Art Bell
American broadcaster
Art Bell
Arthur William "Art" Bell, III is an American broadcaster and author known primarily as one of the founders and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM. He also created and formerly hosted its companion show Dreamland. Semi-retired from Coast to Coast AM since 2003, he hosted the show many weekends for the following four years. He announced his retirement from weekend hosting on July 1, 2007, but occasionally serves as a guest host.
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Indiana Universities Go On Record Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ball State University joined several other schools in Indiana to go on record against a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. If Indiana's legislature passes House Joint Resolution 6, voters would cast a ballot in November 2014 to determine whether to add a state constitutional amendment setting marriage to be between one man and one woman. Ball State's Senate, comprised of faculty, staff and students, overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday with university president's support urging state legislators to abandon the proposal. Indiana lawmakers have debated this sort of ban every year since 2004, Al Jazeera reports, but now they do so with three nearby Midwestern states where same-sex marriage is legalized, and after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Ball State's recent announcement puts them arm-in-arm with Indiana University, DePauw University and Wabash College. Purdue University could soon join that list as well stating opposition t ...
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Paranormal Radio Host Art Bell Mysteriously Disappears From SiriusXM
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The much ballyhooed return of paranormal radio host Art Bell ended in just six weeks. The master of UFOs, fringe science and conspiracy theory is apparently at odds with SiriusXM over live streaming for his millions of fans. The 68-year-old co-creator of the hugely successful "Coast to Coast AM" retired from his full-time role of master of the macabre in 2003, after 15 years. Over that span, he went from mainstream talk to a highly successful foray into unexplained phenomena, turning the syndicated juggernaut into the most listened to overnight show in North America. The late night show's reigns were comfortably taken over by the popular George Noory. This past July, SiriusXM Satellite Radio announced that Bell would launch a new, live, nightly call-in show, "Art Bell's Dark Matter," in September. But since Bell's new program Sept. 16 premiere, there have been, according to Bell on his website, many problems with streaming his show. "Many thousands of my listeners came on ...
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Creative Arts Emmys: Google Glass is en vogue at Creative Arts Ball
LATimes - over 3 years
Morgan Freeman stood out at the posh Creative Arts Ball that followed the 65th Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night at Nokia Theatre. It wasn't just because he looked dapper in his tux. Standing next to him was his producing partner, Lori McCreary, who was wearing futuristic-looking glasses.
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Radio's Art Bell returning with Sirius XM show
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Art Bell, radio's master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone on Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.
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Marketplace Fairness Act, Bill To Tax Online Sales, Moves Toward Senate Vote
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is expected to open debate Monday evening on a bill that would allow for the collection of sales taxes on items bought online, pushing forward legislation that is pitting state leaders and businesses in support of the measure against conservatives and senators from states with sales taxes. Monday's expected vote follows a nonbinding vote in March in favor of including the online sales tax legislation in the 2014 budget resolution. A bipartisan group of 75 senators voted in favor of the legislation, which has blurred party lines. The bill -- known as the Marketplace Fairness Act -- would enable businesses to collect sales tax on online purchases and send them to the state where the buyer resides. A 1992 Supreme Court decision allows for the tax on online sales, but only if the purchaser voluntarily sends the tax to his or her state tax agency. The issue is a top priority for cash-strapped state and local governments nationwide, with the National ...
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Mark Cuban: Fox News Should Watch Dancing With the Stars
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have to be honest, I watch Fox News more often than any of the other cable news nets. I watch CNN next, then MSNBC. So let's get that out of the way. I watched Fox and MSNBC during the election cycle because they told me the worst possible elements that could be found about President Obama and Governor Romney. Both networks work so hard at branding every possible negative issue about the other side that it's very interesting to look at it as an exercise in branding and marketing. Neither truly was reporting the news. They were telling us how they believed a negative brand could be built. And not only did they tell us how negative the other brand was, they were relentless in trying to create confirmation of that negative brand by bringing in "experts" to confirm their brand bias. You know who both networks reminded me of ? All of their shows, with the exception of Bill OReilly reminded me of the old Coast to Coast with Art Bell radio show. Every night Art Bell would ...
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AlaskaDispatch.com: Did Alaska Senate Candidate Break Law While Serving on State Board?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Alaska State Senate candidate Bob Bell is under investigation for his role in a controversial musk ox hunt in 2010 during the same time he was serving on the Alaska Board of Game, according to Alaska State Troopers. At issue is whether Bell followed regulations meant to discourage trophy hunting when he transferred ownership of horns from the musk ox he shot to a Nome artist, who then carved them and may have sold the horns back to Bell. The candidate said in interviews that hunting partner Cliff Judkins, who was chairman of the Board of Game at the time of the hunt, kept horns from a musk ox he shot during the same hunt. Former head of Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation Corey Rossi, who also participated in the hunt, might have been involved in the choice to keep the horns. Rossi this year resigned from the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation after it was discovered he organized an illegal bear hunt. After questions from Alaska Dispatch, Alaska State Tr ...
