'Ghost Adventures' episode featuring Katie's of Smithtown airs Saturday

Group of patrons play a round of darts Group of patrons play a round of darts at Katie's in Smithtown on a Friday night. (Feb. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: John Griffin

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CHARLIE, THE FRIENDLY GHOST. The episode of Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" filmed at the bar Katie's of Smithtown in October airs Saturday at 9 p.m., and owner Brian Karppinen is planning a poltergeist party. "We will have a band playing," he says, "and the roller derby girls from the [Team] Strong Island Derby Revolution will be coming." Tracking the bar's two purported ghosts -- previously featured on A&E's "Paranormal State" and Bio's "My Ghost Story" -- the crew recorded an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) "of a familiar voice that I have heard before and they played it for me," Karppinen, 50, recalls. "They called me in from [outside] to hear it, which is not the norm for them."So how are ghosts as "unreality" stars? "Some of the ghosts like the attention," Karppinen says gamely, "although this show re-enacted a few things that I did not want to be any part of, out of respect for [main ghost] Charlie Klein."

 

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