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|birth_place = [[Camp Lejeune]], [[North Carolina]]<ref name = knight>{{cite book |author=Knight, Peter |title=Conspiracy theories in American history: an encyclopedia |publisher=ABC-CLIO |year=2003 |page=120 |isbn=1-57607-812-4 }}</ref>
 
|birth_name = Arthur William Bell, III <ref name="NNDB"/>
 
|origin = [[Detroit, Michigan]]
 
|occupation = [[Presenter|Broadcaster]]
 
|spouse = Sachiko Toguchi Bell Pontius (''dates uncertain''; divorced)<br/>Sukiyaki Sakamoto Kyo Bell (''dates uncertain''; divorced)<br/>Ramona Bell (''August 1991'' – ''January 5, 2006'' †)<br/>Airyn Ruiz Bell (''April 11, 2006 – present'')
 
|parents = Arthur William Bell, Jr. ( – 2000)<br/>Jane Lee Gumaer Bell ( – Dec 23, 2008) <ref name="NNDB">[http://www.nndb.com/people/919/000023850/ "Profile: Art Bell"], ''[[NNDB]]</ref>
 
|children = Vincent Pontius, Lisa Minei, Art, Asia Rayne Bell
 
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'''Arthur William "Art" Bell, III''' (born June 17, 1945) is an American [[Presenter|broadcaster]] and author known primarily as one of the founders and the original host of the [[paranormal]]-themed radio program ''[[Coast to Coast AM]]''.<ref name=ARTBELL>{{cite web|url=http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/phenomena/artbell.html|title=Legal Web Heats Up Around Art Bell|last=Martin|first=Robert Scott|date=August 26, 1999|publisher=Space.com|accessdate=2008-02-05|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20100324165224/http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/phenomena/artbell.html|archivedate=March 24, 2010}}</ref> He also created and formerly hosted its companion show ''Dreamland''. Semi-retired from ''Coast to Coast AM'' since 2003, he hosted the show many weekends for the following four years. He announced his retirement from weekend hosting on July 1, 2007, but occasionally serves as a [[guest host]]. He attributed the reason for this latest retirement to a desire to spend time with his new wife and his daughter, born May 30, 2007. He added that unlike his previous "retirements," this one will stand, while leaving open the option to return. Classic Bell-hosted episodes of ''Coast to Coast AM'' can be heard in some markets on Saturday nights under the name ''Somewhere in Time''.
 
 
Bell founded and was the original owner of [[Pahrump, Nevada]]-based radio station [[KNYE]] 95.1 FM. His [[Radio studio#Radio studios|broadcast studio]] and [[transmitter]] were located near his home in Pahrump while he hosted ''Coast to Coast AM'' except from June to December 2006, when he lived in the [[Philippines]]. He returned to the Philippines March 10, 2009 with his family after having significant difficulties obtaining a U.S. visa for his wife Airyn.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/art-bell-s-wife-denied-u-s-visa|title=Art Bell's Wife Denied U.S. Visa|last=Bell|first=Art|date=June 6, 2009|work=Articles|publisher=[[Coast to Coast AM]]}}</ref>
 
 
==Early life==
 
Art Bell was born in [[Jacksonville, North Carolina]] to Arthur Bell, Jr., a [[United States Marine Corps]] [[Captain (armed forces)#Military_ranks|Captain]], and Jane Gumaer Bell, a Marine [[Military parade|drill]] [[Drill instructor|instructor]]. Arthur Bell, Jr. died in 2000 and Jane Bell died December 23, 2008.
 
 
Art Bell III was always interested in radio and at the age of 13 became a licensed [[amateur radio operator]]. Bell now holds an [[Amateur radio licensing in the United States#Current license classes|Extra Class]] [[Amateur radio#Licensing|license]], which is in the top U.S. [[Federal Communications Commission]] license class. His [[ITU prefix (amateur stations)|call sign]] is W6OBB.
 
 
Bell served in the [[United States Air Force|U.S. Air Force]] as a [[medic]] during the [[Vietnam War]] and in his free time operated a [[pirate radio]] station at [[Amarillo Air Force Base]]. He would go out of his way to play [[anti-war]] music (like "[[Eve of Destruction (song)|Eve of Destruction]]" and "[[Fortunate Son (song)|Fortunate Son]]") that was not aired on the [[American Forces Network]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bargainprofessor.wordpress.com/2006/09/24/arthur-art-bell-iii/|title=Arthur “Art” Bell, III|last=Voice|first=Just A|date=September 24, 2006|work=The Compass Blog|publisher=[[WordPress.com]]}}</ref>
 
 
After leaving military service he stayed in Asia, living on the Japanese island of [[Okinawa]] where he worked as a [[disc jockey]] for [[KSBK]], the only non-military English-language station in Japan. While there, he set a [[Guinness World Records|Guinness World Record]] by staying on the air for 116 hours and 15 minutes. The money raised there allowed Bell to [[Charter airline|charter]] a [[DC-8]], fly to [[Vietnam]], and rescue 130 Vietnamese [[orphans]] stranded in [[Saigon]] at the war's end. They were eventually brought to the United States and [[adoption|adopted]] by American families.<ref name="c2c1">[http://www.coasttocoastam.com/pages/art-bell Coast to Coast AM] Art Bell Bio. Retrieved on January 11, 2007</ref>
 
 
Bell returned to the United States and studied engineering at the [[University of Maryland, College Park]]. He dropped out and returned to radio as a board operator and chief engineer, and had opportunity to be on the air a few times. For several years he worked behind and in front of the microphone. After a period of working in cable television, in 1989 the 50,000-watt [[KDWN]] in [[Las Vegas, Nevada]] offered Bell a five-hour time slot in the middle of the night. [[Radio syndication|Syndication]] of his program to other radio stations began in 1993.
 
