Arthur William "Art" Bell, III is an American broadcaster and author known 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 served as a guest host through 2010. He attributed the reason for his retirement to a desire to spend time with his new wife and his daughter, born May 30, 2007. He added that unlike his previous "retirements," this one would stand, while leaving open the option to return. Classic Bell-hosted episodes of Coast to Coast AM can be heard in some markets on Saturday nights under the name Somewhere in Time. He started a new nightly show, Art Bell's Dark Matter, on Sirius XM Radio that began on September 16, 2013 and ended 6 weeks later on November 4, 2013. Bell founded and was the original owner of Pahrump, Nevada-based radio station KNYE 95.1 FM.
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Hey folks, excited to be on Reddit to do this. Here is some information about my new show. Let's get this started!
ATTENTION ART BELL FANS!
Wanna Take a Ride? Art is returning to broadcasting his famous nightly paranormal talk show, starting July 20th. The new show entitled “Midnight in the Desert” will be LIVE from 9PM-Midnight Pacific, Midnight-3AM Eastern and will be streaming out FREE over the Internet at http://www.ArtBell.com bringing you the same great topics, same great music, Monday thru Friday. You can also listen to Art Bell on your smartphone or tablet using the great TuneIn Radio app. Download the FREE TuneIn Radio app and search for and follow the "Dark Matter Digital Network.” The new home for Art Bell. If you can’t stay up to listen LIVE for FREE, you can become a Time Traveler and listen the next day or weekend. Go to ArtBell.com, click on the "Join the Time Travelers" link, and subscribe for a low price of only $5 a month to access the past shows.New show name, New digital station, same great Art Bell! Check out ArtBell.com and join us for the best in overnight talk radio.
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Also, here are some fan made trailers that will give people new to the show a fun way to catch up and provide veteran fans some great memories.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/0IVvO9W
Will you be taking unscreened calls?
Not only YES but HELL YES. As a matter of fact that's ALL im going to take, UNSCREENED CALLS.
So if you're tired of telling the call screener how manly and handsome you will say the host is before you're allowed to be on. Try Midnight in the Desert.
Hi Art and mega-Roswells,
I've noticed that C2C regularly seem to get stuck in tedious repetition of low quality topics about angels and predictions... and it makes me wonder if they are completely out of touch with their audience, or perhaps it's just me.
I've always loved your shows and your selection of guests and topics, however I was wondering if you have considered adding a dedicated feature to your website to allow people to vote on discussion topics or guests and make guest and discussion topic suggestions?
My question was partially inspired by the "Most anticipated guest?" discussion topic on the Art Bell subreddit.
We're going to do a test show on the 19th of July. And that will be the central question. What do you want to see. What do you want the show to be, it's YOUR show, I'm just the ring master....got tumeric????
Does it still bother you that John Lear said don't go to the light?
Yes, EVERYDAY. John said that to me, if you're faced with a choice when you die of going to the light or the dark, don't go to the light. If that doesn't bother you I don't what will.
Hey Art huge fan from the UK, literally have stayed awake waiting for this AMA to open.
Just a few questions.
Have you ever thought about talking to Marc Maron on the WTF podcast?
Also that guy that called on coast to coast really panicking, talking about area 51 I think. Do you think he was real?
Also what happened to JC? I miss him. Will he be back!
Finally thoughts on the current state of C2C?
Sure I'd be willing to go on virtually ANYTHING. I've heard good things about Marc.
Area 51 caller, at the time it occurred I absolutely thought it was real. There are others since, who have expressed doubts. But it sure as hell was good radio.
JC is around, JC plans to call my show, JC is a member of my Facebook page which has currently been met with a dastardly fate....so yes in sum I will be hearing from JC.
I've said this publicly, I think the current host of that show does it a disservice. The current state of that program is the genesis for Midnight in the Desert.
Is it true that some radio stations are picking up your show before it has even begun? How does that feel? Can I get it on my local radio station?
Yes it's true and I think it's history. I am not aware of any radio program that has picked up 20+ stations before the show has even begun. The latest of which is the mighty KXL in Portland, Oregon. Right across the street from the competition.
To find out if your local station carries Midnight in the Desert go to ArtBell.com
Hi, Art! I am a huge fan of your annual 'Ghost to Ghost' shows, and I recently realized that you have probably heard more terrifying real life ghost stories than anyone else on the planet. My question is, can you recall any specific ghost story that really truly freaked you out the most, maybe even kept you awake at night?
