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R.I.P. ART BELL

Last Saturday, April 14, 2018, popular overnight radio talk show host Art Bell died in his home in Pahrump, NV.:

Radio host Art Bell dies at 72 in Pahrump home

It's rare that I ever take time to note the death of a celebrity or famous person or politician. Here, however, I will make an exception, because Art Bell was and will always remain an exceptional man in the world of journalism. I will wager that there is no regular reader of this website, or for that matter, of any major alternative research website, that was not tremendously affected by Art Bell. For years, Bell presided over the microphone of Dreamland, a weekly program that aired on Sunday nights and ran during the "wee hours" of the morning, and the subject(s) of discussion were all those "taboo" subjects that would never make the main stream news, nor ever be discussed in a serious fashion by the quackademy... Bell gave it serious air time, sought out and interviewed serious guests, and had a passion for the subjects he interviewed about, from UFOs and government coverups, black research projects, cryptozoology, monuments and ruins on Mars, Bigfoot, witches and the occult, Roman Catholic exorcists (his interviews with Fr. Malachi Martin are the best out there), you name it, he did it.

Dreamland soon branched out and became Coast to Coast AM during weekdays, and grew to be the USA's, and later North America's most popular overnight syndicated radio talk show. Bell, in effect, had walked into the overnight talk show chair vacated by Larry King after the latter moved to television, and Bell made it, and the late night airwaves, his own.

Most importantly, Bell brought the "taboo" subjects into the mainstream; in effect, he was the alternative media before the term alternative media was even coined; many have walked through that door, but it's important to remember that before Mr. Bell came along, that door what largely shut, locked, and barred and guarded. Bell kicked it open and broke down the barriers, and there's no turning back now, largely thanks to him.  His interest in the subjects he talked about and interviewed about was geniune, and sincere, and his audience sensed that about the man and paid him the ultimate compliment by making Coast to Coast AM a world-wide phenomenon.

All of us in the so-called "alternative media" owe him a profound debt of gratitude for breaking that door open.

Thank you Art... you are already sorely missed!

See you on the flip side...

 

10 thoughts on “R.I.P. ART BELL”

  1. While all the shock jocks and political talk show hosts thrashed it out and went after each other tooth and nail on AM radio, Art took the time to listen to his guests and audience with respect and instead of a big argument, you got contemplative discussions that were a pleasure to listen to. He was like a breath of fresh air.

  2. Keeping the memory and legacy alive is the best tribute we van give to the kind of trailblazing icon Art Bell was, in our growing appreciation of the realms of high strangeness. Keeping the mind open and consciousness alert to the ever mysterious while we’re here on this side of the veil. Knowing instinctively when it’s our time it will only be going back home. To the spiritual world we are the dead.

  3. R.I.P. Art, you were the man who made it possible in that venue. Sadly he leaves behind a newly born son and a little daughter.

  4. RIP, Art. You were the Charles Fort and ‘Mulder & Scully’ of our age. You will be missed.

    (The only thing I am cautious about is the level of disinformation being purposely-injected into some of the shows. There is an intel process known as ‘blackwashing’. Tars the (real) good with the (fake) bad; both are ‘associated’ in the naïve eye. Art’s show would be an obvious target for such shenanigans…)

  5. Since I was in Puerto Rico and still am I heard little of his radio show WOSO was the only to carry some of his broadcast has not been on the air since 2009. It was the only English speaking station here on the island though sometimes I could hear Radio One from the Virgin Islands though that station is off the air too. What little I heard was interesting. Yes, it is a very sad day he will be missed.

  6. RBG Santa Monica

    I suspect that stopping the force of Art Bell and the subjects he popularized was one of the motivations of the 1997 Telecommunications Act that led to the consolidation of corporate media.

  7. So sorry to hear this. Art touched me and in his Wonderland broadcasts i caught much later on utube. It reconnected me with that feeling of old radio broadcasts. Such a gentleman and took me on many adventures down the rabbit hole. Thanks Art.

  8. anakephalaiosis

    PYRAMID HAIKU 36
    Gone beyond horizon.
    Giza gas chamber recycle.
    Will return some day.

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