Sirius XM satellite radio has just announced that they will become the new exclusive home of Art Bell’s new UFO and paranormal radio show Dark Matter beginning in the fall of 2013.
“Sirius XM is the perfect fit for me and my new show Art Bell’s Dark Matter,” said Bell. “Though invisible, dark matter accounts for gravitational forces observed in the universe—expect these forces to be at work in the uncensored, unrestricted creative arena of satellite radio, a medium with truly extraterrestrial reach.”
Many paranormal enthusiasts know Bell to be an icon of late night radio. Bell started broadcasting a paranormal centered show in the late 90s, which eventually turned into the wildly popular Coast to Coast AM, which can still be heard every night. According to the Sirius XM press release, from 1993-2000 Bell was one of the top five most listened to talk shows on the air. They estimate he had around 15 million listeners on the over 500 radio stations that aired Coast to Coast AM.
Due to family issues, Bell had to retire in 2000. However, he did return occasionally as a guest host. His last appearance over the air waves was on Halloween of 2010. He says he misses radio “terribly.”
According to ArtBell.com, the show will launch on September 16, 2013, “if no anomalies.” It will be live from 7-10 pm pacific, and be replayed all night on Sirius XM Indie Talk Channel 104.
“We are excited to be the exclusive home of Art Bell, who has captivated a nation of listeners throughout his career with his intelligent and inquisitive, yet entertaining, style,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer at Sirius XM. “Art Bell left terrestrial radio after the biggest possible successes. We are honored that Art now wants to work with Sirius XM to write his next chapter; his vision takes advantage of our best strengths and his new show will be uncensored, unrestricted, uncluttered and utterly unique. With his return to radio on Sirius XM, he will be able to reach millions of longtime listeners and new fans everywhere in the nation.”
The new show will not be a direct competitor with Coast to Coast AM, as it will air earlier. Although, he told the AP he is not impressed with the current host, George Noory. He says he is not “edgy enough.”
Michael Harrison, publisher of Takers, a magazine that covers the radio industry, says Bell “quit when he was at the top of his game.”
“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.”
Sorry folks, I can’t afford to spend the over 200 dollars just to listen to Art… and that 200 dollards doesn’t even include being able to listem in my car, only through the internet.
Probably not a good idea to start an XM radio show in this economy. Good luck though.
You don’t spend $200 and just get Art. You get 175 channels. **Rolling Eyes**
You can also get a 6 month trial for $25.00 Then, at end of 6 months call and cancel, they’ll renew it. If you can’t see this is a deal for $50 a year, you’ve got issues.
Howard and Art are worth $50. a year by themselves.
Conversely, because radio reception in the desert area I live in is so poor, I was an early adopter of XM radio in 2002, primarily so I could listen to Art on Coast to Coast.
I’ll be leaving my radio on XM 104 from now on.
By hook or crook, I’ll be there to listen to Art. I miss him. I started listening in the early 1990 as I ran my 100 mile newspaper route in N. Indiana. On country roads that had customers rather far apart. Sometimes when I had to get out to get more papers, from my trunk, I was spooky from listening to some of Arts wildest nights of the strange and unknown. I got real fast at throwing them bundles in the front seat. Welcome back my friend. Welcome back.
I can’t wait!
Art Bell on Satellite radio makes sense to me.
Unrestricted,uncensored he can run the show completely his way.
Which is what he wants..I’m good with that.
I’ll scrounge up the $15.00 a month for this.
I’ll skip fast food once a month.
I’ll skip a movie.
Or a high priced coffee.
I’ll add an extra week in between haircuts.
I’ll use coupons!
It’ll be easy…
I’ll be listening to Art using the Internet.
So, I’ll be able to listen on my computer, or my Android phone or Android tablet.
I won’t have to stay up all night either.
I’ll be able to listen to his show whenever I want.
What the hell?! If I want to listen to this show in my car or in my home I would have to shell out 200 for the internet subscription, 200 for the car subscription, 100 for the home radio and 100 for the car radio… so 600 dollars just to listen to ONE SHOW!