(Mine would probably be the guy in 2007 who was being paid to transport a body to a cryogenic facility and had a full blown telepathic conversation with the dead man on the way there.) Thanks and take care!
The Ghost stories that bother me the most are those that include SHINING RED EYES. I don't like those at all. And if anything keeps me awake at night, it's red eyes. I even wince a little bit at people who haven't had enough sleep.
Most creepiest and unexplained thing you seen?
I had a UFO sighting that would more qualify as a close encounter. On my way home from Las Vegas, late one night my wife at the time, noticed a light coming up from behind our vehicle and said Stop the car.
It was quiet enough out here in the desert to hear crickets at a quarter mile. Coming from behind, an extremely large triangular craft, passed directly above us at no more than 150 ft. It continued across the valley, toward Area 51.
A week later Pahrump Valley Times, carried an article claiming there was indeed a secret mission over the Pahrump Valley that night, and that it was a c130 aircraft. The craft I saw was completely soundless. And defied gravity. Not even close to a C130.
Many of us were avid followers of your programs with Father Malachi Martin and were both saddened and disturbed to hear of his suspicious passing.
If you are at liberty to tell, do you know anything more about this?
Is there anyone you have found who is able to continue the dialogues you and he had?
All good questions. I'm afraid that Father Martin was one of a kind. I am actively searching for some one who could try and fill his shoes.
With regard to his passing, I was told he was pushed or fell down the steps. I'm suspicious too.
Hey, Art! It was because of you and Phil Hendrie that I wanted to have a career in Radio (Although, Podcasts and Internet radio are the new radio). I was wondering, what was your reaction when you first heard Phil's Art Bell "Character"?
Phil is funny as hell, and I have LOVED the impersonations of me. I really do, they are funny. Plus, I would like to have General Jameson on as guest.
Would be cool if you could answer my questions.
Is there one solid case that you think proves the existance of extraterestial spacecraft/Beings visiting our planet?
Do you listen to any of the radio/podcast shows that are availble at the moment?
Here in the UK we have a fantastic podcast by Howard Hughes on the http://theunexplained.tv/ would you consider being a guest on this show, maybe the role reversal would be cool and give your fans more of a insight into your views and life in general.
Many thanks and good luck with your new show.
No, that's what we're in search of. If there was not reason to believe in things we cannot prove with Science, or touch. There would be no reason for my show.
The truth is no, because I am always afraid subconsciously I'll pick up on things they say or do and use it. I did listen prior to becoming a talk host.
I LOVE Howard Hughes.
Did Ed Dames ever find that gold? Or, the other gold? Or, the other other gold?
I'm still waiting for my gold....and the killshot.
Art, you are known for your bumper music selections; why is music so important to your show?
That's a good question. For me, not just to the audience. It sets the mood, the feeling, of the kind of topics that I am doing. Make no mistake about it. I run my own bumper music for exactly that reason.
Do you believe you have talked to a real time traveler?
I believe I have talked to people who have claimed to have time traveled, and I am going to keep trying.
Congrats Art on your new upcoming show Midnight in the Desert. On behalf of many long, long time listeners we wish you the best of success!
A couple of questions:
1) Are you considering broadcasting 7 days a week with a weekend host or guest hosts?
2) What is you main goal for the new show this time around?
3) Will you ever share your Ouija board experience?
4) Of all the subject matter you have covered over all these years, what is the one that your would like to seek and learn the truth about?
5) What is the subject matter that you have covered during your career that has rattled and scared you the most?
Best of luck Art from all your long time fans!!
There will be shows on in my timeslot in the weekend, however this is a five days a week show and I am 70 years old so I am unlikely to do 7 days.
To have FUN!
I am NEVER going to share it. That one goes to the grave.
Time Travel. Time Travel....Time Travel. Look for it on Midnight.
The truth is, EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomena). Specifically. The EVP's from children. They really are disturbing, I can take the adult stuff, but the kids....
Art, how does it feel to be FREE of the corporate overlords?
It feels like the grand finale on the fourth of July which by the way is why I announced the blitz on July 4th!
Hey Art, who will be your first guest?
Graham Hancock. Graham is the one who got bumped when I left SiriusXM therefor he will be number one.
Hi Art! It's Bob from the Midnight Desert.
What do you find to be the most enjoyable aspect of hosting a paranormal / conspiracy talk show?
The fact that it's always different is the cherry on top!