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Father of murdered teen urges Gov. Brown to veto TRUST Act
Fox News - over 4 years
Bill orders illegal immigrants released
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R.W. Sanders: Coast to Coast AM: Recipe For Failure?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When traveling long distance, I used to purposely drive at night for one very particular reason. One of my favorite things is driving across vast spaces while listening to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM radio. I can still remember all those years ago, discovering the program and falling in love with the format. There is just nowhere else on any broadcast media that provides such a nice home for those with a bit more esoteric tastes. The first time I heard the show, I was driving out around Winnemucca, Nev. In the early hours of the a.m., there may be few places any more naturally eerie than the vast, open space of the Nevada desert. The landscape alone brings thoughts of the weird. I remember Art Bell was speaking with someone who believed aliens were already on earth in huge numbers. This person claimed these aliens were headquartered in the desert of Nevada. He said that one could only see them with peripheral vision. Needless to say, I spent the next few hours trying ...
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Square Feet: In Columbus, Ohio, the Short North Arts Belt Is Thriving
NYTimes - over 4 years
The Short North neighborhood is humming with an eclectic cultural scene, and new development barely slowed during the recession.
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WATCH: Foods That Are Belly Fat Traps, From Joy Bauer
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Health and nutrition expert, Joy Bauer, recently joined me on Mondays with Marlo, and she told me about the main causes of belly fat. Not only is it overeating, but it's the calories we consume without thinking about them. Find out what Joy says are the best ways around these traps. And, if you'd like more wonderful advice from Joy Bauer, take a look at some of her top foods for everything from healthy hair and teeth to wrinkle reduction and stress relief. Or, take a look at her website. See more clips (function(d, s, id) {<br /> var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];<br /> if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;}<br /> js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;<br /> js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1";<br /> fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);<br /> }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Add Marlo On Facebook: Follow Marlo on Twitter: @MarloThomas Weekly Newsletter Sign up to receive my ...
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Bill C-38 heeds economy's need for speed
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
There has been a lot of outrage about the Conservative government’s Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-38.
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Local Collector Joins Board of Prestigious Craft Museum
Coronado Patch - almost 5 years
It’s only been a few months since Courtenay McGowen joined the board of directors at Balboa Park's Mingei International Museum, but she feels right at home.  “The whole concept of housing objects that are beautiful, used in everyday life and are collected from all over the globe is right up my alley,” she said of her new role at the celebrated folk art and craft museum. The museum is thrilled to have McGowen. “With her degrees in art history (a bachelor's and masters from Columbia University), she brings a real knowledge to bear,” said Rob Sidner, Mingei's director. “She also has a passion for the arts of daily life.”  It can be seen in her own collection, which includes fabrics and body ornaments from Central Asia and Northern India, snuff bottles from China, arrowheads from the American Southwest and Viennese miniatures, bequeathed to her by a great-aunt. “Once in a while my mother would let me take them out to play with,” McGowen said. McGowen's hobby is an extensi ...
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Yertle the Turtle too political for Canadian school
Digital Journal - almost 5 years
During discussions of the "Education Improvement Act" (Bill 22) in British Columbia, teachers have been mandated to refrain from the utilization of political quotes.
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Hotel Lafayette Gets Ready to Shine
Buffalo Rising - almost 5 years
The repolished crown jewel of downtown is almost ready for her close-up as workers finish up at the Hotel Lafayette. Over two hundred people are working throughout the building almost every day of the week to get the historic landmark ready its official debut in just a few weeks. Chandeliers have been refurbished and returned to the Crystal Dining Room, the ornate plaster ceiling of the grand ballroom has been repaired, and the scagliola has been replicated along Peacock Alley. The transformation is nothing short of amazing especially considering the timeline for the restoration work. Although there is still work that needs to be completed throughout the building, much of first floor public spaces and ballrooms as well as the upper floor apartments have been completed. It's mostly just a matter of tidying things up and adding the finishing touches to those spaces. Much of the space in the basement for storage, services, and the rooms for Butterwood Desserts is in vari ...
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The NJ Residential Foreclosure TransformationAce(S-1566)
Haddonfield Patch - almost 5 years
The NJ Residential Foreclosure Transformation Act(Bill-S-1566) allows the State to purchase foreclosed houses in ANY NJ town(with our tax dollars) and deed restrict them to low income/special needs(a very broad category to include drug rehab homes) housing for 30 years.  This ACT will transform our neighborhoods, encroach on local decision making, increase homeowner taxes and reduce property values.  All NJ residents should to be aware of this bill and consider contacting Gov. Christie (609-292-6000 or http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/).  You could also talk with your local officials and assembly people.  Judy Juzaitis
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Q. & A. WITH ROB DYRDEK; Nonstop Adrenaline, Gnarly Moves, Shrewd Deals
NYTimes - over 5 years
It was not the need for speed or the opportunity to impress girls that initially drew Rob Dyrdek to skateboarding. ''I idolized my sister's boyfriend,'' Dyrdek said. ''He wore four bandanas on each arm and each leg, and a spiked belt across his chest and waist. He was the sickest dude ever, and I was like, 'If he's a skater, I gotta be a skater.'
