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Master of paranormal radio Art Bell to return to airwaves

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
July 31st, 2013
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Radio's maestro of the odd, the unexplained and pseudo-scientific will be returning to the airwaves shortly. The 68-year-old Art Bell will take to the microphone once again on September 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bell was one of radio's top syndicated voices in the 1990s before walking away from his nightly show in 2002 due to family issues. Bell worked occasionally afterwards but has been absent from the airwaves since Halloween 2010.

"I missed it terribly," Bell says. Bell's weeknight show will air live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. eastern time. Sirius is building a studio at Bell's rural Nevada home where he will work.


The name of his new program will be "Art Bell's Dark Matter." He'll talk about the usual unusual, things like UFOs, ghosts, near-death experiences and weird aspects of science. He'll do interviews and be taking calls from viewers in the manner of his previous show.


"Art Bell's Dark Matter" took form after a Sirius representative contacted Bell through social media a few months ago. Scott Greenstein, Sirius XM president and chief content officer, said the show will be "uncensored, unrestricted, uncluttered and utterly unique."


"There's probably more interest in the genre now than when I did it," Bell said. "When I did it, I was damned near alone."


At his peak, Bell was on some 500 radio stations nationwide and "quit when he was at the top of his game." Harrison said Bell's subject matter has roots in old-time radio, and he predicted it will become popular once again in the coming years.


"He'll be looked at as one of the veteran, old masters," Harrison said. "He's the real deal when it comes to marching to the beat of a different drummer."


In the years since his absence, there have been rivals to Bell's throne. George Noory replaced Bell on the syndicated show, who Bell considers "not edgy enough." Noory's program is on later at night, so the two will not compete directly live.


In a nod to his "old school" roots, Bell said he's intrigued to learn the differences between satellite and terrestrial radio.


"It seems to me they are the next step in technology," he said. "I've always been a technological junkie. The mix of what they're giving me, the freedom that they're giving me, is priceless."


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