Coast to Coast AM
|Running time||175 minutes, 20 seconds|
|Host(s)||George Noory (weeknights and 1st Sunday)
John B. Wells (Saturdays and 2nd Sundays)
George Knapp (Sundays)
|Recording studio||Sherman Oaks, California|
|Remote studios||Los Angeles, California (Noory)
St. Louis, Missouri (Noory)
Las Vegas, Nevada (Knapp)
Dallas, Texas (Wells)
|Air dates||since 1984|
|Opening theme||"Chase (Theme from Midnight Express)" by Giorgio Moroder|
|Ending theme||"Inca Dance" or "Ghost Dance" by Cusco (Shows hosted by Noory, Knapp and Wells)
"Listening to Coast to Coast" by Rick Still (as UFO Phil) (Fridays)
"Hands of Time" by Groove Armada (Shows hosted by Punnett)
"Midnight in the Desert" by Crystal Gayle (Bell-hosted shows)
Coast to Coast AM is a North American (U.S. and Canada) late-night radio talk show that deals with a variety of topics, but most frequently ones that relate to either the paranormal or conspiracy theories. The program is distributed by Premiere Networks, both as part of its talk network and separately as a syndicated program. The program currently airs seven nights a week 1:05 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:05 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Pacific Time).
Originally created and hosted by Art Bell, as of 2013 the program is hosted on most nights by George Noory. According to estimates by Talkers Magazine, Coast to Coast AM draws approximately 3 million listeners, making it the most listened-to program in its time slot, though its popularity has declined significantly since about 2005 due to Bell's retirement from full-time hosting duties.
Format and subject matter
The Coast to Coast AM format consists of a combination of live callers and long format interviews. The subject matter covers unusual topics and is full of personal stories related to callers, junk science, pseudo experts and non-peer reviewed scientists. While program content is often focused on paranormal and fringe subjects, sometimes world-class scientists such as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene are featured in long format interviews. Topics discussed include the Near-death experience, climate change, cosmology, quantum physics, remote viewing, hauntings, contact with extraterrestrials, psychic reading, metaphysics, science and religion, conspiracy theories, Area 51, crop circles, cryptozoology, Bigfoot, the Hollow Earth hypothesis, and science fiction literature, among others. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the events of that day (as well as alternate theories surrounding them) and current U.S. counter-terrorism strategy have also become frequent themes. George Noory, the main host since Art Bell retired, also took interest in the 2012 phenomenon and believed that something could happen; but stated many times on air that he believed we would still be here on December 22nd 2012.
After the theme song is played (Giorgio Moroder's "Chase" from Midnight Express), the broadcast is typically kicked off with a reading of current events or news stories by the host, usually with at least one bizarre or peculiar story. This is usually followed by a guest interview for the rest of the first hour (with open phone lines if there is enough time), then a lengthier three-hour interview with a second guest. For the last hour of the show, people may call in to ask questions of the second guest. Every so often, host George Noory will flip the show's format and have the longer interview guest on first to fill the first three hours of the show. In this format, the primary interview begins after the reading of the news and then the first break. In the last hour in this "flipped" format, the last hour will sometimes feature a guest with a shorter subject or, more often than not, be simply an hour of open lines. Occasionally, round table discussions are held on one of the show's common topics. Conventional topics are sometimes discussed, with interviews with notable authors and political talk sometimes featured.
On rare occasions, hosts have cut interviews short when it became clear that guests were being dishonest, unethical, unintelligible, abusive, or patronizing. When this happens, the rest of the show will be filled with open lines. Guests that have interviews cut short due to bad phone connections for example, or at the last minute becoming unavailable are generally rescheduled for a later date.
Some guests have been challenged. However, the overall tone of the show is generally friendly toward paranormal and fringe views, and apart from panel discussions and advertised debates, guests are generally free to air their views unopposed.
In 2008, Noory volunteered an elaboration of the show's policy respecting the controversial opinions of regular guests. He explained that, provided there was no element of hostility toward third parties, it was program policy to allow expression of opinion unchallenged. He gave as an example Richard C. Hoagland's contention that features on Mars are artificial, constructed by a civilization that once inhabited the planet. Noory accepted that this opinion has no support whatsoever in the planetary science community, but said that Coast to Coast AM exists in part to provide a forum for such eccentric ideas. He added that, since guests are never paid appearance fees, it is inevitable that promotion of books, videos, and web sites is often a motivation for guests to sacrifice a night's sleep.
