Art Bell, radio’s master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.
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. He worked occasionally after that but hasn’t been on the air since Halloween 2010.
A Sirius representative contacted Bell through social media a few months ago, leading to the formation of his show, “Art Bell’s Dark Matter.” He’ll talk about things like UFOs, ghosts, near-death experiences and weird aspects of science. He’ll do interviews and take calls from viewers.
There is a rivalry with George Noory who took over for Bell on Coast to Coast AM. Bell says Noory’s show is not edgy enough which makes us wonder just how off the edge the new show will be.
I know many people, even skeptically-minded folks, find this stuff incredibly entertaining. I can’t manage to stay up that late usually to listen (but I have hinted that I would be glad to be a guest on Coast to Coast, you know, for a tiny bit of balance). The paranormal/weird news genre is certainly growing. That’s not actually so great since familiarity breeds acceptance. In this case, people are hearing some really outrageous claims but no evidence to go with it. It’s fun to listen to and to think about but many people REALLY BELIEVE THIS STUFF. Is it fair to call a radio host an “expert” in the paranormal? Why? Just because he listens to all the stories? I doubt it.
Doubtful News does its best to counter outrageous claims with a questioning format. We simply want to get the best answer, not just one that sounds good. I’m afraid it will continue to be a hard struggle against the mystery mongerers as paranormal popularity rolls onwards. Any advice?