Jonah Engel Bromwich and Bonnie Wertheim profiled Coast to Coast AM with George Noory on Monday – and the article seemingly talked more about Art Bell than the newer host!

The TIMES’ tone seemed positive.. but also nostalgic for the predecessor.. From the text:

Given the size of its audience, the show might be expected to cover topics squarely in the mainstream. But Mr. Noory’s listeners, whom he refers to as “the night people,” tend to focus more on fringier fare, whether it’s U.F.O. sightings near Area 51 or the myriad conspiracy theories that Mr. Noory’s predecessor, Art Bell, established as signatures of the program.

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“Coast to Coast” began in 1984 as a talk radio program broadcasting from the Las Vegas station KDWN. Mr. Bell, its founder and first host, had originally been a D.J. He switched his focus to talk radio at a time when music listeners began to favor higher-fidelity FM stations, forcing many AM channels to switch formats. When “Coast to Coast” went national, in 1992, he started to receive calls from listeners about their paranormal experiences. Those calls soon became the show’s trademark.

When Mr. Bell left the show, he advised Mr. Noory not to imitate his hosting style, which gave listeners the (accurate) sense that he was broadcasting from a compound in the desert. He was isolated from his audience and occasionally confrontational with callers.

On one call from a man claiming to have worked for Area 51, Mr. Bell made his suspicion known right away: “Well, look, let’s begin by finding out whether you’re using this line properly or not.” And on Oct. 13, 1998, Mr. Bell signed off by saying: “This is it, folks. I’m going off the air and will not return.” When Mr. Noory took over, after his forerunner returned and vanished from the show a few more times, listeners noticed a shift in tone, from skeptical and sometimes critical to open-minded and kind.

“Art was a little more, if he thought you were loo-la, he would tell you,” said Veronica Costin, who started tuning in during the 1990s. It became a ritual for her: drifting off in her San Antonio bedroom to the sounds of faraway voices.

….I think it sounds like Bell had a fandom in the TIMES’ press room.. perhaps those late nights burning the fish wrapper oil with Bell in the background yelling at callers with insanity.. ?

Back to the present time: Noory is given some kind words as well from the TIMES article.. But one section pointed out just how different Bell and Noory actually are.. even reminding readers that Noory appears on Alex Jones’ radio show.. And a little product placement as well:

Each episode of “Coast to Coast” begins with a news segment, but when asked if he saw himself as a journalist, Mr. Noory responded that he was “a facilitator of the truth, wherever that takes us.”

His audience seems to see him as an authoritative, unifying force at a time when the country appears more fragmented than ever. Through his radio show, live events and two dating sites — Paranormal Date and Conspiracy Date — he acts as a connector and a surrogate for his listeners, whom he considers extended family. (Mr. Noory has three children and six grandchildren. He is private about his relationship status.)

I went back in the archives of the NEW YORK TIMES and read a May 1998 profile of Coast–then hosted by Art Bell.  reported in 1998:

Nearly 200 stations have added “Coast to Coast” in the last 18 months. One is WABC. The station’s late-night ratings have increased 30 percent, to 8.9 percent of the audience, since November. “I saw the numbers from across the country,” said Phil Boyce, WABC’s program director. “I wanted to get on that freight train.”

How far things have come.

CONNIE WILLIS TONIGHT ON COAST TO COAST AM

Connie Willis has fast become one of my favorite radio hosts over the past few months.. While sometimes she goes a little too hardcore into the Bigfoot topic, she actually holds my interest. What I love about her hosting Coast is that she seems to have an endless amount of fun being on national radio ..

Her topics tonight, my likely given to her by the Premiere Radio network:

Founder and Director of the Trends Research Institute, Gerald Celente, joins Connie Willis to talk about what he sees on the horizon for the United States. He’ll address the looming presidential election, as well as major trends right now including baby boomers re-defining aging in a good way, moving from the digital age to the robotic age, and how everything from fashion to politics is undergoing major upheaval

It would appear that Celente is the only guest this evening.. Four hours of his voice may be difficult to endure..

 

​As expected, David Paulides dropped new stories during his appearance last night on Coast to Coast AM.. Stories of hunters. Weird tales of people who know the forest, people who utilize various forms of instrumentation to find directions, people who carry weapons, all vanishing without a trace. In some instances, traces are found. In one specific story, one man was found after being dead for two weeks. But he wasn’t dead the whole time.. the coroner’s report in that instance said he was dead for only four days. The weird anomaly: His feet were literally worn down to the bone—literally the bottoms of his feet were worn away.

