Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

United States radio host and conspiracy theorist Art Bell dead at 72

United States radio host and conspiracy theorist Art Bell dead at 72

NEVADA: US radio host Art Bell, known for his discussions of conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomena during his popular syndicated show "Coast to Coast AM", has died at his home in Nevada aged 72, the local sheriff's office said. Coast to Coast AM then became syndicated across the US and Canada in the 1990s, eventually through Chancellor Media in the mid-90's before becoming a part of Premiere Radio Networks and Clear Channel Communications in 2001.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced the death of the "longtime resident" in a brief video statement.

Bell ruled the late night airwaves during the 1990's with a syndicated show carried by 500 stations featuring wide ranging discussions about freaky conspiracy theories, involving everything from Bigfoot to the paranormal. He also had more prominent guests on the show - singers, comedians, actors, scientists.

Bell first got his start in the radio business when he was 13 years old.

Bell did shows about conspiracies, UFO's and other odd and paranormal subjects.

The show tweeted a comment from its current host, George Noory, who described Bell as "a legend - a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an unbelievable show called 'Coast to Coast AM.' His impact on my life is beyond words". Bell returned to radio in 2015 with a new show called Midnight in the Desert, available online and on a few stations.

In 1986 KDWN in Las Vegas offered Bell a five-hour time slot in the middle of the night.

Bell air "coast-to-coast" out of his radio channel, KNYE, in Pahrump.

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