I just discovered this site yesterday.
Like most of you, I was looking forward to Art's New Year Predictions shows, only to find Ian hosting. Nothing against Ian (who I like), but I miss Art. When I found out Art wasn't hosting the New Year's shows, I did some digging and found that they'd deleted his bio and references to him as host on the Coast to Coast site. That lead me to investigate further, and that investigation led me here.
I don't know what to believe as far as the rumors are concerned. I only know this: Art Bell *is* Coast to Coast AM, he's a master showman and an icon for paranormal fans. I wish him well. I hope everything is okay. I'd love to hear Art back behind a microphone, if only as some sort of internet radio / podcast / small scale project. The thought of Art Bell being essentially driven off the radio airwaves (whatever the reason for that may be) leaves me disheartened.
I'm a "Coast Insider" (formerly Streamlink) only for the streaming Art Bell content. If they stop posting classic Art episodes or if Somewhere in Time goes away, I'll be canceling my subscription. Hopefully, I'll be able to find streaming classic Coast featuring Art Bell elsewhere.
This whole thing makes me sad, though. Now, if Art chimes in and says, "I'm retiring to spend time with my family," I'll be right there wishing him well. Hate to see him go, but I respect his decision. But if this wasn't Art's decision...I don't know. It's the not knowing that kicks up speculation. I'd like to see Art himself address the issue. Because listening to Art's signoff on G2G 2010, Art clearly says, "We next they call my name, I'll be right here." That doesn't sound like someone who is "winding down" and about whom one can say that they "don't anticipate him doing any more shows." Could that have changed in 2 months? I suppose. I don't know.
All I can do is keep hoping that this isn't the beginning of the end of Art Bell radio.