 
==Broadcasting career==
 
 
Art Bell was living in [[Watsonville, California]] and worked for [[KIDD]] 630 AM in [[Monterey, California]] during the early 70s.{{Citation needed|date=August 2010}} He also owned a dating service{{Citation needed|date=August 2010}} and worked for [[KION-TV|KMST]] channel 46.{{Citation needed|date=August 2010}}
 
 
First a rock music jockey before moving into [[talk radio]], Bell's original 1978 late-night Las Vegas program on [[KDWN]] was a political call-in show under the name West Coast AM.<ref name = knight/> In 1988, Bell and Alan Corberth renamed the show Coast to Coast AM and moved its broadcast from the [[Plaza Hotel & Casino|Plaza Hotel]] in Las Vegas to Bell's home in Pahrump.<ref name = knight/>
 
 
[[File:KNYE Radio.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Broadcast facilities of KNYE in Pahrump, Nevada.]]
 
Bell abandoned conventional political talk in favor of topics such as [[gun control]] and [[conspiracy theories]], leading to a significant bump in his overnight ratings. The show's focus again shifted significantly after the [[Oklahoma City bombing]] in 1995. Many in the media did not want to be blamed for inciting anti-government or militia actions like the bombing. Subsequently, Bell discussed off-beat topics like the [[paranormal]], the [[occult]], [[Unidentified flying object|UFOs]], [[protoscience]] and [[pseudo-science]]. During his tenure at KDWN Bell met and married his second wife, Ramona, who later handled production and management duties for the program.
 
 
According to ''[[The Washington Post]]'' in its February 23, 1997 edition: Art Bell was at the time America's highest-rated late-night radio talk show host, broadcast on 328 stations. According to ''[[The Oregonian]]'' in its June 22, 1997 edition, Coast To Coast AM with Art Bell was on 460 stations. At its initial peak in popularity, ''[[Coast To Coast AM]]'' was syndicated on more than 500 radio stations and claimed 15 million listeners nightly. Bell's studios were located in his home in the town of Pahrump, located in [[Nye County]], [[Nevada]]; hence the voice-over catchphrase, "from the Kingdom of Nye."
 
 
===Critical reputation===
 
Fans regard Bell as a master showman, noting that he calls his show "absolute entertainment"<ref>{{cite journal|last=Genoni Jr.|first=Thomas C.|date=March 1998|title=Peddling the Paranormal: Late-Night Radio's Art Bell|journal=[[Skeptical Briefs]]|publisher=[[Committee for Skeptical Inquiry]]|volume=8|issue=1|url=http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/peddling_the_paranormal_late-night_radios_art_bell/}}</ref> and expressly says he does not necessarily accept every guest or caller's claims but only offers a forum where they will not be openly ridiculed. Bell was one of only a few talk show hosts who did not screen incoming calls, but this changed in 2006. On the October 31, 2006 edition of ''Coast to Coast AM,'' (renamed for the night to ''Ghost to Ghost AM''), Bell was asked why he was now using call screeners. The explanation given was that for him to use unscreened open phone lines while in the Philippines would require listeners to call there directly at enormous cost to them. Art admitted that he should have chosen New Zealand instead of the Philippines as an alternative to the USA. He said, "It was a bad choice, and I'll regret it, one day, in the near future." He subsequently stopped screening calls upon his return to the United States.
 
 
His calm attitude, patient questions, and ability to tease substance from nebulous statements of callers and guests gave his show a relaxed yet serious atmosphere. This earned him praise from those who declare that the paranormal deserves a mature outlet of discussion in the media as well as the approval of those simply amused by the nightly parade of bizarre, typically fringe topics. [[Ed Dames]], [[Richard C. Hoagland]], [[Terence McKenna]], [[Dannion Brinkley]], [[David John Oates]], and [[Robert Bigelow]] have all been regular guests. Some of Bell’s regular guests, particularly Hoagland, continue to be regular guests on Coast to Coast AM now hosted by [[George Noory]].
 
 
Bell's own interests, however, extend beyond the [[paranormal]]. He has interviewed singers [[Crystal Gayle]], [[Willie Nelson]], [[Merle Haggard]], [[Eric Burdon]] and [[Gordon Lightfoot]], comedian [[George Carlin]], writer [[Dean Koontz]], [[hard science fiction]] writer [[Greg Bear]], X-Files Writer/Creator [[Chris Carter (screenwriter)|Chris Carter]], TV talk host [[Regis Philbin]], ''[[Star Trek]]'' actor [[Leonard Nimoy]], actor [[Dan Aykroyd]], former [[Luftwaffe]] pilot [[Bruno Stolle]], actress [[Jane Seymour (actress)|Jane Seymour]], actress [[Ellen Muth]], actor and TV host [[Robert Stack]], human rights lawyer [[John Loftus]], legendary disc jockey [[Casey Kasem]] and frequent guests [[Physics|physicist]] [[Michio Kaku]] and [[SETI]] [[astronomer]]s [[Seth Shostak]] and [[H. Paul Shuch]].
 