These are the types of stories that David Paulides tells George Knapp, the occasional host of the macabre airwaves under the cover of moonlight..

There was a new bombshell dropped last night during the program. Paulides described a bow hunter in the forest with her Blackberry—before the bankruptcy of the company, obviously. She noticed how the forest seemed to stop dead—no noise, no sound. Just silence. It felt strange. She went on to describe what really makes little sense: Just like in the movie PREDATOR, fuzzy saran-wrap-like figures jumping from one tree to the next.. She even snapped a photo of what appeared to be a mostly fuzzy landscape with a hairlike structure near the edge of the picture. The amazing story aside, the bow hunter’s husband is Dr. Bruce Maccabee—a very well known UFO expert..

It’s all so weird, so bizarre.

Paulides went on last night to also remind listeners of some prior cases where people came back from being missing. Those people describe having fuzzy memories, people looking at them from behind shrubs in the woods, or not even recall being last.  Almost like walking into another reality, as George Knapp pointed out during the show.

I have been an avid reader of Paulides books. I also spoke to George Knapp about this very topic a bit ago… It fascinates me and scares me alike. I live near the woods in Pennsylvania. And I also had me own experience that I wrote about in May 2014.

During that time, I had a similar experience where the ‘forest went silent.’  Though my moment of silence was even weirder because, at midnight when it occurred, one lone songbird actually began to sing in the middle of the night.  I saw a meteor or something streak across the sky, and then immediately began hearing what sounded, for lack of any better explanation, a chain-like noise. Almost like something being drug across the forest floor. But I did not hear footsteps. My dog Mutley heard it too and got into an attack formation, coupled with the hair on his spine rising as high as I ever saw it..  The noise continued to get louder and louder until it seemed like it was literally on top of me. I grew very cold and afraid. Despite turning on a spotlight on the side of the house, I saw nothing at all.. The noise dissipated after a few minutes. It felt like I was in the middle of a recording, or endless loop of some other reality.. 

The most troubling aspect of my personal tale is this: I had this foreboding sense about the whole thing. While I wanted to go about 15 more feet and step into the forest, I had some weird notion that whatever it was making this noise WANTED me to walk into the woods.. almost like it was tempting me to enter its territory and terrain, as though there was some weird boundary that it could not cross… 

Equally strange was a conversation I had with a deer hunter a few months ago.  Given my interest I the unusual, I asked him if he ever had a ‘dead forest’ moment when he hunted. He said he did.. but it did not last long. He was deer hunting at a camp with several other hunters. While outside for a cigarette, he said the woods literally went dead and lifeless for about ten or so seconds. And then the noises of the forest came back again.

All so weird.. so strange. So peculiar. 

The complex mystery continues. There seems to be no sound answer to the lost and unfound. 

David Paulides offered no reasonable explanation, as he purposely does not. George Knapp described it all as best he could: Like a harvest.

The harvest idea may be the most frightening of all to contemplate. 

The HORROR REPORT can independenty confirm tonight that MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT host Heather Wade is scheduled to appear on  Coast to Coast AM August 7, 2016!

The news may startle some.. Comfort others.

Either way, Wade will be a guest during the short news segment at the beginning of the program to speak about Art Bell’s health condition.

The HORROR REPORT can also confirm, despite rumors, George Knapp will not be hosting the August 7th program that Wade will appear on. Instead, mainstay host George Noory will be broadcasting…

Art Bell recently has been the victim of two hospital stays and some severe complications of COPD, an ailment he has been suffering from for years due to his 20th century smoking habit and other causes that would create the ailment..

Wade is set to update fans of Coast and Midnight about Bell’s condition…

A strange world we live in!!
Wading from the DARK MATTER RADIO NETWORK into Premiere territory..


 

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DEVELOPING..

DAWN IN THE DESERT: ART BELL’S UPDATE

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For days, Art Bell has teased a major announcement for today. That announcement hit–it also portends a major development in his program MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT and another enormous opportunity for him to change the night time air waves.. From Bell: ANNOUNCEMENT from ART BELL: It has been a great two Months start but now it’s time to get serious. Starting Oct 1st Midnight in the Desert will send an…

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For days, Art Bell has teased a major announcement for today.
That announcement hit–it also portends a major development in his program MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT and another enormous opportunity for him to change the night time air waves..

From Bell:

ANNOUNCEMENT from ART BELL: It has been a great two Months start but now it’s time to get serious. Starting Oct 1st Midnight in the Desert will send an XDS feed by Satellite to almost 4000 Radio Stations in Stereo, which means all they have to do is flip a switch and we are on.
Now that we are taking this step, we need your help. Please call your local station Manager or Program Director, tell them you would like Midnight In The Desert on their station and that we are now starting Oct 1st on XDS.
Share this with everyone! It’s time to Take Back the Night.

