This except is from a larger interview with Tom Scharpling of The Best Show. Click link below to read entire article, but here are the relevant points regarding Art Bell:
Q. You know who just announced that they are doing something similar to what you’ve established with The Best Show? Your friend Art Bell!
Good! That’s awesome! I think Art has been looking for a home long time, and he ended up on Sirius XM and that did not work because I think he felt he couldn’t reach his people. They were not able to hear what he was doing.
His name almost means something else beside his name. If you’re talking about supernatural stuff, crazy stuff like that, you just say Art Bell, everyone knows that’s what you’re talking about. Yeah, that’s Art Bell stuff. The guy is enormous. He should just take ownership of the thing. The technology now favors people like that, just building their thing and just having people come to them. They’ve already done the hard part. The hard part is not building the studio – look, that part was very hard, but that’s not the hard part. That’s just equipment and money is all that takes, which I know that sounds insulting on some level. But the hard part is coming up with a show that people want to hear. You could have all the equipment in the world, and if you can’t put together a show people are interested in then what good does it do you? That’s why there’s all these companies with their platform where they can host this or showcase that, but they don’t have the talent to showcase their platform. It’s meaningless without the thing people want to hear, and Art Bell is something people want to hear.
I love Art Bell. He’s great. He’s a legend. Nothing like when he’s just talking about the grays or the chupacabra or Mel’s Hole and it’s 3:30 in the morning and you’re like “this is stupid” [laughs] and then you’re like “I’m scared.” There’s that shift… I can never ever listen to Art Bell when he plays those tapes… Where they’ve trapped people talking on recordings from the afterlife. Nope! Can’t hear that. Shutting this off. I hate the sound of that hiss of a cassette and then you just hear this weird sound on it. Oh, that spooks me! To me, that is the definition of terror, is hearing those segments. Shut that off, can’t hear it!
Q. I also think there’s something about Art Bell broadcasting from his, like, double wide trailer in Pahrump, Nevada versus George Noory in a studio in Los Angeles. It has that extra creepiness to it.
Yeah, and George Noory seems like he’s perfectly fine on some level. But I feel maybe he took the thing in a direction that isn’t what people got on board with to hear. His show is not nearly as fun as Art’s was. His thing doesn’t interest me nearly to the degree in which Art’s did.
Q.Listen, I could talk about Art Bell all afternoon…
This is not you interviewing me for a piece about Art Bell [laughs].
Q. Talk shows on talk shows!
But suffice to say, if Art Bell is reading this or anyone who knows Art Bell is reading, please put me in touch with him. I would love to have him call into The Best Show. That would be a career highlight.
Q. I’ll post it on his Facebook wall.
Yeah, just to get him to [impersonating Art Bell] “ha ho ho ho,” that Art Bell laugh.
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