The Ghost in the Radio

The Ghost in the Radio

This post will be covering the ghost in the radio that a Scottish heritage center has been picking up since 2010. How does this World War Two radio continue to pick up vintage broadcasts despite not having any power?

The Haunted Radio

The radio is now over 70 years old and it sits in a Scottish heritage center – workers there claim it has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill…and certain musical hits from Glen Miller.

It’s a Pye valve wireless radio and it’s kept at Montrose Air Station. This center is set up to inform the public about the men and women who worked there during the war effort. The radio has no power and is damaged to the point where it cannot be connected to any modern power source.

The aerodrome is actually quite famous for the amount of paranormal reports it’s received over the years. Numerous ghost experts and hunters have investigated the location due to it’s constant reports of ghostly figures, eerie footsteps and door handles turning by themselves.

The Haunted Radio

The Broadcasts

Several members of staff have reported that the radio suddenly comes to life – blasting out famous Churchill speeches and tunes from the Glenn Miller orchestra. These broadcasts have, on occasion, lasted up to an hour in length.

A trustee of the center named Bob Sutherland claims that he has heard the radio blast off into one of it’s broadcasts on several occasions. He even claims to know the Glenn Miller song that is played – At Last.

Sutherland claims that the volume of the broadcasts is never that loud – but it is loud enough to make out what is being said/played.

The center’s resident radio expert, Ewan Cameron, was called in to examine the radio and he was left baffled. He even ended up searching the room to see if he could find some sort of powerful transmitter – but there was nothing that could have caused the broadcasts.

Churchill Broadcasts
Broadcasts From Churchill

The Radio

The radio was purchased secondhand by the father of volunteer Marie Paton, 67, back in 1962, and it joins a long list of mysteries at the air station.

Visitors have reported strange ‘energies’ around the airfield, phantom footsteps and door handles turning and opening by themselves. There have also been strange cases that involve the sound of aircraft on the runway…when it hasn’t been used in years.

More recently, there have been reports of Shadow People walking in and out of rooms and in one case…a staff member came face to face with a Second World War Pilot, dressed in full uniform.

Paranormal investigators believe that this pilot could be the spirit of Lieutenant Desmond Arthur of the Royal Flying Corps. Arthur tragically died when his biplane crashed.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this ghost in the radio, please leave them in the comment section below.

11 comments on “The Ghost in the Radio

  1. I don’t know if you have come across a Korean drama series that is somewhat similar to this radio in this post. In the case of the drama, it was a very old walkie talkie that had no means of power. It was not charged and no battery was in it but yet it was receiving transmission messages from the past that helped solve present crimes. The name of the series is signal and it is so amazing.

    Anyway, I brought that up because it was a phenomenon that no one could explain just as what is happening to this haunted radio in this post. Is it really a ghost or is someone playing tricks on people. These are questions that are difficult to answer because no one can explain what is actually happening.

    1. I haven’t actually heard of that series Jay, and I’m a complete geek so it sounds like something I would really enjoy watching! 

      Thanks for that – I’ll have a check online today and see if I can find a stream of it. 

  2. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for sharing a real ghost story experience with us. I have same feelings and real life experience on those ghost stories which are really unexplained yet. In my area, some of the places are totally restricted for unexplained situation. An abandoned ancient house which is real mystery is totally forbidden for night staying and sometime some unseen cold presents are felt when some one goes to that place. All local people are frightened for this place and stay out from that at night.

    1. Hay there Humayra!

      Well this house certainly sounds like my type of place!!!! What’s it’s name? Where is it located? 🙂

  3. Hi Chris, this narrative about the Haunted radio gives me the chill. I can’t imagine radio without any source of power and damaged for that matter transmitting. What on earth could make a radio without power broadcast speeches and orchestra for up to an hour? I will certainly not want to find myself near such radio, gosh, the thought of it alone is giving me goosebumps already.

    1. Ah it’s nothing to be scared about Gracen – most of the paranormal subjects are near enough harmless to us humans. Most…

      Thanks for reading and leaving your opinion with us! 🙂

  4. Great post and good info.

    I have to admit if I was reading this post a few years ago I would be skeptical. Now with my wife and a few scary experiences later I think different about it. 

    The ghost in the radio could actually be true, maybe he is trying to get help, to reach to the other side. 

    I only have one question, did they already send a specialized team to that place or not? 

    Thanks for sharing it! 

    1. Hi Emmanuel Buysse!

      I would have thought some sort of paranormal team or setup would have been there to investigate. What are these experiences with your wife – sounds interesting?

  5. Hi Chris! An interesting fact concerning the people that say that have heard the radio playing the big band sound of the Glenn Miller orchestra and speeches by Winston Churchill is that they are highly educated and up to a certain point reliable persons. And the other point is that quite a few of them have heard it.

    Some technicians suggest that if there where a powerful transmitter in the area the radio might pick up something. But I believe there also could be an equivalent source that’s provoking the radio to play. Do you know if the area around the Scottish heritage centre has been searched for transmitters (or equivalents)?

  6. As someone with a long interest in the history of the 1940s, this story has always freaked me out. I’m not a radio expert by any means but I have seen cases where disconnected sets can still be energized by a particularly strong signal. Back in my student days my little transistor radio (yes, LONG ago!) could be switched off but continue to receive weak signals from a nearby 10 kW commercial station.

    That said, I do wonder what if any investigation’s been done. Has anyone recorded the purported broadcasts, and has anyone tried to match them to any of the numerous existing recordings of both Churchill’s speeches and Maj. Miller’s performances? If there’s a match it would make it seem more likely to be a modern phenomenon. But if not, perhaps there’s more truth than one might think to the saying by many big-band fans that “the Miller Sound lives forever”!

    (At the risk of sounding like a grumpy grammarian 😉, could I also note several typos to be repaired? “Glenn”, rather than “Glen”, and “its” rather than “it’s” where used as a possessive)

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