 
Beginning in late 1996, Bell was criticized for reporting rumors that [[Comet Hale-Bopp]] was being trailed by a UFO. It was speculated that members of the [[Heaven's Gate (cult)|Heaven's Gate]] group committed mass suicide based on rumors Bell aired, but others dismissed the idea, noting that the Heaven's Gate website stated: "Whether Hale-Bopp has a 'companion' or not is irrelevant from our perspective."<ref>{{cite web
 
|last=Genoni Jr.
 
|first=Thomas C.
 
|url=http://www.csicop.org/si/9707/art-bell.html
 
|title=Art Bell, Heaven's Gate, and Journalistic Integrity
 
|publisher=[[Committee for Skeptical Inquiry]]
 
|accessdate=2006-08-29
 
|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20060901140217/http://www.csicop.org/si/9707/art-bell.html
 
|archivedate=Sep 1, 2006
 
}}</ref> Susan Wright reported, however, that Bell was also "one of the first to publicize expert opinions refuting the 'alien' companion" said to have been shadowing Hale-Bopp,<ref name="Wright1999">{{cite book|last=Wright|first=Susan Leslie|title=UFO Headquarters: Investigations On Current Extraterrestrial Activity In Area 51|year=1999|publisher=St. Martin's Paperbacks|location=New York|isbn=0-312-97181-8|page=187}}</ref> such as that published in 1998 from the [[Jet Propulsion Laboratory]] suggesting that "the satellite's main diameter is ~30 km," and accordingly natural rather than artificial.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.eso.org/public/events/astro-evt/hale-bopp/hbitp98-o2a.ps
 
|last=Sekanina
 
|first=Z.
 
|title=Detection of a Satellite orbiting the Nucleus of Comet Hale-Bopp
 
|publisher=European Space Organisation
 
|date=1998 }}</ref>
 
 
===Political views===
 
Bell chooses not to discuss his political views on ''[[Coast to Coast AM]]'' though occasionally he has brought them up. He has expressed support for [[the right to bear arms]] and [[same-sex marriage]]. He also used to be, in his own words, a "staunch" supporter of the death penalty, though he has changed his mind at least to some extent due to innocent people being sentenced to death.
 
 
Bell has completely dismissed the [[9/11 conspiracy theories]], having uploaded an image stating "God Bless George W. Bush and the U.S.A." to his website following the [[September 11 attacks]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.wingtv.net/bell.html |title=Art Bell 9-11 Outrage |publisher=Wingtv.net |accessdate= June 7, 2012}}</ref>
 
 
Bell is a member of the [[U.S. Libertarian Party]]. Originally, ''Coast to Coast AM'' was a conservative political talk show, but in recent years Bell has expressed both conservative and liberal views on the air. On air, Bell has shown support for immigration reform and [[Decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States|decriminalizing marijuana]]. He has also criticized humankind's role in facilitating the onset of [[global warming]]. Bell has also stated that he [[Pro-life|opposes abortion]], believes the U.S. should finish the job in the [[war in Iraq]] and supports a [[free market]] economy.
 
 
==Callers and guests==
 
* In April 1996, Bell received a package of what would be known as "Art's Parts." These parts were allegedly pieces of debris from the 1947 Roswell UFO crash. Extensive analysis of the metals indicated they were made of an odd [[bismuth]] material.{{Citation needed|date=February 2012}}
 
* One of Art Bell's ''Coast to Coast'' interviews occurred in 1997 with Mel Waters who discussed what is known as "[[Mel's Hole]]" in rural Washington State. The mysterious opening is said to be a fantastically deep vertical shaft which possesses extremely bizarre properties. No such hole has ever been physically located by anyone attempting to verify this story.
 
*On May 23, 1997, Bell interviewed a man who called himself "Victor" who claimed to have been at [[S-4 (Sector Four)|S-4]] (near [[Area 51]]) and was responsible for the release to the public of a nearly three-minute video commonly called the "alien interview." For almost two hours Victor described the ebe (extraterrestrial biological entities) program at S-4, verifying most of [[Bob Lazar]]'s claims.
 
*On September 11, 1997, Bell took a call from a frantic man claiming to be an ex-Area 51 employee who grew progressively more upset as the call wore on, culminating in the show's going temporarily off the air because of a satellite failure. A person claiming to be the caller, called back later confirming that he was just acting.
 
** This incident formed the basis of the song [[Disposition (song)|"Faaip de Oiad"]] by the rock band [[Tool (band)|Tool]] which features said interview (with Art Bell's part cut out) dubbed in over frantic drumming and buzzing static.
 
** The interview was also sampled in Konkhra's track "Religion is a Whore" and The Faceless's "Planetary Duality." It was also featured as a hidden track on the [[Agent 51 (band)|Agent 51]] album "Red Alert" released in 1998.
 
