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Arthur “Art” W. Bell, III (born June 17, 1945) is an American broadcaster and author, known primarily as the founder and longtime host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM. He also created and formerly hosted its companion show, Dreamland.

Semiretired from Coast to Coast AM since 2003, he hosted the show on many weekends for the next 4 years. He announced his retirement from weekend hosting on July 1, 2007, effective immediately, but will host occasional shows in the future. He attributed the reason for this latest retirement to a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter born in May 2007. He added that unlike his previous “retirements”, this one will stand.

Bell also owns oldies station, KNYE 95.1 FM (“The Kingdom of Nye … Things That Go Pahrump In The Night”) in Pahrump, Nevada. He broadcasted from his home in Pahrump for his entire time as host of Coast to Coast AM except from June 2006 to December 2006, when he lived in the Philippines.

Broadcasting career

Bell’s original Las Vegas program was a political call-in talk radio show under the names West Coast AM and Coast to Coast 2000, but he tired of the format, believing there were too many such programs, especially in the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s huge success.
Broadcast facilities of KNYE in Pahrump, Nevada.

Bell abandoned conventional political talk in favor of topics such as gun control and conspiracy theories, leading to a significant bump in his overnight ratings; however the show’s focus shifted significantly after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

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