George Noory

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George Noory
Born George Ralph Noory
(1950-06-04) June 4, 1950 (age 64)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Education University of Detroit
Occupation Talk radio host
Known for Coast to Coast AM

George Ralph Noory (born June 4, 1950) is a radio talk show host. Since January 2003, Noory has been weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM.[1] He also appears in the History Channel series Ancient Aliens and Beyond Belief (Gaiam TV).

Biography[edit]

Noory was born in Detroit to an Egyptian-born father and his American-born wife. Noory grew up in Dearborn Heights with two younger sisters as Roman Catholics of Lebanese descent.[1] He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Communications, and began his radio career as a newscaster for Detroit station WCAR-AM. He would later move into Detroit television and take a position as an assignment desk editor and news producer at then-CBS affiliate WJBK-TV.[2] Noory would later serve as news director for KMSP-TV in Minneapolis,[3] and later as news director at KSDK-TV in St. Louis. He would win a total of three local Emmy Awards for his work in TV news.[2] He also served 9 years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve.[1] In 1996 he hosted a late-night program called Nighthawk, over KTRS in St. Louis,[1] which caught the attention of executives at Premiere Radio Networks, syndicators of Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. Noory would serve as a substitute host for Bell.

In January 2003, following Art Bell's retirement, Noory took over as the permanent weeknight host of Coast to Coast AM.[1]

About Coast to Coast AM[edit]

Broadcast live, Monday-Sunday from 1-5 a.m. ET, Coast to Coast AM is the most-listened-to overnight radio program in North America. The program is heard by millions of listeners on nearly 570 stations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Guam.

Each night, Noory captivates program listeners with his discussions of paranormal phenomena, time travel, alien abductions, conspiracies and all things curious and unexplained. He is driven, he has said, by the desire to solve the great mysteries of our time. From his first days as a radio broadcaster he says, “I’ve wanted to cover stories that the mainstream media never touch—the unusual, the paranormal and things like that. I learned that broadcast is the best business for exploring these issues, and I’ve been doing it for years.” He dates his interest in these matters to a book by Walter Sullivan, We Are Not Alone, that his mother gave him when he was 13. He was hooked.

Critical Reception[edit]

In a 2010 article about Noory published in the magazine, The Atlantic, Atlantic senior editor Timothy Lavin wrote:

Noory can be an uneven broadcaster. He sometimes seems to not pay full attention to his guests, offers strangely obvious commentary, or — and this has alienated some fans — lets clearly delusional or pseudoscientific assertions slide by without challenge.[4]

Feud with Art Bell[edit]

Art Bell stated that the decision to come out of retirement was his to start Dark Matter Radio Network, and was a response to Noory having "ruined" the Coast to Coast franchise by taking it in a political talk radio direction, with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as a regular guest. Bell wanted to see a return to the open-minded exploration of the supernatural that had defined his own earlier tenure.[5]Noory responded with a show in September 2013, which had as a guest David John Oates. Oates had been banned by Art Bell from Coast to Coast. Bell sued Oates and Robert Stephens, of Montana, for "seeking to malign, harass, cyberstalk, defame, injure and annoy" Bell by making false and defamatory statements, including calling him "crazy" and suggesting that Bell had been arrested on pornography-related charges. Bell's suit stated that several witnesses had reported hearing Oates accuse Bell of pedophilia. This was proven to be 100% false. As a result Oates was banned from Coast to Coast and had to publicly apologize to Art Bell.[6]Art Bell responded on Facebook stating "Last night Coast did the most shameful thing since George has been in that seat, I am just sad for them."[7]Art Bell also stated that, 'I hated the direction the show ( Coast to Coast) has taken and no longer wanted to be associated with it.George is has become lazy and does not pay attention."[8]Noory has stated that "Art Bell is winding down".[9]

Author[edit]

George Noory released his first book in 2006. Worker In The Light: Unlock Your Five Senses And Liberate Your Limitless Potential, co-written with best-selling author William J. Birnes, is Noory’s guide to spiritual enlightenment, human empowerment, ultimate productivity and absolute happiness.

Noory and Birnes co-authored a follow up in 2009 entitled Journey to the Light, in which they present first-hand accounts of how ordinary people changed their own lives, transcended their doubts and fears, and unlocked the secrets to their spiritual growth.

In October 2011, Noory released his third book, Talking To The Dead. Co-written with Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural, the book explores the colorful history and personalities behind spirit communications, weaving together spirituality, metaphysics, science and technology.

GAIAM TV[edit]

In December 2012, GAIAM TV launched Beyond Belief with George Noory, a webcast exploring the unknown and mysteries of the universe. Even though the show is a webcast, Noory keeps referring to this as a TV program. The one-hour, weekly series features Noory, taped in front of a live audience at GAIAM studios in Boulder, Colo., Beyond Belief with George Noory is available exclusively on Giamtv.

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