This issue of the journal profiles Race Hobbs, owner and producer of KGRA Radio and seasoned Field Investigator. We sat down to speak with him about alternative media, releasing information, and the importance of out of the box thinking for the growth of Ufology.
Journal: When did your interest in Ufology really take off?
Hobbs: As a child born in the 60’s, the Atomic Age had given birth to a new era called the Space Race. Since I can remember, the new frontier was space and all its mysteries were waiting to be explored. Everywhere I looked, the themes of space were all around me and I truly believed this exposure piqued the interest and in some way injected belief that life must be elsewhere in the universe. As we all know, when you’re a child, dreams are reality and what you see on TV, video games and in toys must exist somewhere. Growing up I remember my mother telling her personal accounts of seeing UFOs over our hometown airport as well as sightings over the Arkansas river. As I got older, around say 10 or 11, I started asking my mother about what she saw in more detail and she never hesitated to go over the accounts again. Her adding confirmation of the existence of UFOs by relaying an eye witness account told to her by my Great Uncle Ray Hobbs. Uncle Ray was a test pilot for the USAF during the time Saber Jets were being developed and what he told my mother was nothing short of incredible. He described flying a test mission over the desert when his flight team was buffeted by multiple metallic objects at high speed. They maneuvered in ways our planes could not and in fact out ran USAF Saber Jets easily in turning radius, speed and altitude. I never met my Uncle Ray, sadly he passed away shortly before I was born, but I remember wishing I could have talked to him about what he saw that day. Suffice it to say the interest was there at an early age, however, as for an active interest, that came on a summer night in 1990 when I was an on air personality for KZKZ-106.3FM. I received a call on the request line from a man who said he was looking at something he could not believe. He said he was pulled over in his car on the side of Highway 10 about 10 miles from my location and there was a massive black, cigar-shaped object above him as he was speaking to me and that it was slowly moving east with a blinding white light omitting from the forward section of the object. I was sure I could get a line of sight on this thing so quickly I put the caller on hold, ran out the back of the station, and there it was, an intense bright white light that I later compared to an electrical welding arch. I could not see the body of the object, only the bright light, floating across the horizon from my right to left. I was so captured by what I was witnessing; I forgot I was on the air and let the music run out till dead air. Realizing this blunder, I ran back in the station and tossed another song in the deck and hit play, picked up the phone call once again to confirm with the caller that I had also seen this object. He was what I can only describe as in shock. He said it looked like a big black submarine with a light on the front, floating with no sound. Since that night, I have been on the hunt for the truth about unknown Ariel phenomenon ever since.
Hobbs: Wow Cassidy that is a good question. Show selection is not that difficult to be honest as it has always been my mission to find those with passion and purpose to share the air waves on the KGRA-db. However what goes on the show when it airs has been a problem at times, even leading to what I have always said was the hardest part of my job, letting someone go. The easy part is working with people you already know such as Richard Dolan, Micah Hanks, Chase Kloetzke, Steve Hudgeons and yourself Cassidy, as there is never a concern because I know what motivates them. I personally understand the level of professionalism for which they are known. With that said, I have taken on show development with what I would feel were qualified and talented people that I did not personally know. Some never having radio experience at all, have gone on to have very successful programs but it’s these new hosts with little or no experience that I have to keep a close eye on when it comes to the content they want to put on the air. Over time it gets easier to let the reigns free and watch them go but it is only when I am certain they fully understand our strict policy of broadcasting professionalism. I would never sensor content from the public for any other reason than offensive, obscene, lewd, pornographic or illegal subject matter. Thankfully we have not had to deal with those types of issues much although unfortunately, it has happened. Alternative media is a wonderful thing as I like to say it like this, “Bringing you the news and stories you won’t find on the Lame Stream media” as I take a jab at the corporately controlled media outlets that do the best they can to snuff out the truths regarding the UFO/ET reality. That is the real beauty behind the digital platform. It gives us a choice.
Journal: You are a seasoned investigator with many years of research behind you. In your home state of Arkansas, any local research that has caught and kept your attention over the years?
Hobbs: That’s a hard question as Arkansas has never really had the “BIG ONE” as I call them and by that I mean cases such as Kecksburg, PA, the Stephenville event in Texas. Or the Phoenix Lights case in Arizona. That would make it too easy I suppose, but there have been a few cases that have held my interests over the years. For example, I find cases of sightings over or near airports and military facilities very interesting. Over the years I have investigated and researched many of these sightings and one that stands out was a case from back in 1994 when I lived in Little Rock. At that time I was working in the medial supply business pulling orders overnights in a warehouse just off of I-440 and Lindsey Road and one night a coworker came back from lunch telling us he saw three white lights in a triangle formation hovering over the airport as he drove back to the warehouse. We all ran outside to see if they were still there, but we saw nothing but a beautiful, clear starlit sky. Two days later I was fishing with a friend who lived in west Little Rock and I told him what my coworker said he saw over the airport and he told me he saw it too gliding over his house! He actually got a close up view at a range of a quarter mile away and an altitude of about 1,500 feet as it closed in on his location. The object past directly over his house with no sound and it was massive according to my friend. He said it was definitely a solid body with three lights under the points as it blocked out the stars behind the object. He said he stayed up all night looking for it again but with no luck. I check with the Airport Flight Tower for anomalous radar returns on the night of the sightings but with no collaborating results. Many years later when investigating for MUFON I was assigned witness sighting reports close to the Ft. Smith Regional Airport and it was very close to the same description as the triangle object back in 94. I am reminded of the huge triangle craft seen by four separate police officers from four different towns in one night over Illinois in 2000 and it makes me wish I had checked with law enforcement back then but I was a self-educated researcher/investigator with limited experience in the field. That is why I am so thankful I joined the Mutual UFO Network. I learned more in four years than I did in 16 years on my own. Arkansas has a rich history of UFO sightings and encounters and it’s always an adventure when you are fortunate enough to investigate them.
Journal: What do you feel is the most understudied area of ufology?
Hobbs: Spiritual… I have recently been looking in to the works of LA Marzulli and his team regarding the bible and Et’s. I find it to be quite fascinating and his research is very compelling. Coming from a scientific standpoint, it could have been considered laughable in the past, but today, LA and his team utilize science in every step as they take on their investigations and I for one feel as though he is gaining momentum in the volume of physical evidence category as well as the historical correlations, as I am one who seems to give the ancients more credibility than most appear to afford historical accounts from the Bible.
Journal: You have interviewed and produced thousands of shows and guests within alternative research. Is there any particular person you would love to interview that you haven't?
Hobbs: Yes, Jacques Vallee. He is one of the most intelligent and experienced researcher/investigators in the world and the depth of his knowledge and understanding is second to none out here. He has been a serious player almost since the beginning of the UFO enigma and I personally believe he may be closer to the truth than anyone.
Journal: You host our MUFON radio show on your network, for those that are not aware, when does it air?
Hobbs: First I want to say what an honor it is and has been to host this show on my station. I feel it is a valuable tool for the organization in getting the word out on information and cases to the public. The show airs up to date information on operations, execution of programs and opportunities for those with an interest in Ufology. The “MUFON UFO Radio Show” is a monthly show that airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6-8 p.m. Eastern Time and is hosted by the MUFON Director of Investigations, Steve Hudgeons. The show features contributions from many of those in MUFON and the Archives for the show can be found, free to the public, on the KGRA website under the MUFON show page.