During hours of "open lines", calls are taken and put on air. Under George Noory, open lines have added topics for callers to share their experiences or stories about a particular issue or situation. The show has multiple call-in numbers for:
- "East of the Rockies"
- "West of the Rockies"
- "First-time callers"
- "International callers"
- A "wild card" line
- Skype (when Noory is hosting)
These lines were all announced at the beginning of each broadcast by Ross Mitchell for nearly all of the show's history until the spring of 2012, when Mitchell's home station, KKOH in Reno, Nevada, chose not to be a Coast to Coast affiliate any longer; two new announcers, Charles Tomas and Dick Ervasti, are the current voiceover announcers of the program. Since 2007, Coast to Coast AM rolls out more numbers on special occasions, including lines that are reserved for special "themed" callers, for example those who claim to be from other dimensions, time periods, and those possessed by spirits.
The Halloween edition of Coast to Coast AM becomes Ghost to Ghost AM, as listeners call in with their ghost stories. The New Year's Eve show usually entails listeners calling in their predictions for the coming year, and the host rating the predictions made a year earlier. In recent years, the host of the New Year's Eve prediction show has been cautioning the open line callers that they may not predict the assassination of any person or the death of the US president.
The 2006 first-person shooter Prey featured Art Bell as a guest star and featured him as himself in mock episodes of the show with guests calling in to discuss the various extraterrestrial or mythical phenomena making up the game's story line, sometimes to advance the plot and other times simply for humour. Additionally, an internet video featuring Bell was shown in the 2007 Lindsay Lohan film I Know Who Killed Me, whose plot centered around the phenomenon of stigmatic twins.
Criticism of declining quality
Art Bell stated that the decision to come out of retirement was entirely his, a response to the direction that Noory has taken the show--closer to talk radio's overcaffeinated political chat (Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist best known for claiming that the government perpetrated the Boston bombings, is a regular guest) than the open-minded exploration of the supernatural that defined Bell's tenure. Noory, Bell says, has "ruined" the franchise of Coast to Coast AM. Bell has publically stated on his Facebook that he no longer wishes to be associated with Coast to Coast AM. Bell now has his own 24/7 radio network which is hosted on his personal website. There has also be internet forums which have sprung up which are overwhelmingly critical of Noory hosted Coast to Coast. AM.
George Noory hosts the show on weeknights and the first Sunday of every month, while John B. Wells hosts the show on Saturday nights and the 2nd Sunday of each month. Las Vegas-based investigative journalist George Knapp hosts the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, and when there is a 5th Sunday, Rob Simone, Whitley Strieber or a fill-in will host the show. On some 3rd and 4th Sundays, Simone fills in for George Knapp.
Mike Siegel hosted the show from April 2000 until February 2001. He became a frequent substitute for the show's original host, Art Bell in late 1999, and when Bell announced his retirement in early 2000, he recommended Siegel to succeed him. Siegel maintained the format of the show that Bell had created, but his personal style was very different, and the show became less popular. Siegel hosted the show from Seattle, Washington, where he lived. Early in 2001, Bell decided to return, and Siegel left the show.
Coast to Coast AM claims to be broadcast on over 500 United States affiliates (along with a limited number of FM stations), as well as numerous Canadian affiliates, several of which stream the show on their station's website. The affiliate group is fronted by 12 clear-channel stations, among them WBT in Charlotte, WHO in Des Moines, WOR in New York City, KFBK in Sacramento, and KFI in Los Angeles. Among them, they bring the show to almost all of North America.
The show's Streamlink service offers live Internet feeds of the show by subscription. The program is also broadcast on Sirius XM Radio in the United States, on Indie Talk Radio, channel 104 since November 12, 2013.
The show's complete schedule can be found on its website. Because the show is so frequently repeated, audible cue signals are inserted at the beginning and end of commercial breaks, to facilitate substitution of commercials by local stations.
