According to a report on Nevada Public Radio (2), Bell said that shots had been fired at him at his residence, and he had spotted trespassers in the vicinity. He received a telephone threat in November 2015 that he and his family would die if he went on his radio show that night. Police, thus far, have not found any evidence of trespassers or shots being fired.
Bell has retired and then made comebacks several times in his career.
His first retirement was from Coast to Coast AM when he announced that he was retiring on October 13, 1998.
However, he returned 15 days later. The reasons for the brief retirement were, at first, unclear. Bell had vaguely referred to “terrible events” and threats happening to him and his family.
The details only came to light in 2000 when it was revealed that a criminal indictment had been issued to someone for an assault against a member of his family and that the proprietors of a shortwave radio station claimed that Bell had paid to have the matter covered up.
Ted Gunderson and the hosts of the same shortwave station argued that Bell was the person who had been indicted. Bell successfully sued Gunderson and others, and a settlement was quickly reached.
Retirements & Comebacks
Throughout the next several years, Bell announced a series of retirements and comebacks. He suffered the death of his first wife and remarried a lady from the Philippines, residing in that country for a time. Bell left Coast to Coast AM eventually but returned to the airwaves in 2013 with a Sirius/XM show (4) called Art Bell’s Dark Matter, which lasted only six weeks.
The most recent version of Art Bell’s show was called Midnight in the Desert (3), which aired on an Internet streaming service as well as a number of radio stations from July 2015 to Bell’s latest retirement in December 2015.
As of this writing, the incidents that led to Bell’s latest retirement remain unsolved. No word exists concerning when or if Bell, now age 71, might make another comeback.
When Heather Wade, the current host of Midnight in the Desert announced the December 2015 departure (5), she suggested that Bell might come back at any time unannounced.
In the meantime, the longtime radio host has a social media presence on Twitter (6), with the last tweet having been in May 2016. Recently, according to the Midnight in the Desert blog, Art Bell was hospitalized for pneumonia and additional symptoms of C.O.P.D. but is currently at home recovering (7).
Coast to Coast AM
Wade assured the listeners that the incidents had not been manufactured as a publicity stunt and, in fact, corroborative evidence exists that Bell has a dangerous stalker.
It should also be noted that because of the eclectic subject matters of Bell’s various radio shows, he has undoubtedly attracted more than his fair share of crazy people. It is entirely possible that at least one of them has taken it into his head to bully him off the air.
In his career, Bell has interviewed or had callers who ranged from conspiracy theorists, to UFO abductees, Bigfoot hunters, practitioners of occult religions, and even the occasional legitimate scientist, such as Michio Kaku. His style is not to get contentious with his guests, no matter how far “out there” they are, but to let them talk about whatever subject they have an interest in.
Old episodes of Coast to Coast AM “somewhere in time” can be heard in many media markets late on Saturday nights.
References & Image Credits:
(1) Wikipedia: Art Bell
(3) Midnight in the Desert
(4) TSW: Art Bell Makes a Comeback on Sirius XM Radio
(5) Midnight in the Desert: Heather Updates
(6) Twitter @ArtBell51
(7) Midnight in the Dessert