George Noory

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George Noory
George Noory at Alien Snowfest 2019.jpg
Noory in 2019
Born
George Ralph Noory

(1950-06-04) June 4, 1950 (age 72)
OccupationTalk radio
Known forCoast to Coast AM

George Ralph Noory (born June 4, 1950) is an American 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.

Biography[edit]

Noory grew up in Detroit with two younger sisters, 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 in the paranormal and ufology as a child[3] and joined the UFO organization NICAP as a teenager.[3] Noory claims to have served nine years in the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant.[3]

Noory 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 an American 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.

Stanton Friedman gave his last lecture with Noory in Columbus, Ohio on May 11, 2019. Friedman died 2 days later.[citation needed]

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."[10] 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."[11]

Criticism[edit]

In March 2020, Noory voiced his opinions on the coronavirus pandemic stating: "the media is creating hysteria by blowing the figures out of proportion. The media's not putting that into perspective".[12]

The New York Times published that George Noory was much more likely to let things go unchallenged than Art Bell: "Art was a little more, if he thought you were loo-la, he would tell you".[13]

In a New York Times article titled 'How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics', Noory's show Coast to Coast AM has been part of that effect by Noory in unchallenged interviews with a large number of questionable anti-vaccine guests, who use the platform to reinforce unproven claims against the COVID-19 vaccines.[14][15]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Noory, George; Birnes, William (2006). Worker in the Light. New York, NY: Tor Books. p. 319. ISBN 0765310872. OCLC 71322269.
  • Noory, George; Birnes, William (2009). Journey to the Light. New York, NY: Tor Books. p. 317. ISBN 9780765321039. OCLC 317928896.
  • Noory, George; Guiley, Rosemary (2011). Talking to the Dead. New York, NY: Tor Books. p. 304. ISBN 9780765325389. OCLC 707969668.
  • Noory, George; Birnes, William J. (2013). George Noory's Late-Night Snacks. New York, NY: Tor Books. ISBN 9780765314086.
  • Noory, George (2016). Night Talk: A Novel. New York, NY: Tor Books. p. 384. ISBN 9780765378781.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alumnus Profile: George Noory '72". University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Lavin, Timothy (January–February 2010). "The Listener". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "George Noory". KCRS. December 15, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "George Noory". Coast to Coast AM. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Deitz, Corey. "A Profile of Radio Personality George Noory". About.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Lonto, Jeff R. (2006). "The saga of KMSP-TV Minneapolis - St. Paul in the 1970s". Studio Z-7. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "NISCO AND NORCOM ENTERTAINMENT SIGN LETTER OF INTENT - Free Online Library". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "NORCOM RESTAURANTS, INC. - MissouriCorps – Company Profiles of Missouri".
  9. ^ "St. Louis grazing in exotic 'outpost'; eclectic Cafe Marrakesh is ad exec's new venture. | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Grant, Mary Lee (September 12, 2005). "Deep in the night and way strange - On 'Coast to Coast,' George Noory hears it all". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Ferrell, David (February 21, 2010). "Host George Noory Brings Talk of the Supernatural Back to Earth". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  12. ^ Willis, Jack Gillum,Derek. "Even After Trump Declared a National Emergency, Some Talk Radio Hosts Weren't Convinced". ProPublica.
  13. ^ Bromwich, Jonah Engel; Wertheim, Bonnie (February 20, 2017). "Does Bigfoot Have a Soul? A Radio Host's Audience Ponders". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Frenkel, Sheera; Hsu, Tiffany (August 1, 2021). "How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics". August 2, 2021.

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