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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« Last post by Hells Mole on Today at 11:50:10 AM »
darkmatterdigitalnetwork.com continues to load without issue for me.  Only midnightinthedesert.com and artbell.com went 504 last night and so remain today.

DMDN still lists MITD in the front page schedule.
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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« Last post by HumanBeing on Today at 11:48:28 AM »
Poor Tony, a faithful listener of MITD, who dared to share his view.




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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« Last post by warsau on Today at 11:48:18 AM »
So where does all this leave the subscribers?
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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« Last post by Sean92008 on Today at 11:46:38 AM »
It seems fairly likely it was a seller (Art) financed loan.

I did a transaction a few years ago that may have been similar to what Art could have done...  I am not implying that he did this for Heather, but it's plausible.

Instead of financing alone with Art, he may have been gifting it annually. Let me explain, the IRS limit for a tax-free gift is what, $13,000 a year? So, he agrees with her to sell it for $85,000 of which $13,000 a year for her is gifted towards the loan. So, technically she's not paying for it but she still has the legal title.  Being that it looks like she lives there with her mother, and that mother may have known Arthur in a special way, it's possible that she was getting a gift too.

So, when Art dies, if he doesn't write that into the will...

Plausible.  Something to talk about while we wait for Heather to make her big return.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« Last post by BO BO TOO on Today at 11:45:41 AM »
I miss Art Bell.

I've missed him since he retired.

The first time I felt my heart break was in 1998 when suddenly at the end of a broadcast of C2CAM one night he said that it was his final broadcast and he was done.

What?!  Art over the preceding few years had presided over my nights five times a week.  The forum.  The people.  The community.  The *ride*.

I hated Hilly Rose.  Years later I heard Hilly Rose and thought he was wonderful.  Emotionally he was subject to the same misplaced vitriol that has plagued everyone who dared take the seat in Art's absence.  The guy was a class act but he wasn't Art.  Obviously, no one is.

I held on after MITD knowing that would he live long enough he would be back.

On Friday April 13th I went to /x/ on 4chan, in desperation.  There was a picture of Art Bell and a short text saying that he had died and asking why the mods were deleting anything about it.  Could it be true?  It was.

The first day I just felt something funny, something difficult to describe.  Denial?  Not really, I knew he was a lifelong smoker and getting on in age.  I thought to myself that okay, some guy died that I didn't know, so what?

The second day tears started to come.  I started feeling heavy.  I questioned it.  I denied it.  I wiped the occasional moisture from my eyes in recognition of feeling emotional about a public figure to whom I had no personal connection.  Hell, the big jerk never even replied to any of my emails.  The closest I ever got to an interaction was a vague reply to one of my wormhole messages during a MITD break where he was broadcasting on Periscope.  He was annoyed by what I said.

The third day the heavy, lead blanket of grief set upon me like a mantle.  Why?!  I heaved, I sobbed.  I tried to hide but it came anyway.  This was grief.  The same grief I have felt when a loved on passed away.  There was no denying it, there was only going through it.  Yet I questioned every second of it.  I told myself that the person I felt so connected to was only an illusion, an entertainer.  He did not know me.  He did not necessarily reveal the truth of his life.  So why was this very real grief burdening my heart?

Art was there through many phases of my life, starting in my teens.  Taking part in his broadcasts as a listener became a nightly ritual.  The absence of him on the weekends was actually stressful, painful even.

It had replaced for me the real-life environment of a completely unique phenomenon that was a 24 hour restaurant that became the focal point of a bizarre artistic community.   For years I spent every night at this location drinking copious amounts of coffee, speaking philosophy and strangeness with artists, musicians, the occasional celebrity and all manner of unique individuals.  It was shortly after this restaurant closed its doors that I discovered in Art Bell and Coast to Coast.

In what seemed like an impossible connection to that late night community of magic and mystery, one night on C2C brought one of my best friends from that time on the air.  That being the person BellGab know as Mr. Fidget.  I couldn't believe it!  Someone from my life was a guest on Art Bell!  And of course Art liked him just like I had taken a shining to him from the beginning.  He's an interesting character, a genius in his own way.  What a match, Mr. Fidget and Art Bell!  When Mr. Fidget asked for someone he knew to call in I was on the line, west of the Rockies, ringing, but for some reason Art picked up east of the Rockies twice and the second guy burned up all the remaining time.  I was also just thrilled because I hadn't talked to Mr. F since he had left town a couple of years earlier.

Art continued to be a part of my life for all the years he would come on air.  I thought of him all the time.  Things that happens on the show, every time I'd hear music that he used as bumper music, things he'd said about Ramona and his personal life.  Art felt like a close friend, the same way it was for the rest of you.

He would pick up the microphone and speak into it with the same intimacy that any one of us would speak to our dearest friend.  The microphone was his outlet, his freedom, his release.  That's exactly why I knew he'd be back.  No matter what distractions came his way nothing could compare to the microphone connected to the radio tower which would always be Art's best friend, and consequently would make us all feel that we were part of his personal world.

When Art came back for Sirius XM and MITD it was a dream come true.  Sirius was rather a let down.  He just wasn't with it.  He was more with it than when he was doing the occasional weekends on C2C but still didn't seem to really be present.

MITD was almost a full return to form.  Knowing that Art Bell was on the air almost every night again made this screwed up world seem alright again.  I got to share the joy of Art Bell LIVE with my current mate, who fell in love with him as well.  God, how the world was missing something without him and now he was back.

Alas after less than half a year it was gone again but it meant so much to me.  This world will never be the same without him for me.  It has never been totally okay in any of his retirements.  It's just something I sort of get used to.  The new Willie Nelson song (and incidentally the Willie Nelson interview was one of my favorite Art Bell moments) "Something you Get Through" really nails it.  Losing someone you love is something you never get over, it's just something you eventually get through.

As peculiar as it is to mourn someone who never even knew me, I have mourned just the same as the loss of any family member.  So I must have loved Art more than I could have thought.  He was why I stopped by BellGab almost every day all these years to look at his post history just to see what was up.  When someone passes away you really become all the more aware of how many times in your day to day thought process they come into your head.  It becomes more obvious because instead of a passing thought it is now acutely painful.  He was in there a lot, in my head, for all kinds of reasons.

I loved a guy I've never met and who doesn't know me.  I miss him like hell.  Like C2C, it's weird, but it's how it is and how it will always be.

WELL THAT WAS SO SWEET AND MADE ME CRY

HUGS
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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« Last post by ItsOver on Today at 11:44:17 AM »
In retrospect, at least the MITD gang wasn't in charge of the Air Force Global Strike Command.  The downfall of MITD would have been the least of our concerns.



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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« Last post by anon on Today at 11:42:56 AM »
It seems fairly likely it was a seller (Art) financed loan.

lol, it would be hilarious if Art sold it to her. just a little bit overvalued (by 50k)
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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« Last post by Sean92008 on Today at 11:41:59 AM »
I'm wondering if the show could no longer afford to pay her so Art gave her a free place to live so she could continue.

If that's the case, I hope she reported that on her taxes.

What's throwing me off is the valuation of the transaction and the definition of the deed transaction...  Eh, Heather was going to tell us the whole story on her next MitD...  If there is one.
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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« Last post by Taco Bell on Today at 11:39:32 AM »
Wouldn't that require him to actually do something?

Now he will require payment to revert both sites back.
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