Sometimes ally and antagonist Whitley Strieber posted this on Friday…
Friday, April 13, 2018
Art Bell Has Died
A message from Whitley Strieber: At 10:30 on the morning of Friday, April 13, Art Bell died. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, and there is at this time no known cause of death. The family had hoped to delay an announcement of his death, but the story was released by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office against their wishes.” – unknowncountry.com
For anyone, if there is anyone left, who does not know who Art Bell was, he was simply the best in his field when it comes to late night radio, broadcasting overnight(4 hour) shows, scope of topics other would not touch and technical capacity. Many have written opinion pieces for and against Bell’s style, content and so on however; no honest radio broadcaster, ego set aside, can say they were not influences by Bell. And that goes for podcasters as well.
Bell reached a much wider audience than some are willing to admit due to the wide open scope of topics covered. Bell seemed to have an uncanny ability to gauge his audience’s temperament and patience. He balanced scheduled guests with open mic nights, skillfully. For insomniacs, Bell was a gift; what do you do when you cannot sleep and need to distract yourself from the frustration and boredom? Coast to Coast AM was the answer for many. So too long-haul truckers, third shifter in otherwise dull jobs and a host of others.
Bell came from career military parents and himself served in the Air Force. He received his FCC license at age 13 an never looked back. His upbringing gave him the discipline to achieve, and the people skills to be a good listener. His even toned style gave callers the freedom to question and discuss topics which never saw the “light of day” on main stream broadcasts. Often, when a story did hit main stream, it had been discussed, vetted, chewed up and confirmed or debunked by Bell, his callers and guests months or even years ahead of others.
Bell’s technical skills were amazing. He taught himself engineering, show format and technical construction. The end result was a show produced from a self-built studio at his home in the hight desert of Nevada. He would end his overnight show and switch to his HAM radio setup for another few hours. As technology evolved, so did the scope of Bell’s reach. His website was an early example of how far social media interaction could go.
Some will end up doing the radio gig longer, some appeal to more focused audiences but nobody will do it better than the man uniquely qualified and placed at a specific time, Art Bell.
- Unknown Country – Whitley Strieber
- Midnight in the Desert – Late Night Talk, Art Bell
- Coast to Coast AM
- Somewhere in Time
- Rest in Peace Art Bell – theoutline.com
Author’s Note: This is article ID number 1213. As one commentor observed, Art Bell probably loved the fact he was leaving the mortal coil on Friday the 13th.