Whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying that Art Bell was a pioneer of late night talk radio. He was also an Extra class amateur radio operator (call sign W6OBB) and an FCC licensed radio technician at age 13. Fittingly, he passed away at his home in Pahrump, NV on Friday the 13th of April, 2018:
I have every confidence that he will find a way to come back yet again.
He will probably come back to haunt George Noory, whom Bell said had "ruined" the Coast to Coast AM franchise. Shortly before Bell's first retirement in 2003, he had close to 10 million listeners. By 2014 the ratings for the show with Noory had fallen to 2.5 million, and they've probably continued to drop since then. Of course, much of Coast's decline in listeners is probably to due to the myriad of digital platforms which allow people to listen to the show at their leisure and were slim to non-existent (and expensive also) when Bell was hosting. But IMHO, Noory isn't near as captivating a host as Bell was, and he focuses too much on stuff like aliens and the paranormal. Bell's interests were much broader, and I used to really enjoy listening when he would discuss radio broadcasting and ham radio. Noory's program is more like the aural equivalent of junk food: consuming it once in a while won't harm you much, but a steady diet of it will lead to an early demise. It seems odd that KVNU recently dropped Somewhere In Time from their weekend line-up (even though it's still listed on their schedule); but perhaps Bell's demise will provide the impetus for KVNU to give him a way to come out of "retirement" yet again.
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