KUDE Chupacabra king returns

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In the photo you see a 27-year-old Art Bell in 1972. He was interviewing Maureen McCormick, the then 16-year-old actress who played Marcia Brady in the Brady Bunch. Bell was a DJ at Oceanside’s Top 40 station KUDE AM 1320, and McCormick was dropping by to chat up her appearance at JC Penney’s in Carlsbad. She was promoting her new record, which never went anywhere. According to Bob Hudson, who worked at KUDE as a DJ and newsman at the time (and who took the photos), this was the last full-time DJ gig for Bell before he launched a hugely successful career as a talk show host. Bell went on to host the syndicated Coast-To-Coast AM, the offbeat overnight gabfest that became the home for long-winded discussions about space aliens, chupacabras and conspiracy theories about secret societies and why there is AIDS. Bell retired from Coast-To-Coast about 10 years ago, handing his headphones over to George Noory. But it was just announced that Bell is coming back with his own nightly talk show again that will actually compete with Coast-To-Coast. Beginning Sept. 16, Art Bell’s Dark Matter will air from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the satellite-carried Sirius XM. Art Bell’s Dark Matter will originate from his home in Pahrump, Nev. Longtimers know that the studios for KUDE (and its sister station, “beautiful music” station KJFM 102.1 FM) were located on Oceanside Boulevard, near Foussat Road. The towers are still there, broadcasting a signal from KKSM, Palomar College’s student-manned station. I see Bob Hudson every now and then at the Thursday night Farmers Market downtown. KJFM is now KPRI, and its studios are in San Diego. via The Coast News.

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