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Spotlight: A love letter to Roswell

Submitted Photo Inside of Bullock's Jewelry store, 1926-27. Kyle Bullock's great-grandfather, O.L. Bullock, is pictured far right. Other persons unknown.

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New podcast by Kyle Bullock features Roswell family mysteries

The first episode of the podcast, “Crashed in Roswell: Survivors in a Misunderstood City,” was released on May 21. In a short time it already gained a substantial following. This may be because its creator, producer and narrator is Kyle Bullock. Bullock’s family has deep roots in Roswell. His story opens up an entire different aspect of the Roswell lore: What it means to be born and raised in this famous little city. Additionally, a mystery unfolds that is connected to a family that goes back 100 years. The listener follows Bullock on his adventures hunting for information, hints and the true story. When he digs deeper, he uncovers an unbelievable account that connects today’s generation with the Roswell lore, cover-ups and conspiracies.

In a phone interview Bullock talks about the story and the production of the podcast. Listening to the first episode the question rises if the podcast is based on a true story. Asked about this, Bullock said, “Truth is a hard thing to get your arms around when you’re talking about the Roswell lore because there are so many things we just don’t know. This podcast is full of things that I can tell you with certainty are 100% true. There is a lot of things in this podcast where I shrug my shoulders and just say, you need to listen to the show and make a decision for yourself. At the heart of the show we are dealing with some questions about truth and how it pertains to things like the Roswell Incident, even in a bigger sense. How do we take a story and is it really believable. Is it something we can really believe?”

One part of the story is Bullock interviewing different people. Bullock’s first interview is with his father after he finds a photo that brings up more questions than answers.

Asked about the unusual way of story-telling, Bullock said, “That is the way how we approached it, those helping me put it together: Let’s just take these strange pieces of the story and put them in a way that people can hear them for themselves and really determine what they feel about it. But I think there is something in the story much deeper than just is it true or not. It is about Roswell’s identity, about who we are as a community. And how we came to be the community that we are. In a way this show, putting this podcast together, is kind of a love letter to this community in which I have been born and raised in. There are so many people who don’t know the story of Roswell. Not just UFO crashes, but how we became this place and how the history of Roswell in the last 70 years has really defined the way we live our lives in this community, and how we do it in our country and the world.”

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Based on the first episode, it seems to be a very personal story. This is on purpose, Bullock said. “On our website, every episode released, we’ll be putting content out there so that people can get even deeper into it,” he said. “We put some family history and we’ve got old pictures that relate to the story that we’ll be posting. It is a very personal connection to this podcast and from the family, we’ve been wanting to share and I think it’s important for people to hear this story.”

This is not Bullock’s first experience with the popular medium. “I’ve done several podcasts, this is the second one regarding Roswell, but this is probably the most sizable project I’ve been undertaking on my own,” he said. “I’ve also been a writer/producer for a podcast for the jewelry industry for several years. I’ve been doing a lot of voice over for book narrations on Audible. I’ve been doing a number of those recently as well.”

Locals know Bullock as co-owner of Bullock’s Jewelry store, a family business for generations, as well as an actor, singer, dancer and director for productions at Way Way Off Broadway Theatre Company. He is also an award-winning published author.

Asked how many episodes are planned, Bullock said that the first series, which is going to be aired every week on Thursdays, will have at least six episodes and include further content.

“We’ll have to see from there, which will become apparent as the podcast unfolds, the story itself, and all the interviews have been completed at the end of last year,” he said. “The timing of it worked out as it did because I took those interviews in the fall of 2019 before all this coronastuff was going on in the world. If I would have waited to do this podcast, I’m afraid it probably wouldn’t happen, but because I got those interviews in time to put them in format, hopefully we can see where this story leads us in the next near future.”

Asked about the details of creating the show, Bullock said that it took six months to complete the podcast with four people, including himself, working on it. “A big thanks goes to David Langford — he is actually my father-in-law — he is a consultant on this show and then to a friend of mine, Ryon Bishop, Ryon is also a consultant on this story and helped putting things together. Brian Hunley did the music for us. All of it is original music that he put together. He’s a local here, he’s the choir teacher at Roswell High,” he said.

Bullocks said that going out and interviewing people of interest was not difficult for him. “I just asked very nicely,” he said. “The interviews came across a little bit easier because a lot of people that I interviewed for the show — with one major exception — I knew them, known them for years. So that became pretty easy to say, ‘Hey, as a friend, can you do this for me?’ And everybody was really in line to oblige. People who were working on the show with me, we’ve been working on different projects in the past. It was like a way to bring the group together and work on something together again. They were really on board once they heard the idea and the concept and they were all, ‘Yes, sign me up.’”

Listening to the episodes is free of charge, however, Bullock said that he hopes that the show’s fan gear will be popular and support future shows.

Those familiar with podcasts can find “Crashed in Roswell: Survivors in a Misunderstood City” on Apple Podcast or any other podcast forum, or find the link on the website crashedinroswell.com.

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