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Coast to Coast AM is a popular U.S. talk radio show that runs in the wee hours of the late night and early morning. It was originally devised and hosted by Art Bell. Since 2003 the regular weekday host has been George Noory, and weekend hosts are George Knapp, Rob Simone, Dave Schrader and Richard Syrett.

The show focuses on a wide variety of paranormal and occult topics, typically presented in a credulous manner intended to febreze away the overwhelming odor of bullshit; occasionally, the show will address some political news of the day, always by repeating the standard right wing talking point. The show generally consists of two two-hour interviews with a specific guest, the end of which is opened up to callers with questions. Many would argue, however, that the show is at its best on Fridays, when the second half (or sometimes the last three hours, or the entire episode) is left open to callers' personal stories.

It is distributed by Premiere Radio Networks. Local affiliates exist in nearly every major U.S. city though the show has been removed from some markets in recent years due to decline in audience. The program generally runs seven days a week, from 10 PM to 2 AM Pacific time, although local affiliates may repeat, delay or abridge the program. Many stations that carry Coast to Coast also carry other Premiere Radio shows, including Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity, hosts not known for their firm grip on reality.

History[edit]

The original host, Art Bell, got his start in 1984 with a local conservative political talk show in Las Vegas. When he took Coast to Coast AM national in 1992 it was briefly a political talk show — Bell was one of the talk radio hosts talking up Ross Perot's candidacy and criticism of the Waco siege — before he found his calling covering paranormal topics. Art Bell later joined the Libertarian Party. Bell retired from the show briefly in 2000-2001, during which Coast to Coast AM was hosted by Mike Siegal of Seattle. He returned in 2001 and went into "semi-retirement" again in 2003, with George Noory taking over regular hosting. Bell is the co-author of The Coming Global Superstorm, upon which the movie The Day After Tomorrow was based.[1]

In September 2013, Art Bell returned to the airwaves, somewhat, on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. His new show, "Art Bell's Dark Matter" was broadcast nightly on "Indie", Channel 104, direct from his home studio in Pahrump, Nevada, but abruptly ended in November over web streaming issues.[2]. On July 20th, 2015, Art Bell debuted his new show, "Midnight in the Desert", that aired Monday through Friday on the Dark Matter Digital Network from 12 AM to 3 AM EST.[3] This show ended in December 2015, after Bell claimed that he received a string of violent threats to himself and his family.[4] Bell's local sheriff's department opened an investigation, but closed it "due to a lack of evidence".[5]

Guests[edit]

Coast to Coast AM features a regular lineup of guests from a wide range of fields, often pseudoscientific. Frequent topics discussed on the show are such things as UFOs, alien abductions, cryptozoology, ghosts, exorcisms, astrology, pseudoarcheology, topics such as the alleged mystical powers of "ancient crystal skulls", and various forms of science woo. A frequent guest on Coast to Coast is remote viewer and doomsayer Ed Dames, who makes predictions of impending worldwide destruction. Another is Gerald Celente, whose economic forecasts would have had the USA back to the Stone Age by now if they had only been accurate.

Robert Zimmerman[edit]

This Robert Zimmerman is no relation to the Robert Zimmerman who sang of brass bedsteads and changing times. A space historian with four books and a master's degree to his credit, Zimmerman was appointed science adviser to the radio show in July 2015, replacing the completely unqualified Richard Hoagland.

He had previously had many spots on the show, especially commenting on spaceflight news but also interpreting science and technology more generally.

Linda Moulton Howe[edit]

Linda Moulton Howe is the show's official "investigative journalist." She gets the whole show to herself on alternate Thursdays and is allegedly paid a small stipend. Her spots have more formality than most of the show's content, with LMH painstakingly expounding her latest research and replaying her interviews with sources. Members of the internet forum "Coastgab" regularly criticize her pedestrian delivery and "old lady voice," but they also give her credit for serious investigative work (if you choose to call interviewing people who claim alien/human hybrids were behind the Watergate break-in "serious investigative work")[6] as opposed to many regular guests who just make stuff up.

Steve Quayle[edit]

Steve Quayle spews an endless stream of overlapping nonsense involving the entire grab-bag ranging from UFOs to the end of the world with plenty of pseudoscience like chemtrails. He supports far-right political views and hatred: during a recent radio appearance he took a page out of the basic xenophobic playbook and called immigrants coming into the US "infectons", claiming they could be "intentionally exposed to some of the most deadly pathogens with the goal of spreading disease" as Coast to Coast put it. Nobody thought to tell him that perfectly legit businessmen returning from exotic foreign locations are every bit as much of a potential threat.

During the same show, Quayle uttered the dread words "quantum frequencies." According to him, the bombardment of the US embassy in Moscow with microwaves (1953-76) was not, as reported at the time, a form of radio jamming electronic eavesdropping using items built into the embassy as resonant chambers, but a successful scheme to project viruses through thin air. Amazing what quantum frequencies can achieve.

Whitley Strieber[edit]

Friend of Art Bell who took over Art's other show Dreamland. Of course, Dreamland was promptly driven into obscurity as a podcast-only show after he took over. Whitley claims to have been abducted by aliens and is usually accompanied by fellow UFO conspiracy freaks.

Michio Kaku[edit]

One of the few relatively sane folks that appear on the show. Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist who specializes in trans-humanist and future technology topics.

Alex Jones[edit]

Yes, conspiracy posterboy Alex Jones occasionally shows up to tell you to get ready to eat your poisoned food while sitting in your cell in the FEMA camps. Be sure to have your Credit card ready to take advantage of Alex Jones's many sponsored worthless survival products.

Joel Wallach[edit]

A pseudo-physician who hands out worse-than-useless advice such as that all diseases are due to mineral deficiency.[7] Also flogs pseudo-medical products such as colloidal mineral supplements using the brand name Youngevity.[8]

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