Hi Art! Long time listener. Which guest have you had that said something so profound, that thinking about it today still gives you pause. What was it they said?
John Lear. See the post about the light.
Art, I've listened to Coast to Coast consistently for literally half my life (I'm 24!) and I want to thank you for displaying such a wonderful mix of critical thinking and genuine awe of the unknown. You are a luminary.
Who is your dream guest for the new show?
The answer is Donald Trump. Not because I've decided he will make a good president, yet, but because he is infinitely interesting.
On that same note. Elon Musk.
Art, many of us loved your "guvment" snitch lines you had in the early days. Any plans of incorporating this into Midnight in the Desert?
Hi Art!! I've been listening to you since 1997 and am wondering what drove you to make this comeback? Was it your fan base or did you just miss it?
Also, of all of your stories and shows, which one has stuck with you the most or had the greatest impact on who you are today?
The current state of the other show drove me to come back. I've said if George Knapp were doing the other show, I wouldn't be here.
Have you ever been blackmailed or threatened to leave the air or retire? Any black suits ever knock on your door?
Corporations have there own way of letting you know when you want to leave. Though that has never happened to me.
What will be the special Halloween program this year?
This year it will be called Ghost to Ghost DIGITAL! The tradition continues.
Are you still in contact with John Lear? Are you considering having him as a guest?
I am in periodic contact with John Lear and I would dearly love to have him on the air.
Serious question. I know you hate hate hate cell phone callers. But now that the vast majority of your callers will be on a cell, will you be able to control your rage?
I don't hate cellphone callers, I hate cellphones. There is a difference.
Also, we now have Skype. So if people wish to call using their smartphone, use the Skype app and they sound WAY BETTER.
Hi Art, and thank you for joining us this evening. I am elated for your return to broadcasting, it's been way too long. Welcome back!
Can you give a quick rundown of the mic and signal chain that you will be running on the new show? Do you use the same model mic when using your amateur radio gear?
No I don't use the same mic. I use a baer dynamic mic for broadcasting. For Ham radio I use a heil pr40.
I use a symetrix voice processor.
Art, do you watch The Walking Dead? If so, which cast member would you most like to interview?
Tom! Yes I do watch. I don't miss an episode and I'd like to interview Tom.
Can you touch on what type of show Richard C. Hoagland will be presenting? Also will it be titled "One White Crow"?
It only takes one white crow to prove that RCH is now our Science Advisor.
Richard will interview guests and take calls!
Will you ever be able to release Pizza Punch?
Pizza punch was Ramona's baby. We went to Italy and she tasted it there and somehow figured out the ingredients. I do not have the recipe.
I remember a show on C2C about a giant hole that seemed to go on forever. I think it was in WA state. Have you ever heard anything else about it, and is it still there?
It's my understanding the hole is still there. It's my further understanding that Mel suffered a bout with cancer and was last heard from in Australia.....I hope he is well.
Hi Art! glad you’ll be coming back soon, I really enjoy your intelligent interviews and thought provoking commentaries. What do you think of the state of talk radio and other media today? In a sea of homogenized mediocracy and state sponsored news, can we handle the truth? Is America ready for information from an alternate source?
I think we're hearing EXACTLY what the government tells the media what we should know. I have so much more to say on this. I will expand further upon this on the air on Midnight.
Hi Art, my family and I have been listening in for years, I had a few ?s feel free to answer any or all, thanks!
1) Has anyone from the government sectors nudged you about steering away from a topic at any time?
2) Ever get a call or a visit by any agencies during or after a caller session?
3) have you ever visited a Paranormal location suggested by your fans and felt any disturbances? (Or places that just creeped you out)
4) Out of all the places you've traveled which do you like the best?
5) where have you visited that you get the most attention? (Aka Ever go to conventions?)
Best of luck!
I have had visits from the Government, however none of them attempted to steer me away from any other topic than presidential assassination. I have had three visits from the secret service. They are very serious guys.
It's not a place but I LOVE ASIA. You might discern that from the fact that my daughters name is Asia.
Hi Art. I am so excited about your new show coming out. My questions, have you ever have any experiences with a Ouija board? How about shadow people?
RE: Shadow People.......tune in to Midnight to Desert for a new development.
Given your knowledge and experiences, what advice would you give to twenty-somethings or other folks who are just now embarking upon a new career (not necessarily radio)?
Be yourself. I know that's short but it's the only really good advice I can give. Don't try to copy me, don't try to copy anybody. Be yourself. You'll either collapse or succeed on your own, but you won't do it copying anybody else.
