According to an Associated Press report dated July 29, 2013, the prayers of millions of Coast to Coast AM Radio fans have finally been answered. Art Bell will be returning full-time to the airwaves, beginning on September 16, with his all-new program, “Dark Matter.”
In the 1990s, Art Bell’s program was one of the top syndicated programs in the nation. In 2002, Bell left Coast to Coast due to family issues but made a few, special appearances from time to time. His last appearance was on Halloween 2010.
Long-time fans of Coast to Coast AM have fond memories of Bell and nary a week goes by without someone commenting that they sure wish Art was back. Remember Mel’s Hole? Remember the voices from Hell?
Well, wait no more. Thanks to a Sirius representative who contacted Bell through social media a few months ago, Art will be back on the air beginning in September.
The new program, airing only on Sirius XM Radio, will be called, “Art Bell’s Dark Matter,” and he’ll talk about all of his favorite topics, including UFOs, ghosts, near-death experiences and weird aspects of science. He’ll also be conducting interviews and taking calls from listeners.
Scott Greenstein, Sirius XM president and chief content officer, said the show will be “uncensored, unrestricted, uncluttered and utterly unique.”
“There’s probably more interest in the genre now than when I did it,” Bell said. “When I did it, I was damned near alone.”
Which leads to the next question: What will this do to Coast to Coast AM’s ratings?
It’s no secret that Art Bell and George Noory, the current host of Coast to Coast AM Radio, are bitter rivals. If you’re a regular listener, then you know that George Noory has made significant changes to the program since Art Bell left. He now covers a lot of political topics including the economy, gun control legislation, and 9/11.
He also gets a lot of flack from listeners who don’t like his interview style. Common complaints include Noory’s tendency to avoid edgy topics and controversy and that he often spends more time pandering to advertisers and promoting his guests’ books than he should.
Read: “After 65 years, if we can’t produce aliens let’s produce money at Area 51”
Bell, on the other hand, is revered and adored by fans who remember the early days of paranormal radio talk-shows. But it’s been a few years since he had a regular platform. Does he still have what it takes to compete and keep advertisers happy? Only time will tell.
Michael Harrison, publisher of “Talkers Magazine” said Bell’s subject matter has roots in old-time radio, and he predicted it will become popular once again in the coming years.
“He’ll be looked at as one of the veteran, old masters,” Harrison said. “He’s the real deal when it comes to marching to the beat of a different drummer.”
Bell said he’s intrigued to learn the differences between satellite and terrestrial radio.
“It seems to me they are the next step in technology,” he said. “I’ve always been a technological junkie. The mix of what they’re giving me, the freedom that they’re giving me, is priceless.”
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