Clyde Lewis (born Louis Clyde Holder, 22 February 1964, Murray, Utah) is a talk radio personality and actor. He is the creator and host of Ground Zero, a talk radio show dealing with paranormal and parapolitical topics.
He is a lover of B-horror and science fiction movies and worked his way through the lean years publishing his own fanzines and co-writing scripts for television and radio with director Kevin Delullo. His writings have been featured in UFO Magazine and Unknown Magazine, and he has appeared on Sightings and Strange Universe.
His acting résumé includes the movies Nightfall (1998) and Cage in Box Elder (2000), and he provided the voice of the Toxic Avenger in Troma's Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV (2000).
Lewis began his media career as a news reporter and weatherman at his high school's TV station. His first radio experience was in 1982 as a producer and engineer at KBBX, a gospel station in Bountiful, Utah.
As an LDS missionary in Argentina, Lewis wrote and produced a musical and learned sound effects techniques and the art of radio montage to set the mood for radio shows and commercials.
He resumed his radio career at K-LITE 93 FM in Salt Lake City, Utah, becoming the morning show producer for the top radio talent in the city. Later, he joined forces with CNN on a new project to create CNN Radio, which featured 24 hours of CNN broadcasts, at Salt Lake City's KCNR.
Highlights of Lewis's continued career included creating the show In the Pink, where he synchronized Pink Floyd music with sound effects and movie soundtracks. He created I Am OZ in the Flesh, a special Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz show. During this time, Lewis is rumored to have been the first to have synchronized Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with the movie The Wizard of Oz, creating what is now known as Dark Side of the Rainbow. It was mentioned in an interview with Jeff Katz at WRKO in Boston in 1997, after which two Boston DJs began regularly showing the synchronized piece.
The years 1995-1997 were busy ones for Lewis in Salt Lake City, reporting news for Metro Radio News, and co-hosting, with Rick Emerson, the popular morning show Drive-By Radio on KCNR, and starting the show that became Ground Zero.
It was on April 1st, 1995, that Clyde Lewis began KULT Radio at KCNR. One week later, under pressure from those who disliked the name, he changed it to Ground Zero. Two weeks after that came the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a coincidence some might consider auspicious for a show about bizarre, futuristic topics. During the show's run at KCNR, he wrote and produced the "Chupacabra Macarena" song with Charlene Spencer and Robert Lund. The song, a parody of the popular novelty song "Macarena", was made popular for a short time on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. In 1997 the show moved to KBER, where it garnered an impressive 50-share of the ratings.
In 2000, Lewis moved to Portland, Oregon, to become nationally syndicated on the NBG Radio Network. Ground Zero was aired on several radio stations across the country, including KXL in Portland, KBER in Salt Lake City, and, notably, WAUR in Chicago, which, on Thanksgiving weekend of 2000, aired a 72-hour Ground Zero marathon. In addition, he produced the Liz Wilde Show for NBG.
Lewis left NBG in 2001 over a content dispute, when he exposed new evidence about Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, declaring on the air that there would be a major terrorist attack in the United States if McVeigh were executed before he gave up information about his connections to terrorist cells in the country. Lewis argued that his predictions were validated after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Afterwards, when the New York City attack site was dubbed "ground zero," some urged Lewis to change the name of the show. He refused, stating that "Ground Zero" was a prophetic name, a phrase that became part of the American lexicon as the events of that day affected the entire world. Ground Zero moved to Portland's KOTK, which became MAX 910 in 2004.
Clyde Lewis's other Portland appearances have been as a recurring commentator on cable television and as host of a unique weekly discussion event held at a popular local nightclub. In 2005, footage was shot there for inclusion in the Conspiracy Theories episode of Penn and Teller's show, Bullshit! He continues to write essays for his website and is currently broadcast on the Internet.