Hong Kong radio host launched online station to share his conspiracy theories
Adam Mason charges listeners for last "explosive" segment of his programmes
Every Wednesday night, Adam Bux spews all kinds of conspiracy theories in his studio in Tai Kok Tsui. The death of Hollywood superstar Marlyn Monroe is related to the Freemasons. Elites like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates are members of secret society the Illuminati who are bent on creating a new order. Hong Kong's fluoride-tainted water is harmful to health.
Bux, known as Adam Mason online, is part of a group of online radio hosts who charge listeners for their niche programmes.
He launched his online radion station Star Internet Radio in 2012. The station has about 30 programmes and 45 hosts holding forth on a wide range of topics including Chinese medicine, psychology, history, finance, modern weapory and war strategies. While all other programmes on the station are free, those who want to listen to the premium conspiracy theory content have to pay HK$800 per year. There are around 700 paid members.
“The Wednesday night conspiracy programme lasts two hours, with the first hour and a half being free and the last half hour only accessible to paid members. There are explosive revelations in the last half an hour,” he says.
There are more than a dozen paid online radio channels, with many of them aimed at listeners who are willing to shell out for topics on supernatural phenomena, shocking criminal cases and UFOs. Such programmes thrive online as explicit content including gore and violence is off-limits for mainstream radio.
The former executive with a multinational company invested HK$1.5 million in establishing his own online station in 2012.
“I have been passionate about conspiracy theories for 20 years. I had a university roomate whose dad was a Freemason. His father wanted to quit the secret organisation. Later, his family died in mysterious circumstances. He was the only one who survived. After that I read lots of books on those theories. There are a few conspiracy theorists overseas like Jessie Ventura, [former governor of Minnesota and professional wrestler]. But there are none in Hong Kong. I want to let Hong Kong people know more about these theories to give them another perspective on things.”
For all his passion, he concedes he has to overcome lots of challenges to pursue his passion.
“My family don’t support me. They think I am too obsessive. I have yet to break even. I lost a lot of money in the beginning. Now it’s better as there’s some advertising. I also sell airtime to those who want to come on to talk about topics they are passionate about. Many people like to talk about stuff they are expert in. Talking on air can increase their profile.”