***Yet another song featuring the call was "It's Out There and It's Gonna Get You" by experimental Texas quartet [[The Paper Chase (band)|The Paper Chase]] on their 2006 album ''Now You Are One Of Us.''
 
* J.C. Webster the Third, or "J.C." – J.C. began calling in 1996, and has since been on the air over 50 times. He purports to be a [[Baptists|Baptist]] [[Christian revival|Revival]] preacher, and believes Art to be "the Devil's Mouthpiece." He has continued to call [[George Noory]] and guest hosts. Although some listeners have expressed a disbelief that someone like J.C. could exist, Art Bell and George Noory have repeated their beliefs that J.C. is real, and is neither a "put-on" nor a "plant."
 
* On the night of October 23, 1997, Art interviewed Harlot the Witch (Patsy).
 
* In 1997 [[Cusco (band)|Cusco]]'s Michael Holm, the group's leader, revealed that a song on [[Apurimac III]] – Nature Spirit Pride – "Pahrump-Big Water" was titled in recognition of Art Bell and ''Coast to coast.''<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cuscomusic.com/bio.html|title=Bio|publisher=OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF CUSCO|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20101030101022/http://www.cuscomusic.com/bio.html|archivedate=Oct 30, 2010}}{{Failed verification|date=July 2010}}</ref>{{Failed verification|date=July 2010}}
 
* In 1998, Bell received two faxes from [[John Titor]], a self-proclaimed time traveler from 2036, who made many fantastic predictions and discussed time travel.
 
* In a 1997 show, Art bell interviewed a gentleman claiming to be a time traveler from the year 2063. He was known as Single Seven, a rank in the time travel unit he was in.
 
* In the mid to late 1990s, a regular caller named "Fritz" would call in and give his view on various matters.
 
* In the mid to late 1990s, another regular caller known only as "Charlie Liberal" used to call with his perspectives on current events.
 
* "Bugs" – An aging farmer who has repeatedly told of his account of shooting and burying two [[Bigfoot]] creatures back in the 1970s in the [[Texas Panhandle]], initially thinking they were bears. Bugs has mailed a map of the location of this "burial" to Art Bell, to be released to the public upon Bugs' death. During his first appearance in 1996, Bugs said he had taken a dozen [[Instant film|Polaroid]] photos of the creatures he would be willing to send to Bell. None of the alleged photos have yet been made available.
 
* A caller in 2000 named "Daniel Murray" claimed he was a [[Majestic 12|Majestic]] agent from Downey, California.{{Citation needed|date=February 2012}}
 
** This call served as the inspiration for the [[alternate reality game]] ''[[Majestic (video game)|Majestic]].''<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.salon.com/technology/feature/2001/08/10/majestic/index.html|title=Paranoia for fun and profit – CIA|last=Brown|first=Janelle|date=August 10, 2001|publisher=Salon.com}}</ref>
 
* In 2003, Chris Clements, a freelance writer with the ''Washington Post,'' called Art Bell to tell him he had evidence of a financial connection between the Bush family and the Bin Ladens. Clements went on further to tell of how his research showed that 9/11 may have been orchestrated by the Bush family and hinted at proof of a coming police state with secret prisons and the chipping of citizens. Clements promised to forward all of his information to Bell but it was reported{{By whom|date=February 2011}} that Clements died in a suspicious car crash in the weeks after his call.
 
* In October 2003, Bell interviewed Temple of the Vampire representative Nemo. Nemo spoke about the Temple of the Vampire's beliefs and practices.
 
* In February 2005, Bell received a call from a person calling himself "Oscar", proclaiming to be "the Son of [[Satan]]." Oscar had since also called George Noory, but disappeared after a June 2007 on-air confrontation with J.C.
 
* In March 2005 a man also called about disturbing events on [[Kwajalein]] and [[Johnston Atoll]] about a weapon that only targeted certain people and could leave others unhurt. He indicated he had been on both islands (that are US military only) and that these weapons had been tested in 1993. Art lost the call after another voice came on the line with a click saying "Shelton, terminate the call from A-6." Art tried to call the man back but was unsuccessful.
 
* In 2009, David Van Dyke, a photojournalist with Metro News Canada, called into ''Coast-to-Coast'' (guest hosted by Art Bell that night) and warned listeners that Toronto would become a testing ground for police tactics and subverting citizens at a soon to be announced global summit. Weeks after the call Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Toronto would play host to the G20 summit. Van Dyke, also a Toronto citizen, returned to the show after the announcement and declared that Toronto's downtown would be "stripped of everything not bolted down. Even trees and sticks will be removed, so that the oligarchy could not be touched." Van Dyke went missing shortly after the second call. Van Dyke resurfaced in mid-2010 following the G20 Summit in Toronto and was interviewed on local news channel CP24 while protesting outside a court hearing for G20 detainees. Van Dyke claimed he was held against his will in a stone-block room for "what felt like years" while being subjected to various psychological stress tactics. "German industrial metal music blasted frequently. A bright strobe light came on intermittently, and when it wasn't on a TV constantly played a loop of interracial porn", Van Dyke told CP24. He also claimed he was only fed raw steak and agents "dressed in pink bunny costumes" shouted anti-Marxist slogans at him. At this point the interview was abruptly ended by the reporter.{{Citation needed|date=February 2011}}
 
