George Noory

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George Noory
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Noory in 2008
Born George Ralph Noory
(1950-06-04) June 4, 1950 (age 68)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Education University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit (B.A., 1972)
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 the weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM.[1] The program is syndicated to hundreds of radio stations in the U.S. and Canada by Premiere Networks. Noory has also appeared in the History Channel series Ancient Aliens and in Beyond Belief, a subscription-based online video series presented by gaia.com.

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Noory grew up in Detroit with two younger sisters,[1] the son of a Lebanese Egyptian who worked at Ford Motor Company and a Lebanese American mother.[2] He was raised Roman Catholic.[2] He became interested with the paranormal and ufology as a child[3] and joined the UFO organization NICAP as a teenager.[3] He attended the University of Detroit, spending two years in the pre-dental program before switching his major to Communications.[1] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.[1] Noory served nine years in the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant.[3][4]

He began his radio career as a newscaster with Detroit station WCAR-AM.[4] From 1974–1978 he worked as a news producer and executive news producer at WJBK-TV in Detroit.[5] He would later serve as news director for KMSP-TV in Minneapolis[6] and as news director at KSDK-TV in St. Louis. He won three local Emmy Awards for his work in TV news.[4]

In St. Louis, Noory formed Norcom Entertainment, Inc., a company that developed and marketed video training films to law enforcement and security agencies.[7] In 1987, Noory and his partners in Norcom Restaurants, Inc.[8] opened the Café Marrakesh and Oasis Bar in Brentwood, Missouri. The restaurant's theme revolved around a fictional English soldier, Col. William Berry, who opened the establishment following an exciting secret mission to Marrakesh.[9]

In 1996, Noory hosted a late-night radio program called Nighthawk on KTRS in St. Louis, which caught the attention of executives at Premiere Radio Networks, syndicators of Coast to Coast AM.[1] Coast to Coast AM is a North American (United States 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. In April 2001, Noory became a guest host for Coast to Coast AM before replacing Ian Punnett as the Sunday night host.[3] In January 2003, following Art Bell's retirement, Noory took over as weeknight host of Coast to Coast AM.[1]

In December 2012, Gaiam TV launched Beyond Belief with George Noory, a subscription-based webcast exploring the unknown and mysteries of the universe.

In May 2017, Premiere Networks announced a new contract for Noory which will keep him hosting Coast to Coast AM until 2020.[10]

Reception[edit]

In a 2010 article about Noory published in The Atlantic, Timothy Lavin wrote: "Noory can be an uneven broadcaster. Sometimes he 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. But he listens, with heroic patience, to all of his callers."[2].

According to Media Life Magazine, "Noory says it doesn’t matter whether he believes what his callers and guests say. Ultimately, it's about entertainment, creating a show that people will be drawn to."[11] Author and frequent Coast to Coast AM guest Whitley Strieber has commented on Noory's style, saying, "It's not that he's credulous or easily led. He's willing to take these intellectual journeys. He'll have guests on that you think are completely off the wall — nothing they're saying is real — but by the end of the program you will have made a discovery that there is a kernel of a question worth exploring."[12]

The Common Sense show wrote, "George Noory entered the scene in 2003 where he has since remained. However, Noory’s listening numbers are nothing to write home about. Once upon a time, some estimated that Art Bell had somewhere around 6-12 million listeners on any given night. In contrast, Noory’s numbers are a paltry 275,000 to 300,000 listeners per night. However, George Noory is the perfect front man and his numbers take on a secondary level of importance because he is very good at protecting the corporate turf and is very careful to only take risks on subjects which the corporate sponsors do not care about (e.g. crystal skulls, near death experiences, psychic mediums, etc.). Gone are the former days of Art Bell’s hard hitting journalism which made the spooks inside of the alphabet soup agencies very uncomfortable".[13]

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