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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« on: Yesterday at 01:47:09 PM »
Wanna a take a ride? I think we all got taken for a ride.
Ms. Wade got taken for a very pleasant one.

Ms. Wade, having sales decline compared to when Mr.Bell was on is nothing to be ashamed of -- unless you really were the shooter.

You came here (thanks to Mr. Vara for providing us all the means) to join the complaints about Mr. Noory, and then you got a chance to do something about it, by helping Mr. Bell & then becoming his replacement.  You got to do the show the way you wanted.  Even if it ends soon, you got an all expenses paid vacation of ~3 yrs. in surroundings you enjoyed.  You knew Mr. Bell was in ill health & could go any time.

We understand you have ambitions.  Who doesn't?  But you've gone farther in satisfying yours than most people could hope for.  And many of us have been entertained along the way.  If we don't laugh w you, we'll laugh at you; it's the BellGab way, after all.  In addition, you've led me to the fine programming Mr. Rowland's network carries.  I've slept thru the vast majority of your material -- as well as Mr. Bell's, Mr. Noory's, etc. -- because I'm in ET, not a night owl, & am broke enough that I can't justify the entertainment $ on subscriptions that'd let me time-shift; but the stuff that comes on earlier is pretty darn good, and truthfully even if I could time-shift, the live stuff at those times is as good as or better than 90% of overnight.  Even when John Bachelor & Paul Alexander did Conspiracy Radio on WABC that got me into listening overnight (& that paved the way for Mr. Bell's programs), I slept thru most even though I didn't have to wake up early.

If you wind up having to go back to whatever you were doing before, will that be so bad?  Was it torture then?

You'll be fine.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« on: Yesterday at 12:45:54 PM »
and that's why i allege they wanted the exclusive on the death announcement; it represented a one-shot promotional mechanism.  some might think i'm awful for believing that, but i believe it.  shove off. 

i think they hoped to announce art's death exclusively and then corral all subsequent news mentions of art's death around their own announcement on their own website, where a plug for the show would be conspicuously inserted.  their announcement would have been linked to or referenced by a swath of news outlets/bloggers/twitter/fb, etc.
Would you go so far as to suspect they had that ready a long time in advance for whenever he died?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« on: Yesterday at 12:39:30 PM »
I'm getting images of her storming Area 51 on foot with a cat carrier and a bottle of gin.
No cat in the carrier, of course, but she's talking to it anyway.  And telling the gin to shut up, they're about to bring down the aliens from the moon.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: Yesterday at 12:07:20 PM »
In the video, you can clearly see an inhaler in the lower right corner of the desk, center bottom of the video. Looks like he was already suffering the effects from COPD.
Wasn't it just a few months later that he announced it?  Maybe he'd mentioned it even earlier.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert With Heather Wade
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:16:39 PM »
Right, but if she felt that she had the talent to do this, she could have built herself up and created her own legacy rather than riding on the coattails of Art Bell. Or took the existing show in her own direction (as Art stated he told her to do early on, if I recall correctly).
But she was sincerely interested in the subject matter of the existing program.  She wouldn't've been on BellGab otherwise.

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Yesterday I saw The Death of Stalin.  Very entertaining comedy.  Am I the only one who thinks Steve Buscemi looks & sounds like Wallace Shawn?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:50:09 PM »
asks the same stupid questions all the time to guests who have answered said questions in all their previous appearances.
That didn't bother me as bad as when he asked them on the same show...and worse when he asked them in the same hour.  I haven't heard him do those lately, so that must've been during the especially low dips in his performance.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:43:31 PM »
Ian is one of the best broadcasters I've ever heard.
Will you go as far as me, & say he edged out Art?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:41:20 PM »
Stephanie!  How did such a beauty spring from his loins?  Quayle's wife must be extremely hot.




Don't think she's had the big breakthrough yet but I'm cheering for her.
I loved the way your avatar pic & her pic lined up!

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:35:00 PM »
Noory, if anything, has gone downhill.  His early program were quite good when he was trying to earn rights to the fulltime gig; listen to his interview with 'Bishop' Sean Manchester.  Noory is actively listening and asking good questions.  Now, he phones it in....
I agree.  But he seemed to hit bottom quickly after that honeymoon, & since then it's just been fluctuations in the suck.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
For sure he'll tease it in the free portion of Dreamland.
But apparently his April 13 show was recorded before the news came.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:53:27 PM »
So how long before Whitley Strieber declares he is in communication with Art?
For sure he'll tease it in the free portion of Dreamland.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:48:25 PM »
the problem with future gabcasts is a lack of focused subject matter.  what would the show be?
Independent reporting on the Area 51 escapade.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:24:14 PM »
I know this forum was originally the George Noory haters club, but in fairness to George, I think he has improved over the past few years.
He's not setting new records for suckiness, but I think all we're getting is fluctuations in his degree of suck.
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The problem is that Noory and all of those who tried to succeed Art Bell are not Art Bell.  He is a once in a generation talent that cannot be replaced.
I disagree.  I think George Knapp is in the same ballpark as, and Ian Punnet was slightly better than, the late Mr. Bell.  And I've heard others who may have been too good for overnight.

