Wow, great community. Spent a while perusing the threads and simply felt compelled to post because so much of it resonated with how I feel.
Anyway, my journey into talk radio, C2C and esoteric subjects began around a year ago. Sadly, at the time, I was unaware of C2C. With little knowledge of its existence, I plodded along blindly, listening to Project Camelot's downloadable archive but it wasn't long before I felt like throwing up my ribcage, sharpening the bones and jamming them into Kerry Cassidy. I had to find something else beyond her stupidity and rudeness and one fateful evening, I found one of the many thousands of C2C's available on YouTube.
I was hooked and couldn't believe such a show existed. It was perfect, a huge step up on the amateur offerings of Camelot and of course, no Kerry Cassidy.
However - my first experience of C2C was that of George Noory as host. At first, I loved George; kind and seemingly a genuine nice guy. I tended to drift more towards his shows, unaware of Art Bell's existence and the history of C2C.
In time, as my listening material widened with every search, I was exposed to Ian Punnett, Art Bell and George Knapp. My first impressions of Punnett were very negative - why is he always questioning everything? Why the sometimes seemingly boring topics? I was ambivalent to George Knapp but my greatest discovery yet was Art Bell. Once again, first impressions were negative. He speaks strangely, he articulates differently and he's very curt sometimes. I slipped back into Snoory-mode, neglecting the other hosts for a while.
One day, I decided to give Art another try. The mistake I'd made immediately dawned on me. This guy is immeasurably brilliant, I thought. I kicked myself as to why I hadn't listened to more of his stuff earlier. Soon, my listening material was punctuated with Art's shows more often; What was once a Noory-dominated track list began to evolve. Art Bell, Art Bell, Art Bell.
I lapsed again, briefly... and then realised I could never go back. The difference between then and now is so vast, so evident that I really struggle to listen to Noory now. Sure, I concede he sounds like a nice guy but he just doesn't sound interested. He sounds scripted and sometimes unintelligible. Whereas Art could lift a boring topic and make it interesting, Noory can do the polar opposite. He's become disagreeable to me as my love for Art grew fonder.
Almost around the same time, I gave Punnett and Knapp another shot. I started to like Punnett and Knapp more as I listened, partly because they would challenge, they would ask questions and they were coherent and intelligent. Finally, it felt like my IQ was challenged with the topics, which I loved.
One great observation that someone made and that finally sealed my opinion was that of the quality of callers. I listened intently recently between the difference of callers between Art and Noory, and the quality was stratospheric. Art's following appeared to be far more savvy, knowledgeable and intelligent. Noory's callers are in general, pretty dumb. If that isn't an indication to how far the show has slipped, then I don't know what is.
I'll listen to Noory if the topic is interesting but I cannot emphasise how dramatic a u-turn I made once it finally dawned on me. Art was brilliant; the raspy laugh, the sense-of-humour - even the curt, no-nonsense attitude towards hoaxers and morons; he ran a truly enjoyable, intelligent and entertaining show.
So, the sad part. Eventually, I'll run out of Art Bell material. I'm absolutely gutted I missed his shows in his pomp and I'm sad he might never host again. Recently, even I noticed his airbrushing from history. Still, we all know the truth.
On another note, as I'm from the UK, I'm unaware of any similar show here. Someone might be able to put me straight, but I don't think there is anything around which is comparable. Therefore, in that instance, I'd like to think in the next couple of years I might do something to change that. I'll stick around on here as well and hopefully, once I've got to know a few of you a bit better and assuming some of you want to contribute, I'll try and make it happen. A country of the UK's size should not be without such a show.
If it does happen, I'm going to make damn sure everyone knows who my inspiration was!
One final thing; Once again, another thing that struck a chord with me. From the first tme I heard Richard C Hoagland, I disliked him. People on here have described him better than I will, but he just comes across as nauseatingly arrogant, self-absorbed and worse still, Noory never challenges him. I suppose it's like the LMH situation; it's any easy night when they're on as guests as GN just lets them ramble on about anything as Noory watches the hands move around the clock until he leaves the studio. Oh, and David Wilcock. Please, the pair of you - shut up!
Anyway, hello. A large introduction, but hopefully one that some of you can relate to