It is time for the annual Halloween edition of The Occasional Podcast from our friends at PartTimeAudiophile. In full costume for the holiday, the show assumes the role of a true crime podcast to recount a bone-chilling incident, perhaps one of the most terrifying from the halls of high fidelity audio.
The Occasional Podcast presents its Halloween special this week, delving into the gruesome HiFi Murders of 1974 in Ogden, Utah. This harrowing incident unfolded in a city known for several audiophile manufacturers and retailers, and forever altered the lives of the victims, their families and the close knit community. This episode, co-hosted by Bryan Beasley, encapsulates the eerie details of this heinous crime within a concise 25-minute runtime.
The HiFi Murders occurred on April 22, 1974, and left an indelible scar on the city. The content of the podcast is accompanied by this stern listener warning: The events described are profoundly graphic and distressing, and could be upsetting for some. The narrative focuses on the nightmarish events surrounding a robbery at an Ogden audio store, where multiple hostages were taken. The episode takes a hard look at the case, trial, and the extraordinary circumstances that unfolded.
The Occasional Podcast has it’s holiday costume for The HiFi Murders on this week, but previous episodes include how tos, tips, tricks and education in all things high fidelity audio from episodes like last week’s Hot Headphones For The Holidays, Crossover Education with Andrew Jones, 3 things to know about streaming audio, 5 things to consider when buying a tube amplifier, coverage of the HIGHEND Munich 2023, interviews with Steve Guttenberg, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents, including Michael Fremer and Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Best of Show, another interesting conversation about the History Of The BBC’s LS3/5a Loudspeaker, A Beginner’s Guide To Tube Amplifiers and A View From The Booth: Reference Systems, Accuracy & Why Audiophiles Love Jazz So Much: including rare interview with the late audio legend engineer Al Schmitt. The finale from season 5 includes the yearly “best of awards” and you can also find episodes covering British HiFi, Subwoofers/Setup/Tips, and the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Season 4 highlights include Joseph Audio, Pro-Ject Turntables, and Rob Watts. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside the latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available as well. If you are interested in further exploring the analog realm, the Guide To Buying A Turntable (and records) might point you in the right direction.
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