Art Bell, sometimes known as “The King of Late Night Radio,” is an American broadcaster and author. In addition, Art Bell founded and hosted the paranormal radio show Coast to Coast AM. In addition, his show has been broadcast by hundreds of radio stations across the United States and Canada. He also produced and presented Dreamland, the show’s companion.
Arthur William Bell III, also known as Art Bell, was born on June 17, 1945, at Camp Lejune, North Carolina, United States of America. Unfortunately, he was 72 years old when he died. Also, his zodiac sign is Gemini and an American citizen. He was the son of Arthur William Bell Jr. (father) and Jane Lee Gumaer Bell (mother). Even as a teenager he was fascinated by radio.
At the age of 13 he received his amateur radio license and used the callsign “KN3JOX”. He changed his call sign to K3JOX and eventually qualified for an Amateur Extra Class license, the highest level of amateur license issued by the US Federation Communications Commission.
Speaking about his academic credentials, he went to the University of Maryland to study engineering, but dropped out to work as a board operator. To gain experience, he often worked both behind and in front of the microphone. Working in the radio studio, he claimed, taught him far more than university could have taught him.
At the age of 70 he developed health problems and in 2016 he had a terrible case of pneumonia. He died on April 13, 2018, aged 72, at his residence in Pahrump, Nevada.
During the Vietnam War, Art Bell served as a doctor in the US Air Force, where he and a friend ran an illegal pirate radio station from Amarillo Air Force Base that broadcast anti-war songs. After the war he traveled to Japan, where he worked as a DJ for KSBK, the only civilian English broadcaster at the time. In the 1970s he went to the United States and worked for KIDD in Monterey, California.
He started his career as a rock music DJ before hosting radio talk shows. With his lecture program “Dreamland” he moved from normal political topics to controversial topics such as gun smuggling, occultism, UFOs, pseudoscience, conspiracy theories and protoscience.
He founded the Pahrump-based radio station “KNYE 95.1 FM” which had a broadcast studio and transmitter near his home in Nye County, Nevada. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, his studio-produced show Coast to Coast AM became one of the most popular radio shows. It was broadcast on over 500 channels and heard by over 15 million people.
Because he hosted live question-and-answer sessions on his show, he gained credibility. He learned the art of being a patient listener and then providing objective answers. He aired his show from the Philippines in October 2006 and that was the only time he sorted out questions. He interviewed singers, authors, actors, DJs and comedians.
In addition, throughout his distinguished career, he has interviewed celebrities such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Greg Bear, Chris Carter, Dan Aykroyd, Casey Kasem and George Carlin. His presentations received good reviews as they were relaxed yet discussed important and timely issues.
Bell abruptly retired from his show Coast to Coast AM in October 1998 due to the danger to his family. He returned to the show in February 2001 but refused to speak about his personal life. Due to medical problems, he left the regular show in October 2002 and began hosting only weekend episodes. George Noory took over as the show’s daily host in January 2003, replacing him.
In September 2013, he launched a new nighttime show on Sirius XM’s Indie Talk Channel entitled Art Bell’s Dark Matter. The show aired for a total of six weeks. In July 2015, he launched the show “Midnight in the Desert” available online through TuneIn.
Awards and net worth
He has received several awards and recognitions in his professional career. In 1998, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s Council for Media Integrity gave him the Snuffed Candle Award.
In addition, his name was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in August 2006. And in 2007, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Radio & Records magazine. In 2008 he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
He had a very successful career. According to some online sources, his net worth was around $10 million at the time of his death. He earned his living as an author and broadcaster.
Art Bella’s relationship has married four times over the course of his life. He married Sachiko Toguchi Pontius in 1965 and had two children with her. But just three years later, in 1968, the couple divorced. In March 1981 he married Vickie L Baker, with whom he had a son.
But like the last marriage, this one didn’t last long either, and the couple divorced in 1991. Then, in August 1991, he married Ramona Lee Hayes for the third time. He stayed with her until she died of severe asthma while on vacation in January 2006.
After losing his third wife, he surprisingly went to the Philippines in 2006 and got married Airyn Ruiz, who was only 21 at the time. He also had a health problem so he returned to America but his wife had trouble getting a visa.
He was with his last wife Airyn and their children until the end of his life. Arthur William Bell, Asia Rayne Bell, Lisa Minei Bell and Vincent Pontius Bell are the names of his children.
body measurement and social media
Art has white hair and brown eyes. Apart from that, there is no information about Art Bell’s height, weight and other body measurements.
The channel no longer exists and is not active on social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.