|Katherine Albrecht||Consumer rights advocate|
|Howard Bloom||Author of The God Problem, The Lucifer Principle, Global Brain, Reinventing Capitalism and former publicist for Prince and Michael Jackson.|
|Gerald Celente||Economic and political forecaster.|
|Neal Chase||Exilarch, Religious Educator.|
|Loren Coleman||Cryptozoologist and author on issues relating to new animal discoveries and the sightings of Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, and other cryptids.|
|Gordon Duff||Editor of Veterans Today website and military affairs analyst for Press TV, expert on "UFO conflicts, technologies and history" and Israeli false flag attacks |
|Lionel Fanthorpe||Author, director of Media Studies at Cardiff Academy, president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena, and president of the British UFO Research Association.|
|Joseph P. Farrell||Theologian who discusses secret history and pseudoarcheology.|
|James H. Fetzer||founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth who has stated the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was "conducted by agents of Israel".|
|Catherine Austin Fitts||Economist, was Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration|
|Stanton Friedman||Former nuclear physicist and current author and ufologist who focuses on the Roswell UFO incident.|
|Rosemary Ellen Guiley||Author who discusses paranormal, visionary, and spiritual topics.|
|Richard C. Hoagland||Discusses issues relating to NASA's activities, space anomalies and alleged extraterrestrial architecture (the Face on Mars and obelisks on the Moon). Hoagland is official "Science Adviser" to the show.|
|Linda Moulton Howe||Reporter and ufologist.|
|Alex Jones||Radio talk show host, New World Order conspiracy theorist, filmmaker and political activist.|
|Michio Kaku||Mainstream theoretical physicist who typically discusses topics involving string theory, quantum physics, astrophysics, and other hard sciences.|
|Peter Lance||Investigative journalist, specializing mainly in terrorism and the Mafia.|
|Bob Lazar||Physicist and president of United Nuclear, a scientific supply company. Renowned for disclosing his supposed employment at a secret government facility called S-4, and his alleged work reverse engineering extraterrestrial crafts.|
|Mr. Lobo||Horror host of nationally syndicated cult film television series Cinema Insomnia.|
|Eugene Mallove||Cold fusion advocate.|
|Fr. Malachi Martin||Catholic priest, theologian and professor, known for sometimes controversial views concerning the Catholic Church. Died in 1999.|
|Tobias McGriff||Author of Savannah Shadows and an expert on supernatural science and the haunted history of the southern United States.|
|Steve Quayle||Researcher who discusses current events, prophecy, legends, aliens, stargates, and supernatural creatures.|
|Stan Romanek||UFO abductee. George Noory arranged to have Stan take a lie detector test over some of his claims of alien visitations.|
|Zecharia Sitchin||An author of books promoting an explanation for human origins involving ancient astronauts. Sitchin died in 2010.|
|Giorgio Tsoukalos||One of the hosts on History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and the publisher of Legendary Times magazine, a periodical that is centered around the ancient astronaut theory.|
|Louis Turi||Louis Turi was born and raised in Provence, France. Following four UFO experiences he was influenced to re-kindle Nostradamus' methods of Divine Astrology and spent many years reviving the Seer's cabalistic healing method.|
|Kevin Warwick||Professor of Cybernetics who discusses his research with implants, artificial intelligence and robotics – especially cyborgs.|
|David Wilcock||Professional lecturer and filmmaker who discusses ancient civilizations, consciousness, and new paradigms of matter and energy.|
|Robert Zimmerman||Space historian, journalist and blogger|
|David Icke||New World Order conspiracy theorist.|
A complete list of guests is available on the Coast to Coast website, where they can be searched by show date, year, alphabet, etc.
Nancy Lieder is no longer booked, since several of her prophecies of doom have spectacularly failed.
The Amazing Kreskin was banned after misrepresenting a so-called mass "happening" as a UFO sighting.
Several shows associated with Coast to Coast AM have aired in the slot immediately preceding the late Saturday night edition of the program, from 6–10 p.m. Pacific time.
Dreamland was another Art Bell creation, nearly identical to Coast to Coast AM but less caller driven. Bell hosted Dreamland on early Sunday evenings, until he relinquished control of the show to Whitley Strieber. It continued to precede Coast to Coast AM on most affiliate stations on Sunday nights, but Premiere Radio moved the show to Saturday night after it began to syndicate Matt Drudge, and then dropped the program entirely. It is now heard over the Internet, exclusively at UnknownCountry.com.
Dreamland continues to focus on many of the same topics as its sister program, although often with a more spiritual point-of-view, as well as an increased emphasis on extra-terrestrials.
Coast to Coast Live
Upon Art Bell's January 2006 return, Ian Punnett hosted Coast To Coast Live on Saturdays from 9 pm to 1 am Eastern Time. A spin-off of the original Coast to Coast AM, the show covered similar topics as its flagship program. With Bell's July 2007 retirement, Coast to Coast Live was discontinued, with Punnett returning to host the regular Saturday edition.
Art Bell, Somewhere in Time
Replacing Coast to Coast Live in the late Saturday time slot is a series of reruns of classic Art Bell episodes of Coast to Coast AM, airing under the title Somewhere in Time.
The radio show published a monthly newsletter for subscribers called After Dark. Discussing matters covered on the show, it contained fourteen inner pages, approximately 46% of which were illustrations and photos, rather than text. The front cover contained artwork, and the back cover showed a list of recent shows. The newsletter ceased publication in January 2011, but the show now offers a free daily e-newsletter called CoastZone.
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- Coast to Coast AM website - Katherine Albrecht guest page
- Coast to Coast AM website - Howard Bloom guest page
- October 20th, 2012 Posted by Gordon Duff UFO Disclosure: Gordon Duff on Coast to Coast with George Noory Disclosure of UFO Conflicts, Technologies and History
- Gordon Duff is an anti-Semitic conspiracist whose innocuous-sounding Web site, Veterans Today, features anti-Israel and Holocaust denial materials
- Austin Fitts C2C page
- Coast to Coast AM website - Tobias McGriff guest page
- Coast to Coast AM website – Zecharia Sitchin guest page
- Dr. Louis Turi guest page
- Coast to Coast AM website – Robert Zimmerman guest page
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