Monday, April 23, 2018

Art Bell, R.I.P.

John R. Houk
© April 23, 2018

I was a huge Sci-Fi fan from my early teens in the ‘70s through the early 90s. I begin with my Sci-Fi notification because I heard some sad info that a Sci-Fi/Paranormal legend died on April 13, 2018 (age 72) – Art Bell.

Bell founded Coast to Coast AM which broadcast at the wee hours of the night and developed quite the cult following in the 90s. Bell retired from full-time radio broadcasting in 2003. Here is an about 15-minute excerpt from the current host of Coast to Coast AM - George Noory - paying a tribute:

If you are an Art Bell fan, Coast to Coast AM has put together a web page tribute of videos, audios, photos and artwork. Just to be a bit repetitive, here is the title with the link embedded: Remembering Art Bell: Videos, Audio, Photos & Artwork.

And here is the Coast to Coast AM’s radio tribute to Bell (4-hours’ worth) that you can list to: Art Bell Tribute Show.

George Noory, Art Bell & Ian Punnett

Below are four bio/obituary sources beginning with Fox News, The Wrap, a radio Conspiracy Theorist Joel Ayala Ayapana talking numerology (41-minute audio) and ending with a Youtube Channel Cyber Command – that has a 2-hour video of an audio billed as Bell’s last interview. The Cyber Command info section has a very good bio of Art Bell thus I will begin with the bio and end with the video.

Art Bell, whose 'Coast to Coast AM' radio show reveled in the paranormal, dies at 72

April 14, 2018

 Art Bell, seen in this March 1997 photo, died Friday, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly confirmed. Bell's fans may pause to mull the significance of his having passed on Friday the 13th, of all days.  (Aaron Mayes/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Radio host Art Bell, famous for his show “Coast to Coast AM” and its "X-Files"-flavored focus on the paranormal, died Friday (his fans will note, that was Friday the 13th) at the age of 72, Nevada authorities confirmed Saturday.

Bell died at his Pahrump, Nev., home, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced in a Facebook post to the community. She described him as a “longtime resident” of the area and said an autopsy to confirm the cause of death would be performed later this week.

“Coast to Coast AM” confirmed the news on Twitter, saying its staff was "profoundly saddened with the news that the creator and original host of Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, has passed away at the age of 72."

According to an obituary shared by the program, the show became syndicated across the country in 1993 and drew in listeners with its wee-hours chatter about conspiracy theories and aliens, shadow people and spectral energy.

The obituary said that as Bell “begins his journey on the ‘Other Side,’ we take solace in the hope that he is now finding out all of the answers to the mysteries he pursued for so many nights with all of us.”

Even after relinquishing his title as host in the early 2000s, Bell returned to the airwaves now and then, and he also started a show for satellite radio, the obituary said.

Before “Coast to Coast AM” began, Bell, who was born in 1945, was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and there he “indulged his childhood passion for radio by operating a pirate radio station,” according to the obituary.

The show tweeted a comment from its current host, George Noory, who described Bell as “a legend – a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an amazing show called 'Coast to Coast AM.' His impact on my life is beyond words. He will be missed, but I know he is now on another journey.”

Bell broadcast “Coast to Coast" from his radio station, KNYE, in Pahrump.

During Bell’s National Radio Hall of Fame induction in 2008, his former business partner, Alan Corbeth, said no one was better than Bell at understanding “how to create theater of the mind.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Art Bell, Paranormal Radio Show Host, Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72

April 14, 2018 7:03 AM
Last Updated: April 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Art Bell Premiere Radio Networks

Art Bell, a self-proclaimed expert on the paranormal who hosted a popular syndicated radio show for decades, has died at the age of 72 — on Friday the 13th, appropriately enough.

Bell died in his home in Pahrump, Nevada, according to the Nye County sheriff’s office.

He started out as a disc jockey but drifted into political talk radio in the 1970s and saw a ratings boost when he veered into the realm of conspiracy theories and the paranormal. He espoused his belief in alien abductions, ghosts, crop circles report — and even that the Hale-Bopp comet that neared the Earth in 1986 was being followed by a UFO.

Soon, his late-night show “Coast to Coast” gained national syndication and allowed him to broadcast from his own Pahrump-based radio station, KNYE 95.1 FM. At the height of his fame, as many as 500 stations carried his show in the U.S. and Canada.

Bell also made cameo appearances (typically as himself) in movies like 2007’s “I Know Who Killed Me” and TV shows like “Dark Skies.”

In a 1999 interview with Larry King on CNN, Bell displayed the even-keeled tone and that made his out-there theorizing seem so reasonable and inviting.

“People are always demanding proof,” he told King at one point. “These are things that are not easily proved.”