Art, I've been listening since 96. I was a young high schooler sneaking away with a radio late at night in the middle of Ohio to hear the magic of UFO's, Ghost, and Bigfoot. Your best programs were when your guest were the normal folks like Mel Waters, Mad Man Markem, and Bugs. Have you heard from or kept in contact with any of these guest and will they be on the new show?
I no longer have the bigfoot map ;) ;)
But I do agree with you, the best shows have come from all of you. All calls will be unscreened, all fridays will be OPEN LINES!
What is your favorite Scifi movie?
It's not even a close call.
I know when on a long Cross Country Drive it has been wonderful to Tune In and listen all night. Will your shows ever run 24 hours a day? I think at one time in about 2002 or 2003 your shows repeated all day on XM. With so many podcast on today has Dark Matter Digital Network considered having two Streams? Dark Matter Live and Best of Dark Matter. DMLive BDM
We have Darkmatter Podcasts. If you're a member of the Time Travellers, which is only $5 a month, you can listen any time you want. Join now at ArtBell.com
Art, you are an absolute National Treasure. I have loved listening to your shows and I have subscribed to the new show and bought my brothers a subscription to. Thank you for your continued contributions! Are you ever planning on doing any live streaming some day? Any response would complete my life.
Guess WHAT! This is a LIVE streaming show, absolutely live. Yes, there will be a podcast available afterwards, but we're moving the live show to the internet. Come join us! ArtBell.com
You said in your autobiography that you often have panic attacks before a show. Have you struggled with any of that coming up to the launch of MITD?
EVERYDAY for MONTHS. It's bad, because I can't go on the air. Once I go on the air, I'm good. It's this anticipation stuff that's driving me nuts.
How big is your international audience and do you think having a show primarily online will boost that audience?
I have NO idea how big the international audience is but we're going to find out. And of course being available on the internet will boost that prospect. And the HAM radio operator in me is really looking forward to the international aspect.
Hi, Art! On Dark Matter you said you'd be interested in hosting a debate between two guests regarding Fukushima. Might you do that on Midnight in the Desert?
Yes. I am still not sure, and I don't think anyone is, the current status of Fukushima. I've heard some very disturbing things.
Art, is there any chance we'll be hearing a return of Madman Markum? One of my favorite guests!
Glad you asked! I am in contact with Madman! Who is presently trying to stock a warehouse with things I'd probably rather not know about.
Will we be hearing Cusco as bumper music on the new show?
I got Cusco ready to go.
Hey Art, if i wanna listen to you on shortwave, is the station broadcasting always on? so i can test the reception i'll have during your show.
Stations that carry us will always be on when we're on live.
Hey Art! I listened to you for years on Coast 2 Coast, I had no idea you had a new show coming out and I can't wait to check it out.
Just wondering if out of all the EVP recordings you've listened to over the years if any still stick with you to this day? The creepiest one to me was when one of your guests was recording and turned on the light to a room and immediately after caught the voice of a young child saying "It's dark in here." Gives me goosebumps to this day.
I plan on doing some in a supposed haunted local cemetery coming up soon. If I catch anything I'd love to share them with you!
You were really accurate in predicting our current climate problems in "The Coming Global Superstorm." How do you feel about that and do you still think it will get as bad as you predicted in the book?
Well, the book was fiction based on some fact. Whether it's natural or man made, anybody who doubts that we're in for big trouble, has their head firmly in the sand.
Art, Who was your biggest inspiration in getting you into Radio?
The answer to that is really HAM radio. I began when I was twelve, and I was in commercial broadcast when I was 13.
First radio job, small fm ontop of a mountain in Franklin, NJ. Religious FM. Read the news every hour. Station manager didn't like people to close to the mic. So he'd come in and yank the chair out from under you while live on the air!
Hi Art, what are your impression of the New Horizons probe currently whizzing past Pluto?
It's the last great picture show. And in a few days we will know. Tune into Midnight in the Desert and The Otherside of Midnight with Richard for updates on ArtBell.com
Hey Art! I'm just curious, what is your opinion on the Wow! Signal?
What a good question. It may well have been the real thing, that we missed. You know they never knocked that down, in other words, it's still WoW.
You may recall we sent out our own version of a WoW signal from Puerto Rico, and ours was very short, just like there's.
Making popcorn in anticipation of your AMA. Do you recommend reusing the jiffy pop packaging to create a hat?
Use it before it's too late.......