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Gold rush on to sell coins, jewelry while price is high - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Somewhere in the Phillipines, Art Bell is shaking his head and going, "Told ya... (August 9, 2011, by marsnova) Read more I will sell my gold wedding ring for cheap - I don't need as a reminder of my life with... (August 9, 2011, by arthur_dent) Read
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'Coast to Coast' is My Hope On the Radio Dial - KCET
Google News - over 5 years
I consider the overnight "Coast to Coast" show that originated with Art Bell and is now hosted mainly by his acolyte George Noory, the radio version of "In Search Of," that '70s television show about unexplained phenomena that totally transfixed me as
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Art Bell
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  • 2015
    Age 69
    Bell had reported multiple instances of someone shooting firearms at and near his property in the Fall of 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The show Midnight in the Desert continues with new host Heather Wade. Art Bell makes the occasional guest host appearance. Bell has written, or co-written, several books. They include The Quickening: Today's Trends, Tomorrow's World; The Art of Talk (an autobiography); The Source: Journey Through the Unexplained; The Edge: Man's Mysterious Past & Incredible Future; and The Coming Global Superstorm (co-authored with Whitley Streiber), which became the basis for the popular movie, The Day After Tomorrow. In 1996 Bell appeared in an episode of the NBC science fiction series Dark Skies as William S. Paley, head of CBS. On September 30, 1998 NBC's Today Show aired a taped segment of reporter Fred Francis interviewing Bell. Francis questioned Bell about Hale-Bopp, Area 51, eccentric callers claiming to be "six-fingered alien hybrids" as well as the UFO sighting experienced by Bell and his wife Ramona. The segment also featured members of Bell's audience reacting to topics being discussed.
    On December 11, 2015, Bell announced that he had permanently stepped down as host of Midnight in the Desert due to concerns about his family's safety.
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    On December 11, 2015, Bell announced his retirement via his Facebook page citing safety concerns for his family by saying "if one of them were harmed because of what I love doing my life would be over."
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the fall, Bell reported several instances of an unknown number of armed trespassers coming onto his home property, sometimes firing gunshots. These events have been said to occur during or around the time of his broadcasting. This announcement came a mere 5 months after the start of his most recent show, Midnight in the Desert.
    On July 20, 2015, Bell returned with his new show Midnight in the Desert.
    More Details Hide Details The show aired on the internet Dark Matter Digital network and on 45 stations (20 of which signed on before the show started) from 9 PM to 12 AM PT. He also started transmitting on shortwave radio on WTWW at 5.085 MHz as well.
    He retired yet again on December 11, 2015, citing security concerns at his home.
    More Details Hide Details He and his family were subject to repeated intrusions on his property in Pahrump. In fear for his family's safety, he opted to leave the air, and ostensibly, public life, as he believed the intruder or intruders wanted him off the air. Bell founded and was the original owner of Pahrump, Nevada-based radio station KNYE 95.1 FM. His broadcast studio and transmitter were located near his home in Pahrump while he hosted Coast to Coast AM except from June to December 2006, when he lived in the Philippines. He and his family returned to the Philippines in March 2009, after having significant difficulties obtaining a U.S. visa for his wife, Airyn.
    He returned to radio on July 20, 2015 with a new show, Midnight in the Desert, available online, via TuneIn, and on some terrestrial radio stations.
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  • 2013
    Age 67
    In November 2013, Bell launched his 24/7 online radio network run by Keith Rowland which streams live from his website, Dark Matter Radio.
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    On November 7, 2013, Bell announced and began testing for potential Internet streaming sources.
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    On November 4, 2013, Bell left Dark Matter after only six weeks.
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    On July 29, 2013, Bell officially announced a return to the airwaves with a launch date of September 16, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details His new show Art Bell's Dark Matter broadcasts on SiriusXM satellite radio's Indie Talk channel (channel #104), Monday through Thursday from 7 PM to 11 PM PT with repeats during the remainder of the night and "best of" shows airing on Fridays. His official website was updated on that date to include the announcement.
    In June 2013, Bell announced on his Facebook page that his official website, artbell.com, would be relaunching.
    More Details Hide Details On July 10, 2013, a red, white, and blue textual representation of a smiley face was displayed on the website. The site's favicon is a picture of a grey alien. On July 11, 2013, the smiley face was replaced with a red, white, and blue Morse code script that translated to "Wanna take a ride?".
