Link and Throckmorton are just enjoying talking about what they love with each other and guest appearances by other friends.

“I hope this is just the beginning, and I hope that we will be able to grow our following a little bit as we continue to do it,” Link said.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for the Witches be Like podcast find them on Facebook under Witches Be Like Podcast or email witchesbelikepod@gmail.com.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV