Personally, I like Wells. I don't understand the hate that some have for him here. True, he is no Art Bell or Knapp, but he is a much better interviewer than Snoory and I find him interesting to listen to.
Me too. It seems that with the passing of time, a lot of the folks here have developed a selective memory about the kind of guests Art had on, and are engaging in revisionist history about his political stripes. So Malachi Martin wasn't a Christian fundamentalist? And somehow Noory is to blame for Hoagland? And the show is nothing but fear mongering now? Pull the other one.
For about four years, every second show that Art did was about climate change, super storms, weather manipulation (HAARP), etc. In fact, I would venture to say that Art got rich promoting fear of global warming. Mongering some fear never fazed ol 'Art (The Quickening?) That period of C2C coincided with his highest ratings, his breaking through the 500 affiliate mark, his sale of the show, and his sale of the book and movie rights with Strieber. His haul makes any money Al Gore took in from the same cottage industry seem like a pittance.
On any given week, the guest lineup, subject matter, and general flip flopping between new age mysticism and right wing conspiracy theory, extraterrestrial weirdness and assorted nut jobs looks pretty much the same is it did when Art was hosting. I won't deny that Art was a master of the medium, and I dearly loved his shows, his style, the whole coast to coast vibe - because it was entertaining! But to say that it is has fundamentally changed with the new hosts is bullshit. The story is the same, it is the actors who are different. And maybe the audience has changed as well.