    In January 2013, Bell announced on Facebook, "I am now in negotiation for a new Radio show, stay tuned.
    More Details Hide Details No promises but the wind may be about to change direction!" "I guess it is time to end any further speculation that I will return to the air any time soon. I have given (2) very solid offers a lot of thought and have turned them down. My reasons are many, though I am profoundly sad at the current state of the show, both offers would have been direct competition with Coast and anger is the wrong reason to proceed. Also I really do not want to destroy what I built despite its current state. Asia will be in first grade in the Fall and getting up very early, I would be up late and sleeping late, I would not see much of her or Airyn. Life is short and I want to spend what I have left with my Family. I hope my friends understand "
  • 2012
    Age 66
    On November 1, 2012, Bell updated his Facebook status with the following: "I wish my name was no longer associated with what Coast has become!"
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    On August 20, 2012, Bell spoke of his grievances on with Premiere Radio stations, claiming that he would soon tell the full story of the truth of his retirement. "I am just about ready to tell the real story of my so called 'Retirements' I have asked Premiere to stop the Saturday broadcasts and thus far they have not done so as is there (sic) legal right.
    More Details Hide Details Free speech remains my right, I will soon exercise it."
  • 2011
    Age 65
    Some Bell fans voiced speculation that the phrase "stay tuned" may have been meant to indicate Bell's return to broadcasting in some form, but 2011 ended with no such announcement forthcoming, though shortly before Christmas he did report that a malfunctioning fire extinguisher in his radio room caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to his equipment and house.
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    On August 19, 2011 Bell announced via Facebook "Phrase for the day Stay tuned!", followed on August 31 by the message "Sorry for so few posts but we are working on this house every day like dogs, much more soon."
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    On July 20, 2011, Bell announced via his Facebook page that he had relocated with his family to Pahrump, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent posts indicate Bell and his family initially focusing on resettling his house and making it "fit for human habitation" again, giving no indication about his radio plans, if any (beyond maintaining his HAM activity). However, on July 30, Bell posted the following: "There is so much to do and only so many hours in the day. There are things going on in the background that I will talk about at the proper time. The move was a big one and we need time to adjust."
    In March 2011 a Facebook profile appeared claiming to be the legitimate page of "Arthur W. Bell III," who posted hints that there would be a "big announcement" at the end of April 2011.
    More Details Hide Details After much speculation and debate among fans and friends on that page and various Bell forums, and finally after direct intervention from a verified Bell account, the "Arthur W. Bell III" page was proven to be a hoax, with no "big announcement" imminent.
    During a chat on February 8, 2011, events became even more confusing for Bell's fans as George Noory, during a public chat responding to a question regarding Bell, stated that Bell isn't responding to his emails.
    More Details Hide Details The questioner, "Coalspeaker," asked "Have you spoken to Art Bell lately? And if so is he and his family doing well?" Noory responded by saying, "No I haven't. Art has decided to retire for good this time. I assume all is well for him and his family. He has gone through many ups and downs. I sent him a very lengthy email a few months ago, and he never responded. Though he normally would." There was no further explanation beyond that point on why Bell did not respond to Mr. Noory's email, although it only led Bell's fanbase to speculate further.
    Despite the above remarks from Punnett, Noory, Lyon, Lonehood and Bell, as of January 6, 2011, an official public statement formally confirming Bell's departure from Coast to Coast AM has yet to be made via press release, website announcement or on-air, by any party with the authority to do so—the show's producers, Premier Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, or Bell himself.
    More Details Hide Details This lack of information has led to rampant speculation among Bell's fanbase as to the motivations and circumstances behind Bell's sudden absence; whether he has given his last live broadcast; and what—if anything—he may decide to do next.
    On the January 1, 2011 show, Punnett stated he was "looking forward to doing the follow-up a year from now."
    More Details Hide Details In email interactions with fans who have written in to inquire about Bell's absence, Coast personnel have confirmed that Bell has retired. According to Coast webmaster Lex Lonehood: "Art Bell decided he no longer wished to do live C2C shows, and asked that his name be removed from the host listings accordingly. Classics and Somewhere in Time shows will continue as is." Coast producer Lisa Lyon told another fan that Bell "has chosen to retire," but that "Art Bell will always be associated with our show, and he is welcome back to the mic whenever he feels the need."
  • 2010
    Age 64
    Initially, Noory had said that Bell was unable to host them because he would be traveling, but on December 24, 2010 Noory said: "We had asked Art to do his predictions show; he's going to spend time with his family.
    More Details Hide Details He's winding down, folks, he's winding down.I don't anticipate he'll do any more shows." On the first of the two nights (December 30, 2010), Punnett made a brief, oblique reference to his having the honor of "picking up Bell's fallen mantle."
    It was announced in late December 2010 that Ian Punnett would host Bell's annual two-part New Year's Eve prediction shows.
