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Radio News: Art Bell dies

Apr 15, 2018 10:50 pm
Deadline reported that on Friday the thirteenth in April 2018, paranormal radio legend Art Bell died at his Nevada home. Bell started KNYE 95.1 FM in Nevada and, at his peak, he discussed paranormal actions, supernatural occurrences, and conspiracy theories on his late-night "Coast to Coast AM" show on 500 North American radio stations. He got an FCC technician license at age 13 and once set a Guinness World Record for broadcasting solo for 116 straight hours as a DJ at KSBK in Okinawa, Japan. Bell also was known to have operated a pirate radio station at Amarillo Air Force Base, playing anti-war music. He retired several times from both terrestrial radio and SiriusXM satellite radio, but never for too long. “It’s my life, and that’s all I have ever done,” he said. “I went through a lot of family problems, so that interrupted things, and I was overseas four years, and that certainly interrupted things. I went back into radio because I love it.” Often after broadcasting for hours late at night Bell would go on the 75 meter amateur radio band with a group of friends using the phonetics “Old Broken Bottles” for his call sign. His final broadcast, then on "Midnight in the Desert," was Dec. 11, 2015, when he said unspecified security concerns at his home drove him from the radio, causing conspiracy theories to ripple like waves across the air.