Legendary radio host Art Bell is returning to the air on September 16 on Sirius XM Satellite Radio with a late-night program called 'Art Bell's Dark Matter.' Art ended his regular hosting of Coast to Coast AM in 2002, and has not been on the air since Halloween of 2010. The show will air from 10PM to 1AM Eastern Time, and Art will have total freedom to do exactly what he wants. Unlike terrestrial radio, satellite broadcasts are not subject to the constraints imposed by regulatory authorities. The program will not compete directly with Coast to Coast AM, which starts nationwide as 'Dark Matter' leaves the air. 'Dark Matter' will cover the paranormal, UFOs, shadow people and all the wildness of the night. It will be a mix of talk, interviews and open lines.
Dick Hoagland and our own Whitley Strieber are bound to be frequent guests again. Will we also see a return of characters like the inimitable "JC" with his unforgettably surrealistic vision of the Bible, and Mel, of 'Mel's Hole' fame? With Art hosting the show, the only answer can be 'who knows?'
Sirius XM is available by subscription on any device with access to the internet. Sirius players are also available and the system is present in many cars, and can be added using aftermarket radios.