Art Bell

The talk show legend included this YOUTUBE video in his update:

There is a certainty that more stations will pick up the program..
There is also no doubt that the producers at COAST TO COAST AM and George Noory are closely watching.. and seeing a MIDNIGHT rider nipping on their Premiere Heels..

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A press release tonight from NEXUS and MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT explains more details:

Nexus Broadcast will be delivering Art Bell to over 4,000 new affiliates via XDS Satellite feed in Stereo, starting October 1st.

As easy as a flip of a switch, Nexus and Midnight in the Desert are inviting AM and FM terrestrial stations to carry the full 3 hour format (2 hours and 58 minutes from the top).

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The company’s official page and press release is touting the benefits for local radio directors to consider Bell for the hours during darkness.

COMPETITION:

George Noory and Red Eye Radio are the main stays overnight since Bell left. While Clyde Lewis maintains a market of Premiere, Coast to Coast AM is the main attraction and would potentially be the biggest loser in a successful MIDNIGHT showing..

There seems to be some sort of history being made–forgive me for ignorance, but I have ever heard of such an offer being made to 4,0000 potential customers on radio..

DEVELOPING..

In a message tonight posted on Facebook and thoroughly discussed on Bellgab and other sites that follow Art Bell and the program MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT, the master of the macabre stated this, in full:

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We have a decision to make and I think I have made it. We can either serve our listener’s and Time Traveler’s or Radio Stations but not both because the stations want more Commercials. I am not going to do that. If they want to carry the show we will let them offset it to a later time but we will Not add more Commercial minutes. So what we can give them is ratings because what we are doing is clearly better in every way then anything else out there. For this reason I have said no to several big stations. I could build another big Network but then I would have what I left because it became something I could not live with. Those who do not learn from their mistakes repeat them.

Art

art-bell-w6obb-620x465Recently the price of the ‘time traveler’ cost went from $5 to $7..
The program can also boast high interest, and undoubtedly a huge turnout of listeners Monday through Friday when it airs on the Dark Matter Radio Network and several other affiliates that have picked up the program..

Bell has reinforced his original message, saying that he will not dump stations but also will not change the format of his program to meet the needs of advertisers–undoubtedly advertisers who want desperately to get their products on during the newest incarnation of Art Bell in broadcasting.

Midnight in the Desert has been acclaimed as some of the best material from Bell since the 1990s when he hosted Coast to Coast AM nightly with over ten million listeners. Under the reign of George Noory, Coast’s success has diminished greatly.

Those who have followed the Art Bell roller coaster will remember ups when he began a Sirius show and downs when he seriously quit it. This go around, Bell seems relaxed and is having fun. Last Friday night, his ‘made a deal with the devil’ open lines was some of the most entertaining radio in years.

The newest message showcases that Bell is going to do this. His way.

The perfect quote, from Bell himself, to summarize the noticeably calmer, cooler, and energized 70-year-old talk show king:

Here it is in a nutshell, I can do what is fun or profitable, I am going for the fun, life is short

I have been following JOHN B WELLS for some time .. For those who don’t know who he is, he was once the weekend host of Coast to Coast AM. He left the program to do his own show, the CARAVAN TO MIDNIGHT–or he was forced out by George Noory and company at Coast–and now he has a pay-per-listen business and broadcasts daily. Ironically, his ‘Midnight’ show airs during the daytime hours. 

He also hosts conspiracy topics. Often I agree with him.  Often I don’t. But I have always been entertained by his style, his voice, and his knowledge and seemingly amazing memory of interesting tidbits of music, UFOlogy, and conspiracy theory.

In this video linked here, he unloads quite a bit on Alex Jones, George Noory, and Michael Savage.. It was quite extraordinary to hear some of the statements from Wells. He wants nothing to do with Alex Jones’ INFOWARS, and even alleges that the site simply regurgitates the stories of others and credits themselves with breaking news. He also goes in depth on his criticism of “Dr Savage” and Savages’ tendancy to brag about his wealth on his program.. He also gives Noory, the current COAST host, some zingers about the new ‘Paranormal Date website Noory has been promoting..

Wells was a divisive host to a degree when he was on Coast to Coast AM. However, his programs rated higher than the weekly shows hosted by Noory and often had more listeners. 
Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise that Noory and Danheiser may have wanted Wells to be off the air..
Even Art Bell has commented on the Wells’ situation in the past.