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    On December 21, 2010 the "HamCam" on Bell's ham radio website featured an image with the following cryptic wording: "The Wind No Longer Blows, in the End it was Without Direction.
    More Details Hide Details Long Live the Hot Air. 30" "-30-" is journalistic shorthand for "end of story."
    As of December 2010, Bell was no longer listed as a host on the Coast to Coast website; his shows were no longer searchable under his name; and the only references to Bell on the site were of an historical/archival nature.
    More Details Hide Details However, the weekly Somewhere in Time with Art Bell broadcasts of classic Bell-hosted episodes (which have aired before the live show on Saturday nights since 2006) were not discontinued.
    Bell hosted 10 episodes in 2010, 5 short of his publicly announced, contractually specified quota of 15 shows per year.
    More Details Hide Details His last hosting gig was his annual Ghost to Ghost show on Halloween night (this was the first show ever wherein Bell used call screeners). At the end of that broadcast, Bell said "When they next call my name we'll come back and we'll do this one more time."
  • 2009
    Age 63
    On Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31, 2009, Bell once again hosted his annual New Year's predictions special of Coast to Coast, noting that a number of the predictions this year were of an unusual and interesting nature and not mere repeats of many that had come before, though he also took several callers to task for seemingly veiling their obvious political agendas or wishes in the form of predictions, rather than offering up something from their "psychic center," which is what he repeatedly asks for during the prediction show.
    More Details Hide Details He also suggested that maybe Coast to Coast AM should institute some sort of prize or acknowledgment for listeners whose predictions are particularly accurate or astute.
    Friday November 20, 2009 Bell hosted Coast to Coast AM from Manila with guest Starfire Tor, psi researcher and experiencer who discussed time shifts and time slips, and other strange occurrences of time.
    More Details Hide Details During the first 90 minutes, they were joined by Whitley Strieber, who shared his take on Tor's research.
    Friday June 26, 2009 Bell hosted Coast to Coast AM from Manila with guest Dr. Dean Radin.
    More Details Hide Details He also commented on the death of Michael Jackson and how he had lived in Pahrump, Nevada not too far away from where Bell lived.
    Bell interviewed Koontz on Saturday, June 6, 2009.
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    As of May 20, 2009, the Coast to Coast website listed that Bell would be filling in for George Noory on Friday, May 22, 2009 to interview Dr. Bob Koontz.
    More Details Hide Details However, Bell did not do that show. The Coast to Coast website, again, cited technical difficulties in Manila and that his interview would be postponed.
    On May 17, 2009, Bell returned to host Coast to Coast AM live from Manila.
    More Details Hide Details His guest was professor Peter Ward. Topics of discussion were mass extinctions, earth's "self-destructive" phenomena, and life beyond planet earth. While on the air, Bell answered an email question from a listener who asked why he was in the Philippines again and how long he'd be there. Bell replied that he'd address it on "Friday" and hinted that his move might be permanent.
    Bell was scheduled to return to Coast to Coast AM on April 24, 2009, to host an evening of open lines, but because of engineering problems in Manila, Bell was rescheduled to a later date.
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    On March 10, 2009, Bell and his wife and daughter left Nevada for Manila to deal with some family business including the disposition of a condo they owned.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, the USCIS denied the application on the grounds that the documentary evidence was never received, and further stipulated that Airyn Bell is not permitted to re-enter the United States, which is why Bell remains in the Philippines. Moreover, since the Bells were out of the country when the application was denied, they must start the process all over again. On his June 6 broadcast, Bell explained the situation and asked his listeners to send emails on his behalf to the White House. Recently, George Noory announced that he has heard from Bell, that the immigration controversy is over, and that Airyn has been granted permanent residency.
    In early 2009 the USCIS responded that they would need additional evidence to prove that Bell's marriage to a Filipina national and subsequent green card application therefore was in good faith.
    More Details Hide Details Bell responded with evidence including their marriage license, their daughter's birth certificate, Bell's last will and testament, bank records, family photos, and Social Security forms. Bell sent the package to the USCIS by return receipt mail, and he subsequently received the return receipt stamped "USCIS RECEIVED JAN-15-09."
    Bell returned to Coast to Coast AM on February 20, 2009, for a discussion on the global financial crisis with Wall St. insider Michael J. Panzner.
    More Details Hide Details Bell and Panzer agreed the United States was headed for an economic depression.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    In late 2008, Bell and his wife filed an I-751 petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of her marriage-based green card process.
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    On December 30 and 31, 2008, Bell once again hosted his annual New Year's predictions special of Coast to Coast.
    More Details Hide Details Bell remarked on his mother's death and stated that he was very happy that she got to spend time with his daughter, Asia, before she died.
    On November 30, 2008, Bell hosted Coast to Coast AM.
    More Details Hide Details Michio Kaku was the guest. This was the first time Bell had hosted the show since May 23, 2008. On December 23, Bell's mother, Jane, died. George Noory informed Coast to Coast listeners of her death during that night's show, with a number of callers offering Bell their condolences regarding the death of Bell's mother.
