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Art Bell Returns (Again)
« on: May 14, 2015, 2130 UTC »
http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2015/05/14/art-bell-returns-again/

Art Bell Returns (Again)
By Paul Riismandel on May 14, 2015 in Fun Stuff, Internet radio, Pirate Radio, Shortwave, Talk Radio

I have a soft spot in my heart for Art Bell. As a former overnight DJ and grad student who kept relatively nocturnal hours for a good portion of the 90s, I admired Bellís unique ability to engage guests and callers in topics that ranged from scientifically plausible (the theory that there have been multiple Big Bangs) to hilariously absurd (blood-sucking Chupacabra) with equanimity.

While some critics pilloried him for uncritically harboring all manner of superstition and psuedoscience, I enjoyed his Coast to Coast AM as a sort of straight-faced performance art that provided an entertaining alternative to most late night commercial radio, offering stimulating company to night shift workers across North America. Heck, I remember tuning in for a show tackling pirate radio, in which he discussing the topic straightforwardly, neither treating it as enticingly taboo nor recklessly dangerous. (In fact, Bell was himself a radio pirate in the 1960s while serving in the Air Force at the Amarillo air base.)

Bell held court over nationwide nocturnal amplitude modulation for some fifteen years before going into semi-retirement in 2003, handing over the weeknight reins to current Coast to Coast host George Noory. Bell then took the mic for weekends until 2007, then doing occasional fill-in slots until 2010 when he retired. That first retirement only lasted until 2013, when he had a brief foray into satellite radio with Art Bellís Dark Matter on SiriusXM for six weeks.

July 20 is when Bell will return to broadcasting once again, according to a FAQ posted to his own website. This time heíll be on the internet station Dark Matter Radio with a live weeknight program called Midnight in the Desert, airing midnight to 3 AM Eastern Time. The show wonít be on terrestrial broadcast, with one exception. Apparently Tennessee-based Christian shortwave station WTWW will broadcast Bell live to the world.

As much as I like and use internet radio, I have to admit itís a little disappointing that Bell wonít be back on AM. I have fond memories of road trips over the Midwest interstates where I listened to Coast to Coast, hitting the seek button when one station faded, knowing Iíd soon encounter another transmitting the show. Itís unlikely Iíll go through the trouble of tuning my shortwave receiver just to recreate the experience.

Nevertheless, I will probably check out Midnight in the Desert, although at 9 PM Pacific Time itís on a few hours too early here in Oregon. Iíd go for the podcast to timeshift it after midnight, but on-demand episodes will be reserved for paid subscribers, and Iím not that much of a fan (though DAR.fm might do the trick). Anyway, on-demand isnít really the proper Art Bell experienceĖheís really meant to be stumbled upon, in the middle of a nearly inscrutable interview that youíre surprised comes slowly into focus.

Iím sure there are Radio Survivor readers who will scrunch their noses at my praise for Art Bell. I get itĖhis nutty melange of guests and strange blend of libertarian, conservative and occasionally progressive political stances (pro-gun and anti-abortion, but pro same-sex marriage) is admittedly out of step with much of the radio we normally highlight. But, again, itís a mistake to take him a face value. He may never actually wink at us, but neither did Andy Kaufman.

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2015, 2359 UTC »
Not too long ago I couldn't sleep so I got up & surfed the am band. There must have been 20-30 stations I received that was airing Coast to Coast. No exaggeration. I even caught one Craig B. Hulet, someone I remember hearing on KING 1090 am back in 1988 or '89 on the Mike Siegel show talkin' about of all things a "Bill" introduced in the House pertaining to none other than the War on Drugs and the creation of Prison Industries. Anybody read Weed The People, by Bruce Barcott yet? Excellent summary on the history up to the present. Also he & I recommend Smoke & Mirrors by Dan Baum. That is if you really wanna get pissed off. Travesty! Now that I think about it I'm pretty sure Hulet was on Bell's show recently, too.
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« Last Edit: May 15, 2015, 0005 UTC by Nella F. »

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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2015, 0004 UTC »
Bell on the shortwaves?? YES! I love Bell, and C2C. This is a dream come true.
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2015, 0034 UTC »
Hey Al,
Thx for the heads up!
I always enjoyed Art - great late night listening.
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2015, 0056 UTC »
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2015, 0540 UTC »
I'm curious; has anyone here actually had any contact with Art Bell? Perhaps HFU  could get a plug on his show. For that matter, I think that there is an opportunity here for the HFU community to provide content for this show.

Hey Al,
Thx for the heads up!
I always enjoyed Art - great late night listening.
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2015, 1617 UTC »
I'm curious; has anyone here actually had any contact with Art Bell? Perhaps HFU  could get a plug on his show. For that matter, I think that there is an opportunity here for the HFU community to provide content for this show.

Hey Al,
Thx for the heads up!
I always enjoyed Art - great late night listening.
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2015, 0104 UTC »
Well fansome, I have been able to message him on his facebook page.
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2015, 0113 UTC »
We should see if he will broadcast three hours of Radio Al Fansome around the world and across the interwebz.

His listeners would love the Code.

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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2015, 0339 UTC »
Ah, yes; Radio Al Fansome. It's considered the archetype of the perfect Pirate Radio show, and is still used as such in college classes on the subject, worldwide.

I worked for months on that code, by the way. I still get calls from the CIA and the NSA, asking me how I came up with it.

We should see if he will broadcast three hours of Radio Al Fansome around the world and across the interwebz.

His listeners would love the Code.

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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2015, 0427 UTC »
Didn't it come to you while rabbit hunting?

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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2015, 1357 UTC »
Well fansome, I have been able to message him on his facebook page.

atrainRadio: Maybe mention the HFU to him then. Lots of potential material for his shows available here.
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Re: Art Bell Returns (Again)
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2015, 1501 UTC »
Chris, I will be sure to.
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