Art Bell, Radio’s Most Popular Weirdo, Returns

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I used to frequent a (now-shuttered) website called Fine Art. There I encountered a long-dormant culture I could find nowhere else, aesthetically significant works presented in still effective but slightly altered-from-the-original forms. I learned — well, no, I experienced — new things, concepts, ideas and visions once lamentably distant from my consciousness. The “Art” in the title, though, didn’t refer to painting, sculpture, film or photography. The name instead came from Art Bell, a 68-year-old radio talker whose memorably terrifying 1990s and early-2000s Coast to Coast AM broadcasts about UFOs, remote viewing, science, monsters, ghosts, government conspiracies (and, really, anything else) streamed there. Archival recordings of old Bell shows flowed all over the web for years, until several streams dried up within the last three months. More than a decade after he retired as the full-time Coast host, and after several false starts, Bell was returning to radio. His new show, Art Bell’s Dark Matter, premieres Monday night at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sirius XM’s Indie Talk channel. (The toll-free call-in line? 1-855-REAL-UFO.) In late August, I visited Bell at his home studio in the high desert of Pahrump, Nev. (“A lot of people who come out here from the big cities tend to feel weird,” he told me. No kidding — he had a plastic alien head on his porch.) I profiled him in this week’s magazine. Read entire post at TIME.com.

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