Art Bell Exits His Show Again
December 14, 2015 at 4:30 AM (PT)
ART BELL told listeners FRIDAY (12/11) that he has left his overnight syndicated and online radio show once again.
In a note posted to his website, BELL wrote, "I am sorry to have to announce this but I will not be on Tonight or any other night, yes I am going to hang it up. Whoever this crazy person is, they are not stopping and it has come to the point that we as a Family do not feel it is worth the risk. While I think the person or persons are after me, my Wife and now my Daughter are really scared, the other night after the latest incident my Daughter was off in the corner of her bed scared to death as the Police cars came screaming up. I will not put my Family through this. As you all know I dearly love what I do but not at the expense of never ending Terrorism. I want to thank those of you who have shown so much support and it has been my joy, short as it has been to have cracked that Mic open for a last time. This was a Family decision. The girls stuck with me and still would but if one of them were harmed because of what I love doing my life would be over."
BELL had relaunched his show recently as "MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT" and had begun to add broadcast stations like CUMULUS News-Talk KABC-A/LOS ANGELES to his affiliate roster. The show continued FRIDAY with HEATHER WADE hosting and BELL calling in; The DARK MATTER RADIO NETWORK's KEITH ROWLAND posted SUNDAY (12/13) that the show will continue with WADE "for the next 30 days minimum" online live and will feed whatever radio affiliates prefer, WADE or reruns of BELL, for 9p-midnight (PT). If, he said, stations prefer BELL reruns, online subscribers will hear WADE live 6-9p (PT) , but if they prefer WADE, she will host 9p-midnight weeknights. He added that RICHARD C. HOAGLAND's "OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT" will be re-evaluated due to financial concerns but he "hope(s) to come to some resolution" for HOAGLAND to continue, but also warned that with BELL's departure and the end of some of the network's other shows for financial rasons, the stream will revert to a cheaper streaming solution "and may be dark for some periods of time to save costs."