The originator and former host of the iconic syndicated radio show, “Coast to Coast AM,” Art Bell died on Friday April 13 at the age of 72. Bell created the precursor to Coast to Coast AM at 720 KDWN-AM in Las Vegas in the late 1970s. Coast to Coast AM became syndicated across the U.S. and Canada in the 1990s, eventually through Chancellor Media before becoming a part of Premiere Radio Networks and Clear Channel Communications in 2001.
Bell permanently left the weekday edition of Coast to Coast AM in 2002, and George Noory took over the weekday hosting duties on January 1, 2003. Bell last hosted the weekend edition of Coast to Coast AM in 2010.
In 2013 Bell had a show on SiriusXM that only lasted 6 weeks. Bell made a return to radio in 2015 with a new show called “Midnight in the Desert,” available online and on a few stations. He announced what would be his final retirement on December 11, 2015, citing security concerns at his home. Most recently Premiere was syndicating Bell’s show Somewhere In Time which was the best in classic Art Bell shows from 6pm–10pm on Saturdays.
Noory, made the announcement about Bell’s death during his show at about 1:20 a.m. Central Time on Saturday, April 14, 2018. According to the Nye County (Nevada) Sheriff’s Office, Bell passed away at his home.