But to hear Wells put into words some of the feelings he has evolved into having is fascinating.. Amazing.. Riveting. And regardless of what some may say about his over indulgence on Sandy Hook or other theories, he is interesting. And that is the very thing that Coast to Coast AM currently lack: Being interesting.

JOHN B WELLS is speaking loudly from his desk at his new show.. For those who don’t know remember, he was once the weekend host of Coast to Coast AM. He left the program to do his own show, the CARAVAN TO MIDNIGHT–or he was forced out by George Noory and company at Coast–and now he has a pay-per-listen business and broadcasts daily. Ironically, his ‘Midnight’ show airs during the daytime hours.

He also hosts conspiracy topics. Often I agree with him.  Often I don’t. But I have always been entertained by his style, his voice, and his knowledge and seemingly amazing memory of interesting tidbits of music, UFOlogy, and conspiracy theory.

In this video linked here, he unloads quite a bit on Alex Jones, George Noory, and Michael Savage.. It was quite extraordinary to hear some of the statements from Wells. He wants nothing to do with Alex Jones’ INFOWARS, and even alleges that the site simply regurgitates the stories of others and credits themselves with breaking news. He also goes in depth on his criticism of “Dr Savage” and Savages’ tendancy to brag about his wealth on his program.. He also gives Noory, the current COAST host, some zingers about the new ‘Paranormal Date website Noory has been promoting..

Wells was a divisive host to a degree when he was on Coast to Coast AM. However, his programs rated higher than the weekly shows hosted by Noory and often had more listeners.
Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise that Noory and Danheiser may have wanted Wells to be off the air..
Even Art Bell has commented on the Wells’ situation in the past.

But to hear Wells put into words some of the feelings he has evolved into having is fascinating.. Amazing.. Riveting. And regardless of what some may say about his over indulgence on Sandy Hook or other theories, he is interesting. And that is the very thing that Coast to Coast AM currently lack: Being interesting.

Art Bell’s announced that yet another station was going to be picking up his program, MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT, when it starts in July..

Jackson Mississippi will now hear Bell when he begins broadcasting on a program originally geared for an online only crowd..

While Bell has not enthusiastically embraced the radio concept at first, it appears he is becoming a bit more jubilant as stations are announced.  He wrote this post on Facebook,

We just picked up another station in Jackson, MS. This is getting rapidly out of control, so be aware.
Starting July 20th the show will begin Broadcasting on the Internet with 48kbps HEAAC Stereo. Shortly there will be a FAQ for Broadcasters who wish to carry the show Mon-Fri 9PM- 12AM. PT.

Meanwhile Keith Rowland posted a summation on ARTBELL.COM to instruct terrestrial radio stations on how to contact the right persons to get the program affiliated with their schedule.. Stringent rules are being placed on whoever wants in. Rowland writes, in full, the demands:

1. You must carry the entire 3 hour show. From the top through 2 hours and 58 minutes. Keep in mind we are up to 30-seconds delayed from real-time, our servers have built-in buffers and we also add an additional 7-second delay for editing purposes.

2. No replay or archiving of our shows is allowed. We need to protect our membership subscription model.

3. You must have your own blanket licensing for commercial music in your country. We cannot allow relay streaming of our show, as that will incur additional music licensing cost. You won’t be covered by our license.

4. You are allowed (but not required) to cover our feed with two 2-minute breaks each at the :58 and 1:58 breaks (end of the first and second hours). So it’s 4 minutes of your local ads over ours. Of course at 2:58 mark the show is over. Again adjust for streaming server buffer delays. There will be adequate bumper music into and out of the break for you to adjust your automation timings.

5. Otherwise you must carry all our other breaks, which will be floating anyway. So for automation purposes, you can insert your ads at those two fixed times/hard breaks. Your commercials should be appropriate for our programming.

6. We will try to enforce market exclusivity on a first come, first serve basis. We would of course favor larger stations.

7. You must receive our program feed from our hi-quality AAC streaming server (not MP3). You should use a dedicated computer (with nothing else running including background tasks like Windows update) using an appropriate player that receives AAC or a hardware device like the CC-Wifi radio, hardwired into your network. Do not use Wifi (but you knew that).

Even with the stringent rules being placed on the AM crowd, many appear to be interested. The return of Art Bell will be undoubtedly creating an excitement level beyond any other host in recent memory. The advertising a station may be able to sell in order to meet the rules announced is key. And so far we are aware of stations now getting into the act—-along with shortwave. And the online world..all where this began.

Midnight is coming.. The clock ticks on.

Is George Noory beginning to feel the pressure..?