Monday, July 29, 2013

Art Bell Returns to Radio September 16th

This publicity image released by SiriusXM shows
Art Bell his home studio in Pahrump, Nev. The title art is ours.

For many of us, Art Bell is an icon that would keep us up at night with topics stranger than you could imagine. It wasn't the topics alone that made Art Bell's radio show so successful, it was his ability to be truly interested in his guests while still being honest about his own opinion. Without Art bell there would be no X-Files.

Although Art Bell covered UFO's, Aliens, Ghosts, Demons and everything else that went bump in the night. once in a while he would take on the topic of Bigfoot. One significant episode was with a man named "Bugs."  Bugs was an aging farmer who has repeatedly told of his account of shooting and burying two Bigfoot creatures back in the 1970s in the Texas Panhandle, initially thinking they were bears. Bugs has mailed a map of the location of this "burial" to Art Bell, to be released to the public upon Bugs' death. During his first appearance in 1996, Bugs said he had taken a dozen Polaroid photos of the creatures he would be willing to send to Bell. None of the alleged photos have yet been made available. You can listen to the 2006 rebroadcast at the end of this post. You can also read what eventually became of the 12-year running "Bugs" saga at Cryptomundo.

For many of us Bigfooters this is great news. We also did our homework, Art is returning to Sirius XM Satellite radio. You can get Sirius XM streamed on the internet or as an app for your smart phone. Here is the an excerpt from the AP report announcing Art Bell's return:

NEW YORK (AP) — Art Bell, radio's master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone on Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.

Bell was one of radio's top syndicated voices in the 1990s before walking away from his nightly show in 2002 due to family issues. He worked occasionally after that but hasn't been on the air since Halloween 2010.

"I missed it terribly," said Bell, 68, whose weeknight show will air live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. Sirius is building a studio at Bell's rural Nevada home where he will work.

A Sirius representative contacted Bell through social media a few months ago, leading to the formation of his show, "Art Bell's Dark Matter." He'll talk about things like UFOs, ghosts, near-death experiences and weird aspects of science. He'll do interviews and take calls from viewers.

Scott Greenstein, Sirius XM president and chief content officer, said the show will be "uncensored, unrestricted, uncluttered and utterly unique."

"There's probably more interest in the genre now than when I did it," Bell said. "When I did it, I was damned near alone."
Art Bell is also frank about his opinion of his successor George Noory.

There's also a potential rivalry with George Noory, who replaced Bell on the syndicated show. Bell isn't a fan, saying he considers Noory "not edgy enough." Noory's program is on later at night, so the two will not compete directly live.


The 2006 "Bugs" episode which includes a description of a map of a Bigfoot burial ground.


  1. Damn, I spent a lot of of the 90s listening to him. Used to listen to him on 80 meter ham radio,as well, and he was exactly the same. Almost worth getting XM.

  2. I'd like this to be free. Where can I access the broadcast? Let's open Mr. Bell's suspense and wisdom broadcasts to the general public.
    It's also possible that these bigfoot remains may have been taken by the tribe and reburied. That's likely.

  3. What channel is he on xm Sirius radio?

  4. He will be on Channel 104 which is the Indie Talk channel. Looking forward to his return!
    Mike from

  5. A little research pulled this up:

    Looks like Bugs is radio personality Ed Hale, and friend of Art Bell. Now it seems obvious why Art was trying to keep "Bugs" from giving the fictional map to Robert Morgan. Art concocted this ruse for a night of good radio.

    He had me going there for a little while...

    (keeper of the secret handshake)


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