Long before the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) became popular on media, Art Bell, revolutionized the late-night airwaves with his serious approach to such subjects as UFOs, the paranormal, and various conspiracy theories. Art Bell, the renowned talk radio host, gained worldwide recognition as the voice for supernatural subjects when he established the radio program, Coast to Coast AM.
The popularity of Coast to Coast AM grew rapidly, attracting not only those who struggled with sleep and long-distance truck drivers but also a large number of devoted fans seeking information about taboo topics that other media outlets avoided. At its peak, the show had a weekly audience of 15 million listeners, and it covered a wide range of topics beyond UFOs and the paranormal.
In 2003, Bell stepped back from hosting “Coast to Coast AM.” Over the next four years, he hosted the show on weekends for Premiere Networks. In 2007, he announced his retirement from weekend hosting, but still served as a guest host until 2010. In 2015, Bell returned to radio with a new program called “Midnight in the Desert,” which could be listened online through TuneIn or on certain radio stations. Due to security concerns at his home, Bell officially retired on December 11, 2015.
In 2013, Bell was preparing for the return of his radio show. In an interview with Mystery Wire reporter George Knapp, he discussed how certain subjects, once considered fringe, had become mainstream. “I love that stuff. The world has changed, only in the sense that what I did back then is now times ten,” Bell said during one of his last public interviews.
He further noted: “These questions, deep questions like, life after death, is there any? UFOs? People from elsewhere, things from elsewhere. Ghosts. Those questions are still there and bigger now. As we get older, we wonder more about these things. I certainly do.”
Unfortunately, Bell passed away in 2018 at the age of 72. The official cause of death was determined to be multiple drug intoxication.
Art Bell was born on June 17, 1945, in North Carolina with a Lutheran background. He was passionate about radio and obtained an Amateur Extra Class license at the age of 13. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years as a medic during the Vietnam War and witnessed the effects of the war at hospitals in Da Nang and Clark Air Base. Despite his experiences, he did not like to talk about them.
Art Bell and his wife’s close UFO encounter
During his career as a radio host, he interviewed many people who had close encounters with UFOs and also talked about aliens. “Coast to Coast AM” became the main source of information for UFOlogy and over the phone lines. “I ‘ve talked to the most knowledgeable Ufologists, the best scientists, and some of the craziest people you’ll ever meet,” Bell said. (Source)
Coast To Coast AM Founder Art Bell & His Wife Saw Huge Triangular UFO In 1994 In Nevada; 150Ft Long Each Side
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Bell explained: “‘Coast to Coast AM’ started as a political show, similar to many other political radio shows. But one day, I got tired of discussing the same politics over and over again and started adding different programmings, like aliens and strange phenomena.
The show became the fourth most popular radio program in America. “People are fascinated with the concept of alien intelligence because it would be so strange if we were the only life forms in the universe. Just imagine how it would feel if we were alone, without any other intelligent life anywhere.”
Bell used to get many calls about people seeing cigar or triangular-shaped UFOs, and it became interesting when Bell and his wife Ramona together saw a huge triangular UFO floating above them in 1994.
Art and Ramona said they encountered something from out there in 1994. They were on their way home to Pahrump from Las Vegas. Bell looked in the rear-view mirror and saw something coming up behind them. It was not normal and he kept asking what it was. The object floated above their heads at about 30 miles per hour and had to have defied gravity or it was lighter than an aircraft. Its each side was about 150 feet long, with two bright lights at each point of the triangle.
“It was triangular. It was monstrous. The moon and the stars went away, and there it was above us. And we stood and watched it go across the valley and head toward the mountains,” said Bell.
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Bell was listening and discussing the strangeness daily. He was stunned during the “Phoenix Lights” incident in Phoenix, Arizona on March 13, 1997, when he started receiving calls from hundreds of people reported seeing a mysterious flying object.
The Frantic Man
On September 11, 1997, the Coast to Coast AM radio show had an open phone line for anyone with information about Area 51. Art Bell was at home in Nevada, paying attention to the listeners’ theories. But during the show, a caller spoke in a panic and said he did not have much time. The audience to Bell’s show across 400 radio stations was listening with bated breath. (Source)
“They’ll triangulate on this position really, really soon,” he said, audibly crying. “What we’re thinking of as… aliens, Art, they’re… extradimensional beings that an earlier precursor of the… space program made contact with… They have infiltrated a lot of… aspects of… the military establishment, particularly the Area 51. The disasters that are coming, they… — the government — knows about them… They want those major population centers wiped out so that… the few that are left will be more easily controllable… I say we g –”
The signal cut out. After five seconds of dead air, the show lurched back to life. “Well… we are now on a backup system. Something knocked us off the air,” Bell reported. The satellite uplink transmitter had failed without explanation, the first time for the veteran broadcaster. For the remainder of the night, Bell and his audience speculated on what exactly had occurred.
For almost a year, nothing was heard about the story. But then the same man called again and said it was all a hoax. Some people think that the caller’s voice and behavior were different each time he called. Little else is known about it but it does make people think. It may have been a government cover-up or just a hoax.
Speaking to Larry King in 1998, Bell observed that “when we’re done here on Earth, we all want to know that there’s something else out there, don’t we? That’s the land of the paranormal.” “Death,” he continued, “is the greatest unknown because, cosmically, we’re not here all that long.”