    On September 8, 2008, Noory stated that he would be hosting the annual Ghost to Ghost AM Halloween call-in show rather than Bell, who normally returns to the Coast to Coast to host it (along with the New Year's prediction shows).
    More Details Hide Details On September 19, Noory explained that Bell would be unavailable because he was on a cruise during that time this year.
    On May 29, 2008 Bell sold KNYE to Station Manager Karen Jackson.
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    On May 23, 2008, Bell, while hosting Coast to Coast AM, stated that there would be a change in the artbell.com website in July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Within a few weeks the website was no longer responding to requests and had even dropped from DNS.
    Bell supported Barack Obama for President of the United States in the 2008 election.
    More Details Hide Details Bell became a licensed amateur radio operator at the age of 13. His first call sign was KN3JOX, first listed in the Winter 1959 edition of the Radio Amateur Callbook. He soon upgraded to K3JOX, and he later held W2CKS, first listed in the Spring 1967 Callbook. Bell holds an Amateur Extra Class license, which is in the top U.S. Federal Communications Commission license class. His call sign is W6OBB. According to QRZ.com, Bell took and passed the Philippines amateur radio exams and became a Philippine Class A amateur radio operator with the call sign of 4F1AB. While in the Philippines, Bell is active on 40-10 Meters, as well as 144.600 MHz simplex in Manila.
  • 2007
    Age 61
    In 2007, Bell appeared as himself in the movie I Know Who Killed Me.
    More Details Hide Details In 2017 Art Bell stars in a new film titled ABDUCTFox alongside star Mark Arnold of Teen Wolfe to be released in 2017. in the film directed by Ilyas Kaduji and produced by Mafalda Sa, Art plays himself as he and a group of friends try to help to protect a young woman from an alien threat. Also starring are Sienna Guillory of Resident Evil, William B.Davis of the X-Files, Jack O'Halloran of Superman 1 and 2 and Mhairi Calvey of Braveheart.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    Bell indicated on his December 30, 2006 show that among the reasons for his return were a recent recirculation of the infamous fake anti-Filipino email, and his homesickness for his elaborate stateside Amateur Radio station.
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    Bell opened his December 28, 2006 program by disclosing to his stunned listeners that he had just relocated back to Pahrump, Nevada, with Ruiz, who had obtained the necessary paperwork for immigrating to the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Bell had not disclosed on any previous show his plans to return to the High Desert. Despite feeling jet-lagged after a 15-hour flight from the Philippines via Vancouver, British Columbia, he did the full show. Bell was aloft returning to the States when an earthquake cut off undersea cables that would have prevented his broadcasts from the Philippines.
    In October 2006, Bell threatened Rogers Cadenhead with a lawsuit for some allegedly libelous comments posted on Cadenhead's blog, which Cadenhead has said he will defend himself against under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
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    Bell resumed hosting on June 18, 2006 but then encountered technical problems that kept him off air until July 23, 2006, when the ISDN line was finally installed.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2001, the Philippine Daily Inquirer printed an email letter purportedly from Bell that made derogatory statements about Filipinos. This letter was subsequently demonstrated to be a hoax perpetrated upon Bell, who in fact had a publicly loving relationship with his Filipina wife and his previous wife Ramona, who was also Filipina, and who often spoke openly about his admiration for the Filipino people on his radio show. Subsequently, the Philippine Daily Inquirer printed a retraction and apologized for printing the statement upon their verification of the hoax.
    He departed the United States on April 29, 2006, stating an intention to remain abroad for at least a year, while maintaining ownership of his property in Nevada and of the radio station KNYE.
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    On October 7, 2006, Bell announced on Coast to Coast that Ruiz was pregnant with the couple's first child.
    More Details Hide Details Bell told listeners that the couple's child was indeed a girl as many listeners suspected. He noted that they had been hoping for a girl and had announced only a girl's name for their unborn child in hopes of receiving a girl. Bell and Airyn's baby girl, Asia Rayne Bell, was born by caesarean section on May 30, 2007. At the same time, Bell announced he would be leaving his longtime homestead in Nevada and relocating to the Philippines, near Makati, Metro Manila, intending to continue hosting Coast to Coast AM weekend editions via an ISDN connection.
    The two couples wed in a double marriage ceremony on April 11, 2006.
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    On April 15, 2006, he ended the mystery and, to the mild surprise of listeners, revealed that, after several weeks of mourning, he had recently gone to the Philippines and married Airyn Ruiz.
    More Details Hide Details Airyn Ruiz Bell is a recent college graduate. Ruiz – given Bell's private e-mail address by an amateur radio friend – had contacted Bell to offer condolences shortly after Ramona's death. After "dating" via Internet videoconferencing for "hundreds of hours," the two married one week after Bell arrived in the Philippines to actually meet her in person. Bell also paid for his friend – who was courting Airyn's sister – to accompany him to the Philippines and marry her.
