Nevada sheriff: Radio show host Art Bell dead at 72

In this file photo, late night talk show host Art Bell sits near a satellite dish at his Pahrump, Nev., home. Bell was the original owner of Pahrump based radio station KNYE 95.1 FM. He was perhaps best known for his conspiracy theory in the paranormal with his radio show "Coast to Coast," which was syndicated across the nation. The Nye County Sheriff's Office says Bell died at his home in Pahrump, Nev. Bell is scheduled for an autopsy later this week to determine the cause of death. He was 72. Pahrump, Nevada, March 7, 1997 | Photo by Aaron Mayes/Las Vegas Sun via AP, file, St. George News

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Art Bell, a radio host best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, has died at his home in southern Nevada.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said Bell died Friday. He was 72. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.

Bell hosted the popular radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM” before he left the airwaves in 2002. He broadcast the show from his home in Pahrump.

Bell was also an amateur radio operator, who spoke with ham operators all over the world from his home studio. Bell, whose amateur radio callsign was W6OBB, could frequently be heard on 3.840 Mhz after his nightly show, discussing the night’s broadcast with his fans.

During Bell’s 2008 induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, Bell’s former business partner Alan Corbeth said, nobody was better than Bell at understanding “how to create theater of the mind ….”

Bell was heard on some 500 radio stations nationwide, including several Southern Utah stations.

Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. St. George News reporter Ric Wayman contributed to this report

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  • NotSoFast April 14, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I enjoyed his program. He had a way of getting his guest to relate what was really in their heads. Kept you glued to the dial.

  • homer498 April 15, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I too enjoyed his program, but I also think he is directly responsible for some many of his listeners turning into full blown paranoid conspiracy theorists. How could he have possibly imagined that there were millions of susceptible dingbats out there drinkin his “Cool Aid” for real? I think he, or his show is largely responsible for the present political climate today.

  • Striker4 April 16, 2018 at 5:32 am

    I always listened to his show for entertainment purposes lol some of his were ‘ unusual ‘ but entertaining and got a lot of laughs out of it

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