Art Bell's New Show FAQ

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Art has returned to broadcasting on the Internet on the Dark Matter Digital Network.

The show is now called "Midnight in the Desert" and is broadcast LIVE from 9pm to Midnight Pacific, Midnight to 3am Eastern for FREE, Monday thru Friday. You can listen via a link on this website, or use an app on your smartphone or tablet. Currently you can listen via the TuneIn Radio app. Install TuneIn Radio from your App store and search for Dark Matter Digital Network and you'll be listening to the current schedule of shows. On-demand archives for Art's show are available under the subscription membership service. Q. Can I use an Internet radio? A: If you would like a dedicated device to play Internet radio, there are a couple choices out there. Here is the CC-WiFi or CC-Wifi 2 from C.Crane. Once you have a CC-Wifi or if you have a Grace Radio, register your radio at myradio.gracedigital.com following the directions for your radio. Then simply search for "Dark Matter Digital Radio" and add the station to your radio. You'll be able to choose the MP3 or AAC stream when it's time to play the station, AAC is the best. Q. Can I listen later via a podcast? A. If you join the membership subscription service for the show, you'll have the ability to download or stream old shows so you can play them on your computer and smartphone/tablet device. It will cost $7.99 a month. Q. Will Art play his classic bumper music? A. Yes! We have worked out a plan where we will pay the music license agencies for rights to play the songs that Art loves and is part of the show. This will be only on the LIVE stream. The on-demand archives will have the music removed due to entirely different license fees that would be too large to affordably supply them to you. Q. What will the quality be like? A. Other than affiliate AM stations, the music will be in full stereo and full fidelity. We will stream in both 48K MP3 and 48K AAC. If your computer can play AAC, this would be the preferred player. Our testing over the last few days of the equipment we have installed, has demonstrated a high quality feed from Art's studio in Pahrump via the Telos Z/IP ONE IP Broadcast Codec unit, over the Internet to Keith's studio in Mesa and then out to the streaming servers via the Z/IPStream R/1. The sound should be one of the best on the Internet. Q. How many listeners can you handle with your new provider? A. We have enlisted the services of The Stream Guys for our content delivery system and ad playback platform. We are currently using them right now for the Dark Matter Digital Network and will be able to scale up to the number of servers required to handle many thousands of listeners. In fact, we'll be doing a test show on Sunday the 19th, just for the purposes of establishing a baseline for listeners. Check the Dark Matter Digital Network on that night to listen to that show. Q. Will Art be on any terrestrial radio stations? A. Yes we are accepting affiliates. See our Radio Stations page. If a station wants to carry the show, without any interruption of the content, they may just grab the Internet stream and replay it. We are also now on the XDS satellite distribution service. Here is how to Become An Affiliate! Q. Will Art be on Shortwave radio? A. In fact yes! We have made a deal with a shortwave station out of Tennessee, WTWW on 5,085 khz, a good frequency to be heard at that time of night. They will carry just the LIVE portion of the show. See our Radio Stations page for more. Q. Will Art be on Satellite? A. No. There is no need to buy a satellite radio this time. No $15/mo SiriusXM subscription. Q. How do I suggest a guest for the show? How can I be a guest on the show? A. Please provide the potential guests contact information (email or phone number), tell us a little about what topic they would talk about and send this info to our producer Heather at producer@artbell.com . Q. Can I call into the show on Skype? A. Yes, Art will have 2 Skype computers running, one for North America (US/Canada/Mexico) and one for International callers. Please have a properly operating headset microphone, as using just your laptop internal mic will make you sound awful and your call may be cut short. Of course standard phone lines will be active also. Q. What are the Call-In numbers? A. In the US the number is 1 - 952-CALL ART, (952-225-5278), in London 203-807-0703, yes, London! Q. How do I support the show financially? A. First would be to signup for the membership subscription service, whether you actually listen to the archives or not. With your subscription you'll also be able to access the "Wormhole" and send Art messages/questions during the show. Secondly, support the advertisers on the show. At least let them know you appreciate their sponsorship. Lastly, you can help to keep the pirates at bay. If you come across a YouTube channel or any website posting full-length files of Art's show, stealing our copyrighted content, let us know. We can take steps to get it taken down. It's a shame that these people are potentially destroying the very thing they love. We survive on paying subs to keep us operating. We're not a big corporation. Q. Will there be a chat room? A. There are two BBS style message forums that we will have links to, one moderated and one not. So you can pick your playground. Click to Chat Forums.

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