    On January 21, 2006, 16 days after the unexpected death of his wife Ramona, Bell announced he would host Coast to Coast AM every Saturday and Sunday evening, and that former weekend host Ian Punnett would work a new live prefeed program for the four hours preceding Bell's slot on Saturday nights (9:00 pm – 1:00 am ET).
    More Details Hide Details Punnett's show was titled Coast to Coast Live with Ian Punnett. When returning to the show the following day, Bell spent the first hour recounting the death of his wife. By the end of January, Bell began hinting that he was making a significant life decision, but that he would keep it a secret for at least one year, asking listeners to remind him in 2007 to let them in on it. By March, he was saying that he would soon take a "huge risk" and "do something rash".
    Ramona Bell, his wife of 15 years, died unexpectedly, at the age of 47, of what appeared to be an acute asthma attack on January 5, 2006 in Laughlin, Nevada, where the couple were taking a short vacation.
    More Details Hide Details The events surrounding Ramona's death were described in great detail by Bell during the January 22 broadcast of Coast to Coast AM. For weeks thereafter, callers would express their sadness and sympathy for Bell to George Noory, who had taken Bell's place weekdays in 2002.
    Bell's life took some dramatic twists in the beginning of 2006:
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    In June 2005, he scaled this schedule back, calling it a "semiretirement", and hosted only the last two Sundays of every month.
    More Details Hide Details Bell went back to hosting every weekend show as his schedule permitted after his wife Ramona’s death a few months later. On July 1, 2007, Bell announced his retirement stating that he wished to spend more time with his new wife and daughter. He made it explicitly clear that, unlike the circumstances surrounding previous retirements, this decision was an entirely positive and joyful one and that he would not disappear completely, announcing an intention to occasionally substitute for other hosts and host "special" shows.
  • 2003
    Age 57
    Bell returned in September 2003 as a weekend host, replacing Barbara Simpson and Ian Punnett as host of the Saturday and Sunday evening broadcasts.
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    Bell was replaced by George Noory as weekday host of Coast to Coast AM on January 1, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details It was also said that Barbara Simpson would host weekends and that Bell planned to be an occasional guest host for Noory.
  • 2002
    Age 56
    On October 23, 2002, Bell announced he would be retiring due to recurring back pain, the result of a fall from a telephone pole during his youth.
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  • 2001
    Age 55
    Bell returned to Coast to Coast AM in February 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Bell noted that since his departure the show had lost a number of affiliates, commercial content had risen to an unbearable level, and Siegel had taken the program in a "different direction" of which Bell disapproved. Bell retained some authority over the program as its creator and felt his return was necessary.
  • 2000
    Age 54
    Art Bell III was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina to Arthur Bell, Jr., a United States Marine Corps Captain, and Jane Gumaer Bell, a Marine drill instructor. Arthur Bell, Jr. died in 2000, and Jane Bell died December 23, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Bell has always been interested in radio, and at the age of 13 became a licensed amateur radio operator. Bell now holds an Amateur Extra Class license, which is in the top U.S. Federal Communications Commission license class. His call sign is W6OBB. Bell served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic during the Vietnam War and in his free time operated a pirate radio station at Amarillo Air Force Base. He would make a point of playing anti-war music (like "Eve of Destruction" and "Fortunate Son") that was not aired on the American Forces Network. After leaving military service he stayed in Asia, living on the Japanese island of Okinawa where he worked as a disc jockey for KSBK, the only non-military English-language station in Japan. While there, he set a Guinness World Record by staying on the air for 116 hours and 15 minutes. The money raised there allowed Bell to charter a DC-8, fly to Vietnam, and rescue 130 Vietnamese orphans stranded in Saigon at the war's end. They were eventually brought to the United States and adopted by American families.
    On April 1, 2000, Bell again announced his retirement, which would occur on April 26, 2000, but offered no details other than expressing intentions to "resolve a family crisis."
    More Details Hide Details On April 11, 2000, Mike Siegel was introduced as the new host of Coast to Coast AM, taking over on April 27, to an estimated audience of 22 million listeners. It was later explained that Bell had left to deal with the aftermath of a sexual assault against his son. Brian Lepley, a substitute teacher, was convicted of sexual assault and attempted transmission of HIV and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years.
  • 1999
    Age 53
    On May 29, 1999, Bell explained that this retirement was due to an allegation made by hosts of WWCR shortwave radio that Bell had paid to cover up a criminal indictment.
    More Details Hide Details The facts of the matter became public knowledge in 2000, when it was revealed that an actual criminal indictment was filed against a person who had assaulted a member of Bell's family. Because of the nature of the crime, Bell had wanted to keep the matter private. Ted Gunderson, the former head of the Los Angeles FBI and the hosts at WWCR shortwave radio had accused Bell of the crime. Bell responded by taking legal action against Gunderson, as well as the hosts and stations. The action was resolved in a settlement in 2000.
