Art Bell Returns
art bell back on air feb. 5, 2001
los angeles, jan. 5, 2001 art bell, the radio personality famous for his spontaneous and compelling conversations about all things unexplained, has announced his return to radio. bell resumes his reign as host of the most listened to live overnight radio program, coast to coast am on feb. 5 from 1am to 6am et.
bell states, "the negotiation was brutal and bloody! the result... fewer commercials and back to five hours."
bell resigned last april because of family and legal issues that required his full attention. these have been resolved. his passion for radio and his audience has propelled him back with a renewed commitment to the unique show he created in 1993. coast to coast am airs on more than 430 stations nationwide.
"i am ecstatic to welcome art bell back to his program," said kraig t. kitchin, president/coo of premiere radio networks. "it was a bloody negotiation – pulling someone out of retirement always is. i am wildly enthusiastic to bring the news to affiliates and listeners nationwide... imagine their reaction! i also want to add my thanks to mike siegel."
premiere radio networks, inc., a subsidiary of clear channel communications (nyse:ccu), syndicates more than 60 radio programs to more than 7,800 radio affiliations and reaches over 180 million listeners weekly. premiere is the number one radio network in the country and features the following personalities: rush limbaugh, dr. laura schlessinger, jim rome, rick dees, casey kasem, dr. dean edell, bob (kevoian) & tom (griswold), phil hendrie, leeza gibbons, michael reagan, dave koz, blair garner, lionel, and others. premiere is based in sherman oaks, calif., with eleven offices nationwide. </p>