 
==Amateur radio==
 
Bell became a licensed [[amateur radio operator]] at the age of 13. His first [[call sign]] was KN3JOX, first listed in the Winter 1959 edition of the [[Amateur radio|Radio Amateur]] [[Callbook]]. He soon [[Amateur radio licensing in the United States|upgraded]] to K3JOX, and he later held W2CKS, first listed in the Spring 1967 [[Callbook]]. Bell holds an [[Amateur radio licensing in the United States|Amateur Extra Class]] [[Amateur radio license|license]], which is in the top U.S. [[Federal Communications Commission]] license class. His [[Vanity call sign|call sign]] is W6OBB.
 
 
Bell is well known in the world of [[amateur radio]]. He and many of his ham friends could be heard nightly on the [[80 meters|80 meter]] amateur radio band at a [[frequency]] of 3840&nbsp;kHz (before he moved to the Philippines). While there he could occasionally be heard on 3678&nbsp;kHz via [[EchoLink]]. When Bell resides in the USA, he can be heard on 3830&nbsp;kHz.
 
 
According to QRZ.Com, Bell took and passed the Philippines amateur radio exams and became a Philippine Class A amateur radio operator with the call sign of 4F1AB.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.qrz.com/db/4F1AB |title=Callsign 4F1AB |publisher=Qrz.com |date=January 21, 2011 |accessdate= June 7, 2012}}</ref> While in the Philippines, Bell is active on 40-10 Meters, as well as 144.600 MHz simplex in Manila.
 
 
==Honors==
 
In 1998, Bell was named as recipient of the less-than-prestigious Snuffed Candle Award. The [[CSICOP]] [http://web.archive.org/web/20080309143756/http://www.csicop.org/cmi/ Council for Media Integrity] cited Bell "for encouraging credulity, presenting pseudoscience as genuine, and contributing to the public's lack of understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry."
 
 
In 2005, the City of Las Vegas renamed a portion of 11th Street in the downtown area "Art Bell Drive."
 
 
On March 10, 2007, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the trade publication ''[[Radio & Records]]'' in Los Angeles.
 
 
In July 2008, it was announced that Art Bell would be inducted into the [[National Radio Hall of Fame]]. The ceremony took place on November 8, 2008, in Chicago.
 
 
==Marriages==
 
* Airyn Ruiz, April 11, 2006&nbsp;– present. Children: Asia Rayne Bell
 
* Ramona Lee Hayes, August 4, 1991 &nbsp;– January 5, 2006 † (see [[#Death of Ramona Bell|below]])
 
* Vickie L. Baker, married March 1, 1981, divorced, July 3, 1991. Children: Arthur William Bell {{Citation needed|date=July 2010}}
 
* Sachiko Toguchi Bell Pontius, married 1965, divorced 1968. Children: Vincent Pontius,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/lost_in_space-38428459.html|title=Lost in Space : The unacknowledged son of one of America's most popular talk show hosts works in the mailroom at Philadelphia magazine.|last=Volk|first=Steve|date=July 4, 2007|work=[[Philadelphia Weekly]]|accessdate=July 6, 2010}}</ref> Lisa Pontius Minei.{{Citation needed|date=July 2010}}
 
 
==Retirements and comebacks==
 
Bell has retired and returned to ''Coast to Coast AM'' several times.
 
 
'''Retirement''': His first retirement, highly unexpected, was announced on October 13, 1998. Bell: ''I told you that there was an event, a threatening terrible event occurred to my family, which I could not tell you about. Because of that event, and a succession of other events, what you're listening to right now is my final broadcast on the air.'' Coast To Coast AM is broadcast on more than 400 stations and is the country's most listened to overnight radio show, heard by some 15 million listeners. (That from "[[The Seattle Times]]" 10-13-98.) [[Hilly Rose]] filled in after Bell's departure.
 
 
:'''Return''': He returned on October 28, 1998. Bell asserted that the brief departure was brought on by threats made against his family. On May 29, 1999, Art Bell explained that this retirement was due to an allegation made by hosts of [[WWCR]] [[shortwave]] radio that Bell had paid to cover up a criminal indictment. (Announcement date from "[[The Washington Post]]" 5-29-99, where Bell's show was said to be on 460 stations.)
 
