Chances are you'll find him in a mysterious abandoned home, walls yellowed by age and doors teetering precariously on their hinges. Maybe a murder occurred or perhaps a fire. Whatever the case, Todd Bates is on the scene for a singular task: listening for voices of the dead.
Electronic Voice Phenomenon (commonly referred to as "EVP") is spirit voices captured on a digital or analog recording device that were not heard with the naked ear at the time of their recording. For Todd, collecting this specialized evidence of paranormal origin is a life calling. After years of personally investigating the mysteries of EVP and studying under a pioneering figure in the field, Sarah Estep, he took his passion to the internet. Now in its 9th year, HauntedVoices.com has quickly grown to be one of the most successful Electronic Voice Phenomenon-based websites on the internet dedicated to research, education and discussion. The site is also the home to the Haunted Voices Radio. The network of live & archived programs provide audio material 24 hours a day and Todd acts as program director and its flagship talk show host.
Todd has collected some of the most impressive examples of the phenomenon available today and currently teaches his capturing techniques and paranormal investigation protocol via private and on-air lessons.
Due to Todd Bates' research and high profile presence as a radio talk show host, he has evolved into one of very few EVP authorities and is in demand to provides advice, education, and EVP analysis to paranormal investigation groups worldwide. The media community has taken notice, too. With paranormal subject matter finding a regular home in mainstream media, experts such as Todd Bates are in high demand. Todd has made several radio, TV, and public appearances to both share his knowledge and create guidelines for demonstrating EVP.
Television: Adviser for “A Haunting” on the Discovery Channel ("Sallies House” episode); WTHI TV (CBS affiliate) “The Ashmore Experiment” 2 day event. Appeared on WTWO (NBC Affiliate).
Radio: Before founding his own radio network, Todd's radio hosting career began with Dr. Ed Craft of Magick Mind Radio (An IBC Network Program). He was offered a co-host spot with Dr. Jimmy Lowery of “Alabama Para Spiritual Radio” (APSR Radio) and was then given the opportunity to host his own live show on the BBS Radio Network where he discussed all topics paranormal. He has since guessed on The Man Cow Show, WTAY FM, WTYE AM Crawford County, IL, WZPL 99.5 Indianapolis, IN, X-zone Radio, Voice of America, and The Jeff Rense Show. Each has been a valuable experience to share his vast knowledge of EVP.
Public Speaking: Because of his specialty within the paranormal community, Todd is an in-demand speaker at conferences and conventions nationwide including a yearly showing at GhostFest Expo, held on the infamously haunted RMS Queen Mary historic ship.
Software Development: Once only a beta tester for Adobe Systems (maker of Photoshop), he has been tapped to assist in creating features that will specifically aid Electronic Voice Phenomenon research in future revisions to its industry standard audio editing program, Audition.
Phil Roell: Phil first discovered his interest in the paranormal in his teenage years. Later with his wife and others they had met, he helped co-found a paranormal investigation group. It was during that time that he discovered his fascination with Electronic Voice Phenomena. He began to work with different audio programs and soon became the team's evp analyst. It was during this early time when Phil was introduced to Todd Bates and a young website that was to grow into what is now Haunted Voices Radio. Phil was asked to become the website's evp analyst and was soon analyzing evp for people and groups throughout the U.S. and even the UK. Phil found his love of doing talk radio when Todd began to occasionally ask him to co-host a show with him. That led to Phil regularly co-hosting."Now we do shows on all kinds of topics, and we have a variety of different guests," Phil says. "We're just as likely to be talking to a repo man or an actor as a paranormal investigator. It's a fun ride and it's only going to get better."