Published on Dec 14, 2012

Larry King March 5th, 1999. Thanks to reneefromla6 for uploading the tribute video this interview footage is taken from (

As mentioned on Dark Matter:

For those interested in Coast2Coast/Dark Matter related topics, here's an excellent website that cuts through some of the hokum (and hoaxers):

Episode #34: Art Bell Special Tribute


Topic of Discussion:

One of radio’s most successful syndicated hosts has died. Both the Las Vegas Review Journal and NBC TV in Las Vegas are reporting that Art Bell died at his home in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13. The Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced that an autopsy will be done later this week to determine the cause of death.

Bell’s paranormal-themed overnight show, “Coast to Coast AM,” was syndicated on hundreds of stations by Premiere back in the 90’s. He left the show in 2002. He also had a show on SiriusXM in 2013. Bell was 72 years old. Most recently Premiere was syndicating Bell’s show Somewhere In Timewhich was the best in classic Art Bell shows from 6pm – 10pm on Saturdays.

Arthur William Bell III was an American broadcaster and author. He was the founder and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated on hundreds of radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.

"Well, I did the Numbers. He died on a "1" day. But it was a "Friday the 13th". In Numerics, the "13" means NEW Beginnings. He was also "72" which adds up significantly to the Number #9. In the World of the esoteric and in the Cabal, these are relatively emphasized numbers in that world of things. But all-in-all Police Reports at his home town have been relatively secretive. And of course, there's a scheduled autopsy to determine cause of death which is unknown now as we speak. So, as a patterns-recognition enthusiast (I guess)... things are a lil' questionable. But again I was a BIG Fan of Art Bell who was a huge Conspiracy Theorist like me, LoL! But seriously, this is a very Sad Day bro. I attribute my Podcast at QMR and our Podcast Network at REAL REVOLUTION RADIO to this wonderful man. Peace be with you ART! Your legacy continues with me and with millions of others you've touched. This special show is intended to pay tribute to the life and times and of the very inspiring message of world-renown alternative broadcaster, Mr. Art Bell himself!"

-Joel Ayala Ayapana
Host of the Quantum Mindfulness Radio Podcast, Executive Producer & Founder of Real Revolution Radio

Hosted by: Joel Ayala Ayapana
Produced by: Joel Ayala Ayapana
Podcast Radio Network: Real Revolution Radio
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Published on Apr 16, 2018

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The passing of Art Bell / 13 Apr 2018

We are profoundly saddened with the news that the creator and original host of Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, has passed away at the age of 72 at his home in Pahrump, Nevada.

While serving in the US Air Force in the Vietnam War, he indulged his childhood passion for radio by operating a pirate station that played anti-war music otherwise unavailable on official channels broadcast to American servicemen.

Following his time in the service, his love of radio led him to working as a disc jockey for an English-language station in Japan where he set a Guinness World Record for broadcasting an astounding 116 hours straight.

This was no mere radio stunt, however, as it served to raise funds to rescue over 100 Vietnamese orphans left stranded by the conflict in their home country.

Upon returning to the United States, he entered the world of talk radio with an overnight program on KDWN in Las Vegas.

After noticing that episodes covering conspiracy theories and paranormal topics generated considerable interest from listeners, Bell transformed the show from political talk to discussion of these often-verboten realms.

Syndicated nationally in 1993, Coast to Coast AM soon became a juggernaut and bonafide radio phenomenon.

During the 1990s, when The X-Files had people wondering about the world of high strangeness, Art Bell was the voice of that world, introducing millions of radio listeners to a vast array of paranormal topics and the researchers that studied them.

Over the course of countless programs throughout the decade and into the 2000s, Art Bell captivated listeners by way of his intellectually-curious and open-minded conversations with guests who were attempting to find answers to the paranormal mysteries which baffle us all.

Although he retired from full-time hosting duties in 2003, Art returned to occasionally helm Coast to Coast AM programs on weekends and later launched his own satellite radio program, Art Bell's Dark Matter, as well as an internet-based endeavor called Midnight in the Desert.

As founder of Coast to Coast AM, his role in crafting and shaping this program can be felt to this day in elements like the iconic phone lines emanating from East of the Rockies, West of the Rockies, and the always-unpredictable Wildcard Line, as well as the annual Ghost to Ghost AM Halloween specials and, of course, C2C's signature opening theme song.

We celebrate him for his brilliant creation of Coast to Coast AM and the many unforgettable moments he shared with us over the years.

As he begins his journey on the 'Other Side,' we take solace in the hope that he is now finding out all of the answers to the mysteries he pursued for so many nights with all of us.

Art Bell, R.I.P.
John R. Houk
© April 23, 2018
Art Bell, whose 'Coast to Coast AM' radio show reveled in the paranormal, dies at 72

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Art Bell, Paranormal Radio Show Host, Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72

Episode #34: Art Bell Special Tribute

Art Bell's Last Interview / 4 Feb 2016

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