Former host of Coast to Coast Art Bell drifted into the night on October 31, 2010. It was his final broadcast as occasional host.. Since then, rumors abounded as to the direction he’d go.. this website, along with many others, have watched closely hoping for his return in some form to radio..
Days ago, Art Bell announced on his Facebook page that he was a free agent and that his non-compete clause with Premiere radio had ended.. But what did that mean?
Just last night, Art Bell posted a message on the popular Coast to Coast AM forum COASTGAB.COM. (I am a member, too)..
Hi All, I do not wish to string anybody along, stay tuned means just that. Until I was free in terms of non compete there was noreal way I could be on the air anywhere. Premiere has offered me a slot anytime I wish…..I do not wish. Now that I can indeed return if I wish there is the matter of a venue, I have some offers I am thinking about but have notdecided on anything as of yet. There was a time that I did not want to compete with Coast because I had no wish to destroywhat I built, Premiere has almost managed to change my mind about that. Doing a show means devoting your life to it, not just “phoning it in”, examples of that can be heard nightly. So a decision toproceed will have to be done right or not at all. This means the creative freedom is first along with the venue. While doing Coast at one point, instead of taking more money I opted for a restriction on the number of commercial minutes,a dumb move because as soon as I was gone they came back PLUS. I do what I do because I love it, not for the money. So, I just now have come to the point that I CAN do something, if I will or not depends on the above. I hope this helps someof you understand the process. I would rather do nothing than something half-assed.
We are staying tuned.. hoping.. and waiting..