Art Bell Quits Broadcastinggreenspun.com : LUSENET : Self Reliance : One Thread
On October 13th, at 2:55 AM, Art announced to his listening audience, he is quitting his talk radio show.
Here is the transcript of his announcement (from http://www.artbell.com/artquits.html)
You may recall about a year ago... I told you that there was an event, a threatening terribleevent occured 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. This is it folks, I'm going off the air and will not return. And what I will tell you now is what I told you then. When the time comes when I can tell you what occurred, I will tell you,hrough the press, through the media, of one sort or the other. I will explain to you the entire thing, it's not that I want to hold anything back from my audience, however, for the protection of my family, until it is otherwise revealed, I can't discuss it, I won't discuss it. And if you were in my position, you would do exactly the same thing. And when you finally hear whatever it is, what it is, whenever you hear it, I think you will then understand.
At any rate, I wanted to tell you, I didn't want to go without saying a word, so I'm telling you now. What you are listening to, is MY FINAL BROADCAST. It's been a good run, and you've been a great audience, and it's been an absolutely incredible forum. And my presumption is, that the forum will continue. At any rate, it certainly is my hope, that the forum will continue.
And again when the time comes, when this information can be released, you can be sure that I will release it, and I would assume because of the magnitude of the forum that I have held, at that time, you'll get the whole story. But the time will come when I will tell it.
So for now and the foreseeable future, that's it! That is the end of this man's broadcast career. So, thank you, and goodbye...
(Art Bell, 2:55 AM, Oct 13, 1998)
-- Freedom (email@example.com), October 15, 1998
My God, this is BAD news...Art Bell was great. We'll miss him.
-- Seeker (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 16, 1998.
Latest Press Release from Premiere Radio Networks:
October 16, 1998, Kraig T. Kitchen, President/COO of Premiere Radio Networks today announced, "Premiere Radio Networks will continue to distribute both Art Bell's Coast to Coast and Dreamland programs in the regularly scheduled time slots. For a short duration, Art has requested special guest hosts to do his show. On October 19, veteran talk radio broadcaster Hilly Rose will be the first of several potential guest hosts. The program's tradition of including knowledgeable guests will continue during this period.
Art Bell will make a statement to his listeners during the first hour of his broadcast on Monday October 19 on Coast to Coast with Art Bell."
-- Freedom (email@example.com), October 17, 1998.