Jordan Bonaparte started The Night Time Podcast to entertain friends, but his first six months have earned him nearly 500,000 downloads.
“I have more people listening to it in a day than I thought I’d have in a year,” the Halifax resident says. “I’m very proud of it and very happy.”
Bonaparte (AKA Boneparty) fell in love with podcasts when his newborn son Dominick demanded long daily walks to stop crying. Bonaparte turned his grandparent’s 1986 UFO sighting into his first episode.
“I’m generally obsessed about mysteries, true crime and paranormal stories,” he says, mentioning “Unsolved Mysteries” as a big inspiration. He thinks of himself as a Helen Creighton for the digital generation.
“As I’m talking, I’m looking at a copy of Bluenose Ghosts that I’ve had since I was a kid,” the 34-year-old says. His biggest audience is actually outside of the Maritimes, so he’s hoping more locals will tune in. He enjoys his full-time job in insurance for a major bank and has no desire to make podcasting a career.
“I do have some regrets,” he says. “My biggest is a lot of its design: it looks spooky, and I think a lot of people get into it expecting ghost stories throughout, but that’s not exactly what I do,” he says.
He’s always seeking new mysteries. Reach him via nighttimepodcast.com.