Ms. Wade started out about as good as Mr. Noory, but because of her interest in the subject matter, got better.  Yet her program's still not as good as most of the others on DMDN.  Maybe it's unfair comparing her show to shorter ones, and comparing her & Mr. Noory as single interviewers to panel shows.  Hell, for that matter, I don't know how good Mr. Noory might be if he did programs on material he was really interested in -- which is what I thought he'd wind up doing when Mr. Bell said Mr. Noory would take the program in his own directions, but unfortunately it seems he didn't.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:41:35 PM »
Thanks for sharing.  Kinda weird/sad that Art turned into a Trumper at the end since it flies in the face of his career spent as a critical thinking skeptic.  Old age gets us all, I s'pose.
Then I guess it got me & a lof ot other critical thinking skeptics.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:18:22 PM »
It was such a temporary blip of technology. How long did we have fax machines for before they were rendered obsolete by email? A decade? Maybe a little more.
A lot more.  1st half of the 19th C.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:11:04 PM »
So myself being a ham radio operator like Art, I've listened to Art's after show ham radio conservations since the early 90's.
"After show"?!  I always imagined his not being on the air within hours either before or after his b'casts, esp. his weekend ones where he said he had to discontinue narcotics for those weekends.  That guy had some stamina!

Or do you mean he was using c.w.?  (But that too would take some stamina.)

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:04:43 PM »
It seemed reasonable to me that someone in Art's position might just have a whackjob come after him having spent decades talking about fringe topics to an audience that was, in part, made up of whackjobs. The alternatives to that just seemed like contrived woo in comparison. I'd do the interview of course, if pressed,
But you'll have to draw her fire 1st.  Sneak up w a mic while she's reloading.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:55:27 PM »
Long form talk radio is on it's way out I'm afraid. Practically all the hosts are 70+ years old and there does not seem to be any young blood to replace them. I can't imagine who would replace even Noory.
You haven't listened to the young emcees of the other programs on DMDN?

There's plenty of talent out there under 70 doing talk.  However, I'll admit that most of the best talk shows are only 1-2 hrs.  Some of the talkers, short & long, have left WFMU for greener pastures lately, though.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:46:48 PM »
Second, releasing the old shows would cost iHeart money, too, as they would have to be digitized. That means finding a working, appropriate tape player and having at least one employee dub the tape over. That has to occur in real time. If itís a four hour show, it would take about four hours to digitize.
A/D conversion can be done in a lot less than real time.  I saw some being done 45 yrs. ago.  It wasn't audio, but the converter doesn't care.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:40:26 PM »
I can't imagine they would release them for free. Having said that I can't see them releasing them for money either. Even SIT which you could only access via a paid subscription was only available as a stream so you couldn't download them (unless you know how).
On Joe Frank's death, the estate pulled his reruns off Irwin Chusid's program.  But they sell them.

Shortly after Rich Conaty's death, WFUV stopped his reruns.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:24:16 PM »

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Who Killed Art Bell?
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:12:21 PM »
Weak trolling
...killed Art Bell?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:09:33 PM »
Magic 8 Ball:
ďAll signs point to noĒ
Not only that, but that Mr. Bell didn't believe there was one.

Unless it really was Ms. Wade.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: The GabCast (A podcast about BellGab)
« on: April 14, 2018, 08:11:33 PM »
In fact Jean Shepherd used to complain about people in the audience getting that impression of intimacy.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: The GabCast (A podcast about BellGab)
« on: April 14, 2018, 08:08:22 PM »
I wouldn't credit Art for being esp. intimate on the air.  Radio tends to sound like that by its nature when the on-mic person is doing it "in one".  It is a strong illusion.

Mr. Bell was just very good at radio, period.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:43:22 PM »
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
I saw the subjects here & thought it was a gag, so didn't look.  Then a friend phoned & asked if I knew.

Is that why the sad face, Roswells, Art?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: The GabCast (A podcast about BellGab)
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:41:01 PM »
How'll we know when & where the GabCast is?

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