 
:The facts of the matter became public knowledge with Art Bell's second retirement in 2000, when it was revealed that an actual criminal indictment was filed against a person who had assaulted a member of Bell's family. Because of the nature of the crime, Bell had wanted to keep the matter private. The hosts at WWCR shortwave radio had accused Bell of the crime. (Bell took legal action against the hosts and stations, which was settled in 2000.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.coasttocoastam.com/F0005.html|title=Statement Regarding Art Bell Lawsuit|first=October 20, 2000|publisher=coasttocoastam.com|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20001202164100/http://www.coasttocoastam.com/F0005.html|archivedate=2 December 2000}}</ref>)
 
 
'''Retirement''': On April 1, 2000, Bell once again announced to his audience his retirement, which would occur on April 26, 2000 (that from "The Washington Post" 4-1-00), but he offered no details other than expressing intentions to "resolve a family crisis." On April 11, 2000, [[Mike Siegel]] was introduced as the new host of ''Coast To Coast AM''. On April 27, 2000, Siegel took over the program which at this time had an estimated 22 million listeners. (That from "The Seattle Times" 4-12-00.) It was later explained he had left to deal with the aftermath of a sexual assault against his son. Brian Lepley, a substitute teacher, was convicted of sexual assault and attempted transmission of HIV and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2002/May-07-Tue-2002/news/18691181.html|title=Ex-teacher sentenced in sex case|last=Thevenot|first=Carri Geer|date=May 7, 2002|work=[[Las Vegas Review-Journal]]}}</ref>
 
 
:'''Return''': On January 24, 2001, it was announced (in Vancouver, Washington's "The Columbian" newspaper), Art Bell would return to ''Coast To Coast AM'' on February 5, 2001. Bell noted that since his departure the show had lost a number of affiliates, commercial content had risen to an unbearable level, and Siegel had taken the program in a "different direction" of which Bell disapproved. He retained some authority over the program as its creator and thus felt his return was necessary.
 
 
'''Retirement''': On October 23, 2002, Bell announced he would be retiring because recurring back pain (the result of a fall from a telephone pole during his youth) forced yet another departure, and Bell was permanently replaced by [[George Noory]] as weekday host of ''Coast to Coast AM'' on January 1, 2003. It was also said that [[Barbara Simpson]] would host weekends and that Bell planned to be an occasional guest host for Noory. (Most information from "The Seattle Times" 10-26-02.)
 
 
:'''Return''': Bell ''again'' on September 23, 2003, announced (in Vancouver, Washington's "The Columbian" newspaper) that he would return as a weekend host on September 27, 2003, having missed the microphone, this time replacing [[Barbara Simpson]] and [[Ian Punnett]] as host of the Saturday and Sunday evening broadcasts. In June 2005, he scaled this schedule back a bit (a "semiretirement"), deciding to host only the last two Sundays of every month. Bell went back to hosting every weekend show as his schedule permitted after his wife Ramona’s death a few months later.
 
 
'''Retirement''': on July 1, 2007, Bell announced his retirement again, stating that he wished to spend more time with his new wife and daughter. He made it explicitly clear that, unlike the circumstances surrounding previous retirements, this one was an entirely positive and joyful decision and that he would not disappear completely—he would occasionally substitute for other hosts and host "special" shows. According to George Noory, Bell is on board to do 15 shows per year. Art Bell confirmed this fact in a post on the Fantastic Forum fan site.
 
 
==Events of 2006==
 
Bell's life took some dramatic twists in the beginning of 2006:
 
 
===Death of Ramona Bell===
 
Ramona Bell, his wife of 15 years, died unexpectedly,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/jan/07/010710429.html|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20060110205954/http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/jan/07/010710429.html|archivedate=10 January 2006|title=Stories published January 7, 2006|date=January 7, 2006|work=[[Las Vegas Sun]]}}</ref> at the age of 47, of what appeared to be an acute [[asthma]] attack on January 5, 2006 in [[Laughlin, Nevada]], where the couple was taking a short vacation.
 
 
The events surrounding Ramona's death were described in great detail by Art Bell during the January 22 broadcast of ''Coast to Coast AM''. For weeks thereafter, callers would express their sadness and sympathy for Art Bell to [[George Noory]], who had taken Art Bell's place weekdays in 2002.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2006/01/22 |title=Coast To Coast AM. Sunday January 22nd, 2006 |publisher=Coasttocoastam.com |accessdate= June 7, 2012}}</ref>
 
 
===Change in schedule===
 
On January 21, 2006, just days after the unexpected death of his wife Ramona, Bell announced he would host ''[[Coast to Coast AM]]'' every Saturday and Sunday evening, and that former weekend host [[Ian Punnett]] would work a new live prefeed program for the four hours preceding Bell's slot on Saturday nights (9:00&nbsp;pm – 1:00&nbsp;am [[North American Eastern Time Zone|ET]]). Punnett's show was titled ''[[Coast to Coast AM#Coast to Coast Live|Coast to Coast Live]] with [[Ian Punnett]]''. When returning to the show the following day, Bell spent the first hour recounting the death of his wife.
 
 
===Remarriage===
 
By the end of January, Bell began hinting that he was making a significant life decision, but that he would keep it a secret for at least one year, asking listeners to remind him in 2007 to let them in on it. By March, he was saying that he would soon take a ''"huge risk"'' and ''"do something rash."'' On April 15, 2006, he ended the mystery and, to the mild surprise of listeners, revealed that, after several weeks of mourning, he had recently gone to the [[Philippines]] and married Airyn Ruiz,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/?id=5222|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20060423044345/http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/?id=5222|archivedate=23 April 2006|title=Art Bell Remarries|date=April 16, 2006|work=Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country}}</ref> whose name is pronounced like the name "Irene," but Art likes to pronounce her name as "Arin." This is because during their [[Online dating service|Internet dating]] Art imprinted the spelling of her name with that pronunciation. Airyn Ruiz Bell is a recent college graduate. Ruiz – given Bell's private e-mail address by an amateur radio friend – had contacted Bell to offer condolences shortly after Ramona's death. After "dating" via Internet [[videoconferencing]] for "hundreds of hours," the two married one week after Bell arrived in the Philippines to actually meet her in person. Bell also paid for his friend – who was courting Airyn's sister – to accompany him to the Philippines and marry her. The two couples wed in a double marriage ceremony on April 11, 2006.
 
