Art Bell, the creator and original host of Coast-to-Coast died on April 13, in Pahrump, Nevada. He was 72.
There isn’t much information available at this time. The announcement was made by the Nye County sheriff’s office You can watch it here:
Bell had been retired for a number of years, first leaving Coast-to-Coast but later returned to hosting duties for a short time. He said that he wanted to spend more time with his new wife and daughter. He was the host of Midnight in the Desert but soon retired from that as well.
I was a guest on Coast-to-Coast a number of times. Bell and I disagreed about the reality of MJ-12 and some of the other aspects of the UFO phenomenon but the interviews were always cordial, and I would hope, interesting.
Like so many others in the UFO and the paranormal fields, I did not know him personally, only through this radio programs and speaking with him on the telephone both privately and as a guest on his programs.
He brought conspiracy theories, UFOs and the paranormal to many with his radio programs. Until his retirement, he was a voice that presented many different ideas and while we might not have accepted all of them as based in our shared reality, at the very least, he got us talking about them. Sometimes that is the best than can be said and is certainly a way of providing information to a larger audience than might have been originally available. In other, more precise words, he facilitated conversations and opened us all to alternatives that we might not have even noticed.