  • 1998
    Age 52
    Bell returned on October 28, 1998, asserting that the brief departure was brought on by threats made against his family.
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    His first retirement was highly unexpected by his listeners, and was announced on October 13, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Bell spoke of "an event, a threatening terrible event occurred to my family, which I could not tell you about. Because of that event, and a succession of other events, what you're listening to right now is my final broadcast on the air." Hilly Rose filled in after Bell's departure.
    In 1998, Bell was named as recipient of the Snuffed Candle Award by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Council for Media Integrity.
    More Details Hide Details Bell was recognized by the Council for "perpetuating conspiracy myths... and mystery mongering". When Bell learned of the award he replied "A mind should not be so open that the brains fall out, however it should not be so closed that whatever gray matter which does reside may not be reached. On behalf of those with the smallest remaining open aperture, I accept with honor." In August 2006 Art was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He did not attend the presentation. On March 10, 2007, Bell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the trade publication Radio & Records in Los Angeles. Bell was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. In September 2014, Mars Curiosity (rover) began exploring the "Pahrump Hills" area of Mt. Sharp. Bell has retired and returned to Coast to Coast AM several times.
    Susan Wright reported, however, that Bell was also "one of the first to publicize expert opinions refuting the 'alien' companion" said to have been shadowing Hale-Bopp, such as that published in 1998 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggesting that "the satellite's main diameter is ~30 km," and accordingly natural rather than artificial.
    More Details Hide Details Bell generally chooses not to discuss his political views on Coast to Coast AM, though occasionally he has brought them up. He has expressed support for the right to bear arms and same-sex marriage. He also used to be, in his own words, a "staunch" supporter of the death penalty, though he has changed his mind at least to some extent due to innocent people being sentenced to death. Bell has at times seemed to support many different 9/11 conspiracy theories, such as the one that claims the World Trade Center was brought down by explosives planted in it in advance. However shortly after the September 11 attacks Bell uploaded an image stating "God Bless George W. Bush and the U.S.A.". Bell is a member of the U.S. Libertarian Party. Originally, Coast to Coast AM was a conservative political talk show, but in recent years Bell has expressed both conservative and liberal views on the air. On air, Bell has shown support for immigration reform and decriminalizing marijuana. At other times he has expressed dismay at the presence of millions of illegal aliens in our country. He has at times criticized man's role in degrading the natural environment, while at other times he often expressed doubt about the scientific basis behind human caused global warming. In fact hundreds of times he agreed with guests or callers who claimed global cooling was occurring or was about to occur.
  • 1997
    Age 51
    According to The Oregonian in its June 22, 1997 edition, Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell was on 460 stations.
    More Details Hide Details At its initial peak in popularity, Coast to Coast AM was syndicated on more than 500 radio stations and claimed 15 million listeners nightly. Bell's studios were located in his home in the town of Pahrump, located in Nye County, Nevada; hence the voice-over catchphrase, "from the Kingdom of Nye". Fans regard Bell as a master showman, noting that he calls his show "absolute entertainment" and expressly says he does not necessarily accept every guest or caller's claims but only offers a forum where they will not be openly ridiculed. Bell was one of only a few talk show hosts who did not screen incoming calls, but this changed in 2006. On the October 31, 2006 edition of Coast to Coast AM, (renamed for the night to Ghost to Ghost AM), Bell was asked why he was now using call screeners. The explanation given was that for him to use unscreened open phone lines while in the Philippines would require listeners to call there directly at enormous cost to them. Art admitted that he should have chosen New Zealand instead of the Philippines as an alternative to the USA. He said, "It was a bad choice, and I'll regret it, one day, in the near future." He subsequently stopped screening calls upon his return to the United States.
    According to The Washington Post in its February 23, 1997 edition, Bell was at the time America's highest-rated late-night radio talk show host, broadcast on 328 stations.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 42
    In 1988, Bell and Alan Corberth renamed the show Coast to Coast AM and moved its broadcast from the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas to Bell's home in Pahrump.
    More Details Hide Details Bell abandoned conventional political talk in favor of topics such as gun control and conspiracy theories, leading to a significant bump in his overnight ratings. The show's focus again shifted significantly after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Many in the media did not want to be blamed for inciting anti-government or militia actions like the bombing. Subsequently, Bell discussed off-beat topics like the paranormal, the occult, UFOs, protoscience and pseudoscience. During his tenure at KDWN Bell met and married his third wife, Ramona, who later handled production and management duties for the program.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 32
    First a rock music disc jockey before moving into talk radio, Bell's original 1978 late-night Las Vegas program on KDWN was a political call-in show under the name West Coast AM.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on June 17, 1945.
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