 
On October 7, 2006, Bell announced on ''Coast to Coast'' that Ruiz was pregnant with the couple's first child. Art told listeners that the couple's child was indeed a girl as many listeners suspected. He noted that they had been hoping for a girl and had announced only a girl's name for their unborn child in hopes of receiving a girl.
 
 
Art and Airyn's baby girl, Asia Rayne Bell, was born by [[caesarean section]] on May 30, 2007.
 
 
===Relocation to the Philippines===
 
At the same time, Bell announced he would be leaving his longtime homestead in [[Nevada]] and relocating to the [[Philippines]], near [[Makati]], [[Metro Manila]], intending to continue hosting ''Coast to Coast AM'' weekend editions via an [[ISDN]] connection. He departed the United States on April 29, 2006, stating an intention to remain abroad for at least a year, while maintaining ownership of his property in [[Nevada]] and of the radio station [[KNYE]]. Bell resumed hosting on June 18, 2006 but then encountered technical problems that kept him off air until July 23, 2006, when the ISDN line was finally installed.
 
 
In July 2001, the ''[[Philippine Daily Inquirer]]'' printed an email letter purportedly from Bell that made derogatory statements about Filipinos. This letter was subsequently demonstrated to be a hoax perpetrated upon Bell, who in fact had a publicly loving relationship with his Filipina wife and his previous wife Ramona, who was also Filipina, and who often spoke openly about his admiration for the Filipino people on his radio show. Subsequently, the ''Philippine Daily Inquirer'' printed a retraction and apologized for printing the statement upon their verification of the hoax.
 
 
In October 2006, Bell threatened [[Rogers Cadenhead]] with a lawsuit for some allegedly libelous comments posted on Cadenhead's blog, which Cadenhead has said he will defend himself against under [[Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act|Section 230]] of the [[Communications Decency Act]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://workbench.cadenhead.org/news/3042/art-bell-threatens-lawsuit-over-weblog|title=Art Bell Threatens Lawsuit Over Weblog Comments|last=Cadenhead|first=Rogers|date=23 October 2006}}</ref>
 
   
 
===Return to "the High Desert and the Great American Southwest"===
 
===Return to "the High Desert and the Great American Southwest"===
Bell opened his December 28 program by disclosing to his stunned listeners that he had just relocated back to [[Pahrump, Nevada]], with Ruiz, who had obtained the necessary paperwork for immigrating to the United States. Bell had not disclosed on any previous show his plans to return to the High Desert. Despite feeling jet-lagged after a 15-hour flight from the Philippines via [[Vancouver]], British Columbia, he did the full show. Bell was aloft returning to the States when an [[2006 Hengchun earthquake|earthquake]] cut off [[Submarine communications cable|undersea cables]] that would have prevented his broadcasts from the Philippines.{{Clarify|date=July 2010}} Bell indicated on his December 30, 2006 show that among the reasons for his return were a recent recirculation of the infamous fake anti-Filipino email,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bargainprofessor.wordpress.com/2006/10/19/art-bells-alleged-hate-letter-to-the-filipino-people/|title=Art Bell’s Alleged Hate Letter to the Filipino People|last=Voice|first=Just A|date=October 19, 2006|work=The Compass Blog|publisher=[[WordPress.com]]}}</ref> and his homesickness for his elaborate stateside Amateur Radio station.
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Bell opened his December 28 program by disclosing to his stunned listeners that he had just relocated back to [[Pahrump, Nevada]], with Ruiz, who had obtained the necessary paperwork for immigrating to the United States. Bell had not disclosed on any previous show his plans to return to the High Desert. Despite feeling jet-lagged after a 15-hour flight from the Philippines via [[Vancouver]], British Columbia, he did the full show. Bell was aloft returning to the States when an [[2006 Hengchun earthquake|earthquake]] cut off [[Submarine communications cable|undersea cables]] that would have prevented his broadcasts from the Philippines.{{Clarify|date=July 2010}} Bell indicated on his December 30, 2006 show that among the reasons for his return were a recent recirculation of the infamous fake anti-Filipino email,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bargainprofessor.wordpress.com/2006/10/19/art-bells-alleged-hate-letter-to-the-filipino-people/|t
 
==Events of 2007==
 
On May 30, 2007, at 12:51&nbsp;pm PDT, daughter Asia Rayne Bell was born by planned [[caesarean section]].
 
 
On July 1, 2007 at 10:10&nbsp;pm PDT, Art Bell announced his retirement from regular hosting effective that day, expressing a desire to spend more time with his family. Bell stated that he will only host occasionally on ''Coast to Coast''.
 
