(Reprint from UFO Magazine-April 2008)
Beyond The Dial
Dee Andrew On the Case
By: Lesley Gunter
Dee Andrew is the host of the weekly radio show Eye to the Sky, a really fabulous show with lots of very interesting guests giving their take on ufology. Some past guests have included Stanton Friedman, Joe Montaldo, David Sereda, Ted Phillips, Peter Robbins, Rob Simone, Farah Yurdozu, and many other superb ufology guests.
Dee is also the National Director of the International Community for Alien Research (ICAR), you can find out more about that at http://icar1.com/. ICAR sounds like a very useful group for abductees and contactees. There sometimes seems to be very little attention paid to abduction and contact research lately so I am always happy to come across groups and individuals who are pursuing it. On to the interview.
Lesley: How did you become interested in ufology?
Dee: I found a copy of Flying Saucers-Serious Business (Lyle Stuart, 1966) by Frank Edwards when I was 10. After that I was hooked.
Had you been involved in radio before, and what made you decide to start doing an internet radio show?
I started out as just an admin in the chat room for Wake Up USA: A UFO Study on Paltalk in 2001. The first year was with Jim Hickman as host, and I continued on when Joe Montaldo took over as host. I covered the 2004 Ancient of Days conference for Wake Up and was guest on the first hour of one of the shows. I also filled in for Joe a few times as host. Then in 2007 Joe decided to start up the UFO Paranormal Radio Network. Last July at the 60th Anniversary conference in Roswell, New Mexico Joe talked me into doing my own show.
Do you feel being one of the few women with an internet UFO and paranormal-related show has any advantages or disadvantages compared to male-hosted shows?
I don’t really see any advantages or disadvantages at all. To be honest, I never thought about it like that. I’m just following in the footsteps of women like Leslie Kean, Paola Harris, and Jenny Randles.
I noticed most of your shows are about UFOs. Are you interested in other sorts of strange phenomena, and if so, what types?
All of my shows are UFO-related but that doesn’t mean that I’m not into other phenomena. I love the Sci Fi Channel’s show Ghost Hunters and the TAPS crew uses very good methods to prove their work. I have had a couple ghost experiences myself. Cryptozoology is another subject that I find very interesting, along with out-of-place artifacts, but my number-one passion is ufology.
You are the national director of ICAR. What are their goals?
ICAR’s main purpose is abduction and contact research. We are working towards showing that contactees are everyday people with everyday lives. It’s the stigma of people like George Adamski and Spaceship Ruthie that gives contactees the most problems. The contactee movement of the 1950’s and ‘60’s is when the idea that only crazy people see aliens and UFO’s started.
Abductees and contactees are seen by mainstream ufology as a dirty little secret. We want to bring it out of the closet, so to speak; to show that it happens to people from all walks of life. I don’t consider myself an expert on the abduction or contact phenomenon. I consider myself more of a historian of UFO-related phenomena. My personal goal is to educate the public about the field of ufology in general.
Are there any dream guests that you would like to have on your show but haven’t had the chance yet?
There was one. I had been looking for contact information on for several years to get him on Joe Montaldo’s show, but just recently the individual agreed to be on my show in January. He is Dr. Jack Kasher, and he did analysis of the STS-48 shuttle mission to show that what NASA says is going on in the video isn’t what is shown.
So now that means I have to work harder to get the next name on my list to agree to do my program, and that is Bill Chalker of Australia. I have been following his work for many years and would love to talk to him about his CSI-style team he’s been working on for the study of the contact phenomena.
Reprinted with permission from author