Roy M: This is what he said on July 16th: “…You know what autism is? I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, “Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man….”He made statements on the following days that sounded more like the one written by Chaos, after the trouble started. They were used by the radio company to claim that he had been taken out of context on the 16th! But you would have to be pretty stupid to be taken in by that.
Jul 26, 2008 - 5:16 pm
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very strange story with Savage, but i just remembered a story with Art Bell. sometime in 1998 or 1999 Art Bell unexpectedly left radio for about a month and then again
Retirement: His first retirement, highly unexpected, was announced on October 13, 1998. Bell: I told you that there was an event, a threatening terrible event occurred to my family, which I could not tell you about. Because of that event, and a succession of other events, what you're listening to right now is my final broadcast on the air. Coast To Coast AM is broadcast on more than 400 stations and is the country's most listened to overnight radio show, heard by some 15 million listeners. (That from "The Seattle Times" 10-13-98.) Hilly Rose filled in after Bell's departure.
Return: He returned on October 28, 1998, leading many to believe it was merely a publicity stunt. Bell asserted that the brief departure was brought on by threats made against his family. On May 29, 1999, Art Bell explained that this retirement was due to an allegation made by hosts of WWCR shortwave radio that Bell had paid to cover up a criminal indictment. (Announcement date from "The Washington Post" 5-29-99, where Bell's show was said to be on 460 stations.)
The actual facts of the matter became public knowledge with Art Bell's second retirement in 2000, when it was revealed that an actual criminal indictment was filed against a person who had assaulted a member of Bell's family. Due to the nature of the crime, Bell had wanted to keep the matter private. The hosts at WWCR shortwave radio had accused Bell of the crime. (Bell took legal action against the hosts and stations, which was settled in 2000.)
Retirement: On April 1, 2000, Bell once again announced to his audience his retirement, which would occur on April 26, 2000 (that from "The Washington Post" 4-1-00), but he offered no details other than expressing intentions to "resolve a family crisis." On April 11, 2000, Mike Siegel was introduced as the new host of Coast To Coast AM. On April 27, 2000, Siegel took over the program which at the this time had an estimated 22 million listeners. (That from "The Seattle Times" 4-12-00.) It was later explained ART BELL had left to deal with the aftermath of a sexual assault against his son. Brian Lepley, a substitute teacher, was convicted of sexual assault and attempted transmission of HIV and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years. Return: On January 24, 2001, it was announced (in Vancouver, Washington's "The Columbian" newspaper), Art Bell would return to Coast To Coast AM on February 5, 2001. Bell noted that since his departure the show had lost a number of affiliates, commercial content had risen to an unbearable level, and Siegel had taken the program in a "different direction" of which Bell disapproved. He retained some authority over the program as its creator and thus felt his return was necessary
Art, who always loved radio and was like number 1 or 2 after Rush Limbaugh and bigger then Howard Stern (yes, HS was VERY big in the 90s and very interesting, not just ENTERTAINING)!!
BUT! Just before he left he had Jeff Nyquist on for an hour or so: Jeffrey NyQuist Art Bell Show - Appearance: 7/15/98, 4/13/99
Later THINGS started to happen to ART. Here i found some links documenting my memory:
Art Bell was not on the air last night. They say he is on vacation again but he just came off vacation a week or so ago. He said nothing about leaving when he was last on Tuesday night. ... April 15, 1999
Nyquist was on the night before. Russia's preps for war and imminent atttack on the U.S. uncovered. Skousen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Skousen) contends that Bell's disappearance last fall had to do with his appearance on Bell's show. For what its worth. Nyquist is absolutely worth the listen in Bell's archives. April 16, 1999.