 
==Events of 2008==
 
On May 23, 2008, Bell, while hosting Coast to Coast AM, stated that there would be a change in the artbell.com Web site in July 2008. Within a few weeks the Web site was no longer responding to requests and has even dropped from DNS.
 
 
 
On May 29, 2008 Bell sold [[KNYE]] to Station Manager Karen Jackson.<ref>{{cite web|title=About Us|url=http://www.knye.com/pahrumpradioinc_009.htm|work=Kingdom of KNYE|accessdate=July 28, 2011| archiveurl= http://web.archive.org/web/20110717142833/http://www.knye.com/pahrumpradioinc_009.htm| archivedate= July 17 2011 <!--DASHBot-->| deadurl= no}}</ref>
 
On May 29, 2008 Bell sold [[KNYE]] to Station Manager Karen Jackson.<ref>{{cite web|title=About Us|url=http://www.knye.com/pahrumpradioinc_009.htm|work=Kingdom of KNYE|accessdate=July 28, 2011| archiveurl= http://web.archive.org/web/20110717142833/http://www.knye.com/pahrumpradioinc_009.htm| archivedate= July 17 2011 <!--DASHBot-->| deadurl= no}}</ref>
   
On September 8, 2008, Noory stated that he would be hosting the annual ''Ghost to Ghost AM'' Halloween call-in show rather than Bell, who normally returns to the ''Coast to Coast'' to host it (along with the New Year's prediction shows). On September 19, Noory explained that Bell would be unavailable because he was on a cruise during that time this year.
 
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On September 8, 2008, Noory stated that he wo
 
On November 30, 2008, Bell hosted Coast to Coast AM. [[Michio Kaku]] was the guest. This was the first time Bell had hosted the show since May 23, 2008.<ref>[http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2008/11/30.html Coast to Coast AM. Sunday November 30, 2008].</ref> On December 23, Bell's mother, Jane, died. George Noory informed Coast to Coast listeners of her death during that night's show, with a number of callers offering Bell their condolences regarding the death of Bell's mother.
 
 
On December 30 and 31, 2008, Bell once again hosted his annual New Year's predictions special of Coast to Coast. Bell remarked on his mother's death and stated that he was very happy that she got to spend time with his daughter, Asia, before she died.
 
 
==Events of 2009==
 
 
Art Bell Returned to Coast to Coast AM on February 20, 2009, for a discussion on the [[financial crisis of 2007–2010|global financial crisis]] with Wall St. insider Michael J. Panzner. Bell and Panzer agreed the United States was headed for an economic depression.
 
Art Bell Returned to Coast to Coast AM on February 20, 2009, for a discussion on the [[financial crisis of 2007–2010|global financial crisis]] with Wall St. insider Michael J. Panzner. Bell and Panzer agreed the United States was headed for an economic depression.
   
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As of May 20, 2009, the Coast to Coast website listed that Art Bell would be filling in for George Noory on Friday, May 22, 2009 to interview Dr. [[Bob Koontz]]. However, Art Bell did not do that show. The Coast to Coast website, again, cited technical difficulties in Manila and that his interview would be postponed. Bell interviewed Koontz on Saturday, June 6, 2009.
 
As of May 20, 2009, the Coast to Coast website listed that Art Bell would be filling in for George Noory on Friday, May 22, 2009 to interview Dr. [[Bob Koontz]]. However, Art Bell did not do that show. The Coast to Coast website, again, cited technical difficulties in Manila and that his interview would be postponed. Bell interviewed Koontz on Saturday, June 6, 2009.
 
Friday June 26, 2009 Art Bell hosted Coast to Coast AM from Manila with guest Dr. [[Dean Radin]]. He also commented on the [[death of Michael Jackson]] and how he had lived in Pahrump, Nevada not too far away from where Art lived.
 
 
Friday November 20, 2009 Art Bell hosted Coast to Coast AM from Manila with guest Starfire Tor, psi researcher and experiencer who discussed time shifts and time slips, and other strange occurrences of time. During the first 90 minutes, they were joined by [[Whitley Strieber]], who shared his take on Tor's research.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2009/11/20 |title=Time Anomalies – Shows |publisher=Coast to Coast AM |date=November 20, 2009 |accessdate= June 7, 2012}}</ref>
 
   
 
On Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31, 2009, Bell once again hosted his annual New Year's predictions special of Coast to Coast, noting that a number of the predictions this year were of an unusual and interesting nature and not mere repeats of many that had come before, though he also took several callers to task for seemingly veiling their obvious political agendas or wishes in the form of predictions, rather than offering up something from their "psychic center," which is what he repeatedly asks for during the prediction show. He also suggested that maybe Coast To Coast AM should institute some sort of prize or acknowledgment for listeners whose predictions are particularly accurate or astute.
 
On Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31, 2009, Bell once again hosted his annual New Year's predictions special of Coast to Coast, noting that a number of the predictions this year were of an unusual and interesting nature and not mere repeats of many that had come before, though he also took several callers to task for seemingly veiling their obvious political agendas or wishes in the form of predictions, rather than offering up something from their "psychic center," which is what he repeatedly asks for during the prediction show. He also suggested that maybe Coast To Coast AM should institute some sort of prize or acknowledgment for listeners whose predictions are particularly accurate or astute.
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