Wow Art, how far gone are you to agree to something like this? Who can afford that???
What?! I don’t understand what you guys are talking about. I pay 12 bucks a month. My radio was 40 bucks. It came with a car dock. You would only need a home dock which you can get for 25 dollars. You unplug the radio and walk it inside and plug it into the home dock and vice versa. You will definitely find something else to listen to as well. Stern, Opie & Anthony, Jason Ellis… the list goes on for about another 20 minutes. Well worth it IMO. I for one will be listening on my long nights driving. I miss Art Bell.
Go look at the XM websites, the prices are right there. You must be getting some deal the rest of us cannot.
Funky’s right – it’s not that expensive. And Art is well worth it.
You can get an Internet subscription, so you don’t even have to buy a radio.
“If you can’t see this is a deal for $50 a year, you’ve got issues.”
Murray: Yes, I most certainly have issues with this. One issue is that I am an educated consumer and would never pay subscription rates to listen to commercial radio which I have received free over the air all my life. Another is that Art Bell is an old HAM and RF guy, and for him to go and sign a satellite only contract really burns us old DXers who used to listen to him. He should have stayed retired if he cares that little for his established audience.
QRT, 73, out.
If you guys call up siriusxm and ask for the 5 months for 25 dollars deal you will most likely get it. I just renewed my account a few days ago and got that deal. I’m not sure if you can get it without being a customer already but its worth a try.
Art Bell is the reason I came back to radio and I checked the internet only prices and its $160 a year well worth it for me!!! I would like to know when he will be rebroadcast in the daytime hours here in new york.
Most of my radio listening is by podcast now on android, love it! Perhaps Art would consider that in the future. He could have had his own independent radio program, he’s got the equipment to do it. Happy to hear he is back. What a waste of talent when he is not doing what he loves best. Welcome back Art!
So glad to have Art back, don’t care what it costs- although we already have Sirius in the car and am not sure what it will cost to get it online.
I love to listen at night and can’t stand George and the other guys on C2C. Either too nice or too boring.
September, can’ t wait!
I’m with Jane, but I quit listening to Coast when Art’s replacement came on board. There simply is no replacement.
Anyone remember the caller who claimed his cat played music with rubber bands kept under the fridge.. LOL
Good for you Art, we should all try to do what we love, as much as we can… life is so short…..
I’m glad Art’s back. I’m on a budget, but am not too worried about Sirius’ fees as I’m confident some kind subscribers will volunteer to share by regularly upping bootlegs of the show to youtube or to some torrent site, etc. C2C has tons of uploads to youtube thanks to fans. I don’t know why Art’s show will be different unless Sirius is more draconian & vigilant than C2C about bootlegs. Subscribers, please share!
A few nights ago a cheating male caller called up to tell his story about going “on holiday” to where his ex-cheating partner lived and being shocked about the synchronicity of running into the husband who took a picture of him and sent it to the cheaters wife. Anybody with a brain could figure out what really happened with just the clues in the guys story. Duh, the husband was onto you, and probably following you, dumbass! How does he know how to get a hold of your wife? You’re not as slick as you think, by a mile! Any decent interviewer might have picked up on this, but not Noory who was in his ‘go along with anything’ mode. I actually thought to myself Art Bell probably would have pointed out these possibilities to the guy instead of acting like the Mr Rodgers of paranormal interviewers.
When Howard Stern cam to Sat radio, I did some looking around for receivers. I found one for $59. So monthly subscription for 172 channels plus Howard is or was, about $16 a month. My brother ‘borrowed’ my setup and hasn’t returned it in almost 2 years, no biggie though. Since they want you to pay extra for web AND receiver connection, I’m opting out just for web. Its better, cause who doesn’t nowadays have a Smartphone or a Tablet, and there is where I live NYC ALWAYS wifi.
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Want to see Coast to coast am with it’s on Serius XM radio channel 24/7 !!!